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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul

War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?

With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush.
As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before.

To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion?

Dragons of the Valley, the sequel to The Vanishing Sculptor, was an interesting book. I liked one of the main characters, Tipper, a lot. Probably because she was more my age (at least it felt like it. I really don't remember what age she was). Also the little kimens were cute.

As for the plot itself, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't "Oh, read that story before" or "I betcha five bucks I know what happens next, it's so predictable". It kept me turning pages and guessing. I always love reluctant heroes, and they don't get more reluctant then this!

All in all, I think I liked it beter than Paul's DragonKeeper Chronciles. It is sorta a spin-off series, but you don't have to read the other series to read this one. A great read for families or teens!

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and nine novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging writers.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Natalie Lloyd said...

Okay - this isn't about Donita K. Paul (though I think she is fabulous). This is about your comment. *insert squeal* CHRISTY AND NEIL! Do you know that I'm a Christy fantatic? I actually watched the TV show (the older one ... the one with Kelly Martin) first, and loved it. Then I read the book, and loved that just as much. Initially, in the show, I wanted her with David. But then I was totally for Neil. That is my favorite thing about relationships in a story - when the "other guy" wins me over. That was a great pick! Also, this is a great book review (and a lovely, lovely site). I've always had a special spot in my heart for fantasy novels.

Paris said...

I love that show! I actually own it and I've watched it about a million times. I liked David for about .00005 seconds before I turned to my sister and said, "Nah. She's gonna end up with Neil." I mean, he has an accent! (Did you know he played in National Treasure? I freaked out when I spotted him)

Glad you like my blog! I've read yours for a while and I loooove it. You're a wonderful writer(: