Dragons of the Watch (Chiril Chronicles #3)

Dragons of the Watch (Chiril Chronicles #3)

by Donita K. Paul


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ISBN-13: 9781400073412
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Chiril Chronicles Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 279,959
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Donita K. Paul is the author of The Dragons of Chiril, Dragons of the Valley, and the bestselling DragonKeeper Chronicles with more than a quarter of a million books in print. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order. Visit her website at DonitaKPaul.com.

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      Ellie sat on her favorite boulder and looked Tak right in the eyes, telling him what was on her mind. “Gramps shouldn’t have taught me to read.”
      Tak responded as he usually did when he received Ellie’s confidences. He lowered his head, placing it on her knee for a rub. 
      Ellie obliged her pet, stroking the white hair between his nubby horns with one hand while digging in the pocket of her homespun pinafore with the other. The mountain breeze toyed with the paper she withdrew. With difficulty, she smoothed the small poster out on her other knee. Dirty and wrinkled, it still made her heart beat a little faster.
                              Royal Wedding and Coronation
                                          Princess Tipper
                     Prince Jayrus, Dragonkeeper and Paladin
                              All invited to the celebration

      “All invited. But Ellicinderpart Clarenbessipawl and her goat Tak can’t come. No chaperone, no travel. Ma and Da aren’t interested. And Gramps just laughs. ‘You’ll see. You’ll see,’ is all he says. He should take me himself.”
      Her younger brother’s shrill yell came from the knoll rising out of the river to the east. “Ellie! Ellie!”
      He stood on the hill, grinning like a bear with a paw in the honey hive and his face red from running. His stubby tumanhofer body bounced with excitement. He held his fists above his head and whirled them around in circles. Something had set him off.
      She stood and hollered back. “You be calling me by my proper name out in the open ’n’ at the top of your lungs, Gustustharinback. Ma will tan yer hide if she’s finding out you disgrace the family with such shabby care of our dignity.”
      When he saw her, he cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted, “Yer wanted at home. Itta be good news.” 
      That information didn’t impress her. Probably a delivery of the bolt of muslin ordered, which meant she’d be cutting and dyeing lengths for making new clothes. Not exciting news at all.
      “Can it wait?” She gestured behind her to the scattered goat herd. “I’ll have to gather Tak’s clan if I’m to come home now.”
      “I’ll come help you.” Gustus charged down the hill toward the footbridge across the river.
      Ellie stared at him for a moment with her mouth hanging open. The good news had nothing to do with cloth. Her brother would never voluntarily help bring in the goats for something as mundane as new clothes. He scurried down the path, slipping some on the loose rocks. But the precarious descent did not slow him a bit. Even in the narrower patches, where exposed roots of arranndon bushes tripped careless hikers, her sturdy brother skidded downward.
      Folding the royal celebration notice into a small square, Ellie stuffed it back in her pocket. She turned away from watching her brother’s progress and nudged the goat. “Come on, Tak. You find the nannies, and I’ll find the billies.”
      Ellie went one direction and Tak another. In a few minutes, she located the fifteen goats that formed the herd. Mostly young males, these animals preferred the rockier terrain. She suspected it had to do with their perpetual game of I’m-up-highest.
      She clicked her tongue and tapped her staff on a rock. Their heads rose as if all attached to the same string, though they didn’t come right away. Each one chewed what was in his mouth and casually left his place one by one. Taking a serene amble down the hillside, they passed her, heading toward the bridge and home.
