Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review of The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

Review of The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul
Previously published as
The Vanishing Sculptor

The information below is from Wikipedia.
“Dragons Of Chiril 2009: Tipper, a young emerlindian who's responsible for the upkeep of her family's estate during her sculptor father's absence, discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. With the help of some unlikely companions—including the nearly 5-foot-tall (1.5 m) parrot Beccaroon and the miraculous Wulder—she sets out to save her father and her world.”
The author, Donita K. Paul says,
“The character in Dragons of Chiril is also challenged by adversity. Unfortunately, three of the statues she sold to acquire money for expenses, turned out to be the cornerstone of the world she lives in. With the statues separated, the countryside has bizarre eruptions that destroy property and life.

As in real life, with each new challenge, Tipper grows to meet the difficulty. That stretching to do the next thing, the thing we think is just beyond our ability, makes us grow stronger. Tipper's character deepens as she handles what I (the author) throw at her. And she also gains a perspective of herself that eliminates the false guilt. I think false guilt weighs us down more than the reality we face. Tipper does reach a happy ending, but the reader is aware that it is not because the road we travel will not smooth out and be bump-free until we reach Heaven. That's okay. We have the hope!"
My Review
Although it is obvious that there are more books in this series, this felt complete as a stand alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and found the conclusion satisfying. The dialog was in character for each individual and very well written. Some of the witty conversations made me laugh out loud.
The characters are charming, fun and well developed, although I found the introduction of the various “classes” of people somewhat awkward. I would have liked to have a better description of their cultures as I read the story rather than in a glossary. 
I have not read much fantasy but Donita K. Paul may just have made me a fan. I am certainly a new fan of hers and am looking forward to reading more of her books.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.
Click here to download the first chapter of The Dragons of Chiril.

1 comment:

  1. It's on my read-it-soon list. Looking forward to it, and I'm glad to read that it works as a standalone.