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DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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–Christopher P. N. Maselli, children’s author of Reality Shift and founder of TruthPop.com
“A reluctant heroine, her fainting dragon, and an assortment of colorful companions make for a delightful read in Donita K. Paul’s Dragonspell. This is adventure and fantasy at its finest–a must read for the imaginative soul.”
–Linda Windsor, award-winning author of Along Came Jones and the Fires of Gleannmara trilogy
“Dragonspell is a fine, well-written tale guaranteed to entertain both old and young alike. This was proven in our household when our eleven-year-old son snatched up the book and devoured it. Upon returning it, he exclaimed, ‘It’s good!’ –high praise from a rabid fan of Tolkein, Lewis, Jacques and company. I can only nod my head in agreement.”
–Christopher A. Lane, Gold Medallion and C.S. Lewis award-winning author of children’s and adult fiction
“Inventive, engaging, witty, insightful, touching, and profound–Dragonspell is all this and more. If Donita K. Paul’s only intention was to create a world where readers encounter novelties and wonders at every turn, then she has succeeded admirably. But she actually does much more than this: she enables us to see our relationship with God and His world through new eyes. A delight for all true fans of fantasy literature.”
–Jim Ware, author of God of the Fairy Tale and co-author of Finding God in the Lord of the Rings
“Enchanting! A perilous quest, a timeless battle, an unlikely heroine, and a rousing adventure in a world of magic and mystery–Donita K. Paul has concocted a tale brimming with eternal truth and seasoned with delightful and amazing characters that linger in the senses long after the last page. Dragonspell is destined to become a classic for a new generation of adventurers!”
–Susan May Warren, award-winning author of Happily Ever After
“The greatest thing any author can do is to catch you up and transport you right into the very scene, the very action, the story . . . in such a way that you live the book, not merely read it. That is exactly what Donita K. Paul does with Dragonspell. For a few hours, you will take a journey to a place you have never been, with a story you will never forget. Enjoy the trip!”
–Stephen Bly, author of Paperback Writer and Christy-award-winning The Long Trail Home
“Dragonspell is a tightly written fantasy quest set in an extraordinarily rendered storyworld. With seven intelligent races, seven evil races, several delightful dragons, one weird wizard, and an endless supply of exotic plants and animals, you will NOT be bored.”
–Randy Ingermanson, Christy award-winning author of Oxygen and Premonition
“No one will ever be able to read this and doubt that Christian fantasy is a viable genre for spreading God’s word.”
–Christine Lynxwiler, president of American Christian Romance Writers
“Charming, well-drawn characters, a story chock full of adventures and misadventures, a land populated with dragons, doneels, emerlindians, grawligs, and all sorts of other fascinating inhabitants–I ask you, what more could any reader want? With Dragonspell, Donita K. Paul has nailed a complex and engaging fantasy world. Whether nine or ninety, you won’t be disappointed.”
–Kathleen Morgan, author of Consuming Fire and All Good Gifts
“Dragonspell has a heart-thumping, page-turning plot that is sure to captivate and enthrall even the most reluctant reader!”
–Peggy Wilber, author of Reading Rescue 1-2-3
- Publisher : WaterBrook (June 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1578568234
- ISBN-13 : 978-1578568239
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.75 x 7.97 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #371,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a few things that would have improved my opinion if the book. There are seven high races and numerous others, all with unfamiliar names. It would have been extremely helpful if there had been a short definition of each at the beginning of the book. Instead, it is necessary to figure it out as you go along. Also, our heroine is supposed to 18, yet she acts and speaks as though she is 10 or 12. Perhaps this is to illustrate how her development was slowed by being a slave. The attempts to throw in humorous dialogue just do not work. Finally, the story-line itself is just so-so and is certainly not one I will long remember. I will not move on to the later books of the series.
I love mystical, sci-fi, mystery, and drama.....and this book has a little of each.
I am on the 4th book already!!
I have read each of the our books in an average of 2-3 days. I cant seem to put them down.
Matter of fact if there is a downside to this series I would have to say that its a plain and simple math problem. What happens when you get 3-4 hours of sleep a night? Thats right...you are tired, cranky, and find it hard to do anything....well, except go home and start reading again...:)
I LOVE this series and I am actually trying to read the fourth, (DragonFire) a little slower because I am not looking forward to having to wait until July for the fifth book.
I give 1 star for the setting. The races was interesting and the world building was good.
1 star for characters. They were easy to like and felt real.
1 star because I wanted to read on to see what happened.
This is usually enough for me to give more stars. Sadly I can't.
-1 star for easy ways out of situations. I sometimes felt that the author had written herself into situations she didn't know how to get out of, and the solutions were too easy and hasty written.
-1 star because there were A LOT of things never explained. The main character asks questions, but her companions just don't bother to answer her on most of the things. You would think that after her ignorance has put them i trouble a couple of times they would understand that they had to tell her things, but no. This kinda annoyed me, because I didn't get to know a lot of things that would helped me get more into the story.
All in all I got the feeling that the book was originally longer, but because it's a YA book it was cut to shorten it. And in that prosess it got cut in the wrong places.
All in all I think I am too old and experienced reader to overlook the flaws. A younger reader might overlook these weaknesses. And it's not a bad book. I might even buy the next in the series.
___Dr. Cynthia K. Deatherage