Saturday, January 5, 2008


By Reviewer Angi
Title: DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: Donita K. Paul
Primary Audience/age group: 11 and up
Genre: Fantasy
# of pages: 340
Year of Release: 2004
Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of 4 (so far)
Rating: 4
Recommend: Yes! I loved it!

Description: One dragon egg holds the key to the future
Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has so much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.
A desperate search begins
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 meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect.

Review: Once I entered the land of Amara, I did not want to leave. Kale, the main character is very likable, and I could relate to her in so many aspects, both when I was a teen, and now on the journey's of my adulthood. The book was a page turner, you won't want to put it down. I suggest you buy the whole series because once you finish one, you'll want to start right in on the next one!

Positive: This is a fantasy book that the whole family can read. It is full of lessons of friendship, loyalty, honor, responsibility, and most importantly, faith.

Spiritual Elements: This is a very spiritual book in which "Wulder" symbolizes God. Kale is called by God to serve him by going on adventures. Her gift is finding valuable dragon eggs that have various purposes. She is both excited for the opportunity, but hesitant to commit to serving this being that she knows so little about. At many points she must continue on in faith, and eventually make a deliberate decision on what if she wants to serve Wulder or not.
One of my favorite passages:
Kale says "I know Wulder made all things, and Pretender tries to copy His work. But I didn't know Wulder is everywhere. How could that be?"
"You're thinking of Wulder as having a body and moving from place to place." Dar stood and pivoted in a circle with his arms outstretched. "Wulder is everywhere. You can see his power by recognizing His work. When a flower opens, that's His work. When the stars twinkle at night, that's His work."
later in the chapter Dar says "So many people don't know who Wulder is or what He's capable of doing. Their ignorance doesn't make Wulder less of a being; it makes them less. Until they know, they can't be whole."

Violence: There are some intense scenes, as is common in fantasy books. There are fight scenes, but the details are not very violent or gory. The book would have been a 5, but I had to give it a 4 because of the battles. All battles were clearly good against evil.

Language: No bad language.

Sexual Content: None

Rating: 4 for mild violence/battle scenes

Recommend: It has been a long time since I've read a book I enjoyed as much as this one! The writing was superb! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. My 12 year old son received book 3 and 4 of the series for Christmas, finished them both in a few days, and is hoping for a book 5!


Donita K. Paul said...

Thanks for the positive review, Angi. I thought your comments were especially astute. Sometimes I wonder if the reviewer read the book. You did a great job of pointing out the strengths of the tale, and I appreciate your concern for the reader in pointing out the battle scenes might be too violent for some.

windycindy said...

This is the genre of book that I read the most of. I am so thankful for your superior reviews! Cindi

Christina said...

This series was a 'hands-down' FAVORITE at my fomer library! Grades 5-8 LOVED IT!!!

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