Dragons of the Valley    -     By: Donita K. Paul
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WaterBrook Press / 2010 / Paperback

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In this exciting new book from the author of DragonSpell and DragonFire, your teens will meet Bealomondore and Tipper---and join in their courageous quest to save three valuable statues from the hands of an invading army! Can they escape the clutches of Grawlbeck, a vicious monster hunter, and save their threatened homeland? 384 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400073405
ISBN-13: 9781400073405
Availability: In Stock
Series: Chiril Chronicles

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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? 

Author Bio

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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Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul is about pride. Tipper Schope, a young princess, must transport and protect three powerful statues while her country is about to be invaded. Tipper must then overcome her fear in order to become the queen her country needs.

Dragons of the Valley is written in the third person and switches perspectives between both of the two main characters, Tipper and Bealomondore, and a minor one who observes the mysterious and eccentric Wizard Fenworth. Tipper and Bealomondore have a close friendship formed through the tough experiences they have shared. However, Tipper falls in love with Paladin, a man who humbly acts as the mouthpiece of God and loves Tipper as well.

Her country still recovering from an attempted revolution by an evil wizard, Tipper has to move the three magical statues to safety while spies roam the land in preparation for an invasion from a resource-depleted kingdom. Bealomondore goes with Tipper and is faced with the decision of whether or not to become a warrior. When her father disappears, Tipper is torn between searching for her father and staying to protect the statues. She and Bealomondore decide to seek Tipper’s father, so they leave the statues with Wizard Fenworth. During their search, they encounter an evil creature called the Grawl. After they finally find Tipper’s father spying on the enemy, they race to try to protect their unprepared country from invasion and convince the prideful king, Tipper’s grandfather, to listen to Paladin.

Tipper tries to do the best she can with the situations thrust upon her, but her pride and rebellious nature often overrule her common sense. Her prideful decision to ignore good advice at one point causes her to break her ankle, which causes many delays in her search for her father. Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Both Tipper and her grandfather discover the prophetic truth of this verse.

As a fan of Donita K. Paul, I was excited to read this book but was slightly disappointed with it. The plot was somewhat generic fantasy and did not rise to her usual standards. The characters were fairly flat and were not fully developed. Paul also needed better descriptions of the Grawl, the main antagonist. This book would be great for preteens and young teens, but I would not recommend it for any older fans of fantasy. – Nathan Sturgis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Destiny
    Riverside, CA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 12, 2011
    Destiny
    Riverside, CA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    The peaceful land of Chiril is thrust into war as it faces an invasion. Lead by Tipper Schope and her artist friend Bealomondore, the county of Chiril must defend itself and protect three important statues from the enemy. Using the voice of Wulder, Donita K. Paul intersperses biblical truths throughout her exciting tale. Fans of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia will definitely enjoy this work of Christian fantasy fiction. Since the novel is geared toward adolescences and young adults, the writing style is simple and easy to follow. Although the plot is enticing, elaborate descriptions sometimes detract from the action. Even though I have not yet read the first book in this trilogy, Dragons of the Valley was still understandable. I recommend this book to others and look forward to reading Books 1 and 3 of the series.

    Note of Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  2. Bookworm
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    November 17, 2011
    Bookworm
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul is a great Christian allegory. Tipper Schope is sent on a mission to keep the statues from falling into enemy hands. These aren't just ordinary statues, though. If these statues get separated not only will Tipper's father shatter, but also the morale of the country. Last time they got separated, the land itself separated and caused a huge chasm.

    The artist Bealomondore (say that five times fast) is also dragged into this by being tricked into protecting one of the other two statues. He is convinced that after delivering it to the kimens he will be allowed to go home and continue painting and drawing. But that is not to be the case. A wizard gifts him with a magic sword, and Bealomondore is part of the questing party before he realizes what happened.

    Unfortunately in the process of keeping the statues from the enemy, the statues get separated, causing problems. To restore their country, and Tipper's father, Tipper, Bealomondore and their questing party must bring the statues to the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. Will Bealomondore answer Wulder's call and wield the sword as powerfully as the paintbrush? Will their mission succeed? Will Tipper's father shatter? Or will he be saved? Find out when you read Dragons of the Valley.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. krcorona
    USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this whole series!!!
    May 3, 2011
    krcorona
    USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The book starts a bit slower, it is not the "grab you with the first word and keep you until the end" but as you get into it it does bring you in where you find by the first third of the book you are involved. Towards the end you are wanting to jump ahead to find out what happens but you can't or you will miss so much. Besides the main conflict of war there are two other "side-line" stories going on as well.

