Dragons of the Valley

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War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?
 

With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush. 

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Overview

War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?
 

With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush. 

As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before. 

To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion? 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400073405
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 779,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and nine novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging writers.

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Questions for Donita K. Paul

1. Dragons of the Valley is your seventh fantasy novel for readers of all ages, following the DragonKeeper Chronicles and The Vanishing Sculptor. What an accomplishment! What do you love best about reaching young readers and those who are young at heart?

I love the feedback. I am blessed by those who take the time to send me a note. Most of the time it is just a line or two, but it makes "the audience" very real to me. I love the variety of readers from toughish teen guys to grandmas and grandpas. Parents inform me that they read the books together every night and that generates discussion. Teachers tell me of a student who is suddenly "into" reading because of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles. Best of all, is when someone says that the story provided insight to an eternal truth. Wow!

2. Bealomondore, an artist who plays key roles in both The Vanishing Sculptor and Dragons of the Valley, is fairly obsessed with how he or his surroundings look, and issues of decorum. Tell us about his journey of discovery and what you think about the importance of "appearance". Why is this such a big issue with young people?

Yep, this is both an advantage and a disadvantage to Bealomondore. Real people in the real world walk a thin line called AD, "appropriately dressed," and Christians try to balance this issue in a Godly way. On one hand we should not be concerned with appearances. Someone's style of clothing should not equate to their worth. On the other hand, what we choose to wear reflects how we feel about ourselves and the amount of respect we have for those we encounter. I think the importance of this journey to the appropriate attire is the journey itself. Thinking about fashions, what to wear and why, is an examination of something deeper. Knowing what we think about clothing and why is more important than the color, fabric, or style we choose. And with young people, when they see the why behind the choices, they are more likely to choose something that honors God.

3. Dragons of the Valley is packed with action. Tipper, the heroine, is on the move with one of the key sculptures needed to save the kingdom. Beccaroon, the giant parrot, is on a quest of his own. And there is a new villain - the Grawl. Tell us about the Grawl and why he's such a bad guy.

The Grawl is coldly disgusting. He kills with the same emotion as a leopard. Exhilarated by the chase, but totally detached from the taking of life. And then we discover he has an aristocratic façade he puts on and off at will. He's full of pride. He operates out of an isolated emotional framework. This is the character you don't want to meet in the dark, the one that sends shivers down your back because you can predict what he will do (something gruesome) but you can't pin down why. If you can't explain why, there is no hope of dissuading him from a course he has chosen, or the possibility of redeeming his soul.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    fabulous dragon fantasy

    Chiril is a peaceful prosperous land. However the tranquility ends when an army invades the country. Tipper Schope must hide three statues because if the enemy gets it will mean the end of her nation as she knows it. She enlists her Bealomondore the artist to help her with her quest. He understands he must wield a sword like he did a brush.

    At the same time that the terrible foe marches into Chiril, a horrific beast is stalking and killing anyone in its path. No one is safe from the predatory Grawl. Time is running out for the two heroes and their companions as they struggle to reach the Valley of the Dragons where they plan to leave the statues.

