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.
Isobel Blackthorn is a novelist, book reviewer and English tutor. She creates compelling and intelligent stories drawing on her rich and varied life. She holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and the occult features in all of her writing. In her works published with Odyssey Books, Isobel gives voice to her lighter side, with tales set on the exotic Canary Islands, in the exquisite forests of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, and in the old Colonial town of Fremantle in Western Australia.
Isobel is the author of the novels Asylum (2015) , The Drago Tree (2015) and A Perfect Square (2016) and the short story collection All Because of You (2016), all released by Odyssey Books. Isobel also writes dark fiction. Her novels, The Cabin Sessions (2017) and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks (2018) are both released by HellBound Books.
Isobel regularly speaks on radio and is an excellent public speaker. In 2017 Isobel was short-listed for a prestigious writing fellow fellowship with the National Library of Australia, for a work based on the Theosophical Society. Isobel has been awarded a mentorship with the Australasian Horror Writers Association to co-edit a 2018 issue of their magazine, Midnight Echo.
The Drago Tree is a beautifully crafted, exquisitely written novel brimming with grief and heartiness, pain and joy. Unputdownable from the get-go. The story reminds me of AS Byatt’s classic exploration of the relationships between power and knowledge: as much as Possession is about academic rivalry and obsession, The Drago Tree is about different kind of possession. It is a story of (post) colonial possession, where the invaders continue to vie for owning traditional indigenous knowledges, and where the unique island of Lanzarote serves as a setting for what is a global process of colonial expansion. It is also a story of men’s perceived right to possess women and appropriate their talents; be they writers, such as the main protagonist, who escapes domestic violence only to find herself fighting off a fellow writer’s presumptive ownership over her, on the very island whose culture he sees as just one add-and-stir element to his authorship’s ouvre. The story has all that a good story should have: vibrant characters, a journey of a plotline, a twist at the end. The Drago Tree will take your heart. - Jasmina Brankovich, writer and critic
"The Drago Tree is full of stunning imagery, quotes, lines and setting. The pace is very slow; however, the book is an experience in of itself. The overall description, whether for characters, emotions or setting, was done very well. If Blackthorn ever decides to give writing courses, I'll be the first to sign up. The narrative is simply brilliant." - Nada Sobhi, book blogger
"This beautifully constructed novel reveals the complexity we invite into our lives when we open our hearts to passion." - Robert Hillman, author of The Honey Thief
"A beautiful book, tense, evocative, and thoughtful." - Elizabeth Jane Corbett, author of The Tides Between
"An intelligent and insightful story, sensitively told." - Michelle Saftich, author of Port of No Return
"The Drago Tree is a beautiful example of travel literature...The narrative is simply brilliant." - Nada Sobhi, book blogger
"A thoughtful, introspective novel." - Kelsi H, book blogger
" Written in beautiful prose." - Ooha Biddala, book blogger
"I'd never heard of Lanzarote before, now I'd love to visit this fascinating place!" - James Synot, Goodreads