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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Dragon Keeper Chronicles
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They face a deadly threat–and a challenging choice.
Kale’s responsibility is to find, hatch, and train an army of dragons, and she tackles the daunting task–until she is shocked by a betrayal. As the Amaran countrymen seek escape, she must search for her husband, family, and friends while organizing an underground movement to weaken the enemy. But when the end draws near, Kale must choose between two dismal destinies.
Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this stunning addition to Donita K. Paul’s popular Dragon Keepers fantasy series.
Kale has many doubts about going with her father, who had disappeared when she was young. Together they find a cowardly ropma who tries to steal Kale's minor dragons. Inadvertently he leads them to a valley filled with bisonbecks guarding dragons. But can they rescue the dragons and the ropma babies from Burner Stox and her bisonbecks? If they succeed, will the dragons join them to save Amara? Kale's husband, Sir Bardon, goes on a quest with Kale's sorceress mother, Sir Dar, Regidor, and Gilda to stop the evils invading the land. When a serious illness strikes Bardon, he becomes helpless and is captured by the embittered mad sorcerer, Crim Cropper, who looses all of his mutations on Amara.
DragonFire follows DragonSpell and DragonQuest in a series which has won a following among the young. Paul creates a world of magic and wonderfully imaginative creatures to intrigue her readers.
As someone starting the series in the latest book, I found it hard to keep the various creatures straight. Paul includes a list of characters and a glossary but not a lot of descriptions of her creatures in the story itself. Sometimes I found my imagination from a few words of description in one place out of line with something else. For instance, from the first sixty pages, I thought Bardon and Kale were humans, but they weren't. Both Bardon's father and another emerlindian described are tiny, but Kale looks up to Bardon, so I assume he's one of the tall emerlindians. Also, the differences between the various types of dragons can be confusing. A little more description would help.
In the first couple of chapters the author intimates that the story would have our heroes confronting fire-breathing dragons and going on a quest to find Regidor and Gilda. When they find the newlywed pair quite early in the book and the fire-breathing dragons don't show up until the end, I was rather disappointed.
However, Paul's story offers an adventure, intriguing characters, good values, and a positive view of marriage, all good things for readers, especially young ones. Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
"DragonFire is a soaring adventure. But I wouldnt expect any less from Donita K. Paul, as she always gives us a delightful read: intriguing, challenging, and full of blessing."
Kathryn Mackel, author of Vanished and Outriders
"A rich, fantastical treatDragonFire lights the imagination with every turn of the page!"
Robert Elmer, fantasy/sci-fi author
"DragonFire is not a book only for the young of age, but also for the young at heart. Donita Paul possesses a unique talent for instilling deep wisdom and spiritual truth in a story that is engrossing and satisfying for adults and children alike. She is one of my favorite authors."
Hannah Alexander, author of the Hideaway series
"In DragonFire, Donita K. Paul has outdone herself! Though all of her dragon tales enchant, entertain, and inspire, this latest entry reveals even more profound depths in her charactersand in her magical winged creatures. This story will touch your emotionsand your soul."
Jim Denney, author of the Timebenders series and Answers to Satisfy the Soul
"DragonFire is predictablein the very best sense of the word! Breakneck pacing. Plot twists aplenty. Spiritual truths that inspire. And a powerful ending thathere we go againleaves you wanting more."
Tamara Leigh, bestselling author of Perfecting Kate
"DragonFire is a worthy continuation of the endearing series begun by Donita K. Paul. Lovable, admirable characters, entertaining adventures and misadventures, and breath-stealing plots twists, all deftly woven with sustaining strands of spiritual truth. Youth and adults alike will find these books impossible to put down until the last page is read."
Janelle Clare Schneider, author
"Another enchanting fantasy starring the Dragon Keeper, Kale. Even when she thinks shes failed those she loves and who trust her, obedience and Wulders love guide Kale. Inspiring."
Lyn Cote, Author of Blessed Assurance
"Donita K. Paul has created another delightful tale featuring Kale, Bardon, and their enchanting friends. DragonFire takes the reader inside a wonderful world of fun and fantasy, with spiritual truths lighting each pathway. I loved it!"
Peggy Darty, author of When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues
Elijah Duval5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!February 23, 2011Elijah DuvalQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fire dragons are destroying villages and houses. Two wizards, husband and wife, are battling for control in risto's absence. But even more evil are Pretender's intentions. A plot that runs much more deep than anyone knows.
PaisCharosForest, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 13, 2008PaisCharosForest, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleBardon and Kale, now married, are given another quest, one they must complete separate from each other. Paladin is dying, but will Kale and Bardon be able to complete their tasks and save him? Another great story of love and courage!
Julie Dick4 Stars Out Of 5October 12, 2008Julie DickThe powerful knight Paladin, who connects Amara with Wulder, is seriously ill. Now married, Brendon and Kale search for meech dragons Regidor and Gilda. Will they reach their friends in time? This was my favorite book of the series so far. I really enjoyed how the author made Paladin real and yet kept him symbolic
NoahR5 Stars Out Of 5October 3, 2008NoahRWhat can I say about this wonderful book other than it has great characters and humorous people of all diffrents sorts. This is a extrodinary piece of work which should be shared with everybody. I challenge you to by this book and see what it is like. If you do not like it then that's okay but if you do like it then share it with others. Buy this book!
Jordan5 Stars Out Of 5September 3, 2008JordanAt this point in the series, I was through with libraries. Donita K. Paul had my interest firmly in her grasp, so I rushed out and bought this one the day after it was released. And it was worth it! Deeper than the others, more great story line, and deep characters. There's a difference here from the first three. There are fewer characters, which means more time to work on their development. Unlike the other three, I almost cried at the end of this one. It was that good. And there's one more after it!