    The latest inspiration dragon fantasy (see Dragonknight and Dragonquest) is a fabulous tale that, as always in a Donita K. Paul thriller, takes the audience soaring across the author's vivid mythical landscape. As chaos threatens the land, Tipper and Bealomondore are heroic figures; not because they may succeed, but due to risking their lives against overwhelming odds as for instance a peace loving artist picks up the sword. Action-packed with deadly perils from outside coming in and inside expanding out and with a strong cast especially the champions, fans will need a seat belt as this fast-paced novel never takes a respite.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE DONITA'S WRITNG AND THIS BOOK WAS JUST AS GREAT AS THE DRAGONS OF CHIRIL AND THE DRAGONKEEPER SERIES(WHICH IS A AWSOME SERIES ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES ). AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE WONDERING THESE BOOKS ARE COMPLETELY CLEAN SO NO WORRIES, I KNOW HOW HARD IT CAN BE THESE DAYS TO FIND A CLEAN BOOK. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD BUT WOULD NOT EXPECT ANYTHING LESS FROM MRS.PAUL.IF YOU LOVE FANASTY BOOKS THEN THIS IS FOR YOU. AND I LIKE THAT IT A CHRISTIN FANASTY WHICH MAKES ALL THE BETTER .TIPPER AND THE GANG ARE COOL(MY FAVORITE CHACTER IS PRINCE JAYRUS).LADY PEG ALTOUGH AT TIMES VERY CONFUSING IS FUNNY.THIS BOOK IS FOR ANY AGE AND IS VERY FUN TO READ .I READ ALL THE DRAGONKEEPER SERIES AND THE THE DRAGONS OF CHIRIL (THE FIRST OF THE CHIRIL SERIES) AND NOW THIS ONE (I EVEN BOUGHT THE NEXT ONE IN THE SERIES THE DRAGONS OF THE WATCH). OVER ALL THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD AND VERY INJOYABLE.HOPE THIS HELPS AND HOPE YOU LOVE THE SERIES JUST AS MUCH AS ME.(AND IF YOU LIKE THIS AND HAVE NOT READ THE DRAGONKEEPER SERIES THEN YOU REALY SOULD!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    These books would be much better if you could tell if it was a c

    These books would be much better if you could tell if it was a continuation or a book by itself. I LOVE her books but it's very frustrating trying to figure it out. Is it so diffuicult to write a #1 on the first book ? Very hard to tell and give up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Great book

    I love this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Refreshing, Fun, and Exciting

    Honestly, I really enjoyed this book! At first, it was a little challenging pronouncing the names and understanding the actions that were taking place, seems how I was new to the series. Then I stumbled upon the glossary in the back, read up on all the details I missed from the previous books, and became apart of an adventure which is like no other. I appreciate the authors attention to detail and the colorful way she portrays each character. Her passion for revealing the truth, love, and relationship through Wulder, the God of this world, was an affirmation of unconditional love and a gentle patience. She also deals with the evils which are hidden and dark, but when revealed in truth and light are unmistakable. I would encourage each person reading this review to read and discover the world which Donita K. Paul created. This book for me was refreshing, fun, and exciting.





    One of my favorite parts of Dragons of the Valley:

    "Rayn jumped from Tipper's shoulder to make the acquaintance of the new arrivals. He moved from one to the next as if he were a host circulating at a party. The scene lightened Bealomondore's mood, and he found himself grinning at the ritual greeting. The dragons first touched forepaws, then noses. Then they slid heads forward, rubbing cheeks. The pose was held for a moment before broken. Not quite a handshake but definitely the accepted formal salutation between the minor dragons.


    Paladin waited until Rayn had moved through the crowded table. Then with a glance, he communicated something to them that Bealomondore could not fathom. Each dragon circled the table, touched each person sitting there, then lined up in front of the dragon keeper, prince, paladin.

    "I asked some of the dragons from the valley to come to our assistance. This watch is the first to arrive. Our efforts to repel the invasion are greatly improved by their presence. They will willingly serve the needs of the army, carrying messages, scouting the enemy's entrenchment, healing wounds, soothing shattered minds, providing light, maintaining equipment, and encouraging our warriors in any way they can." He dipped his head as if acknowledging his appreciation of their willingness to help.

    The line of minor dragons bowed in a similar gesture."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Fun fantasy and deep truth.

    The second book I chose to read by Donita K Paul is called " Dragons of the Valley".

    This fantasy book says it is "a novel" but it reads more like part of a series with references to past adventures by our main characters, which makes me want to find and read those other books so I can share the adventures too. The world created in words contained in this book is not our world, but there are many parallels that are easy to follow. The names of the characters and things in this book are not always easy to say or understand. I would have found it a little easier to read if the repeated names were less than 12 letters long and familiar. The characters have some very unusual names, some of which I enjoy, like Rayn, which is the name of a dragon, and others that I dont really enjoy like Bealomondore, one of the main characters. But if you can get past that and open yourself to the world that exists in this book, this adventure has a lot to enjoy.

