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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 ...
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Overview

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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Praise for The Dragons of Chiril

“Have you ever looked at a painting from a distance and thought it beautiful, only to draw nearer to it and realize it was more exquisite, complex, and wonderful than you ever imagined? The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul is like that. I began reading and liked it. As usual, I found myself happily enveloped in a vivid world full of emerlindians,
tumanhofers, and dragons. But then, just when I thought the work was beautiful, something deep within me started to tingle…and I began to see that The Dragons of Chiril was far more than simple entertainment or escape. I had one ‘aha!’ moment after another. Clues everywhere, right in front of my eyes, blossomed into truth, until at last I put down the book and swam in the rich waters of adventure, peace, and blessed melancholy—the rare state revealing that you’ve been touched by the story of an inspired author. The Dragons of Chiril is sure to be loved by readers and re-readers of every age.”
—WAYNE THOMAS BATSON, best-selling author of the Door Within Trilogy, Isle of Swords, and Isle of Fire

“Donita K. Paul never fails to satisfy the imagination and delight the soul. In The Dragons of Chiril, she takes us beyond the boundaries of her beloved DragonKeeper chronicles and opens up vast new realms of wonder. The adventure of Tipper, the sculptor’s daughter, will strike a responsive chord in the heart of every reader who has ever faced a seemingly impossible challenge. This is fantasy that truly illuminates reality!”
—JIM DENNEY, author of the Timebenders series

The Dragons of Chiril is a delightful tale of otherworldly adventures laced with heavenly meanings. Author Donita K. Paul skillfully transports you to a fantasy world populated with emerlindians, tumanhofers, speaking grand parrots, wizards, and magical librarians; where flying dragons communicate and mysterious portals whisk you across the world. Readers young and old will love journeying along with the enchanting questing party on their mission to save the world and discover a loving God.”
—MEGAN DIMARIA, author of Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands

“Stunning beginning to a new series! Rarely does an author recapture the exquisite charm and the bold freshness first discovered in her initial series. Donita K. Paul fans are in for a treat as they uncover new wonders and enchantment in the world of Chiril. New readers will revel in the magical blend of mischief and mayhem woven with wittiness and intrigue throughout this engaging tale. From the zany disposition of Lady Peg to the spirited charm and wit of Tipper, her youthful daughter, The Dragons of Chiril tingles our most fervent emotions of love, joy, and hope. An exciting complement to the DragonKeeper series, and a fantastical adventure for inaugural audiences of all ages.”
—ERIC REINHOLD, author of The Annals of Aeliana, Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword, and Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307730114
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 599,211
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Donita K. Paul is the author of the bestselling DragonKeeper Chronicles with over a quarter of a million books in print.
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The Dragons of Chiril

A Novel
By Donita K. Paul

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2011 Donita K. Paul
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307730114

A View from a Tree

Sir Beccaroon cocked his head, ruffled his neck feathers, and stretched, allowing his crimson wings to spread. The  branch beneath him sank and rose again, responding to his weight. Moist, hot air penetrated his finery, and he held his wings away from his brilliant blue sides.

“Too hot for company,” he muttered, rocking back and forth from one scaly four-toed foot to the other on a limb of a sacktrass tree. The leaves shimmered as the motion rippled along the branch. “Where is that girl?”

His yellow head swiveled almost completely around. He peered with one eye down the overgrown path and then scoped out every inch within his range of vision, twisting his neck slowly.

A brief morning shower had penetrated the canopy above and rinsed the waxy leaves. A few remaining drops glistened where thin shafts of tropical sun touched the dark green foliage. On the broot vine, flowers the size of plates lifted their fiery red petals, begging the thumb-sized bees to come drink before the weight of nectar broke off the blooms.

Beccaroon flew to a perch on a gnarly branch. He sipped from a broot blossom and ran his black tongue over the edges of his beak. A sudden breeze shook loose a sprinkle of leftover raindrops. Beccaroon shook his tail feathers and blinked. When the disturbance settled, he cocked his head and listened.

“Ah! She’s coming.” He preened his soft green breast and waited, giving a show of patience he didn’t feel. His head jerked up as he detected someone walking with the girl.

