A fast-paced romp told in a sparse style that concentrates on action and plot, The Morwitch and the Dragon takes us into a clash of alternate worlds and cultures. Entry to and life in each world - those of witches and dragons - is strictly controlled and they use Earth as their stomping ground and as space for cast-offs. Before they are 18 witches and dragons live in the mortal realm but are kept separate, for if they should meet, the results could prove to be explosive - and they are!
Ellie does not know her heritage when she meets handsome Jayce Raythawn just before their 18th birthdays, which happen to fall on the same day, and when they do meet the sparks fly. Matters quickly come to a head as they are hunted by the secret police from both realms - their liaison is being forbidden. Cut to a chase across Australia to a safe haven where the plot takes a high-speed swerve and they take off on a short, intense quest to find and save the Tree of Life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale even though it's told in this minimally descriptive, never-let-up-the-action style that I don't usually take to. There's a few quibbles about - we have a big info-dump at the beginning of the tale about Ellie's developing powers and every other word seems to need 'quotes' and 'more quotes' ... but that quickly gives way as the storytelling gathers pace and never lets up. For any who may be concerned about the witchery, that's kept very light and non-occultish. The action and romance is breathless at times leaving the reader a bit punch-drunk, but hopefully a sequel will help us delve more into the detail and history of this fascinating confluence of worlds.
All in all a shot of expresso as a tale, plenty of romance and action, and a quick read. Highly recommended!