DragonSpell, DragonKeeper Chronicles Series #1   -     By: Donita K. Paul
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DragonSpell, DragonKeeper Chronicles Series #1

Random House, Inc / 2004 / Paperback

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Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. A small band of Paladin's servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. Great for ages 12 and older

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781578568239
Availability: In Stock
Series: Dragon Keeper Chronicles

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Publisher's Description

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

Author Bio

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author. She is also engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Her teen writing club has e-published four juvenile novels, and she conducts two writing workshops each week.

Editorial Reviews

"In Dragonspell, Donita K. Paul has created an amazing world of fantasy adventure. From riding on dragons to jumping off cliffs to moving mountains, this story is sure to spark a reader’s imagination–young and old. And with a message of identity transformed from slavery to servanthood, it’s a book families will love reading and discussing together."
–Christopher P. N. Maselli, children’s author of Reality Shift and founder of TruthPop.com

"A reluctant heroine, her fainting dragon, and an assortment of colorful companions make for a delightful read in Donita K. Paul’s Dragonspell. This is adventure and fantasy at its finest–a must read for the imaginative soul."
–Linda Windsor, award-winning author of Along Came Jones and the Fires of Gleannmara trilogy

"Dragonspell is a fine, well-written tale guaranteed to entertain both old and young alike. This was proven in our household when our eleven-year-old son snatched up the book and devoured it. Upon returning it, he exclaimed, ’It’s good!’ –high praise from a rabid fan of Tolkein, Lewis, Jacques and company. I can only nod my head in agreement."
–Christopher A. Lane, Gold Medallion and C.S. Lewis award-winning author of children’s and adult fiction

"Inventive, engaging, witty, insightful, touching, and profound–Dragonspell is all this and more. If Donita K. Paul’s only intention was to create a world where readers encounter novelties and wonders at every turn, then she has succeeded admirably. But she actually does much more than this: she enables us to see our relationship with God and His world through new eyes. A delight for all true fans of fantasy literature."
–Jim Ware, author of God of the Fairy Tale and co-author of Finding God in the Lord of the Rings

"Enchanting! A perilous quest, a timeless battle, an unlikely heroine, and a rousing adventure in a world of magic and mystery–Donita K. Paul has concocted a tale brimming with eternal truth and seasoned with delightful and amazing characters that linger in the senses long after the last page. Dragonspell is destined to become a classic for a new generation of adventurers!"
–Susan May Warren, award-winning author of Happily Ever After

"The greatest thing any author can do is to catch you up and transport you right into the very scene, the very action, the story . . . in such a way that you live the book, not merely read it.  That is exactly what Donita K. Paul does with Dragonspell.  For a few hours, you will take a journey to a place you have never been, with a story you will never forget.  Enjoy the trip!"
–Stephen Bly, author of Paperback Writer and Christy-award-winning The Long Trail Home

"Dragonspell is a tightly written fantasy quest set in an extraordinarily rendered storyworld. With seven intelligent races, seven evil races, several delightful dragons, one weird wizard, and an endless supply of exotic plants and animals, you will NOT be bored."
–Randy Ingermanson, Christy award-winning author of Oxygen and Premonition

"No one will ever be able to read this and doubt that Christian fantasy is a viable genre for spreading God’s word."
–Christine Lynxwiler, president of American Christian Romance Writers

"Charming, well-drawn characters, a story chock full of adventures and misadventures, a land populated with dragons, doneels, emerlindians, grawligs, and all sorts of other fascinating inhabitants–I ask you, what more could any reader want? With Dragonspell, Donita K. Paul has nailed a complex and engaging fantasy world. Whether nine or ninety, you won’t be disappointed."
–Kathleen Morgan, author of Consuming Fire and All Good Gifts

"Dragonspell has a heart-thumping, page-turning plot that is sure to captivate and enthrall even the most reluctant reader!"
–Peggy Wilber, author of Reading Rescue 1-2-3

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  1. Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic allegory!
    August 18, 2012
    MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was skeptical at first as to whether I would like Dragonspell or not... based on the cover and the summary I thought it might be a bit weird- but that was before I got the book and started reading! Don't "judge this book by its cover"! I started reading last night and found myself instantly captured by the book's well-written plot, memorable characters_ and, of course, the baby dragon! :-) Fourteen-year-old Kale, a former slave, is on her way to the great city of Vendela to bring a dragon egg she has found to The Hall and to join Paladin's followers. On her way, she meets perilous danger. A group of Paladin's followers rescues her and they her a message- that instead of going to The Hall for her training, she is needed to join them immediately on a crucial quest to find and recover a rare and important meech dragon's egg, which has been taken by an evil wizard who, unless stopped, will use it for a devastating purpose.

    This was a fantastic and well-written book, and I love how it's a fun and exciting story and also an allegory! This has been one of my absolute favorite books that I've gotten through the blogging program- did I mention that I only got the book last night and already finished it?! This book is one I would definitely recommend to others. I loved it!

    Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me this book free in exchange for my honest review!
  2. Newfield, NJ
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Vividly Imagined Fantasy!
    August 2, 2012
    Sarah Rose
    Newfield, NJ
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    One dragon egg holds the key to the future.

    And one former slave girl holds the ability to find it.

    Kale Allerion, unassuming o'rant girl of River Away, is on her way to the Hall to become a servant of Paladin. Instead, she finds herself set off in the middle of a quest for the last remaining meech egg. With her companions, Leetu and Dar, she must face her fears, embrace her talents and race to find the egg before the dark wizard Risto does. Can one slave girl do so much? Or will evil triumph in the search for the dragon egg?