“Awk!” The sound exploded from his throat. He flew into a roost far above the forest floor, where he couldn’t be seen from the ground, and watched the approach of the girl placed under his guardianship. Tipper strolled along the path below, wearing a flowing golden gown over her tall, lean body. She’d put her long blond hair in a fancy braid that started at the crown of her head. A golden chain hung from each of her pointed ears. And she’d decorated her pointed facial features with subdued colors—blue for her eyelids, rose for her lips, and a shimmering yellow on her cheeks. Beccaroon sighed. His girl was lovely.

The bushes along the path behind her rustled. Beccaroon’s tongue clucked against his beak in disapproval. Hanner trudged after Tipper, leading a donkey hitched to a cart. The man’s shaggy hair, tied with a string at the back of his neck, hung oily and limp. Food and drink stained the front of his leather jerkin, and his boots wore mud instead of a shine. The parrot caught a whiff of the o’rant from where he perched. The young man should have carried the  fragrance of citrus, but his overstrong odor reminded Beccaroon of rotten fruit.

A tree full of monkeys broke out in outraged chatter. Tipper, when alone, walked amid the animals’ habitat without causing alarm. “Smart monkeys,” said Beccaroon. “You recognize a ninny-napconder when you see one.” He used the cover of the monkeys’ rabblerousing to glide to another tree, where he could hide at a lower level.

He had an idea where Tipper would lead Hanner.

“Here it is,” said the pretty emerlindian. She pulled vines from a clump, revealing a gray statue beneath. “My father named this one Vegetable Garden.”

Hanner pulled off more vines as he made his way slowly around the four-foot statue. “Vegetable Garden? Mistress Tipper, are you sure you have the right one? This is a statue of a boy reading a book. He’s not even chewing a carrot while he sits here.”

“Father used to say reading a good book was nourishment.”

Hanner scratched his head, shrugged his shoulders, and went to fetch the donkey and cart. Tipper’s head tilted back, and her blue eyes looked up into the trees. Her gaze roamed over the exact spot Beccaroon used as a hidden roost. Not by the blink of an eyelash did she betray whether she had seen him. Hanner returned.

Tipper spread out a blanket in the cart after Hanner maneuvered it next to the statue, then helped him lift the stone boy into the back. Hanner grunted a lot, and Tipper scolded.

“Careful… Don’t break his arm… Too many vines still around the base.”

They got the statue loaded, and Tipper tucked the blanket over and around it. She then gave Hanner a pouch of coins.

“This is for your usual delivery fee. I couldn’t put in any extra for traveling expenses. I’m sure you’ll be reimbursed by our buyer.” He grunted and slipped the money inside his jerkin.

Tipper clasped her hands together. “Be careful. And give Master Dodderbanoster my regards.”

He tipped his hat and climbed aboard the cart. “I always am. And I always do.”

She stood in the path until the creak of the cart wheels could no longer be heard.

Beccaroon swooped down and sat on a thick branch wrapped with a leafless green creeper. The vine looked too much like a snake, so he hopped to another limb.

“Was that wise?” he asked.

“I don’t think so either, Bec, but what else can I do? I sell the artwork only as a last resort when we need quite a bit of cash. The well needs re-digging.” Tipper pulled a tight face, looking like she’d swallowed nasty medicine. “We’ve sold almost everything in the house. Mother sees our things in the market and buys them back. Sometimes I get a better price for a piece the second time I sell it, and sometimes not.” Beccaroon swayed back and forth on his feet, shaking his head.

“She never catches on?”

“Never.” Tipper giggled. “She shows remarkably consistent taste. When she spots something that was once ours, she buys it, brings it home, shows it off to me, and tells me she has always wanted something just like it. And she never notices pictures gone from the walls, rugs missing in rooms, chairs, tables, vases, candlesticks gone. I used to rearrange things to disguise a hole in the décor, but there’s no need.” The sigh that followed her explanation held no joy. Tipper looked around. “There never is a place to sit in this forest when one wants to plop down and have a good cry.”

“You’re not the type to cry. I’ll walk you home.” Beccaroon hopped down to the path.

