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eARC Review: The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner

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51vtcj-hzflThe Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner
Published By: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: February 19th, 2016
Series: The Watcher Rising, #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
Rating: 3
Date Read: January 18th, 2017
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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 received a copy of The Dragon in the Garden from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This tale is magical and weaves a complex story of a girl with a past shrouded in pain and mystery. This story is about a woman, Siobhan, who has the sight and has an important role in the fight between evil and mankind. This book has it all – Angels, an Oracle, a prophecy, demons, fey, Valkyries, other dimensions, and dragons.

This book had the potential to get very messy, as it had a lot going on. The Dragon in the Garden wasn’t quite what I expected. I was originally drawn to this book because of the interesting premise and the fact that there’s dragons. My biggest problem with this book was that so much happened in a relatively short time. With all of these mythological beings and creatures added to the mix, I feel the story became a little bit jumbled. As a result, I found myself struggling to stay focused and connected to the plot.

I think this book needed a little more time spent on explanations and allowing the reader to really understand what was happening. But I did enjoy aspects of this book, and the characters were interesting and well-developed.

Siobhan was a decent main character. I could have done without the love triangle though. And how people were always rushing in to save her. She has been able to see through illusion and lies since she was young. This is how she knew that the dragon statue in her garden was much more than just a statue. Little did she know but this ability is actually going to help her become a Watcher and decide an ancient war against good and evil.

Siobhan is full of disbelief about her abilities and her roll as the watcher. But that doesn’t stop her from fighting and making her a strong character. Siobhan went from being a precocious, happy child to an extreme introvert only trusting her brother with the things she sees.

Apart from her, there were four central characters that are featured: Turiel, one of the Two Hundred, who acted as both mentor and love interest, Nefta, a Valkyrie, Alex, Siobhan’s brother, and Tim, Siobhan’s ex-boyfriend.

The Dragon in the Garden is a very engaging story — the author demonstrates an impressive knowledge of mythology and folklore, and interweaves these worlds into a modern-world setting. Erika Gardner creates a protagonist that is relatable and engaging.

This book ended up being a decent read, though I didn’t see it as anything really special. I enjoyed learning more about all of the characters, both mythical and human, but I felt most of them could have been better interpreted by the reader if more details had been shared about them. The events of the novel were lightly glossed over, enough for the reader to get a feel for them, but again, lacked the detail I had hoped for when picking up the book.

I liked the story and most of the characters. This was still a very enjoyable book. It is a good start to a new paranormal series. Lovers of urban fantasy will adore this.
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