The Dragons of Chiril (Chiril Chronicles #1)

The Dragons of Chiril (Chiril Chronicles #1)

by Donita K. Paul

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ISBN-13: 9780307730114
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Series: Chiril Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 252,587
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 11 Years

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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...

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ForstRose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks perfect for ages 10 and up.
gratefulforgrace on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Donita K. Paul does it again!! OMGoodnes...I love this book! Strong Christian views presented in a fiction book makes it even better in my opinion. I would recommend this book to everybody and I cannot wait for the second to come out.I see that some people think the Wulder thing is strange and not needed...I hope you see the truth sometime.Anyway, I can see how it would be little confusing for people who haven't read her Dragonspell series, so that could be kinda putting-off.And for all those who haven't guessed it, yes. The author is a Christian (as am I) And since most of you seem to dislike the Christianity theme...keep reading! Maybe it will grow on you! I hope it does.Bedda: If you want to continue the story, then I should tell you that the second book is coming out on September 21st. (yea) Oh, and the book takes places on the same world as the Dragonspell series, but on a different continent.Kingoftheicedragons: Love the name. But about the book...well, if she took a lot of time to explain the different species, it would have been boring. Admittedly, it probably would be confusing for people who haven't read the first series, so...yeah. Guess you are right there.Brianlair: I agree that not having read the first series would keep you from likeing this series. I probably would have thought the same.ReadersFavorite: Right on! Only thing I don't agree with you on is the names...but other than that... :D
bedda on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was the first Paul book that I¿d read and I think this one takes place in the same world as her Dragonkeeper Chronicles. I don¿t think you have to have read them to follow the story but there are a few things that might have been explained that were assumed as already known in this book. She uses terms like emerlindian and tumanhofer, which are different races, but we are never told that. There is a glossary to help in moments like this but it would have been nice to have some sort of hint in the text. I like the word usage, like rapscallion, falderal, chicanery, obfuscate. Nothing that will make you run for the dictionary but words that you don¿t hear much and makes it more interesting to read. The banter between the wizard and the librarian is fun, light and witty but also sounds real, like two old friends bickering. Lady Peg, who is a little addle minded, is also fun and done well so she does not go too far and become some absurd comic relief but remains an interesting, believable character. There is a Christian message running through the book and it is not subtle. There is a whole page that goes on about the consequences of lying, several proverbs are quoted in a row for no apparent reason, the gifts given by Wulder are listed, and several times it is mentioned that a character knew there was some power behind everything but he didn¿t know what, among other things. But as blatant as the message is it is never really explained exactly who Wulder is or who the paladin is or why he is important and that made me wonder if I missed something by not reading the other Paul books first. Despite a few minor places where I felt I was catching up to a story already in progress I thought it was an enjoyable book. There are a lot of interesting well drawn characters that are fun to follow on their exciting quest. I found myself so engaged in the story that I lost track of time while I was reading it. I liked these people and would be glad to follow them on another adventure.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A surprisingly good fantasy adventure. But it's somewhat hard to understand, partly because of the writing style and partly because Donita K. Paul seems to think it's unnecessary to explain the workings of her world. The reader just has to figure it out as he/she goes along, which isn't exactly pleasant.The characters and plot are enjoyable however, making it a very fun quest. I'm not entirely sure I like the way Wulder/God is presented, but all in all it's a fantastic fantasy/adventure Christian novel.
brainlair on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The Brain Lair on The Vanishing Sculptor22 yr old Tipper is not sure what to do. Her father disappeared long ago leaving Lady Peg, and her, with the care and upkeep their estate, Byrdschopen. Tipper keeps hoping her father will appear as the money is starting to run out and she has had to sell some of sculptures to pay the servants and buy food. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse Tipper's father, Verrin Schope, returns. Sort of. He had been whisked away to a gateway that has become unstable. This unstableness meant that he could disappear again at any moment. Each disappearance/reappearance degraded Schope's health and he needed to find three of his sculptures to stay in this world. Unfortunately, Tipper had not only sold the sculptures, she didn't know who the final recipients were. Tipper, Verrin Schope, and Bec, her parrot guardian set out on a quest to retrieve the sculptures before it's too late.Rithmetic'Donita K. Paul introduces us to a world that is not quite different enough to make us forget our own. Couple that with a host of characters and the reader spends a lot of time trying to organize things. This proved to be distracting at times. As this was my first encounter with Paul's work, I'm convinced that being unfamiliar with her writing style was what stopped me from fully immersing myself in The Vanishing Sculptor.Overall I give The Vanishing Sculptor 1 copy. I will purchase it for the school library but I will only booktalk it to specific audiences.Author TalkDonitaPaul Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs , Colorado , where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. Visit her online at donitakpaul.com.
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Hmmm... what to say about this one. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it. It lied somewhere in the hazy middle. First off I'm not a huge fan of mystical books, but that's not really what I didn't like about it. It seemed to take forever for me to read it. I started it on a Friday and didn't finish it till the next Thursday, and for a 400 page YA book, that was just too long. The story deals with quite a few things, but one of the main ideas is that of faith. The idea of Wulder and what he is capable of weaves itself throughout the entire story. There were definitely some good things about this book. The author was very creative. I liked the character of Beccaroon very much. There were quite a few times when I laughed at his remarks. The banter between the wizard and the librarian was also fairly entertaining. The descriptions were quite well written and I could see the places that were being described as well as a good image of the characters. I actually saw Drew Barrymore as Tipper (don't know why I don't normally associate book characters with real people). Donita Paul seems to have a great imagination and is able to portray her images quite well. I also really liked the glossary in the back. I referred to it quite often throughout the story and it did help me keep track of who was who and what part they played in the overall story. While I did like some of the characters I didn't really connect with any of them. Tipper seemed to jump between being very level-headed and quite flighty. The rest of the characters seemed to be very eccentric and hard for me to relate to. I guess my biggest problem would be that this was a slow read, but like I said I'm not really into this genre. Maybe for someone that likes this kind of story it would be a more enjoyable and quicker read.
DLester on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Dragons of Chiril is the first book in Donita's K. Paul's, Chiril Chronicles series. This book was previously released under the title, The Vanishing Sculptor. It is appropriate for readers of all ages and will be of particular interest to those interested in Christian Fantasy. Paul blends her fictional dragon world, with Christian idea's and concepts to create a far reaching adventure quest, that shows the love of Christ in a very non-evasive way.Paul's ability to craft novels that express Christian principles without beating the reader over the head with them is exceptional. By using a fantasy model she takes the religious undertones and subtly introduces them to the reader minus the preachy attitude and overbearing manner of some Christian fiction writers. I have always enjoyed Paul's work for that very reason. Her fantasy quests are similar to other good Christian Fantasy tales including, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. She gets her message across very well, even without all the bells and whistles. Tipper is an interesting character. She has had to take on a great deal of responsibility since her father's disappearance. She has been caring for her family with money she earns from selling her father's art work. When she figures out that she has sold some very important statues that could bring about the destruction of the world if they are not reunited, she could have faltered and blamed herself, but she stands strong and starts out on an epic quest to get the statues back. I liked the fact that Paul gives Tipper's character a sense of innocence, but I found myself thinking she was much younger than she actually was.This is an adventure story that is appropriate for all ages, but there are some difficult names to read and pronounce. I think probably readers from the ages of 10 - 15 will probably get the most enjoyment out of the book, but there are also adults who love Christian fantasy that will really get into it as well. The supporting cast was my favorite part of the book. Tipper's companions ranged from a dragonkeeper prince to a giant parrot and even included a wizard. There is a little something for everyone here. I liked how Paul incorporated Christian principles through the character of Wulder, and her use of humor in the dialogue between the wizard and the librarian. If you are into Christian fantasy this is really a great read. The dragons are exceptional characters and I will definitely be reading other books in this series. It's a bit different and that's a good thing. I liked Paul's other dragon books and this one is just as well written.
brokenship on LibraryThing 8 months ago
With her father having been missing for 15 years, Tipper has been keeping her family going by selling off the art he left behind. His sudden reappearance is less than joyful however, and soon a journey to find 3 statues she sold of years prior ensues. Tipper, her father, and a group of unlikely characters band together in search of the statues, realizing without them the world will fall apart.I¿m not sure how I feel about this book. It¿s definitely one that is hard to describe without revealing too much detail or plot. I found it to be well written in the sense of flow and word choice, and the characters were likeable enough. Donita Paul has a talent for developing a well rounded cast of characters as well as a interesting plotline. I suppose it just wasn¿t my type of story. I found it to be rushed at points, as if Paul was trying to hurry through the details to get on with the plot and whenever authors do that I often find myself confused. Sure, they understand entirely what¿s going on, its their story, but the reader needs those added details to keep up. Maybe it was just me, but the last hundred pages or so seemed out of nowhere. Where was the build up? The little clues throughout the story that all tied up at the end?To me, this novel was a ho hum kind of story. It wasn¿t a horrible novel, but I won¿t go out and get the next book to continue the series.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Tipper's father, Verrin Schope, has been missing for a long time. When he returns in a most unexpected manner, followed by a magician and his librarian, things start to get a little strange. Verrin Schope is an artist, and three of his sculptures are much more important than anyone could ever guess. In order to save the world (and himself) the statues must be reunited once again. Tracking down the three statues, which have been sold over the years Verrin was missing, proves to be harder than it was originally thought. The journey to recover the statues is what drives the story forward through a very interesting series of events.I enjoyed reading Dragons of the Valley, and while this book preceeds the story, knowing part of the outcome did not detract from the story at all. Seeing where my favorite characters came from and how they met was great. I did not enjoy the characters quite as much as I did in Dragons of the Valley. They did not develop and grow in a way that I found satisfying, but this being the first book in the series it may have just been setting them up to do so. A very typical good vs bad storyline, with a few twists to make it interesting. The bad guys were a little too obviously bad. A few more in depth surprises would have helped the story a bit.3.5/5