      When the last one clomped by, Ellie rested her staff on her shoulder and followed. Tak already had the nannies plodding along the bank toward the footbridge. Gustustharinback trailed the nannies and carried the smallest of the baby goats in his arms.
      He shouted when he caught sight of his sister. “Hurry! Aunt and Uncle Blamenyellomont are at the house. I can’t tell you the surprise, and I’m gonna burst with keeping my tongue from waggin’ and you from knowin’.”
      She tapped her staff on the rock beneath her feet. The billies scampered before her, picking up her impatience and gratefully heading for home. Even after eating all day, they appreciated the handfuls of button grain they got from the farmer’s younger children.
      With the goat hoofs pounding on the wooden bridge, Ellie couldn’t hear or be heard. So she waited until she’d caught up with her brother on the other side.
      “What’s with all the falderal, Gustus?”
      She watched as he forced a glare onto his face, erasing the impudent grin he’d been wearing. “You are to call me by my proper name if I have to call you by yours.”
      “There’s a difference between shouting ‘Ellie’ and speaking ‘Gustus’ quietly.” She grabbed his arm. “Now tell me, or I’ll toss you into the river.”
      He pressed his lips together and gave her his most obstinate glower. The corners of his lips twitched, and she knew he wanted to laugh. She let go. She couldn’t really dunk him while he carried the small kid.
      “Why are our aunt and uncle here?”
      “Can’t tell you that either. But they’s only stopping, not staying. We’d better hurry.”
      Ellie lost Gustustharinback’s help as soon as they came in sight of the pens. He scuttled down the last hill and opened the gate but then ran through the goat barn, across the yard, and into the house.
      The herd followed the leader through the opening and took up different places to observe their world. Ellie and Gustus had put many odd things within the goat pen for the animals to climb on. Old wooden benches, barrels, a huge thick branch they had pulled with the donkey’s help, and crates littered the ground. The goats enjoyed scrambling up, over, and around the obstacles.
      Tak stayed at Ellie’s side as she put water in the trough and fastened the barn door securely open so the animals could come in if they wanted. He followed her out the door on the other side of the barn and waited patiently while she latched it shut.
      Entering the back door so she could wash before meeting their visitors, Ellie noticed that the kitchen showed signs of serving tea. Her mother must have prepared refreshments to carry into the common room. Through the pantry door, she could see empty spots on the shelves, which meant the good china pot and the blue glass dishes were being used.
      Warm water sat in a tub in the sink, and she used that to wash her face and hands. She pulled the scarf off her head, gathered her long, curly black locks into a ponytail and used the scarf to tie it in place. Wisps of hair immediately escaped and framed her tanned face. She washed her face again as if she could rid herself of the look of a farm girl. Hopefully Aunt Tiffenbeth wouldn’t make that tired old comment: “Your blue eyes would be more attractive if you scrubbed away some of that mud you use for face cream.”
      Voices from the family’s conversation drifted through the partially open door. Aunt Tiffenbeth quarreled with Ellie’s father. 
      “Brother, you are wrong in this. Ellicinderpart is your eldest child and way past the age to be in the village looking for a husband.” 
      “If there’s a man good enough for her, he can just come courting here.” Her father’s voice rumbled in the wood-paneled room, and Ellie did not even have to strain to hear him. She stepped closer to the door in order not to miss a single word her aunt spoke.
      “You are the most vexing man. That is not going to happen. It isn’t the way of things, and you know it. You’re selfish and your mind is rootbound.”
      Only his older sister could get away with talking like that to Ellie’s father. She probably ought to go in before the discussion escalated to verbal warfare. She finished wiping her hands and draped the towel over one of the kitchen chairs around the square table.
      “The girl is needed here.”
      “The young woman is your unpaid servant.”