    With vivid imagination, Donita K. Paul sweeps out a colorful story with a brilliant backdrop. Dragonspell took me through swamp lands, forests, valleys and castles on the hunt for the dragon egg and the mission from Paladin. The quest started out a little slowly at first, but mid-way through I became truly engaged.

    Being the first book in a series, I feared Dragonspell would leave me locked in a dungeon someplace, awaiting for the second part. Fortunately, it wrapped up well enough to stand alone. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars!

    I received this book from the publisher for free, in exchange for my review.
  3. Coshocton, OH
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dragonspell - A spellbinding book
    July 12, 2012
    Crazy RAGs
    Coshocton, OH
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul is a book filled with magical creatures, characters you will love, and of course a biblical point of view. Set in a land called Amara, a slave girl embarks to the capital city Vendela. Attacked by ogres she is plunged into a quest of urgency, to get back a dragon egg stolen by the evil wizard Risto. She travels with two companions, Dar and Leetu. She learns things about herself and even meets the most important man alive, Paladin.

    Kale, still naive to her powers, didn't even know they existed utill one day she found a dragon egg. Kale thought it was just a mistake that she found it but the leaders of her town weren't as convinced. To make sure the dragon egg was properly taken care of the leaders sent Kale to the capital city, Vendela. She was turned off course when two warriors saved her from an attack. Still not knowing anything about her powers, Kale learned fast that it was no mistake she found the dragon eggs. Worried that she would never understand how powers truly worked she was encouraged by her friends. After accidentally triggering her powers Dar, one of her friends and questing partners, encouraged her by saying, "By all the light on the crystal sea, that was brilliant."

    I really enjoyed this book. The amount of adventure and fantasy entrapped me. I received this book on a Friday and read three chapters at school, the next day I read four more chapters. By the end of Sunday night I was on chapter thirty-nine. It took me half of Monday morning to finish the rest of the book. I literally could not put it down. My family and I went to a friends house and the first thing I did after they invited us inside was sit on their couch and continue reading. I recommended this book to everyone I know and I think you should read it too. Personally I believe that this could become a movie in the next three or four years.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. Wausau, WI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enchanting!
    September 22, 2011
    Val Frania
    Wausau, WI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul was a pleasant surprise for me! The book is a fantasy story about a little girl named Kale who strikes out for The Hall after finding a dragon egg. I would have never guessed that I would enjoy a book so much, and would have never chosen one like this if it hadn't been for a review. I read it slowly and deliberately because of the story line. I was so intrigued I didn't want to miss a word.

    At every turn the plot and characters would parallel something spiritual and throughout the book we could see how Wulder, the divine entity in the book, was the loving, caring leader that Kale needed to get to know and learn to lean on and follow. We were introduced to characters such as beater frogs, druddums, doneels, and emerlindians. It was a classic tale of good and evil, kinship, friendship, and character tests.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to depart from the usual and enjoy some whimsy and adventure through the eyes of a little o'rant girl.

    Blogging for Books provided this book for free to me for an honest review. I will definitely buy Paul's other books in the series and continue the journey with Kale!
  5. Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful fantasy
    July 27, 2011
    Girl Thursday
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    DragonSpell is the first novel in a 5 book series by Donita K. Paul called the "Dragonkeeper Chronicles". It is a Christian allegorical fantasy in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and introduces you to a world rich with characters that will soon feel like old-friends. In a timeless tale of good vs. evil, adventure, self-discovery and eternal truths DragonSpell is destined to be a classic read and beloved by the whole family.

    DragonSpell is the story of Kale, a young o'rant slave girl, who orphaned at an early age has lived among a village of marione's where the only things expected of her are obedience and hard work. Her life is changed drastically when she is drawn by forces beyond her control to a dragon egg. Kale is sent to deliver the egg to The Hall in Vendela and there she is also to be trained for service to Paladin.

    "Are ye sure ye won't ride all the way into the city?"

    That one question is the pivot point upon which Kale's new life in Vendela is diverted into a quest to rescue a precious meech dragon egg from the evil Wizard Risto. Afraid and with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness Kale embarks on a journey to self-discovery, faith, and acceptance. A journey filled with untold danger, fainting dragons, teasing doneels, and an absentminded old wizard, Kale discovers she is not just a slave and that being in service to Paladin is more than being a servant.

    I was surprised and delighted by DragonSpell. The story is rich in detail, full of subtle humor, adversity to overcome, lessons to learn and characters I didn't want to leave behind when the book was finished. I will definitely be putting DragonSpell on my "to keep" list and will be adding the rest of the series to my library as soon as I can.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group does not require a positive review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Donita K. Paul
Located in: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Submitted: August 22, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I retired early from teaching school because of a disabling illness. I began to write. My health has improved but not enough to work outside the home. That's okay. I like what God has me doing. I am the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of two adorable boys.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to do something different. This was, indeed, different. I also wanted to give concerned parents something to hand their children when they begged for fantasy. Fantasy is fun and it can be a vehicle for illustrating God's love.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  First of all I wanted a really "fun" book that could be read with delight and without bogging down in the worldly mire of a fatalistic outlook. As my characters developed, they had to conquer fears and doubts in order to grow. I saw the main character discover her talent and gain confidence in using it. Each of us is unique, and I think God cheers us on as we uncover our gifts and begin to use them.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I often get a piece of wisdom from our Sunday sermons. Not only does it apply to my life, but by having my characters work through something in their fictional situations, I see how universal the truth of God is to everyone. Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I would like to thank those who have read the book and are talking to friends and neighbors. I can't believe how quickly Dragonspell has gained popularity. This isn't because of a fancy ad campaign we've developed. It's because people like you share your enthusiasm. Thanks and stop by the web site www.dragonspell.us for updates and all sorts of extras from the Land of Amara.

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