I’m home. Coronavirus. Twisted ankle.
My instinct is to sit with my laptop and work all day, but I know I will be exhausted if I do that. So, what can I do? I’m afraid of running out of books (yes, really) and I ration them, until I remember that I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Ever since Duckbill was acquired, though, I haven’t used Kindle Unlimited much because Duckbill books aren’t there any longer. Halfheartedly, I checked if my favourite writers had anything new there, and … yes!
So much for rationing my reading, though, I read Ragged Wolf practically all day until I finished it.
Ragged Wolf is the third in the Dragonfly trilogy, and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the rest of the series (which, perhaps, it’s time to reread …?)
The protagonists in the three books are not the same, and I love that. The characters we get to know in one book are around, but in the margins, adding to the sense of the familiar. New, young characters take centrestage and a fresh story begins.
For me, this also meant that it was perfectly okay that I read the first two several years ago. Each book works on its own, and is complete in itself.
Ragged Wolf has all the elements I love – a feisty protagonist, love, courage and resilience. Like Cat Royal in another series I love by Julia Golding, the protagonist here – Thorn – is a small-built girl with a blazing character. From childlike innocence to cynicism and grudging trust, Thorn grows through the book. She needs to find out who she is and why she looks so different from people around her. Yet, she doesn’t know if she wants to find out the truth about who she is, for it may not be what she desperately hopes it is.
Caught in politics beyond her comprehension, Thorn must fend for herself time and time again. A follower of the bloodthirsty god Hollin, must she defend her religion when she has doubts about it herself? Yet, do others who don’t know anything about her religion have the right to scorn and scoff?
Thrown into one culture after another, she is wary, alert and altogether marvellous. She must think on her feet and above all, she must, somehow, survive.
When I finished reading Ragged Wolf, I realised that if I do run out of books in this time of quarantine, I know what I’m going to reread. A trilogy should take three days if I take my time over it, shouldn’t it?
|Rating (out of 5)||4|