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.
The Dragon in the Garden was a difficult book to give a rating to. It’s one of those books that sat halfway between two points (3 and 4) and I had to decide which way it would go. In a moment I’ll explain why it went down rather than up.
I found myself confused much of the time. There is a whole boatload of mysticism in this story and it’s a mix of biblical, faeries, and dragons. The character of Tim was the one who ‘explained’ some of the biblical stories as they came up, but not all, necessarily. I’m still confused at much of what was thrown in. I actually liked the author’s mixing of different belief systems. I just wish it was more clear. And I’m still unsure if at the end only Siobhan and her lot saw the creatures that came or if all humans did and if they did, what the reaction was.
Kudos to the author for making Turel a character from the Middle East. So often these days, characters from those countries are automatically painted as the bad guys and I love that he was one of the heroes.
One of the main characters dies in the book – no, I’m not telling you which one – and while it had purpose, I still felt it was a bit of an empty death.
The story held a lot of promise, even with all the mysticism thrown at the reader, however there was a major problem and it made the story impossible to take seriously at times. Three of the main characters – Siobhan, Tim, and Alex – are supposed to be in their early to mid-twenties. The problem is that their dialogue and Siobhan’s inner narrative, came across as teenagers of 16/17. In fact, when Siobhan would remind me, the reader, that she dropped out of law school, I would jerk right out of the story and go “Oh, right. She’s not a teenager. She’s in her 20s.”
That took my 3.5 rating down to a 3. If not for the mix-up of teenage-like characters who are supposed to be in their twenties, it would have gone to a 4, as the concept was very different and kept me reading.