Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: Dragonspell


Dragonspell, written by Donita K. Paul, is a Christian fantasy story about a girl who finds herself on an unbelievable quest.  Kale, a former slave, is sent by her people to deliver a dragon egg.  She ends up meeting two new friends, who turn her away from her original destination and help her realize her true skills and talents and the importance of serving Paladin (who resembles Jesus).  Through this journey, Kale learns that she is a dragon-keeper and has the ability to find dragon eggs.  She also has the ability to communicate through “mindspeak” or telepathy.  Kale and her friends are placed in extreme danger and must battle dark forces.    
Dragonspell is a clever fantasy fiction.  Donita K. Paul certainly has a wonderful imagination.  I love stories and movies about dragons and the premise of the story really sucked me in.  I was jealous of the fact that Kale can mindspeak, or in other words, use telepathy.  I would be using that skill all the time if I could!  I was glued to the book for the first half.  I then began to feel as though the story was dragging a tad bit, but then I felt it picked up again and I was glued to the end.  I think that Donita K. Paul adds a large amount of detail, which reminded me so much of when I read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  This was a very different book for me to read - I have never read a Christian fantasy book.  Overall, I thought it was a great way to encourage faith and certainly promotes discussion with young readers.

About the Author:

Donita K. Paul is an award-winning author and a retired teacher.  She has written numerous other books with tales of dragons.  She has two grown children, two grandchildren, two dogs, and lives in Colorado. 

*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.
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