His head came up to her waist. She immediately put her dainty hand on his topknot and smoothed the creamy plumes back. “You’re the best of friends. Keeping this secret would be unbearable if I didn’t have you to confide in.”

Beccaroon clicked his tongue. “No flattery, or I shall fly away.”

They moseyed back the direction Tipper had come, opposite the way Hanner had departed.

Beccaroon tsked. “I don’t like that greasy fellow.”

“I know.” Tipper gently twisted the longest feather from the center of Bec’s crest around her forefinger.

The grand parrot jerked his head away and gave her his sternest glare. She was his girl, but he still wouldn’t let her take liberties. She didn’t seem to notice he was disgruntled, and that further blackened his mood.

“Hanner is all right, Bec. He takes the statues to Dodderbanoster. Dodderbanoster takes them to cities beyond my reach and gets a fair price for them. Sometimes I think the pouch Hanner brings back is way too full.”

Beccaroon clicked his tongue. “Your father is a master artist. His work is worth a mighty price.”

“Hanner says sometimes Dodderbanoster sells them to a dealer who takes them even farther away, to thriving  districts. Wealthy patrons bid to own a Verrin Schope work of art.” She held back a leafy branch so Beccaroon could strut by with ease. “Late at night when I sit in my window and think, I hope that Papa will see one of his sculptures or
paintings in a market in some far away metropolis.

“I imagine the scene. He exclaims with shock. He turns red and sputters and shakes his fists. In fact, he’s so angry he comes straight home and yells loud and long at his daughter who dares to sell his masterpieces.”

Beccaroon rolled his shoulders, causing his wings to tilt out, then settle against his sides. “What of your mother? Does she ever mention your father’s absence?”

“No, why should she? He’s been gone for years, but she still sees him. She talks to him every night after his workday is done. Promenades through the garden with him. Pours his tea, and just the other evening I heard her fussing at him for not giving enough money to the parish.”

“I suppose she dipped in the household funds to make up for his neglect.”

Tipper sighed. “Yes, she did.”

They went on a ways in silence.

Tipper picked a bloom, savored its spicy odor, then placed it behind one pointed ear. “Mother has an idea in her head.”

“For anyone else, the head is a splendid place to keep an idea. For your mother, she should just let them go.”

“She’s determined to visit her sister.” Tipper raised her eyebrows so that the upside-down V was even more  pronounced. “She’ll go if she manages to pack her long list of necessities. Some of the items are quite unreasonable.”

Beccaroon snatched a nut from an open shell on the ground. He played the small nugget over his tongue, enjoying its sweetness, then swallowed. “And you? Is she taking you?”

“No, I’m to stay here and make sure Papa is comfortable and remembers to go to bed at night instead of working till all hours in his studio.”

“I don’t like you being alone in that house.”

“I don’t either.”

“Of course, there are the servants.”

“Only two now.”

Beccaroon ruffled his feathers, starting at the tuft on top of his head, fluffing the ruff of his neck, proceeding down his back, and ending with a great shake of his magnificent tail.

“It seems I will have to move into the house.”

“Oh, Bec. I was hoping you’d say that.”

Continues...

Excerpted from The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul Copyright © 2011 by Donita K. Paul. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    This book clearly starts a new series and is presented to reader

    This book clearly starts a new series and is presented to readers as if each one picking up the book is just being introduced to Amara and Chiril despite the fact that these worlds were created in a previous series by this author. Ms Paul does a highly commendable job of making this new series in an established world accessible to new readers without overwhelming her loyal fans who already understand the basics about the people and places with an avalanche of detail or bogging the story down with unnecessary ones or an initial scene setting trying to acclimate newbies in one fell swoop. Details appear as needed to clarify and explain things but are not just tossed in willy nilly. They are blended amongst the fabric of her plot so thoroughly that the reader doesn’t realize they are being fed the explanations that keep those niggling little questions of why or how at bay as you read. The colorful descriptions and characters draw readers in and attach them to the people, places, and events as in the previous book I’ve read by the same author, Dragonlight. Though I hadn’t read the previous books in that series, I was still able to follow the story to some extent and enjoy it though as a fantasy where I missed out on most of he world building I don’t suggest starting with book 5 of a series. This book however being separate from that series is a different situation and doesn’t require the backstory of the previous series though it would certainly make the experience of reading this book that much richer to have that background. Definitely a must read and I also look forward to reading the companion titles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Great book

    This book rocks perfect for ages 10 and up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    The books are wonderful. once you start reading it is hard to pu

    The books are wonderful. once you start reading it is hard to put the books that she writes down. they are books for any age to enjoy. Keep on writing these wonderful books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Dragonspell rocks!!!!!!!!!

