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The Dragon in the Garden

(The Watcher Rising #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  36 reviews
There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen a ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published February 19th 2016 by Tirgearr Publishing
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Stimulating and captivating, new to me author, Ms. Gardner charms me with this paranormal romance. How have I not read this author before? This tale is magical and weaves a complex story of a girl with a past shrouded in pain and mystery. There are hints about her father's side of the family which are not yet revealed. What is known is, Siobhan's world is about to become a lot more interesting.
What I liked about this book is how much takes place in it. It is packed with action and the plot moves
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels, dragons, and demon...oh my! An urban fantasy set in the Bay Area, The Dragon in the Garden is an epic tale about an everyday young lady who sees only the truth. When a stranger comes to town, she sees through his guise. He is not at all human. The story is complete with a sweet, yet naive and stunning fallen angel, a quirky brother, a kick-butt Valkyrie, and many other well developed characters. The battle at the end involving dragons, gryphons, and demons is well worth the read. 5 stars ...more
The Captain
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this urban fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .

So a confession of a sort: this pirate is not that into urban fantasy. Now to be fair there are some such novels that I have liked including magic bites which I reviewed on me blog. But in general it doesn't usually float me boat. However I kept being mesmerized by this cover and title on NetGalley.

Every time I saw it I felt compelled to click on it again.
Emily Wrayburn
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebook
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 19 September, 2016:


This book had the potential to get very messy, as it had a lot going on. Fortunately, it managed to never fall off the rails.

Siobhan has been able to see through lies and illusions all her life. When she was five, she had a conversation with a dragon statue in her grandmother’s garnde. When she inherits the house after her grandmother’s death, she discovers the reason for these powers, that she has been chosen to deci
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

I’m confused about this book, I enjoyed it, but there was a lot going on and a lot of confusion over what the book was trying to be. On the one hand it’s an urban fantasy, set in our world, our time, on the other hand it’s an epic fantasy, with a great evil encroaching on the good guys that needs defeating, then there is the paranormal romance element. You see where I’m going with this? Too many genre elements squeezed into one book.

Siobhan ha
Lenora Good
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Legalities first. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The characters of this story were great fun. I was a little put off by the Angels, thinking I'd inadvertently picked a book from Christian Lit. Not that I mind CL, but I was concerned if it was CL, then Daisy Dragon would have to die. I'm relieved to say, it wasn't. What is there is very germane to the story.

This is an adult fantasy, with some sex, and some violence, though none of either is ad
Crystal Marie
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The Dragon in the Garden was a difficult book to give a rating to. It’s one of those books that sat halfway between two points (3 and 4) and I had to decide which way it would go. In a moment I’ll explain why it went down rather than up.

I found myself confused much of the time. There is a whole boatload of mysticism in this story and it’s a mix of biblical, faeries, and dragons. The character of Tim was the one who ‘explained’ some of the biblical stories as they came up, but not all, necessaril
2 stars. Goodreads rating scale. (it was ok)
The thing about books is that if I decide I don't like it, then two years from the read date, I will only remember the things I didn't like and I will not remember the things I did. That is the case with this book. I read it when I was first being introduced to young adult fiction, and many times, I think this was a bit too...harsh to be a gateway book into the genre. Besides that, though, there are a variety of other reasons I didn't like. Part of my
Becky Baldridge
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to express just how much I enjoyed this book! While I don't read a lot of Epic Fantasy, I love Urban Fantasy and Mythology and this one has both in spades. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and it is a lengthy read with a lot going on, but it's such an engaging story that it all just worked. We have a group of three humans, a fallen angel, a Valkyrie, and a dragon set on saving the world. With a mix like that, things are bound to get crazy and they do with plenty o ...more
Susan Gourley
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Supernatural mashup

I love angels and dragons and this book had both. The main character is believable as she confronts the strange things that have dogged her entire life. I liked how everything escalates from strange visions to the fate of mankind. Tears and cheers by the end.
Erin Leschot
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can;t wait for the next one!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While on their quest to save the world from chaos sister and brother Siobhan and Alex, with their lifelong friend Tim, discover there is far more to reality than they ever expected. Siobhan had a little better grasp because as the Watcher she was able to see things at an early age that other people could not see. Like meeting a dragon in her grandparent's garden. Of course, she was plagued by adults who thought she needed therapy and lots of medication to "cure" her. Home from college because sh ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is very interesting book this was. I really enjoyed
reading this one. It's extremely well-written. It is quite a bit
different from most of the books written involving Angels and
books that include the Fallen Angels. The concept is quite
unique and such fun to read.

This book is about Siobhan her brother Alex, her
ex-boyfriend Tim, an Angel named Turel, a Valkyrie named
Nefta, and one fire breathing dragon who Siobhan named
Daisy when she was a little girl. The dragon liked the name
so much
Jessica Bronder
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Siobhan has been able to see through illusion and lies since she was young. This is how she knew that the dragon statue in her garden was much more than just a statue. Because of this ability, most adults have dismissed her and sent her to many therapists and different treatments. Little did she know but this ability is actually going to help her become a Watcher and decide an ancient war against good and evil.

Lucifer has an army of demons and many other creatures that want to bring chaos and de
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now lets all take a moment to appreciate that cover. Ok , with such an awesome cover I was expecting more from this story. However it was tell rather than show, with a good portion of the story devoted to set up of the world and mythology in the form of an info dump via character explanation/ teaching for our heroine. The characters seem to spend a lot of time sitting around eating cake and drinking wine while Sio
Lisa Eiff
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion about the book.

Let me start off by saying I'm am a huge fan of all things fantasy based. For that reason, when I was browsing book titles on NetGalley, the cover of this book drew me in and sparked my interest. It definitely starts out fairly slow...and what with the mention of god and angels, I was worried I may have selected a christian lit type of novel.

This book ended up being a decent read, though I didn't see
Laura Kehoe
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Dragon in the Garden wasn't quite what I expected. I was originally drawn to this book because of the interesting premise and the fact that there's dragons because dragons make everything better. My biggest problem with this book was so much happened in a relatively short time. There were dragons, angels, prophecies, demons, evil angels, hags...basically every mythological and fantastical creature imaginable ...more
Mary Hartshorn
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Initially this book was pretty interesting. The book starts with the main character Siobhan as a child looking back into an old memory that she has repressed for years of a dragon in her garden. her experience with this dragon, which she later shared with her family, as well as the other things she was able to see made her a social pariah. Siobhan went from being a precocious, happy child to an extreme introvert only trusting her brother ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Epic Good vs Evil battle
Three people close friends in youth meet again as adults in California the place where they grew.
The friendship helped Siobhan survive -more or less intact- through the difficulties her extraordinary ability put her. She is able to detect lies both in tales and people, but also with her view. That's why she sees strange things. She is involved in The epic battle of Good aginst Evil, in which she meets dragons, demons, fallen angels, witches and all the strange mytical cr
Maia Gomez
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A powerfully intriguing read! This book has got it all - dragons, angels, demons, oracles, faeries and so much more! Packed full of action, I was immediately enamored from the beginning and was left hanging onto every word, devouring the book as quick as I could. The writing was very well done, with intricate details and spectacular worldbuilding. I loved how there was a ton of intrigue with the characters as they raced to figure out prophecy and all the details were slowly unveiled, layer by la ...more
Mich Must Read
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The dragon in the garden started off really well, and then just blew crazy wild out of control. The story kept me interested, but more and more content kept being thrown in with no depth. There were angels, demons, valkyries, yeti, big foot, the fae, dragons, chupacabra and on and on. The brother and sister swords had me wanted to scream "I am She-Ra!" It just started to get ridiculous.

It really frustrated me that this happened in about a week or three days or whatever. They all kind of just ha
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I resisted buying this book because I don't buy books. I get them from the Library or borrow them from a friend. Recently I found myself wanting to read this story and having not had the serendipity of finding it in a library or from a friend I took the bull by the horns and walked into our local book store where I knew there would be a copy and purchased the book. It made me happy.
Erika does a brilliant job of catching the reader's (my) attention on the first page. The Author's ability to des
Heather Truro
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
You don't have to be a fantasy buff to enjoy this fun romp through Napa Wine country and hidden treasures in Sonoma County CA. This author includes all the fun of dragons, fallen-angels and mythological characters for fantasy buffs, hints about red wine and gourmet hot dogs for the foodies, and fun hidden travel destinations to make this a book fun for everyone. But what really makes it is the characters. By the time you get done reading this you will want more of each of the characters.(Glad sh ...more
M. Langlinais
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun and would-have-been-faster read if I hadn't been so busy. I love that the inspiration for this book is an actual dragon statue from the author's garden. And besides dragons, this book has angels, demons, valkyries, and fairies too!

Siobhan has a unique ability to see through people's lies, but it turns out that ability is really the key to saving the world. You know, so long as she survives long enough. Since this is the first in a series, I'm not really spoiling anything by saying she does
Gage Newman
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Somehow, I've become a fan of fantasy and I have to thank The Dragon in the Garden for pulling me out of my usual bent on historical fiction and sagas! From the minute you meet Siobhan and Daisy in the garden, you're pulled along (willingly!) in unstoppable excitement, driven by fantastical stories, imagery and several brilliant if not surprising Biblical references. If I don't love characters, I can't love a book, but I cared about every character in Dragon and can't wait for more. The author d ...more
Deborah Oakland
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and fast paced urban fantasy with angels and demons and dragons, oh my! Erika Gardner debuts a real page turner. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in The Watcher Rising series. For fans of P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast’s House of Night series, minus the gratuitous raunchiness!

Jerie Jacobs
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Erika Gardner is more magician than mere author. She conjures up a richly imagined realm that exists just beyond sight--unless you happen to be the Watcher. Gardner delivers everything I love about fantasy: a heroine growing into her extraordinary gifts; brisk, breathless plot twists; antagonists who personify evil squaring off with heroes (both mortal and angelic) who I love to love. And a dragon of course--a magnificent, wondrously drawn DRAGON. The book is smart, funny, and filled with compel ...more
Carrie Finley
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

I was so pleasantly surprised I had to share with everyone. Leave it to book club to introduce me to a genre I would have overlooked otherwise. Non-fantasy readers should give this book a shot because it is SOOOO much more. The characters are well-developed and likable. Being a Northern California native I loved envisioning this story happening in places that are familiar to me. This book made me learn about things I had no idea about, satisfied the need for a great story with a little romance a
Books In Brogan
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews
This is a pretty good read for anyone who likes the Urban Fantasy genre. There is a lot of setup needed since it is the first in the series but the pace is still good and keeps you turning the page I would definitely read the next one.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantasy lovers will be enamored by this novel. It's action packed and character development make for a compelling storyline that captures you even from reading just the summary. Though the book didn't really pick up for me until around pg. 50 and the main heroine felt a bit whiny at times I still managed to get snagged in this mystical tale. Based on content this book should be for young adults to mature audience's. I am an reviewer for Romance Author's That Rock and rate this book 4 hearts.
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Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot hus

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