DragonSpell : DragonKeeper Chronicles

  • by Donita K. Paul
  • Narrated by Ellen Grafton
  • Series: DragonKeeper Chronicles
  • 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once a slave girl in the village of River Away, Kale is freed when she discovers a dragon's egg. She is given the unexpected opportunity to journey to the great walled city of Vendala 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 as a dragon-keeper. 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...Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

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What the Critics Say

In Dragonspell, Donita K. Paul has created an amazing world of fantasy adventure. From riding on dragons to jumping off cliffs to moving mountains, this story is sure to spark a reader's imagination-young and old. And with a message of identity transformed from slavery to servanthood, it's a book families will love reading and discussing together." - Christopher P. N. Maselli, children's author of Reality Shift and founder of TruthPop.com

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Felt like a sermon

I usually like any story with non-evil dragons in it, but this one was hard to sit through. The dragons themselves were one-dimensional, little more than props. The two dragons may as well have been replaced with a healing stone and a singing stone.

The story was meant to be an adventure, but it had no drama. Any time anyone was in "danger" it was clear that Jesus, I mean Paladin, or God, I mean Walder, would step in and save them. Either that or their own faith in Paladin/Walder would save them.

The periods of "danger" were mixed with regular breaks of showing how good and perfect all the "high races" were or how evil the "low races" were. Just like in many religions, either you were a "chosen" one, or you were damned.
With the lack of drama, I would say this would be a good book for young kids, except that the story is a thinly veiled attempt to brainwash them into embracing Christianity or some similar religion. Anecdotes about how wonderful and amazing Paladin and Walder are were followed by descriptions of rapturous joy filled with the presence of Walder that made no sense. This might be followed by a lecture about how Walder's plan is far too complicated for you to understand and you need to mindlessly follow Walder and everything will work out. Finally, you might learn that Satan, I mean Pretender, was the ultimate evil and if you didn't follow Walder's plan, you'd end up in Hell, I mean "The Void". Ack.

So, if you're a devoutly religious person, you may love this book, but for anyone looking for an interesting or well-written story instead of a preachy sermon, look elsewhere.
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- Chris

A great book for kids and grownups

A story for all. This is a story of faith and friendships amoung many of different races. How all peoples can work together with a common goal and accepting each other as is.
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- Katja

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio