A great and terrible evil has infiltrated the land of Chiril.
War is at hand. Can a reluctant warrior, a scatterbrained wizard,
and a spirited princess prevail in their quest to protect Verrin
Schope's magical statues and save their homeland from utter devastation?
There's more than just a physical battle ravaging Princess Tipper
Schope's countryside--a spiritual battle rages within the depths
of Tipper's soul. She and her many comrades must journey to the
Valley of Dragons in the hope of keeping her father's statues from
falling into enemy hands. While the party dodges King Odidoddex's
traps, fights bisonbecks, and searches for clues about the enemy--especially
the one known as The Grawl--Tipper wrestles with the idea of Wulder, He
Who Is. Will she be able to accept this Wulder in whom many
of her friends, including the man she fancies, have put their trust?
In the beginning I was a little overwhelmed with this new fantasy
adventure. The many characters with hard-to-pronounce names and
the 14 different races populating this imaginary world were keeping
me somewhat confused. (Thankfully, there is an appendix in the
back of the book to describe all of the unfamiliar characters and
terms!) I didn't realize until after I began reading that Dragons
of the Valley is the second novel in the series. No wonder
I was having a difficult time connecting to the characters. Had
Dragons of the Valley not been a product review, I might have been
tempted to put it down. I am glad, though, that I was forced to
persevere, because by the tenth chapter or so, I was hooked and
looked forward to my reading time. Those 370 pages didn't seem
quite as daunting anymore!
Once I became familiar with the characters and engaged in the
plot, I was able to relax and enjoy the story. Donita K. Paul's
detailed descriptions bring her novel to life, revealing her characters'
distinct personalities and quirks, which I love. Her characters
are interesting and her imagination contagious. After finishing
the book, I felt encouraged to keep my own passion alive for reading and
writing fantasy fiction!
Donita K. Paul, a former homeschooling mom, really is a multi-talented
writer of fiction. (My daughter has a copy of her delightful children's
book, The Dragon and the Turtle.) I recommend Dragons
of the Valley to fantasy lovers of all ages. It's a great
book to pass on to your kids and discuss with them the importance
of faith, perseverance, and being the person God created you to
be. However, I would recommend beginning with the first book in
the series, The Vanishing Sculptor, which is now on my
list of books to read! Suggested retail price is $13.99, but there
are many on-line stores and prices from which to choose.