WaterBrook Press has just released DragonLight; my good friend Donita K. Paul’s fifth installment in her DragonSpell series, a wonderfully rich tale for lovers of imaginative fiction.
Here’s the teaser: “As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons as helpers throughout the kingdom, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon-despite physical limitations resulting from his bout with stakes disease-has become a leader, serving on the governing board under Paladin.
When Kale and Bardon set aside their daily responsibilities to join meech dragons Regidor and Gilda on a quest to find a hidden meech colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy. Can they overcome the ominous peril they can’t even see?”
Dontcha just love contemplating worlds that exist only in the creative minds of clever people?
In case you missed Book One which began it all, here’s a review of DragonSpell by Mary Connealy of Christian Book Previews: “Dragonspell is a fantasy about Kale, a slave girl who finds a dragon’s egg. The elders in her village free her from slavery since, after all, she now owns a dragon’s egg, and send her far away to The Hall to learn. Kale may indeed now have a dragon’s egg, but other than that, she feels the same as always. She expects to be a servant in The Hall now, much like a slave, which is the only thing she knows, so that’s okay. On her journey she finds seven more dragon eggs.
“Every move she makes leads her away from her destination, despite her determination to get to The Hall. She is dragged along on a journey with a band, who keep telling her she’s meant to use her special gifts. Kale has no gifts except obeying, but her companions tell her she has the gift of finding dragon eggs.
“The entire book is full of fun and adventure. Timid Kale turns into a plucky adventurer by necessity, not choice. Despite her desire to obey her village elders and go to The Hall, she’s having fun – fun interrupted by terror as the evil Wizard Rizzo tries to turn Kale to his side, so he can use her to find dragon eggs.
“In fantasy writing the challenge is ‘world creating.’ In the best tradition of The Lord of the Rings, Donita K. Paul creates a world with creatures both good and evil. She conjures plants and animals with her vivid words, and creates an adventure so fast paced and death defying, can see and feel it.
“This book is for adults as well as children. It’s funny and inspiring, and the good guys are intrepid. Kale, the reluctant heroine, rises brilliantly to the challenge set before her. The evil Wizard meets his match with the all-powerful Wulder and his fellow warrior Paladin.
Dragonspell was an uplifting change of pace for me. A great example of how much fun literature can be and how a book can appeal to children and still be engrossing for adults. “
Donita is a retired teacher and award-winning author of seven novels, including DragonSpell, DragonQuest, DragonKnight, and DragonFire. When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Donita lives in Colorado Springs where she is learning to paint–walls and furniture! Visit her website at http://www.dragonkeeper.us/.
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