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Dragons of the Watch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The oldest of eight children, Country bumpkin Ellicinderpart Clarenbessipawl talks to her best friend Tak the goat on how unfair life is. Everyone received an invitation to the royal wedding and coronation of Princess Tipper and Prince Tayrus. Her Aunt Tiffenbeth and Uncle Stemikenjon will escort Ellie to the royal wedding in Ragar. However, Tak has other plans as the goat wanders away; she follows Tak to take the goat home before her trek to the weeding of the century, but Ellie gets lost. They end up in a strange city in which giant little kids mistake Tak for a dog and give chase. Famous artist Graddapotmorphit Bealomondore of Greeson rescues them and informs her that they are the only tumanhofers in Rumbard City. He explains the occupants consist of one elderly librarian, a horde of feral very tall six-year-old urohms and seven tiny dragons; he is unaware of the other essence. Considered a hero by the affluent of Chiril, Bealomondtore is on a quest to follow the Creator, but currently he plans to find a way for Ellie, Tak and himself to escape from being bottled up in Rumbard City, after that he will take care of the kids and his heart. The latest Donita K. Paul "Dragon" Christian allegorical fantasy (see Dragonlight and Dragons of the Valley) is a superb tale with a strong cast especially the lead duet; while several of the kids have different personalities. Their efforts to escape the mysterious city make for a fast-paced story line loaded with action as the lead couple heeding Wulder's advice to follow the Creator by taking one step at a time to unravel the enigma of Rumbard City. Harriet Klausner
Tim And Beki Cowling More than 1 year ago
She has a breathtaking way to end her books. I can't wait for the next seres she wirtes
polingspig on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book was just too hard for me to get into. The names of the characters are over the top and the plot is so slow to build that I had a hard time concentrating. It is definitely a book meant for a teenage girl. The first part is all about a girl wanting to go to a wedding so bad she can taste it.
shadow11001 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Donita K. Paul has done it again. I own another one of her books (DragonQuest) and both are splendid. This book captivated me from beginning to end, weaving laughter, anger, sadness, and a longing for more. There are plenty of twists and turns that always kept me guessing. If you're a dragon lover or even loved the books the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, then this is the book for you.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Definitely my favorite of the trilogy. Bealomondore has always been my favorite character, and I've always been itching for him to get a proper lady friend who's awesome enough to do him justice. An lo and behold, I meet Ellie!Ellie is a sweet, determined little tumanhofer who gets trapped in a giant bottle encompassing a giant city of eternally six-year-olds. There she meets Bealomondore, and together they have to tame the children and escape. The idea itself is more original than the other two books, and it focused on my favorite character, so of course I enjoyed it more. But it's still not amazing, and often I sit for a while thinking of better ways to write it. It'll never be a favorite, but it's an enjoyable fantasy adventure with a Christian base.
msc_lvr36 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was so excited when I found out that the early book review book I recieved was a Donita K. Paul book! I have read all of her books from the first series that she wrote, which I found quite by accident. I love fantasy, and when I found someone that was a fantasy CHRISTIAN writer I couldn't resist. Great storyline, and a fun read for all ages. Can't wait to go back and read the first two books in this series. :)
TABrowne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Loved this book. The story was interesting and kept flowing. There were lots of twists and it wasn't easy to guess what was going to happen. It definitely made me want to pursue reading her other books.I think older elementary through adults will appreciate this book. Its similar to Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe as an allegory pertaining to God's supremacy and care of his children. It is also completely different and a lot of fun to read.Highly recommend this book.
WCallister on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Excellent book! The story was detailed and very engaging! Only trouble was the names. They were a bit hard to pronounce at first but you quickly get used to them.
terriko on LibraryThing 7 months ago
As a fantasy, this succeeds brilliantly. Watching how Ellie (and her goat, Tak) react to the fantastical world in which they find themselves is incredibly fun. The story of adventure and compassion even in the face of those who seem at first to be enemies is surprising and adorable.As an allegory, however, I'm less certain. There's a clever little "play within the play" moment where we are reminded that fantastical stories can serve as ways to teach lessons... but while some of the parts of the story that revolve around the God, Wulder, fit beautifully into the tale of self-discovery, I have to admit that by the end of the story I felt like some of the references were a bit bolted-on.I still definitely recommend the book and fully enjoyed it despite this, but beware that you may feel like the religious aspect becomes a bit heavy-handed towards the end.
LaRay on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Received through LibraryThing Early Reviewers Give AwayI have other books by Donita K. Paul so I was excited when I saw this book on the LibraryThings Early Reviewer¿s list. I am not disappointed. This is not the first book in the series, but you don¿t have to know the other stories to enjoy this one. Other reviewers have compared this story to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and they aren¿t wrong. Paul is very good at weaving in the tenants of ¿Wulder¿ without ever coming off as ¿preachy¿. This is a book suitable for all ages.
jolerie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Granddapotmorphit Bealomondore, tumanhofer elite, artist, and eligible bachelor finds himself trapped in a forgotten city along with country lass, and goat herder, Ellincinderpart Clarenbessipawl (let me again mention that half the fun of reading this book is trying to pronounce the names of the characters). Together they face a band of wily and lawless children who resemble giants, a crotchety old man who can seem to remember the events of yesterday, and a watch of dragons that keep guard over the deserted city. Their quest for freedom brings them face to face with the realization that they may be trapped there indefinitely, and yet amidst the dire circumstances, a budding friendship blossoms into innocent romance that catches both prisoners by surprise. The third instalment of the Dragons of Chiril series follows along the same Christian themes that were prevalent in the first two books such as, good versus evil, the consequences of choices, and the nature of God in a fantasy setting. The story is rather straightforward and simple as the author makes some very clear and bold declarations about faith and the role of a Creator in the universe. This would make a great series to read to younger children who are exploring questions of faith, morality, and truth without being overly theological and heavy. Overall, it was an enjoyable and lighthearted read with a clear purpose in narrative and a satisfying resolution to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and great caracters .
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ReadersFavorite-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers Favorite Ellie is a member of the tumanhofer species. She is a goat herder who is educated and eager for adventure. Ellie is delighted when her aunt and uncle take her for a vacation to see the wedding and next coronation of the king and queen of the kingdom. Along the way, Ellie falls into an extended adventure when she goes to rescue her frisky pet goat Tax. Ellie finds herself going through a time warp into a city contained within a bottle. The city houses dozens of perpetually young six year old urhomns, a species of gentle and intelligent giants. The children are quarrelsome and unruly until Ellie and her friend Bealomondore, an artistic tumanhofer also trapped in the bottle city, team up to tame the children and find a way to extricate themselves from the unwelcoming bottle city. They solicit the assistance of an Old One who is a librarian and several minor dragons who have various helpful abilities. This is a delightful fairy adventure for children in the middle grades. It is filled with visual images which will certainly stimulate the interest of both girls and boys. There is just enough mystery to keep the child reading and just enough of a sense of self-efficacy in the main characters so that the child reader will identify with the character and begin to act out his or her own fantasies. The book has an all-knowing figure to which children of many religions would identify.
dallas peyton More than 1 year ago