    OK, I read a review on which it states that Tipper is 22, and that the review says that it's weird because they speak of Tipper as a child. Emerlindians are considered youngsters for almost a hundred years, so it's typical for the characters in the book to call Tipper a youngster. (If you don't believe me, read the DragonKeeper chronicles)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

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    Isn't it also called "vanishing sculptor"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Godsgirl

    Yet amother great series by Mrs. Paul! The story introduces a new land in this book, as well as some new faces. There are also some old friends, I won't say who though. :)
    Way to go Mrs. Paul! Please write a fourth book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

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    Blah blah blah... it was a good book

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

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    I loved the DragonSpell series, so when I saw this one I just ha

    I loved the DragonSpell series, so when I saw this one I just had to read it. It took me a little longer to get into then Ms. Paul's other novels, but not much. Before long I was adventuring right along with Tipper and her friends, laughing at their silliness and enjoying the fun.


    It is difficult to find good Christian fantasy that doesn't either drive you crazy with preachiness or bore you with bland writing. You don't find either of these problems in this book. Ms. Paul's writing is intelligent and witty and she blends Christian values and allegory in with the story perfectly. Her characters are marvelously flawed and likable, even though most of them are not precisely human. It is so easy to praise their successes and cringe at mistakes you know you would probably make if you were in there place.


    Full of humor and moments of peril, Tipper's is not a quest you want to miss. I recommend this book to children who want fun and parents who want quality. I also think this book would make an excellent read-aloud.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Great Book!

    Stunning beginning to a new series! Rarely does an author recapture the exquisite charm and the bold freshness first discovered in her initial series. Donita K. Paul fans are in for a treat as they uncover new wonders and enchantment in the world of Chiril. New readers will revel in the magical blend of mischief and mayhem woven with wittiness and intrigue throughout this engaging tale. From the zany disposition of Lady Peg to the spirited charm and wit of Tipper, her youthful daughter, The Dragons of Chiril tingles our most fervent emotions of love, joy, and hope. An exciting complement to the DragonKeeper series, and a fantastical adventure for inaugural audiences of all ages.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Disappointing

    The Dragons of Chiril

    by Donita K. Paul


    A fantasy tale geared toward younger readers in the teen years, this book spins a tale of dragons, a missing artist and a quest.


    Usually able to find enjoyment in reading any book, I had an extremely difficult time with this book. Having read other books within the genre and able to enjoy young adult literature, I was terribly disappointed in this book from the start and sadly cannot give much recommendation.


    Very slow to start, with confusing terminology and titles that are never defined, I found myself confused as to who characters were. The plot is confusing and I found myself frustrated that I had no idea what was truly going on. After several attempts to read this book, skimming, skipping ahead, re-reading, etc. I finally gave up. This may be a really great book, however I could not get past the confusion and frustration enough to get into the book. After 10 chapters, I was no more hooked than the first page :(


    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated for writing this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    A Fun Read!

    Tipper's father, a renowned sculptor, has been missing for several years, and to keep the family afloat, she has been selling his statues. Tipper soon learns, however, that the reason for her father's disappearance is that he is stuck in a "gateway" (portal) that is falling apart. To free her father and fix the gateway, Tipper must find three statues that she has sold and unite them. On this quest, Tipper and several companions battle the forces of evil. Donita K. Paul's quirky characters make the story even more of a fun time. Wizard Fenworth and Librettowit's banter had me snorting and chuckling every single time I opened the book. It is a good read for teens and adults, but there is no content that would be inappropriate for younger audiences. Overall, The Dragons of Chiril is a great book!!