SwordofaReader on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I LOVED this book!!! Having read some of Donita K. Paul's books in the past, this book fits right on in!! I love the dragons, parrots, wizards, and the craziness that goes on in the novel! It seems to be going into a state of constant chaos at times, yet the author skillfully keeps the story on track somehow. I give this book a 5.5 out of 5 and recommend it for anyone!
Pebblesgmc on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is such a delightful book I will be looking for more books by this Author Donita K Paul. The book was published under a different title, this title fits the story very well.The zany characters romp through the country side falling from one adventure into another.(*****)It's a must read!!
kingoftheicedragons on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Okay, I got this book from the Early Reviewer program, not realizing that this was exactly the same as the book "The Vanishing Sculptor". So, here is my review from the old title:why do you expect life without death? why do you welcome rain and curse the flood? you must accept both the good and the bad to claim maturity.The Vanishing Sculptor vanishing sculptor by Donita K. Paul is one of those books that can almost be read in one sitting on a cold, rainy afternoon, as the author of the Dragon Keeper novels takes you back to that world, but at an earlier time. Having never read the author before, this is another one of those books I was drawn towards as I perused the shelves at one of the local bookstores, largely due to the cute (perhaps a little too cute?) dragon peeking over the book's title, not to mention the sheer number of other dragon books donita paul wrote, I thought I would check the author out, and I'm glad I did. As I pondered whether to buy the book, one of the deciding factors was that it seemed like it would be a quick, light read and not overly weighed down by a ot of burdensome details. Let's address some of the pros and cons of the book:Cons: There is a dictionary in back--usually bad sign it's going to be too complicated (although I must say that I did find myself flipping back to use it on occasion to refresh my memory, but it's really not needed). The story is a bit slow at first as the story gets started and you are introduced to Tipper, her absent-minded mother, and Beccaroon, her grand parrot friend. There were some pointless characters introduced as the quest to find the sculptures got underway that were shallow where it was apparent they are there merely to fill the gap and use of dialog that doesn't serve any purpose.Pros: It is a quick read, one of the quickest reads in a while (along with water for elephants), and you should have no problem finishing this book off quickly and moving on to your next book--maybe even another one by this author. There are numerous humorous parts such as the scatter-brained mother or the incident with the sheep, and it just makes you want to keep turning the pages. This book spoke to me more than a lot of other books have about life through the sage advise of Tipper's father's quoting of Wulder or that of her talking tropical bird friend, yet not in a preachy sort of way. The descriptions of the book made it easy to mentally picture the action taking place in my mind, something that some books can't do for me.Would I recommend this book?: Yes, I definitely would. It's not the most profound book, and the introduction and spread of the word of Wulder seems to be almost a thinly-veiled theme of Christianity, but overall, this is a worthwhile read. ( )
tarenn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
THE DRAGONS OF CHIRIL by Donita K.Paul is an interesting allegory/fantasy/fiction.It is the beginning of a new series.Previously released as The Vanishing Sculptor.It has dragons.adventure, trachery,morals,Kings,Princess,dragon keeper,good vs evil,right from wrong,otherworld,wizards,magical librarians,speaking parrots,and mysterious portals.It is a story that enterwines intrigue,mischief,mayhem and witty banter. This story is a great addition for all ages.It will a great compliment to the DragonKeeper series.What a grand adventure for all fantasy,adventure readers who enjoy a mix of fantasy with realism.The list of characters include Tipper,the sculptor's daughter,Lady Peg,Tipper's mother,Beccaroon,a giant parrot,Bealomondore,an aristocratic young artist,Fenworth,the wizard,Librettowit,the librarian,Prince Jayrus,the Dragon Keeper,and Prince of Mercigon Mountain Range,Gage,the oldest living dragon and King Yellat,Lady Peg's father and the Ruler of Chiril.This is an interesting story of an enchanting party on a quest to not only save the world but to discover a loving God.This is a must read for fantasy readers. This book was received for the purpose of review from Library Thing and the publisher.Details can be found at Waterbrook Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had very mixed feelings about this book so opted to read it twice before sitting down to write a review. My heart wishes it had been a repeat of the magic the author created in Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball, it is not. For a young reader, or as a way to begin a conversation about Christ without ever having to say his name this book would serve what I assume was the author's purpose. The book had some very fun, and funny moments and I may forever mutter "fish scales in a crocodile's teeth!" but the book often felt stilted and awkward. I'd share it with a child, but would not recommend it for adult readers.I'm giving it four stars just for the number of times it made me giggle.
Yoyomoma More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Isn't it also called "vanishing sculptor"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blah blah blah... it was a good book
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LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
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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SpontaneouslyUnique More than 1 year ago
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.