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Effie knew exactly where she was going, and talented artist-turned-hero Bealomondore knew he had too many choices for his future. Each course would satisfy some part of his desires, but each opportunity precluded following the others. Putting off making decisions seemed reasonable until after he fulfilled his obligation to Queen Tipper and Paladin. Neither Effie norBealomondore anticipated an obstabcle to big to avoid. In Dragons of the watch the two find themselves trapped in a magically isolated city. To find the way out, they must identify the specific needs of a band of feral children and a very old man.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Chiril Chronicles
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Trapped in a forgotten city, bound by secrets, Ellie and Bealomondore must enlist the dragons of the watch to find freedom.
Ellie knows exactly where she is going. She just wants to experience the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, then settle into a simple life with a country husband.
With too many choices, Bealomondores future is a tangle of possibilities. He is respected, well-known, and admired among the elite of Chiril, but Wulder demands he narrow his focus and follow his Creator, one step at a time.
Both Ellie and Bealomondores plans are thwarted when they find themselves lost in an isolated city. As they discern the needs of a group of wild children and a very old man, clues began to surface and a bigger picture is revealed. With the help of the dragons of the watch, can the two tumanhofers find the way outand perhaps discover their connection to something greater than themselves?
Donita K. Paul is the author of The Dragons of Chiril, Dragons of the Valley, and the bestselling DragonKeeper Chronicles with more than a quarter of a million books in print. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order. Visit her website at DonitaKPaul.com.
"The writing is crisp and the setting imaginative. This series will speak to all ages of Christian readers."
"Donita K. Paul never fails to satisfy the imagination and delight the soul.… This is fantasy that truly illuminates reality."
JIM DENNEY, author of the Timebenders Series
"Donita K. Pauls vivid imagery and startling plot twists will delight fans."
KACY BARNETT-GRAMCKOW, author of the Genesis Trilogy
"I wouldnt expect anything less from Donita K. Paul, as she always gives us a delightful read: intriguing, challenging, and full of blessing."
KATHRYNMACKEL, author of Vanished
"Donita K. Paul possesses a unique talent for instilling deep wisdom and spiritual truth in a story that is engrossing and satisfying.… She is one of my favorite authors."
HANNAH ALEXANDER, author of Silent Pledge
"Donita K. Pauls inventiveness never ceases to amaze. Fresh ideas for new races of people and unusual creatures keep flowing from her gifted pen."
JILL ELIZABETH NELSON, author of the To Catch a Thief Series
"Shut your eyes, hold your breath, and plunge into the unshackled imagination of Donita K. Paul."
LINDA WICHMAN, author of Legend of the Emerald Rose
homesteadingrural NCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!November 22, 2011homesteadingrural NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleAny book in this genre is outside of what I normally read, but my oldest son has read all of Ms. Paul's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. He says they have excellent spiritual messages presented in an allegorical style. I think it's nice that I can trust the author with my children, knowing that they will come away with a deeper awareness of God.
I probably should have read Dragons of Chiril and Dragons of the Valley first. Then I would have known more about the characters and the world they live in. I don't think kids will have a problem if they haven't read the other books, though. Their imaginations are probably far better honed than mine.
Special thanks to Laura Tucker of WaterBrook Press for sending me a review copy. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, just my honest opinion.
ratladynhNew HampshireAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great readingNovember 11, 2011ratladynhNew HampshireAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this book contiues on in Danita Pauls great style!! I love Dragons. I would love one as a friend and "pet" When I finish with it I will give it to my niece to read.
STheisCentral MinnesotaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Depth and BeautyOctober 18, 2011STheisCentral MinnesotaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is probably the first time in a long time (if not the first time ever) that I waited with great anticipation for the release of a novel. ::grin:: The publisher made a "sneak peak" available, which included the first two chapters of the novel. The kids and I all read it, and waited ever-so-patiently.
Dragons of the Watch arrived on my doorstep late Saturday afternoon. I casually opened the package and laid the book on the counter. My 10-year-old was standing nearby. My husband said to him, "Hey CJ, look at that." He walked over, his mouth dropped open, then he quickly snatched the book and turned to run. Before he could get to a comfy spot on the couch I called out, "Nope, I get to read it FIRST." I was officially declared "the meanest mom in the world." No worries, though, I didn't hog the book. By midnight Sunday I was reading the last page. Now, how do I write a glowing review without spoilers?
I have to be brutally honest. When I read the preview chapters, I wasn't sure I was going to like the rest. It seemed so strange. Why didn't Ellie find her circumstances strange? Why didn't she complain? Why did her aunt and uncle just drive off and leave her and expect her to be ok? I wasn't so sure I was liking the way this book was starting off! I shouldn't have worried. First of all, Ellie was quite able to care for herself and I was being too much of a "mother hen". Secondly, her personality and ability to handle her unusual circumstances is explained eventually. I was able to identify my own anxieties while reading the book. I mean, don't we normally expect a book to have a "happy" ending? For everything to work out in the end? Even though I reminded myself of this, I was caught up in the story and found myself feeling a genuine concern and worry for Ellie, Bealomondore, and the other characters. I fell in love with the book, and especially with Ellie. She just might be my favorite character yet out of Mrs. Paul's books that I've read. I may not have her patience nor her purity of character, but there are so many other character traits that I identify with.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, Dragons of the Watch does an excellent job of introducing the characters (and therefore the reader) to their Creator (Wulder is an allegorical reference to Yahweh God). Like a rose blooming, the story unfolds to reveal depth and beauty in the hearts of the main characters. Attributes of Wulder mirror our God's, and principles from the Tomes are borrowed from our Bible so that we learn--as if by a parable--how we should order our own lives. Reading from this point of view causes me to feel refreshed, excited, and filled with hope. When I pull myself from the fantasy, close the book and examine my reality, it's like looking at my world with new eyes. I can't wait to hear what the rest of my family thinks.
Dragons of the Watch is a bit different than the other novels. A little more romance, a little less action. The characters are well-developed. The setting is beautifully described. The main story is very, very good. It isn't just "brain candy", a term a friend of mine just introduced me to). If you haven't read any from this series yet, I recommend buying all three!