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

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    The Dragons of Chiril

    After her father went missing fifteen years earlier, Tipper has kept her family and their estate afloat with selling off his art. But, when he suddenly reappears (along with two eccentric men from a country on the other side of the world), it becomes a life and death mission to find three statues that she had sold years ago. A ragtag team sets off to find and connect the statues before the world crashed in around them but there are obstacles that will make the journey difficult. Plus, something new is at work and the land of Chiril will soon come to know Wulder, a powerful being that holds everything in his hands. The main characters stick together through the journey when it becomes difficult and they need one another. When in mortal danger, they defend one another. When it became difficult to get one of the statues, they didn¿t want to steal it because they knew it was wrong and didn¿t want to go against the teachings of Wulder. Unfortunately, they did lie a couple of times when they couldn¿t have the truth come out and Tipper doesn¿t listen or obey well and disobeys the others a few times.
    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.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    A good read.

    For years Tipper has been caring for her family's estate after her father's disappearance. As finances dwindle she is forced to sell off his artwork. Then she learns that three of his sculptures are an ancient foundation. She must set out on an adventurous quest to reunite the three statues before their world, as they know it, crumbles around them.

    Joining her is: a young artist who wishes to learn from her father, a handsome dragon keeper prince, a wizard and his librarian and a giant parrot, who was given charge over Tipper before her father disappeared. The wizard and the librarian try to teach the others about Wulder's love and grace along the way. They encounter evil and learn to conquer it in order to reclaim the statues.

    This book was a little slow at first but then as they set off for their quest the story picked up. Each of the characters were unique and lovable. I enjoyed the dragons the most. I didn't find myself relating exclusively to any of the characters as I sometimes do in books, but I still enjoyed reading this adventure.

    I enjoyed the way the author portrayed God in her descriptions of "Wulder". She interpreted the scripture into poetic tomes. But I could clearly tell she was paraphrasing from scripture. In the story one o the travelers realizes he is to be Wulder's Paladin and he then must spread the good news of Wulder and teach the people of this country of Wulder's love for them.

    I told my daughter about this book and she is now interested in reading it too. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    The Dragons of Chiril

    For those who love fantasy and adventure novels, the fiction piece, The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K Paul is sure to be an enjoyable book to read. The author creates an entirely new fantasy world, rich in detail. In true fantasy fashion, an appendix of characters and a glossary is included in the back as well as a map of the world of Chiril. There is also the battle of good and evil, an essential component of any fantasy adventure as well. The characters, and creatures of the story and world in which they interact come to life. Even the non-human fantasy creatures have well developed personalities which help draw the reader into the story.
    The fantasy genre is unique in the sense that the reader can leave behind the so-called bland world in which he or she lives in- a world filled with unemployment, financial problems, frustrations and unrealized dreams. A book which focuses on non human characters, in a fantasy world filled with the supernatural, not limited by physical and social and economic limitations, has its appeal for obvious reasons. Hence, the popularity of the fantasy genre. To be successful at this genre, an author has the difficult and challanging task of recreating an entire new world- rich in detail in order for the reader to enter and engage. As a blogger for Waterbook press, I recieved this book for the purpose of writing a review. My opinions are my own.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    The Dragons of Chiril

    I chose this book because I enjoyed Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by the same author so much. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this one as much. From the beginning I felt lost. I did not have a clear picture of the different characters both human and animal and the world they lived in. A little more description about the different characters and the world they live in would have helped a lot. For example I am still not sure what a emerlindian or a tumanhofer are even after reading the glossary.

    Basically the story is that Tipper has been living with her mother after her father, an artist, disappears. They have been selling his artwork to survive. They have little dragons and a giant parrot Beccaroon. Her father reappears with a wizard and his librarian and we learn he is caught in a gateway. They need to find three statues he carved to fix the gateway and save her father and the world. Of course these three statues are ones that have been sold. Tipper, the little dragons and the parrot set out with her father, the wizard the librarian and an artist to recover these statues. Later Jayrus joins them on the journey with his large dragons.

