We all know that Andarna is a baby which is potentially why she is Golden. This could mean that she is either a very rare dragon which has never been seen before, or she is on her way to developing into a proper common colour, which makes the most sense.
She could be any colour, of course, but there are two paragraphs that could suggest she will turn either brown or orange. Read the relevant paragraphs below and see my conclusion at the bottom of the article.
“At its full height, it’s probably only a few feet taller than I am, like a perfect miniature of the brown next to it.”
Comments: Being a miniature brown makes a lot of sense, given Violet’s (unspoken) similarities with Lilith Sorrengail. Violet can yield lighning, whereas Lilith’s signet is the power of storms. Somewhat similar. Lilith’s dragon, Aimsir, is a brown dragon. Perhaps, Andarna is also to become a brown once she’s fully grown.
“Maybe it’s a baby orange”
Chapter 16, Page 178 – Jack has an orange dragon which means Andarna is probably not…
“[…]from the back of an Orange Scopriontail to record his bond with the roll-leeper[…].
Comments: Given their unpredictable nature, it’s well-established that orange dragons are the most unpredictable. Considering Andarna’s personality and traits, it seems more plausible that she would be a Brown rather than an Orange. The idea of Andarna being an Orange feels incongruous, especially since an orange chose Jack Barlowe, a character known for his malevolence and sadism. Moreover, if we examine all the dragons, it’s evident that we know the least about Browns in this book. This leads me to suspect that we’ll gain more insight into Browns in the next book, likely through Andarna.
UPDATE – As Iron Flame is now out, I have the verdict on this theory and Andarna’s colours. Please be mindful as, of course, there will be Iron Flame spoilers.