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Anna and Grael
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
Anna came out to walk the labyrinth despite the pending first snowfall. Her family was gone, she wasn’t moving on or healing, she was hardly living at all, mired in intense grief. This was the one year anniversary of the horrible car accident that took her mom, dad, and younger sister. She was scarred both inside and out. She was thoroughly damaged. Moving to New York, she could be completely alone, even if surrounded by a huge crowd of people. She liked to spend her sleepless nights walking the labyrinth in the middle of nowhere – she even liked the hour drive on lonely back roads to get there. She would never drive on an interstate again. The city’s sounds of traffic accidents or squealing brakes gave her flashbacks. So she only drove late nights, backwoods, losing herself in the forest of trees. Her face was frozen in the icy wind. At least that made it feel alive, because she was dead on the inside.
Anna began her walk in the labyrinth, glancing up at the moon. But instead, she saw a large dark shadow fly over her. A rounded body with wings, so not a plane. The wings sent gusts of air past her, a tail swept from side to side as it glided back toward her. Her brain could not process what she saw. Though her muscles tensed to run, she was too terrified that she would be burned to a crisp or swallowed whole by this thing that looked just like a dragon from the childhood books she had read. But it stood 10 feet away and stared at her, its warm breath moving over her. Dragons don’t exist, so why couldn’t her mind explain what this was? White sparkling scales looked like beautiful snowflakes and, since it could not be a dragon, it must be a hallucination. Now was the time to run – but flames surrounded her and she dropped to the ground unconscious.
Anna woke in the arms of a handsome young man and felt comfort and attraction. She struggled in his arms, then an unnatural peace and calm spread over her, and she asked if he was causing that. He acknowledged that he was using his psychic connection to keep her calm for the difficult things that he had to tell her. He told he had created the fire to save her, because “HE” was coming and she had to be taken to safety and hidden quickly. Who was coming for her? What is the secret that Grael, the dragon, has not told her? Will she be strong enough to handle his revelations and survive the one who had only bad intentions for her?
This was quite an interesting book. It was like a textbook of mental illness from a patient’s perspective. The reader could actually feel Anna’s intense pain as she tried to deal with her suffering alone. The story line was very powerful, and it was a relief when Grael made contact and the healing was able to begin.