Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo, and together they explore the island.
Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.
Set against a panoramic backdrop of dramatic island landscapes and Spanish colonial history, The Drago Tree is an intriguing tale of betrayal, conquest and love, in all its forms.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Although I have never been to Lanzarote Isobel Blackthorn gave this island a personality, a ruggedness that can be dangerous and exquisitely beautiful in the blink of an eye. The story has a central character Ann Slater who is on a journey of discovering who she really is but she isn’t on her own. Author Richard Parry and potter Domingo certainly help to make it a colourful adventure in more ways than one.
Ann is coming to terms with a failed marriage and estranged relationship between herself and her sister, which has gone on for years. Her strange choice of Island touring partners makes for some rather raw cutting observations, short tempers and brutally looking at herself from a different angle than before. Richard isn’t the most sensitive person to have round and isn’t afraid to let her know what he thinks of her views.
The story is pretty balanced between the Island itself and the road which Ann is eventually going to head for in the future. The story drops back to a rather strange childhood both with her mother and sister. There is so much self-healing and forgiving that has to take place, no more so than with herself. Until she can find peace then she simply can’t move forward.
At times this is a strange story and at others there is such a deep sadness about it. It is mesmerizing.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.
Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.
Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.
Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.
A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.