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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
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1578568234
ISBN-13: 9781578568239
Series: Dragon Keeper Chronicles

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Publisher's Description

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

When Kale, a slave girl, finds a dragon egg, she is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. But on her way to The Hall, where she was to be trained, Kale runs into danger. Rescued by a small band of Paladin’s servants, Kale is turned from her destination.

Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find the Wizard 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--the first book in the Dragon Keepers Chronicles--is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

Author Bio

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.

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

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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