Welcome to my stop on The Dragon in the Garden blog tour, this is an urban fantasy which I’ve reviewed below. Also check out the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Erika Gardner and Maia from Silver Dagger Book Tours for having me.
There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.
It’s time to find out why she has this power.
Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.
I’m confused about this book, I enjoyed it, but there was a lot going on and a lot of confusion over what the book was trying to be. On the one hand it’s an urban fantasy, set in our world, our time, on the other hand it’s an epic fantasy, with a great evil encroaching on the good guys that needs defeating, then there is the paranormal romance element. You see where I’m going with this? Too many genre elements squeezed into one book.
Siobhan has always been a little different to everyone else, she can see through lies to the truth of the matter, she’s always been able to do this and can tell if someone is lying regardless of if she has just met them or if she’s known them for years. When she was a young girl, a statue in her grandparents garden spoke to her, and she saw the dragon that lived within it. She has waited patiently for ‘Daisy’ to return.
Now she is back at the house having inherited it, and not only is Daisy returning but she is under the protection of an angel, a valkyrie, her brother and ex-boyfriend are swept up in the drama and she has an army of fallen angels and demons after her.
I really enjoyed the flow of the story, but as I’ve said I felt that the genres got really confused and with that the story lost it’s flow a few times and didn’t quite know where it was going. There were a couple of scenes that didn’t feel like they sat properly with the story as a whole and while I was swept up in the main story line I felt things kept being distracted.
Overall, I did enjoy this novel but felt it lacked a clarity in genre and story definition.
Sending a huge thanks to Erika Gardner and Silver Dagger Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Erika Gardner
Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.
On a personal level she loves spicy food, twilight, dark chocolate (with sea salt-yum!) and nickel slots at Vegas. Erika lives for time with friends, a nice glass of red wine, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” & “Doctor Who” and good conversation. Her favorite things to do are running, cooking, reading, needlework, gardening… and of course, writing. Erika’s music of choice is heavy metal. To pick her out in a lineup you should know that she is very short, fairly loud, and has dark eyebrows. The rest, as her hero Anne McCaffrey once said in her bio, “is subject to change without notice”.
Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World)
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Title: The Dragon in the Garden
Author: Erika Gardner
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 21 October 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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