I've read lots of good novels. Lots of good fantasy novels, even. And it's hard to say what makes one certain novel a classic while other novels, perhaps equally good, somehow lack the ability to endure. But I feel confident in saying that Donita K. Paul's novel Dragonspell possesses that staying power, that mysterious spark that makes a book a classic.
The cover touts it as "A fantastic journey of discovery for all ages" and it's no exaggeration. I have known twelve-year-olds and twenty-somethings who enjoyed the book equally.
Dragonspell is the story of Kale, a village slave who finds a dragon egg and is consequentially thrust into a world of adventure she never dreamed of. Encountering grawligs, kimens, wizards (good and evil), a tumanhoeffer librarian, mordakleeps, and of course, dragons.
The action of the story is intense and exciting, but there is no gore or excessive violence, making it appropriate for younger readers. The characters are colorful, loveable, and their interactions with each other are heartwarming and hilarious. Donita K. Paul has created a fantasy world full of strange creatures, geography that begs exploration, and stories waiting to happen.
Dragonspell would make an excellent choice for family reading, book reports, or just personal reading for fun, no matter what age you are. If you want an exciting adventure, a delightful cast of characters, based on a Christian foundation, read Dragonspell.
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Dragonspell is a fascinating Christian allegory by Donita K. Paul and it follows the adventures of a former slave girl turned reluctant heroine. Kale found a dragon egg and the elders of her village have decided that she must present herself and the egg to the great wizards in the city of Vendela. She expects to become a servant of Paladin who is the earthly representative of Wulder, supreme being of Amara. Instead she gets captured by ogres, rescued by warriors riding large dragons, and sent on a quest to find an extrememly dangerous and rare egg.
Dragonspell is a fast-paced fantasy story with plenty of adventure and suspense. It is a well written story with a believable heroine. Paul describes the various scenes with great skill, and all the characters seem like they could actually live. The author uses too many discriptive words for my taste, but other than that it seems a great story.
I loved this series of books! The characters are extremely well developed, and the setting is well thought out making this imaginary world very believable. I appreciated that while the conflicts were detailed enough to hold my interest, the author avoided unnecessary gore and violence. I hope that when my sons are a little older that they will enjoy this series as much as I do! The concept of major and minor dragons as well as the people using their special gifts to glorify their Creator was a great reminder of God's special plan for each of us!
A fun, beautifully told fantasy tale. Mrs. Paul does a superb job of crafting her fantasy world, from the creatures to the people, from the landscape to a great twist on dragons. Her characters are amusing, lovable, and deep. The story is engaging and ingrained with truth. A wonderful read!