Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"The Mark of the Dragonfly" by Jaleigh Johnson

In the scrap towns, a day's pay depends on what you find in the Meteor fields. Storms rain down objects from other lands, and ever since Piper's father died, scavenging these odds and ends is how she lives.
Until the day Piper hits gold.
Unconscious, lying in the fields amid the rubble of her carriage, is a girl. She's beautiful and well-dressed, and the Dragonfly tattooed on her wrist confirms that she's the most valuable thing Piper has ever stumbled across.
The Mark of the Dragonfly means the girl is from the Dragonfly Territories, and it also means that if Piper can get her back there, she might get a reward. Enough coin that she could start a life far from the wastelands of her scrap town.
Getting to the Dragonfly Territories isn't easy, though. The 401 train is the safest way, but Piper will have to sneak aboard, and convincing the mysterious girl to join her seems unlikely--until there's a knock on the door.
The girl is more valuable than Piper could ever have imagined. There are people who want her back. Important people. And the scary truth is, regardless of what the girl wants, these people won't stop until they have her.
Piper wants to start a new life, but running for it isn't how she thought she'd get there. And now making it to the Dragonfly Territories looks like a race that might be impossible to finish alive.
Photo: Mark Jones

JALEIGH JOHNSON is a fantasy author born and raised in the Midwest. Her novels for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms fiction line include The Howling DelveMistshoreUnbroken ChainUnbroken Chain: The Darker Road, and Spider and Stone. Her first book for middle grade readers is The Mark of the Dragonfly, from Delacorte Press.  In her spare time, she enjoys gaming, gardening, and going to movies with her husband.  Visit her online at

My Review:

Piper is orphan living in a scrappers world where after each meteor storm she must go out and find items to sell in order to survive.  Her life all changes one storm when she saves a girl from an explosion and notices the child has the mark of the dragonfly which means the child is under protection of the king.  Wanting to protect the child from the "crazy man" who is after her, Piper gets her on the 401 to bring her back to what she hopes is safety for the girl and perhaps a new and better life for herself.

Along the way many things happen to the girls and new friends are found, enemies are made and magic is abound.

If you love steampunk, mystery and just an overall good read than Mark of the Dragonfly is for you.  I typically don't read steampunk books but something about this one had grabbed my attention and I am so glad that I did read it.  Right from the beginning you knew that something good was bound to happen for Piper and you couldn't wait to find out what it was.  I was pulled into Piper's world and the determination she had to survive in the world that she was in.  

This is a great story for your young children and I for one can't wait for my daughter to get a few years older so she can read it!

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