The Dragons of Chiril: A Novel (previously titled The Vanishing Sculptor)  -     By: Donita K. Paul
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The Dragons of Chiril: A Novel (previously titled The Vanishing Sculptor)

WaterBrook Press / 2011 / Paperback

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Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian's desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world. Tipper has been caring for her family's estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling. She must free her father and save the world. But she can't do it alone.

Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder's grace and guidance along the way?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730115
ISBN-13: 9780307730114
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Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.
 
Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.
 
She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.
 
Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?

Previously released as The Vanishing Sculptor

Author Bio

Donita K. Paul is the author of the bestselling DragonKeeper Chronicles with over a quarter of a million books in print.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Dragons of Chiril

"Have you ever looked at a painting from a distance and thought it beautiful, only to draw nearer to it and realize it was more exquisite, complex, and wonderful than you ever imagined? The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul is like that. I began reading and liked it. As usual, I found myself happily enveloped in a vivid world full of emerlindians,
tumanhofers, and dragons. But then, just when I thought the work was beautiful, something deep within me started to tingle…and I began to see that The Dragons of Chiril was far more than simple entertainment or escape. I had one ’aha!’ moment after another. Clues everywhere, right in front of my eyes, blossomed into truth, until at last I put down the book and swam in the rich waters of adventure, peace, and blessed melancholy—the rare state revealing that you’ve been touched by the story of an inspired author. The Dragons of Chiril is sure to be loved by readers and re-readers of every age."
—WAYNE THOMAS BATSON, best-selling author of the Door Within Trilogy, Isle of Swords, and Isle of Fire

"Donita K. Paul never fails to satisfy the imagination and delight the soul. In The Dragons of Chiril, she takes us beyond the boundaries of her beloved DragonKeeper chronicles and opens up vast new realms of wonder. The adventure of Tipper, the sculptor’s daughter, will strike a responsive chord in the heart of every reader who has ever faced a seemingly impossible challenge. This is fantasy that truly illuminates reality!"
—JIM DENNEY, author of the Timebenders series

"The Dragons of Chiril is a delightful tale of otherworldly adventures laced with heavenly meanings. Author Donita K. Paul skillfully transports you to a fantasy world populated with emerlindians, tumanhofers, speaking grand parrots, wizards, and magical librarians; where flying dragons communicate and mysterious portals whisk you across the world. Readers young and old will love journeying along with the enchanting questing party on their mission to save the world and discover a loving God."
—MEGAN DIMARIA, author of Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands

"Stunning beginning to a new series! Rarely does an author recapture the exquisite charm and the bold freshness first discovered in her initial series. Donita K. Paul fans are in for a treat as they uncover new wonders and enchantment in the world of Chiril. New readers will revel in the magical blend of mischief and mayhem woven with wittiness and intrigue throughout this engaging tale. From the zany disposition of Lady Peg to the spirited charm and wit of Tipper, her youthful daughter, The Dragons of Chiril tingles our most fervent emotions of love, joy, and hope. An exciting complement to the DragonKeeper series, and a fantastical adventure for inaugural audiences of all ages."
—ERIC REINHOLD, author of The Annals of Aeliana, Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword, and Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith

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  1. Raechel
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-written fiction.
    May 10, 2012
    Raechel
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was the second book of the Chiril books by Donita K. Paul that I've read, though I wish this one would've been first, because it explained things a bitter better than the one I started with. I assume this is the first in the series.

    I did enjoy "The Dragons of Chiril" quite well. One thing that I noticed, or perhaps, wished for, is that the book would have been totally built upon the Lord. Though, I thought that this book was better founded around God's truth than the other one I read, was. This one had a bit more involvement than the other did, but I do wish that God could have been the exact center.

    It was a good, and exciting story-line, and I must say, my personal preference belonged to Bealomondore :) He and Wizard Fenworth, as well as Librettowit were possibly my very favourite characters of the book. Besides the wonderful dragons, of course :)

    The ending was good, but I think a little more could have been done with it. Though, as I said, I did enjoy this book very much.
  2. Bookworm
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    December 13, 2011
    Bookworm
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul is another skillfully done story, a prequel to Dragons of the Valley.

    Tipper's father, the famous artist Verrin Schope, carved statues from the stone that is Wulder's foundation for the earth. Then he disappeared. Now Tipper has to manage her family's large estate by herself. It's not doing well, and she has to let go most of the servants.

    Tipper's mother is not all there. So Tipper was raised by a grand parrot, Sir Beccaroon. Tipper needs money, so she sells her famous father's artwork, unknowingly also selling the statues carved from Wulder's foundation. With the statues separated, the country is falling apart and so is Tipper's father. Gulleys are randomly appearing, and mountains the exact same size as those gulleys. Tipper's father is unstable and scatters quite often.