    My favorite parts of the story focus around the characters learning about the most high God of their universe, they know Him by the name of Wulder. At one point Tipper surprises herself by thanking Wulder for her friendship with Bealomondore which opens a slew of questions she is thinking about like "did she believe what her father said about Wulder? ..., If she spoke to Wulder but didnt really believe did He hear her?" "If He heard her then He existed so she should believe. Since she talked to him, she must already believe... had this acceptance sneaked up on her?" "so He exists, but what is He like?"

    following this line of questions, her pocket sized dragon, Rayn, bursts out with a line of 1 word descriptions that I really enjoyed and marked my book to share in this review, this describes God, no matter what world you are in or what YOU call Him.

    "Creator. Wise. Mighty. Strong.Preserver. Perfect. Sufficent. Holy. Healer.Provider.Just.Reedemer . Shield.Judge. Father. Everlasting. Righteous. Deliverer. Patient. All-seeing. All knowing. Ever-present. Counselor. Prince. King. Wonderful."

    Further reflection on a new relationship with Wulder happens later in the book with a different character, " He still had a lot to learn about being a follower of the God of the Universe. So far he'd found a whole lot of things to delight in and some very prickly issues that he'd rather leave to someone else." I fully understand and appreciate this comment, I think we all get to a place in our walk with God where we find this to be true. And we have to face those prickly issues in ourselves and trust that God has His reasons for what He asks us to do.

    Near the end of the book they meet with some elders of a tribe and discover that there are some songs in their culture that reflect the words found in Wulders book, but these people do not know of Wulder, they sang the lyrics without knowing that they came from Wulder's Tomes. The question is raised weather or not many generations ago their people knew of Him. This passage really stuck with me...

    "We think it does and our elders are chagrined that we let the knowledge of the Most High Wulder slip from our memory. The disassociation must have taken many many years. ... The elders say it would take only two generations. If parents don't teach their children, and they become grandparents and don't teach their grandchildren, the knowledge is lost. Truth is relegated to legen

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    A Wonderful Read and Addition to Your Bookshelf!!!

    The Story: In this story, the second in a series by Donita K. Paul, we once again follow Tipper Schope, Paladin, and Bealomondore as they desperately seek a place to hide the three statues. Separate these statues are meaningless.... but together, they hold enough power to destroy the world.

    As the three friends journey they learn many things. Bealomondore learns to wield his sword as well as his paintbrush and he has to come to grips with his life's call. And Tipper and Paladin discover that their friendship may be a lot deeper than what first meets the eye.

    Added to this conflict is the underlying fear of The Grawl, a ruthless creature responsible for the mysterious disappearances around Chiril.

    My thoughts: As with all of Mrs. Paul's books... I LOVE it! This book keeps you intrigued and wondering where the story will take you next. Tipper is sometimes a little "young" and naive. Not is a bad way, but you can get rather stressed with her as the plot moves on. :-)


    Score ~ ¿¿¿¿¿
    Violence ~ 1
    Indecency ~ 1
    Language ~ None
    Age Appropriateness ~ 15 and Up

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Whimsical Fantasy with a Spiritual Twist

    Three statues are holding the world together. An invading army is ravaging the countryside of Chiril. A princess and an artist must take their places in the world to keep it from falling apart.

    Tipper Schope--the daughter of a famous artist and his scatter-brained wife--is no stranger to hardship. Her father has been absent most of her life, and she's been forced to hold her mother together, as well as her family's estate. The dashing Prince Jayrus has captured her heart, but a plot to tear the world apart has once again wedged itself into her life.

    Bealomondore is an artist, not a swordsmen. But he'll have to learn to be both in order to keep the things he cares about safe. Throw in a horrible assassin, an eccentric wizard, a handful of dragons and a cantankerous grand parrot to get Dragons of the Valley, a worthy sequel to its predecessor, The Vanishing Sculptor.

