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    Donita K. Paul(Author)

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Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.
 
Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.
 
She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.
 
Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?

Previously released as The Vanishing Sculptor

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 416

Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world. Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.  She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone. Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?Previously released as The Vanishing SculptorBook Details:

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  • Donita K. Paul(Author)
  • WaterBrook; Revised edition (June 21, 2011)
  • English
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  • Teen & Young Adult

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  • By MereChristian on June 21, 2011

    *The Dragons of Chiril* is the first book in the second *Dragon* series by Donita K. Paul. It takes place before the popular *The Dragonkeeper Chronicles*. This was an exciting read for me, because it was the book previous to *Dragons of the Valley*, which I greatly enjoyed. It was fun, to be sure, getting to read the background of that novel.The story begins with a young woman named Tipper. She is managing her household in the absence of her father, Verrin Schope, who disappeared many years before. She must deal with many problems, including her mother, Lady Peg's, apparent insanity. At least, she thinks her mother is insane. Her mother is eccentric and naive, to be sure, but Lady Peg is neither stupid or insane, as Tipper soon finds out.Tipper is certain that her mother has cracked under stress when Lady Peg insists that she talks to Verrin Schope at times. Then, after Tipper has a young artist paint a portrait in the vein of the vanished artist's style, her mother points out how it isn't her husband's, but the young man's work. Tipper is puzzled over how her mother figured it out, until her father appears to her.Tipper learns that Verrin Schope disappeared due to a strange series of happenings involving a wizard and his librarian on another continent. Verrin and the strangers are preaching a strange faith (to her) about a Deity named Wulder. Wulder is much more caring and loving, and more authentic-feeling, than Chiril's (Tipper's country's) god, Boscamon, who is a trickster in whom most people do not believe.With the help of Wulder, Tipper, Verrin, wizard Fenworth, the librarian Libbretowit, the young artist Bealomondore, Dragon keeper Prince Jayrus, and the grand parrot (and Tipper's advisor and caretaker) Sir. Beccaroon; launch onto a quest to save her father and the world. Tipper, in her father's absence, needed to sell much of her father's artwork, including three statues (whose significance she did not know of) her father made by mistake from special stones. Now, the three statues must be found and reunited, or else both Verrin and the world itself will be destroyed.The theology of Wulder (who is unapologetically based on the God of the Bible) is not as systematic and ironed out in this novel as it was in *Dragons of the Valley*, but I still found myself better understanding and appreciating the philosophy here. Quite simply, the two books build upon each other, and understanding the background of the characters, places, events, and philosophy helped me to better understand the overall picture.I can't really say much critical, except that the book seemed to rush a bit without proper explanation, and I found myself kind of clueless as to where two important events came from in the last hundred pages or so. It all seemed to come out of left-field, and that was annoying, to say the least. I prefer a methodical build up, instead of having plot points suddenly thrown into the mix. I think that most of the plot points made sense and are less inexplicable if one has read the previous series which takes place later in the timeline. This series is sort of a prequel of sorts, though on a different continent than the events of the other series. That said, I doubt that I am the only one who read this series first, and a bit more exposition might have helped somewhat.That said, the novel was incredibly well-written. The characters were compelling, except for Prince Jayrus, but he was better fleshed out in the second book, as was Bealomondore. In fact, the character arcs in the two books are compelling, and show a wonderful development of faith on the parts of the various characters.The greatest plus to the book is how well Paul explored the Christianity-based religion of the fictional world's Wulder. Many authors seem to try to push an overtly Christian fictional setting and faith. To say that they are unsuccessful, would be an understatement. They fail *miserably*.The fact that Paul succeeded where most authors fail, is an incredible achievement for her, which only makes the book all the more enjoyable and invigorating a read. I can't praise it enough. If you want to find a great fantasy modern (other than *The Chronicles of Narnia* or *The Lord of the Rings*, which are two of the other very few works to be great truly Christian fantasy) novel that expounds a Christian worldview, please read this book and *Dragons of the Valley*.Wonderful characters and settings, a detailed and well-written Christian worldview, and a plain fun story, *The Dragons of Chiril* has all of it. Highly Recommended.-----I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. I am obligated to read it and give a review on my blog and on a commercial web site such as Amazon.com. Waterbrook Multnomah emphasizes their desire for honest reviews, whether positive or negative, in order to help them create a better product. The opinions above are my honest viewpoint. I want to thank Waterbrook Multnomah for allowing me to review this book, and thank you all for reading this.

  • By OceanDreamer on December 5, 2011

    The Dragons of ChirilDonita K. PaulWaterbrook PressJune 2011 Tipper watched as yet another one of her father's sculptures headed down the road on the back of a wagon, pulled by her seedy art dealing liaison. She hated selling on her father's masterpieces, especially since he had no say in the matter as he had been gone more years than he had been present in her life. She missed him, but she also needed the money from his artwork to pay the expenses of the large estate she and her mother still inhabited. Beccaroon, her vibrant grand parrot, had been charged by her father to keep watch over her. Sometimes he could understand what her dad must have felt towards her. He was fiercely protective of her, and even though her show of affections ruffled his feathers, he loved her, just as she loved him and cherished their friendship. Lady Peg was outside when they arrived home. Tipper loved her mother, but was often exasperated at her ever present state of confusion and befuddle talk. Lady Peg still talked as though she conversed with her father every night. Would Tipper ever be able to help her mother see the truth of his absence? Upon going to bed that evening, Tipper is shortly thereafter awakened to see a vision of her father. After a very brief exchange with him, she falls back asleep with a feeling that what she witnessed was actually a real encounter. Trying to convince Beccaroon the next morning was altogether another story. Hopeful that what she saw wasn't a dream, they decide to wait up for his re-appearance the next night. Their world is about to drastically change. Everything they thought to be normal will be challenged. Discovering that their minor dragons can understand them, seeing animals crawl out of a wizards cape, watching a tumanhofer appear out of thin air.... All things that will now define their idea of everyday occurrences. As the two set out on a quest to save her father's life, they are met with strange, dangerous,and new landscapes filled with distrusting people. Being forced to adapt to the very present, Tipper finds herself on the adventure of her life. But will this escapade lead them down the road to her fathers healing before it's too late? In a struggle of good verses evil, surrounded by a wonder filled and mysterious world, they embark on a most unexpected journey. I was drawn to reading this book, having previously read and loved the author's DragonKeeper Chronicles. I was a little bit dissappointed with this book. While there is no question she is a talented writer, it didn't capture the entrancing magical feel I had come to expect from her writing. That having been said, I wouldn't hesitate to finish the series, as this is the first. I would reccommend it, but I would suggest the reader try the DragonKeeper Chronicles first, to help understand all the different characters and settings that are developed in her first series.* I recieved this book free from the publisher for review.I also post all my reviews on my own blog, oneoceandreamer.com and bookgateway.com


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