    These books are wonderful books to read and enjoy. They also serve as an allegory for our wonderful God, that the author weaves into every story. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves knights, and kings, and dragons. They are wonderful!!!
  4. Selina
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book from the Dragon Lady
    April 18, 2011
    Selina
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril. Can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?

    The second book in the Chiril Chronicles, ‘Dragons of the Valley' continues the story that was introduced in ‘The Vanishing Sculptor' (re-released as ‘Dragons of Chiril'). This entertaining fantasy novel follows Tipper, an Emerlindian Princess; Bealomondor, a Tumanhofer artist; Sir Beccaroon, a grand parrot; The Grawl, a mysterious for-hire killer; and Hollee, a kimen assigned to help Wizard Fenworth; as they protect three important statues and the country of Chiril.

    As always, Donita K. Paul delivers a wonderfully realistic fantasy world full of loveable characters. Whether it's the antics of the playful kimens, Fenworth's antics, or Tipper's mother's childish yet intelligent mind, ‘Dragons of the Valley' is full of smiles and laughter.

    Not all is sunshine in Chiril, however. Rumors abound as the neighboring country of Baardack seems to threaten an invasion. The characters have to deal with their inner demons and their reaction to the news of the God Wulder that Wizard Fenworth, Librettowit, and Prince Jayrus, the Paladin, bring. Donita does a wonderful job of fairly artfully showing how Wulder changes the characters' lives and their outlook on the world around them. The Grawl offers a great villain, dark without being a caricature, and provides a contrast to the rest of the characters' perspectives.

    While I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Dragons of the Valley,' the book is fairly easy on sword-wielding action, although there are some fights. There was also an underlying romance which I found slightly exasperating, due to its being underplayed to the point where I wasn't even sure if there was a romance. At points I felt like their might be a love triangle, but it I was never really very certain. Perhaps as a Christian book aimed at the young adult market, the author chose to downplay the romantic part, but since it is there, I wish she would have made it more defined.

    The only other thing I found slightly confusing was Paladin. In the DragonKeeper Chronicles, it seemed like Paladin was allegorical of Christ. In the Chiril Chronicles, Prince Jayrus as Paladin is more of a prophet. The story still worked well, though, and it was only a small distraction.

    Overall, however, ‘Dragons of the Valley' was a fun and well-written book, if a little light, and I eagerly await its sequel, ‘Dragons of the Watch.' It had a wonderful ending, and a wonderful ending can make up for any little qualms. If you love a medieval-style fantasy, and if you enjoy a book that has a sound spiritual thread as well as a physical and an emotional thread, I definitely recommend ‘Dragons of the Valley.'
  5. Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An intriguing fantasy
    February 27, 2011
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The land of Chiril has not seen war for some time, but now the neighboring kingdom is at their door with the intent of destroying and taking over the peaceful land. A band of unlikely heroes are summoned to hide and protect Chiril's greatest treasure. Accompanied by an eccentric wizard, and aided by a host of interesting characters, they must find a way to keep their kingdom from falling into the hands of the enemy. Their biggest challenge: The Grawl. A creature/man whose origin is cloaked in mystery, seeming to be more legend than reality.

    After receiving this book, I discovered that it was the second book of a series. That made me hesitant, since I hadn't read the first book, but I went into reading with that fact in mind. The first couple of chapters were a learning process for me since the various races of creatures weren't explained in detail (this was most likely done in the first book - "The Vanishing Sculptor"). The Appendix in the back of the book came in handy, and I was thankful for it. With the first couple of chapters out of the way I was able to fall into the story. The novel seems to be geared a bit more toward younger readers, but is good reading for adults as well. What stood out most for me was the excellent characterization. Especially that of Lady Peg. At first, I thought the character would annoy me, but she became very entertaining. Her "confrontations" with Groddenmitersay are some of my favorite scenes. I also fell in love with the kimens.

    I did find myself confused here and there by some things that were left unexplained or didn't have enough detail. I suspect that is because it is the second novel in the series. I will most likely purchase "The Vanishing Sculptor" to try to fill in those gaps. Overall, Paul does an excellent job of portraying her fantasy world, and the story flows well.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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