Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book "Dragons of the Valley" by Donita K. Paul

About the book: 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?

About the author: Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”
She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.
“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”
Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

My review: This is a magnificent fantasy novel where the author uses her unlimited imagination to create a whole new world full of creatures in the best style of J.R.R.Tolkien with his middle earth from "The Lord of the Rings" or even C.S.Lewis with his "Chronicles of Narnia" series.
The plot is simple, but at the same time very rich. Chiril is a peaceful land that is invaded by enemies. Princess Tipper Schope must hide their most valuable treasure in order to avoid letting it be taken by the enemy. This treasure is composed of three statues that represents their link to "Wulder", bringing harmony and equilibrium that hold their world together. She choses an artist and a wizzard to help her on this quest of hidden the statues and bring them to safety at the valley of the dragons.
The good x evil theme is a constant presence in the whole book, evil represented by a creature named Grawl. During the development of the story the main characters learn to trust in Wulder, that is the representation of their God, or creator. There are many ties from this fantasy with the Christian Bible. We can clearly identify Wulder with God anf Grawl with Satan. Likewise in the Bible, the least expected characters are the chosen ones to go and face the dangers and count upon the strength of God instead of their own strengh to defeat the enemy. This is truly a wonderful book with a very beautiful cover and I would recommend this one to any fantasy fan. It is a must have in a permanet library of any serious reader of this genre.

This book was written by Donita K.Paul and was published in september 2010 by Multnomah Books and they were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Blogging for Books Program. Thanks, Mrs. Donita K.Paul, for such an inspirational book!

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