Format: Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre: Steampunk / Fiction
A clockwork dragon sidekick with an attitude. Ancient powerful magic that could destroy humanity. Handsome love-interests, and evil villains. For Wylie Petford, being half-dragon could have its perks.
In 19th Century London, stablehand Wylie has just suffered an extreme tragedy. It is this tragedy that leads her to a magical device and her greater purpose.
The alluring Dracosinum holds a key to her hidden heritage and opens the door for a fantastic future while leaving her love Lord Adrian in the past.
The taking over of her hometown by the Villainous Lord Ukridge rips her from her closest friend and further destroys what little good is left in her life.
Now, with the odds against her, she has one chance to become who she is meant to be, escape her shackles and defeat the evil lord Ukridge.
"A reminder that we are living on borrowed time, and that we only have mere moments to stop evil when it occurs.”
The Dragon Lady, by Angelique S. Anderson, is book one of The Dracosinum Tales. In 19th century London, Wylie Petford loves her job working in Lord Adrian's stables and her downtrodden home of Lugwallow. After her father dies due to a long illness, she finds a mysterious pocket watch with a dragon emblem hidden in her father's bed. After being sent to see Dr. Hubvert Mullings, Wylie learns about her father's secret, and her destiny as one of the dragons that is supposed to keep the balance between good and evil.
Her life is further turned upside down when her best friend shares that her father, Lord Jameston, plans to sell her home and everyone else who lives in Lugwallow to make way for new shops and to evacuate every resident within a matter of days. Wylie knows she has to stop him, and will do whatever it takes to save their homes. While Wylie is dealing with a full plate, let's not forget about her love for Lord Adrian who is, unfortunately, engaged to her best friend, Lady Judith.
Wylie is a character with a kind heart, a spunky attitude, opinionated and strong-willed. Her dedication to the people of Lugwallow is her driving force as she refuses to let their homes be destroyed. Lord Jameston is clearly the antagonist, wicked and greedy, becoming more evil in each scene. Wylie's romance Lord Adrian is a complicated flirtation, a mix of clashing social statuses and an arranged engagement to Wylie's best friend. Quincy is a delightful character, taking the role of a mythological mentor that guides the hero with a certain roundabout way of talking and he has an air of wisdom about him. He's also humorous and mystical, giving Wylie a friend she needs for her new destiny.
The Dragon Lady was a surprisingly good story overall, and I would not hesitage to read any sequel.