    Tipper, Sir Beccaroon, some crazy old men from another country, a budding artist, and Verrin Schope travel across the country in a desperate bid to reunite the statues before the land is ruined and Tipper's father dies.

    It's a race against time, and a battle against a stubborn dragon keeper, slave traders, evil wizards, foolish decisions, imitation statues, and much more.

    I got this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. Rev Bob
    North olmsted, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This product will invovle you like no other
    December 9, 2011
    Rev Bob
    North olmsted, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

    Verrin Schope a master sculptor in Chiril unbeknownst to him used a foundation stone to carve three sculptures. Tipper his beloved daughter after Verrin disappeared years before has been selling his sculptures in order to sustain the family's lifestyle in his absence. Then one night after her mother had ventured to her aunt's, Tipper was visited by her father, was it her imagination or was he real? She enlisted the help of her friend and local magistrate Beccaroon a giant parrot. The next night with Beccaroon present she waited for her father and like he promised he returned. He has been visiting her mother through the mirror in her room. This was a gateway between worlds and different areas of Chiril. What her father had to tell her was frightening and wondrous at the same time. The three statues have to be reunited before her father disappears and the realities of her world disappear forever. With the help of her friend Beccaroon, a wizard and a librarian (brought threw the portal with her father). Tipper will travel to different lands and meet a variety of people and creatures along the way in order to reunite the foundation stone.

    Donita has masterfully woven this tale with such vivid imagery you will lose yourself into the world of Tipper and her friends. This author has gone to extra lengths to give her reader the opportunity to enter the world of Chiril by offering a glossary of terms in the back of the book. Here she gives you descriptions and definitions of the characters, creatures and even the food and plants that are part of Chiril. I recommend you read this area first, then when you read the story the character's and surrounds will pop into your imagination like a colorful movie and you the captive audience.

    Find a comfortable chair because like me once you open this story you will finish it in one sitting. This story moves with such fluidness that you will lose track of the reality of time until you're done.

    Note: Waterbrook Multnomah has given me this publication free for this review.
  4. stmn
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An Allegory Fantasy, I love it:)
    August 11, 2011
    stmn
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Dragons of Chiril is about a girl named Tipper who must go on a quest with her father, who has finally come back from another country, to find and reunite these three statues her father has sculpted.They must reunite the sculptures to create a gateway so that her father can finally stay in one place with the gateway fixed. It will also save the world from deteriorating. I really enjoyed the allegory in this book and thought that Paul did an excellent job in portraying God in the novel. Tipper's father comes back from Amara (the land he had been caught in because of this broken gateway) believing in Wulder's (who is God in this novel) ways and sharing them with Tipper. Tipper's father shares with her that Wulder has a "gift" for each of them. He helps Tipper to figure out that her gift is that of singing, enlightening everyone around her while she sings. The book goes on with some other very interesting allegories that you should check out for yourself!

    This novel by Donita K. Paul was the first book I've ever read by this author. I was used to reading more adult like novels, so this one came to me as being very predictable and easy to figure out. Honestly, it took me at least half the book for me to really get into it. It didn't really become interested in it until it finally climaxed, which was more or less near the end of the book. But, none the less, I have ordered the first book from Paul's other series to read because I did really enjoy "Dragons of Chiril". It is definitely in my opinion, a junior high novel. Senior High students (like myself) might find it boring or childish. It is a fantasy novel, so if you are into fantasy, it's a must read! Just hold on if it is boring at first, I promise it gets better!
  5. beverly Grider
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantasy Takes Flight
    August 4, 2011
    beverly Grider
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is my first of Donita K. Paul's books to read. As I began reading "The Dragons of Chiril," I immediately became engrossed in the exquisitely beautiful, yet complex tale that is "The Dragons of Chiril."

    The story is far more than simple entertainment and I found myself immersed in a world inhabited by emerlindians, tumanhofers, and dragons. My imagination was awakened as I followed along with the main character Tipper, the sculptor's daughter, and a cast of eclectic characters, all of whom were lovable and three-dimensional. Tipper's adventure will strike a responsive chord in the heart of all who read "The Dragons of Chiril," especially anyone who has faced what seemed to be an impossible challenge.

    As the adventure progresses, they share adventures and learn more about the world than they could have ever imagined. The religious undertones were subtle enough that many of the teachings could be applied to any religion or way of life. The characters learned valuable lessons without this book ever feeling preachy. The storyline was enjoyable to read, yet it left just enough open for a sequel.

    You may find more about Donita K. Paul by visiting her website, http://www.donitakpaul.com/index.html.

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