    The sculptures are in the hands of evil people who have to be defeated. One is a slave trader and the other wants to use them to rule the world. There is mention of a creator named Wuldor but most of the emphasis is on the wizard's magic. The story was difficult to get into and then once it got interesting near the end it finished too quickly. After reading the Dragons of Chiril I am not interested in continuing with other books in the series.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Good for maybe 9-15 year olds

    In the beginning of the book we have Tipper, Beccaroon and her flighty mother. Tipper's father is missing, but I don't really know why, I just know he's been gone for some time and Tipper has been selling off his artwork to make ends meet. I know they have "house dragons," but I don't know what they look like, how big they are supposed to be, or where they came from. They are described as being a part of the background at first, but at the same time I don't know what they are like, I just know they are there.

    Suddenly, Tipper's father appears in her room in the middle of the night, along with a wacky wizard and the wizard's librarian. Apparently, her father has been lost beyond a "gateway," and has been passing the time by being a wizard-in-training. After the appearance of her father, the dragons begin to feature more prominently in the story, as he shares with Tipper that they are actually intelligent creatures that are capable of communication and various other talents. They set off on a grand adventure to save her father and the world.


    Here's the kicker: in the third paragraph of chapter 26 we learn that Tipper is 22 years old. Now, up until this point, even in my reading of the second book previously, I have been picturing Tipper as about 15-16 years old. This was based upon Tipper's dialogue, immature responses to events around her, and especially the responses she receives from her companions. Comments like, "such an excitable child," litter the pages of this book, convincing me that Tipper is quite young. Thus, I was shocked to suddenly be presented with the fact that she is, in fact, 22. These books take place in an agrarian, medieval-fantasy society. Logically, a 22 year old woman in such a setting would have been married for some time, possibly with at least two children, running a home of her own and be acting far more maturely than the behavior exhibited for us by Tipper indicates. An average person's lifespan in such a society is considerably less than what we deal with today, so a 22 year old woman could possibly be considered "middle aged."

    That being said, however. This is obviously a world created by the author, and if she wants the lifespans of her agrarian-society participants to be considerably longer than what is commonly understood, that is her prerogative, and quite acceptable, I have no problem with that. My point is that I was forced to rely on commonly accepted truths about similar societies and worlds as a basis for the formulation of the scene in my mind, because alternate information was simply not provided. When reading this book I was constantly in confusion about what exactly the creatures and people were like, what they looked like, the specifics of life in this world, etc.

    This is disappointing, but there are some positives here:

    Beccaroon,was considerably better in this book. What I mean by this is that in this book, instead of one single giant parrot character that is completely unexplained, we have references in this previous book of other such parrots, of this being a normal part of the society of Chiril, etc.
    The dragons actually take a larger role in this book, and we learn more about them and how this relationship between dragons and people is supposed to work.
    Paladin is explained--(I didn't understand what he was supposed to be when reading the second book alone.
    It had a satisfying, happy ending that wrapped up all the loose ends an

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    good young adult read

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as a part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not paid but was given a copy of this book in exchange for writing a review of how I felt about it.

    The Dragons of Chiril is not a book I would have chosen for myself...and to be honest, the only reason I chose it is because it was the only thing on the list at the time that looked remotely interesting.

    I didn't know anything about this book, series, or author before reading. I did a little investigating and found that this book had been previously published under another name, The Vanishing Sculptor. I thought it was kind of weird that it didn't mention this on the physical copy of the book anywhere.

    Tipper, the main character, sells off her fathers artwork to keep their family afloat after he disappears. He has been gone for 15 years and her mother has become somewhat of a recluse and does nothing to support them. When Tipper's father returns it becomes a mad dash hunt for all of the work that she had previously sold.

    I did not enjoy this book, but that's not to say that someone else wouldn't. I think a Young Adult reader who enjoys fantasty would get a kick out of this book and therefore continue the series. Of course there are morals and lessons to be learned throughout and therefore it is sometihng that a YA reader should read.

