The Bone Dragon
Faber & Faber
Evie’s shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed – the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.
Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.
As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can’t fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.
This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can’t talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable.
The first thing which lured me in was the cover and the title. A lovely shade of blue, with amazing illustrations, this book stood out. The summary intrigued me and so I decided to buy the book. Speaking about the book itself, it was a magical adventure. I loved the concept of the bone dragon. Although, it wasn’t clear that it was a psychological book, I just enjoyed it from a children’s fiction point of view.
The character developments shown throughout were great. I did feel bad for the protagonist, a young girl who underwent trauma and a shift of home as well as family. She endured things no young child should have to. It did seem a bit weird, the way it ended. But the writing was absolutely gorgeous.