    Donita K. Paul has a flare for creating colorful characters that are easy to care about. Readers of her DragonKeeper Chronicles won't be disappointed. The unlikely heroes of Tipper and Bealomondore will appeal to the underdog in all of us, and teach us that being little in the world doesn't mean you can't make a big difference. While doing so, though, Dragons of the Valley will entertain readers who enjoy tales of whimsical fantasy with a spiritual twist.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Finding Truth in Fantasy

    I love fantasy novels. There. I said it. The secret is out. I have a huge, dorky obsession with dragon riding, ring finding, wizard loving, ogre slaying, sword fighting, good triumphing over evil fantasy stories. I've read all the best known fantasy authors, Tolken, Lewis, Brooks, Rowling and even Meyer ( let's not go there), but I never had any idea that there were Christian fantasy novels, let alone good ones. I picked up Dragons of the Valley because I was looking for a book that would let me escape the day to day mom life and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Donita K. Paul has created an entirely new world where dragons ride in your pocket and there are not one but 14 different races of all shapes and sizes. Dragons of the Valley is the second book in Paul's Chiril Chronicles series. It tells the story of a young princess who is called upon to defend her peaceful land from an invading army. She is aided by her friend, Bealomondore, a "Painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman," romantic interest, Prince Paladin, a minor (read tiny) chameleon dragon, Rayn, an energetic, glowing, dwarf-like helper, Taeda Bel, and, because no true fantasy novel would be complete without one, a scatter brained but powerful wizard named Fenworth. Together they battle not only the invading army of an evil king but a ruthless bounty hunter named The Grawl. Dragons of the Valley contains a plethora of interesting characters which can be very hard to keep straight. Thankfully there is an appendix in the back of the book to help the reader keep up with the ever growing cast of characters, low and high races, and many unfamiliar terms associated with the land of Chiril. I found myself doing quite a bit of page flipping to help the story make sense, but in the end things finally came together. One of the most interesting Characters is the God-like Creator who is referred to as Wulder. As the characters encounter Wulder, an allegorical spice is added to the story. It provides a spiritual depth and truth where other fantasy novels fall short. I really enjoyed reading Dragons of the Valley and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good dose of fun and adventure delightfully grounded in truth. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    "It was JUST okay"

    Do you like fantasy books? I really love them because it makes me feel like I'm not really here, as if I've entered another world...When I saw this book I was happy to see christian fantasy, also the fact that Donita had written it. I had just read "Two Tickets To The Christmas Ball" by Donita and I loved it so much I wanted to read more of her work. Unfortunately I didn't find out until I was already half way through this book that it was the second in a series, that explained why I had been so confused! Overall I really did like this book, but don't make the same mistake as me, you won't get to enjoy and really appreciate the book unless you read the first one, "The Vanishing Sculptor". Other than that the book was pretty great, a bit slow but and boring in some parts but the ending made up for it.

    When another country invades the peaceful land of Chiril, Tipper and her friend Bealomodore must take care of three very important statues, without them the world is disheveled. With the war going on can Bealomodore and Tipper really help?

    Thanks Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    Dragons and More

    Chiril is a peaceful land. But things chnages when an army comes and invades the country. Tipper Schopeis given the task of hiding three statues because if they falls into the hands of her enemies it will be the end of her nation as she knows it. She gets the help of the Bealomondore an artist to help her with what she must do.


    All the while terrible enemies are marching into Chiril, there's a nasty beast stalking and killing anyone in its path. No one is safe for anyone. And on top of that time is running out for the Tipper and Baelomondore along with their companions while they fight to reach the Valley of the Dragons where they plan to leave the statues and join with the dragon to overcome the ultimate test. With wizards and dragons, and other creatures, it is a fiction book that made for readers of all ages both guys and girls. There's action and just enough romance to satisfy all.


    {Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review}

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Dragons, Emerlindians, Wizards, and more

    I just finished reading Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul. It was a very good book. Unfortunately, it took some time to get into it, since I hadn't read book #1 first.

    This author has a very good imagination. She has created characters and races of people that are singular to her stories. Emerlindians, for example, are "tall and slender. They are born pale with white hair and pale gray eyes. As they age, they darken". Each race, character and more are given a short description in the appendix of the book. Also, the names she gives her characters are outgrageously individual. Graddapotmorphit Bealomondore is a tumanhofer artist. (See what I mean by her imagination?)

