Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dragonspell Review

 Today I'm reviewing Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

 From the back cover:  One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

 ~To be honest, when I first got this book I wasn't sure about it. I'm not a big fan of wizards, and a lot of magic stuff, but I was pleasantly surprised with Dragonspell. The action begins immediately, and draws you in. Mrs. Paul did an excellent job weaving in the story world's history, and helping the reader understand about the seven high races, and seven low.

 The plot was intriguing in itself, though there are many stories about dragons, and eggs and such. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and the author gave each a distinct, unique personality. That said, Kale herself doesn't always seem to be the most interesting of characters at times, but her struggle, and where she came from help her along.

 So the plot was engaging, hardly slowed, the characters lovable, and at times hilarious, and the intertwining message about Jesus (Paladin in the book) and God's (Wulder) love for us, and greater plan make this book a worthy, and believable read. You will also be delighted by two small dragons, and their adorable antics. If you're looking for a good summer fantasy that has roots in the right place, check out Dragonspell. You won't be disappointed. I would rate this book **** four stars :)

 Don't believe me? Read the first chapter here, and join the adventure!

 and when you're ready to get the book, you can purchase it here:

 I hope this review was helpful to you! God bless!


Jill said...

Thanks for the review, Bethany. Dragonspell looks like a great book!

From the posts I've read so far, I'm really liking your blog! Now following :)

Bethany said...

Thanks Jill! It is a good book! Thanks for the follow, I will definitely check your blog out! :)

Sarah Olson said...

Totally cool! I actually JUST started reading this book today, then since we're in the same cabin in NaNoWriMo (hi, it's RideReadWrite) I came across your blog and found this review ;) I'm trying to read more Christian Fantasy, since that is what I am writing, and I'm loving Dragonspell!

Bethany said...

lol yeah! It's actually a very good book! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it really surprised me! I love Christian fantasy. It's also what I write normally, but this time I'm trying to write an adventure/suspense. We'll see how it goes ;)