Wednesday, June 21, 2006

DragonKnight

Yesterday the third tale in Donita K. Paul's DragonKeeper Chronicles released - DragonKnight. If you haven't come across the DragonKeeper books yet, you're in for a real treat.

DragonSpell starts off the series as Kale, a village slave, finds a dragon egg and is thrust into adventure. Here's a quick description:

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...

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.

Next in the series is DragonQuest. Here's my review of the book for Christian Book Previews (and I just found out it's the spotlight review for the book on Amazon!):

"Kale and her friends return in this mesmerizing sequel to DragonSpell. Two weeks into her training at the Hall, Kale, a dragonkeeper for Paladin, is summoned to help the aging Wizard Fenworth with the meech dragon she quickened. Two minor dragons and a furry young street urchin are already under her care, but there's also an irksome someone to report on her and train her to defend herself - Bardon, a structured older boy called the Snitch behind his back.

Facing danger even to get to Fenworth's, the group soon finds that their journey is only beginning. The evil Wizard Risto has seized another meech to further his plans of taking over Amara. As they travel to free dragons already enslaved by Risto's influence, the mystery surrounding the mother Kale never knew begins to be hampered by more questions.

Rich in adventure, deep in insight, and filled with the intriguing creative touches that fantasy readers love, this book is a must-read for all ages. Seven high races and seven evil races people Amara, portrayed in detail and kept distinct. Multi-dimensional characters become friends you wish you could meet. Dragons permeate the story like a flock of tropical birds, with vivid coloring and varied personalities. The author also adds mind-speaking abilities, wizardry, gateways to travel long distances instantly, and a cloak with pockets that don't bulge, but these elements are only frosting to deeper issues like trust and discipline. A twisting and suspenseful plot finishes the novel on a high note but leaves room for sequels to come. The Dragonkeeper Chronicles are books sure to captivate every lover of fantasy."

And then there's the latest addition to this fascinating saga: DragonKnight. Here's a bit of my review, soon to be published on Christian Book Previews:

"Bardon heads to the mountains to spend a long-anticipated sabbatical in solitude before taking his vow as Paladin’s knight . . . a young emerlindian named N’Rae and her grandmother need Bardon to help them find Granny Kye’s son, imprisoned with other knights following Paladin. Bardon suspects one is his friend Kale’s father, and reluctantly agrees to lead the quest.

The wonderful land of Amara returns in this delightful sequel to DragonQuest. A troupe of varied characters fills the pages – members of the seven high races; the seven low races; major, minor, and meech dragons; and the legendary minneken. Combine this with a twisting plot, beautiful description, and depth of characterization, and you have a novel that’s almost too rich to devour in one reading."

Coming in 2007, the last book of the DragonKeeper Chronicles, DragonFire, will be released. But that won't be the last we'll see of Amara - Donita K. Paul is under contract for three more fantasy novels with WaterBrook!

And if you're ever confused about what order the DragonKeeper books come in, just remember they're in reverse alphabetical order - Spell, Quest, Knight, and Fire.

For more about DragonKnight, Donita K. Paul, and all the DragonKeeper Chronicles, be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the Christian SF/Fantasy Blog Tour this week!

Sally Apokedak
Valerie Comer
Johne Cook
Janey DeMeo
Mary E. DeMuth
Beth Goddard
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Sherrie Hibbs
Marcia Laycock
Shannon McNear
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

Looking forward to the full review!

M. C. Pearson said...

I have Dragonspell but have yet to read it. Hmmm, maybe we can feature Donita's latest book on FIRST?

Anyway, I agree about the chapter format problem...I'm trying to work out a solution to it. Perhaps if I post the chapter then send everyone the html coding in an email? That might work. I'll look into it!

So glad to have you on board! Let me know if you need the text for the template button.

Paul M. Kingery said...

Dear Katie,
I invite you to write a short review of a new e-book Land of Canaan: Ancient Hope for Future Peace. You can see the full text free at www.landofcanaan.info online. Let me know what you think.
Thanks,
Paul

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