    In this story Princess Tipper, Bealomondore and their friends must keep three statues from falling into the wrong hands. As war erupts on the land, they are forced to decide what to do, where to go, and who they can trust. It is a story of war, love, and intrigue that will baffle and excite all generations of readers.

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

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    I didn't love the story. But I do appreciate it.

    My latest read-for-free and review for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group is "Dragons of the Valley" by Donita K. Paul. It's a fantasy fiction book about Tripper Schope and her friend Bealomondore. Tripper and Bealomondore are on a mission to protect 3 special statues. As they try to protect the statues, they encounter many obstacles like the Grawl. They must do all they can to protect the land of Chiril.


    The story has a king, little people (kimen), swords, and other such things. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings. I also thought about people who love renaissance fairs.


    While I do like fantasy fiction, I can't say this type was my best-loved. (I found the names hard to digest among other things.) So to be honest, I didn't love the story. But I do appreciate it. It's a well written book full of imagination.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Amazing Fantasy

    This is a magnificent fantasy novel where the author uses her unlimited imagination to create a whole new world full of creatures in the best style of J.R.R.Tolkien with his middle earth from "The Lord of the Rings" or even C.S.Lewis with his "Chronicles of Narnia" series.
    The plot is simple, but at the same time very rich. Chiril is a peaceful land that is invaded by enemies. Princess Tipper Schope must hide their most valuable treasure in order to avoid letting it be taken by the enemy. This treasure is composed of three statues that represents their link to "Wulder", bringing harmony and equilibrium that hold their world together. She choses an artist and a wizzard to help her on this quest of hidden the statues and bring them to safety at the valley of the dragons.
    The good x evil theme is a constant presence in the whole book, evil represented by a creature named Grawl. During the development of the story the main characters learn to trust in Wulder, that is the representation of their God, or creator. There are many ties from this fantasy with the Christian Bible. We can clearly identify Wulder with God anf Grawl with Satan. Likewise in the Bible, the least expected characters are the chosen ones to go and face the dangers and count upon the strength of God instead of their own strengh to defeat the enemy. This is truly a wonderful book with a very beautiful cover and I would recommend this one to any fantasy fan. It is a must have in a permanet library of any serious reader of this genre.
    This book was written by Donita K.Paul and was published in september 2010 by Multnomah Books and they were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Blogging for Books Program. Thanks, Mrs. Donita K.Paul, for such an inspirational book!

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Good read for families

    Dragons of the Valley, the sequel to The Vanishing Sculptor, was an interesting book. I liked one of the main characters, Tipper, a lot. Probably because she was more my age (at least it felt like it. I really don't remember what age she was). Also the little kimens were cute.


    As for the plot itself, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't "Oh, read that story before" or "I betcha five bucks I know what happens next, it's so predictable". It kept me turning pages and guessing. I always love reluctant heroes, and they don't get more reluctant then this!


    All in all, I think I liked it beter than Paul's DragonKeeper Chronciles. It is sorta a spin-off series, but you don't have to read the other series to read this one. A great read for families or teens!

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Dragons is another hit!

    The Trio of Elements, three statues that keep Chiril in balance, have been taken in order to protect the land and are being hidden in the Valley of the Dragons. When the trio are not aligned, things go out of whack and create huge problems for the people and land of Chiril. An enemy knows this and is invading, trying to take what isn't theirs. The Grawl is their secret weapon, a weapon the people's of Chiril can't see or hear until it is too late. But don't underestimate those striving to protect their land and the statues. Will they be able to stop the invading army? Will the Grawl be able to slip in unnoticed? Will the statues remain hidden? Will the Trio stay together? Come join Tipper, Bealmondore, Hollee, Fenworth, the dragons, and the others as they work together to keep their land protected.

    I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more books by Ms. Paul. Her characters are fun and vibrant, her story inviting and captivating. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers everywhere, and to those of you who haven't tried fantasy yet, check out this author. You won't be sorry! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and thank them very much.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    second book... AWESOME!

    donita paul has done it again! cant wait for the third one,coming out next year!

