The Bone Dragon is an outstanding debut novel by Alexia Casale.
It is a dark, magical story about fourteen year old Evie who has to undergo major surgery and have a rib removed. There is a strong sense of mystery surrounding this book, which is prominent from the very beginning with the circumstances leading to Evie’s operation. Evie’s lovely Uncle Ben carves the rib bone that has been removed into a dragon for her to keep. At night, the dragon awakens and whispers messages that will help Evie regain her confidence. We know that something bad has happened to Evie in her past and this is something that she must recover from as well as the operation. It is not until later in the novel that you begin to get an idea of what Evie really went through.
As Evie slowly recovers, she finds herself spending more and more time with the dragon and going on adventures. It is an absorbing plot that blurs reality and fantasy, I was completely hooked. Friendship is also an important aspect of the novel and the relationship between Evie and her two close friends Phee and Lynne is prominent throughout the book.
This is a beautifully written book that is full of mystery, suspense, friendship and hope. It is a powerful read that is like a modern day coming of age story. I did not want to put it down and can’t stop thinking about it now that I have finished.
I loved the cover of this book, it’s one of my favourite covers of the year so far.
Thank you to Faber for sending me a copy to review.