    Overall, I would give it about a 3 out of 5.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Rerelease is worth a reread

    I really enjoyed reading this book! The dragons of chiril was previously released under the title "the vanishing sculptor" and it is a prequel to the book I reviewed earlier that I complained the characters kept referring to past encounters. Well this is one of the books that is mentioned in later stories about this otherworld. It still bothers me that they are noted as being "a novel" when in fact they are part of a series. But now having read the beginning of the adventures of these characters I can better enjoy their story. Tipper is the main character, she is a young woman with a lot of responsibility, her father is MIA and her mom seems to be loony, saying she talks with her husband that no one else has seen in a very long time. So it falls to Tipper to fend for the family home and find a way to make things work. Until she discovers that her father really isnt missing, he has a strange illness that makes him dissappear and reappear. He brings some odd friends along and they set off to find a way to fix the problem that they soon realize is bigger than they thought. Tipper has sold her fathers works of art to make money enough to keep their family from debt, but they need to find 3 of the statues to fix their problems and save the entire world from becoming like her father, with parts disappearing and reappearing. This book brings the characters from a place where they know of a higher power that is distant and cold, to a knowledge of a higher power that is loving and interested in them, this is a strange concept for them, as it can be for us. There is a lot of wisdom in this story, but its told in such a way that you dont even notice it as being a pearl of wisdom. I found several that I really enjoyed and would like to share with you. "He pictured truth as a cghunk of ice in a pond. one could oush it beneath the water but it would bob to the surface" "problems are never as big once you've faced them head on... Her experiance proved that problems could mulitply in the wink of an eye, even while you tried to stare them dowm." "the urge to do good blossoms in the company of those who also choose good. The urge to do bad can be multiplied by the influence of just one with evil intent" "problems are not problems before they occur. After a problem has sprouted, it is indeed proper and prudent to address the problem. But to attend a problem before it has manafested as a problem is foolhardy. kindly refrain from attempting to presentproblems that are, at the moment, nonexistant" and my favorite, after getting stuck in a conversation that kept going round and round " it wont do a bit of good to answer. The dialogue witll just go on and get worse and become completely convoluted and frustrating. best to jsut drop it and watch what you say in the future." This story is one for all ages to enjoy although there are lots of hard to pronounce names, and unusual phrasing, some big words are used that would make it more difficult for younger readers to understand on their own. But if read as a family or with the help of an adult even readers as young as 10 can enjoy this story. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Really good book from Donita K. Paul

    This new series from Donita K. Paul takes you to a world before Dragon Spell (which I will review soon). This is a world when Paladin was young and when you first meet Wizard Fenworth.

    Tipper's father is gone. Vanished. And her mother is slightly crazy. Tipper is supporting the family by selling her father's artwork one piece at a time. Little by little the memories of her father are sold to keep them from starving. And then, she learns from her father - who returns for a moment - that the three statues must be reunited before the world collapses. She must find them to save all the world as she knows it. As she journeys she is joined by the Giant Parrot, Beccaroon and a rather young dragonkeeper. This book is especially memorable for the first appearance of Wizard Fenworth and his tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. The two of them deserve a book of their own just for their wit and humor.


    My Impression: I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little slow (BTW, the second one is much better!!!!!), but I really enjoyed it once I got into it. Donita K Paul is a wonderful Christian writer who weaves wonderful Christian themes into her stories. She did not fail my expectations with this book. Beware though! This book was originally published as Valley of Dragons. If you already own that book, there is no need to re-purchase it.


    Score ~ ?????
    Violence ~ (1)
    Indecency ~None
    Language ~ None
    Age Appropriateness ~ 10 and above

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Fun Fantasy!

    What a fun fantasy book! This novel was unlike all the other books I have read. It was creative and imaginative and so many different levels. I loved all the characters and their personalities were one of a kind. I loved Tipper and her band of dragons. I wanted to jump right into the story and meet all the characters and play with the dragons. The story line was very interesting and kept my attention throughout the book. I really liked that the book relayed Christian values and principles throughout. Some of them I already knew and some make me think. I really enjoyed comparing the books and its concepts to the Bible. I enjoyed using my imagination and I loved the descriptions of the make-believe creatures. The end however left me a little empty. Either there should be a sequel or the book should have resolved a few more issues than it did. It mentioned things that were never tied up. I was waiting for the resolution and it never happened, so I thought it was lacking. It left me a little dissatisfied, but I still like the book a lot.

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