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    "Dragons of the Valley" by Donita K. Paul :: Chiril Chronicles

    What a mish-mash. Hodge-Podge. Higgledy Piggledy. Whichever you prefer, this book was very. mixed. Now have I piqued your interest? *** The strangers (Ever strange. Of that, there is no question.) are back: The Wizards, the Lizards, the Artist, and the women. Things have been quiet in Amara, but that quickly changes. The stones of the Gateway are shifted once more, and, once more, everything begins to fall apart- including Tipper's father. Graddapotmorhpit Bealomondore of Greeston in Dornum, with artistic talent befitting of such a name, is finding that though he longs to paint, he carries a sword far more often than a brush. Times of war are soon to come, and he cannot complete his training soon enough. The Wizard Fenworth, his librarian Lebrettowit, and the kimen Hollee are charged with the task of protecting the stones (the physical equivalent of the balance of the world). Fenworth mumbles and sheds bugs, Librettowit mumbles and reads, and Hollee jumps around and enjoys the both of them. A strange trio, but altogether likable. Tipper, along with her parents and guardian Beccaroon, prepare for the war that is to come. Lady Peg, the slightly nonsensical keeper of the home, argues the difference between "figurative" and "figure affecting". They learn to cope with the throes of battle, all the while learning of a mysterious "Wulder" figure. Wulder supposedly created their earth, but what creator would allow such a massacre? Friendships strengthened, trespasses forgiven, and a Ruler loved. And dragons. Just, dragons. *** There are plenty of positives here, but a couple of prominent negatives. The things I liked? Dragons of the Valley, second book in the Chiril Chronicles, followed up well. Bealomondore's development is evident as he battles a self-centered urge to just back away, hide, and draw pictures. Wulder, the book's God figure, is portrayed very well, and his principles are clear and thought out. The things I dislike. Well, first of all, the first book's Tipper was not the same in the second. I felt like she was a weaker character, and that she never really resolved certain aspects. To be honest, I thought I had the story figured out at when point, and then, I was wrong. Aaand, it didn't resolve as well as I thought it would. Bah.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Overall, a very good read and fresh perspective on God and His love for us.

    Verrin Schope has carved three statues, the Trio of Elements, that when positioned correctly, keep peace and order in Chiril. With the threat of the statues being stolen, Verrin asks three people to take the statues in order to keep them safe. If they fall into the wrong hands, it can bring about horrible consequences for both the country of Chiril and for Verrin Schope himself. Tipper Schope, Bealomondore and Wizard Fenworth all take a statue in the hopes of protecting their country.

    King Odidoddex is planning an invasion of Chiril, wanting to take over the country. With the statues no longer together, Chiril is in a state of upheaval and thus making it the prime time for an attack. Prince Jayrus leads Chiril into battle, finally feeling as though he's found his purpose as Paladin of the country. Will he be able to defend Chiril and lead them to victory?

    Having not read the other books in the series, it took me a few chapters to finally get into the story. There are a lot of names and terminology to sift through but it slowly began making sense as I connected the dots with who is who (the appendix at the back of the book helped). By the time I finished, I really liked the story. I love the quiet theme of Wulder and His presence in Prince Jayrus and Verrin's lives. Wulder is their Creator, who made everything and to whom they ultimately serve. It's so easy to see the connection to God and I found the correlation rather beautiful. Overall, a very good read and fresh perspective on God and His love for us.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Dragons of the Valley

    Chiril is in danger. An invading force is sneaking their way through the borders led by a terrible beast known only as The Grawl. A group of friends must fight once again to save their country, with the help of dragons.

    I did not realize this was part of a series until after I started reading it. I really wish that authors would include that on the cover. Because of this, it took me quite awhile to get into the storyline and understand the relationships between the various characters. However, once I figured them out a bit, they were fantastic.

    All the characters had just the right mix of seriousness, humor, doubt, and heroism. Lady Peg had me laughing every time she spoke. Paladin had me wanting to meet him so we could talk philosophy. Tipper reminded me of any love struck confused young woman that is trying everything she can to do the right thing.

    The storyline is almost your typical good guys vs bad guys, but The Grawl puts an interesting twist on things. I found myself feeling sorry for him throughout many parts of the story. Overall a good read. I may try to find the previous books and see if they are just as good.

    4/5

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