Monday, December 26, 2011

Dragons of the Valley book review: A tale of a faraway land in need of heroes.

Dragons of the Valley by Donitta K. Paul is a contemporary Christian fiction book.  It is the second book in a trilogy.

 Dragons of the Valley takes you through another world in the country of Chiril.  Some unlikely friends band together to save their beloved country from war by hiding statues, Trio of elements, from the invading enemy.   Among the unlikely friends are a princess, a wizard, an artist, a prophet of Wulder, two Kimens (a race of tiny, fast, musical people), and minor character they met along the way.

Dragons of the Valley - Donita K. PaulTipper Schope was chosen to take one of the Trio of elements to the Dragon of the Valley.  Tipper is a princess in line for the thrown.  Her father,  Verrin Schope sculpted the Trio of elements.   The trio of elements are connected to the well being of Verrin and Chiril because he had unknowingly  used the cornerstone of their world to sculpt it.      
Tipper’s friend, Bealomondore was also chosen to take one of the Trio of elements to the Dragon of the Valley.   Bealomondore is the one of the most unlike characters to be chose to protect the statues, he is an artist not a swordsman.  During his quest he must decide to follow Wulder (their God) and to pick up the sword of Valor.

The unlikely friends must hide the statues in the valley of dragons, escape the clutches of The Grawl (a unusual beastly hunter like creature)  and defeat the invading army.

I really enjoyed reading Dragons of the Valley.  I did not read the first book in the trilogy so I was a little lost at first, but in the back of the book is an appendix, it helped we to sort out the characters , races, and unusual objects.   The author’s use of allegories adds to the main story line.  She  has woven the ideas of Wulder (based off the Christian God) into the story to help reader get a glimpse of God.

The main theme of trusting and having faith in the Creator, is a timeless Truth that all readers can benefit from reading.  The book also reminds us; if we do not teacher our children the Truth of God’s word, our grandchildren’s generation will not know God.  This book is an eye opening book, but also a fun light read.  I cannot wait to give it to my 13 year old son, whom loves to read books on fantasy. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press as a member of their Blogging for Books program. All opinions are my own.

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