Fourth in the Dragon Keepers Chronicles, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kale and Bardon are now married, but trouble arises. The people of Amara have forgotten Wulder. Paladin is ill. The couple embark on separate missions to save the land of Amara. Kale must work with her father to find an army of dragons, while Bardon helps lead the army back home. This book is a little more serious than the first ones and not as funny, but it has the same messages, memorable characters, and exciting plot. I highly recommend it to children ages 11-15.
Married couple Kale Allerion and Sir Bardon resides in the Bogs where they know first hand how difficult it is to keep cretins out. However, they are euphoric because they think they have found a cure for their meech dragon friend, Gilda. Both assume a short jaunt is all it will take on their part although that means going outside the Bogs into the Amara countryside.<br /><br />When they do they find the easy trek to be a nightmare. In Amara, wizards are at war with one another with the greater Amaran populace being collateral damage. Kale and Bardon try to rouse the people and hatch dragons for a counter attack, but the will to fight back is lacking especially with their leader Paladin ailing and incapable of leading the armies. Worse the pair realizes that the evil Pretender probably realizes the time for a coup is now.<br /><br />Fans of Donita K. Pauls DragonKeeper series (see DRAGONSPELL, DRAGONQUEST, and DRAGONKNIGHT) will enjoy the latest entry as old friends return during a crisis that threatens their world. The story line is action-packed, but refreshingly different as perspectives rotate between the lead now married couple; thus differing capers occur or at times when Kale and Bardon are together the same event surfaces but seems somewhat dissimilar. Kale especially grows in this tale as she plays a predominant role. Complex with many supporting characters enhancing the plot, Ms. Pauls audience will appreciate her latest tale in what is proving to be one of the better enduring sagas.
In Donita K. Paul's DragonFire, Kale Allerion and her husband, Sir Bardon, live in the Bogs, trying to clean out the mordakleeps and other unwelcome creatures. But, when they happen upon a cure for their meech dragon friend, Gilda, they start out on what they believe to be a short quest.Once their outside the Bogs, they realize Amara has changed and not for the better. The countryside is being assaulted by feuding wizards. Innocent Amareans are suffering in the wake of the devastation caused by the fighting.Kale and Bardon know they must join the fight and rouse their countrymen to fight back against the evil forces. However, they discover that their leader, Paladin, is sick and unable to lead the armies of Amara. Can Amara be saved or will Pretender finally defeat the weakened Paladin?Readers of all ages will enjoy this fourth book in the fantasy series, The DragonKeeper Chronicles. DragonFire picks up three years after the last story in the series, but the characters are still familiar and are once again drawn together in a time of need.Readers will find themselves drawn into the story from the first chapter and the twists and turns along the way keep readers interested.I loved this fourth book as much, if not more, than the others in the series. Paul is a talented writer who keeps her writing clean, yet she doesnt avoid battles and conflicts that make the story suspenseful.