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For the very young readers, but even then...
on August 7, 2011
After reading a short excerpt on my Kindle, I thought the story had tons of promise. I figured it was young adult but I do enjoy those from time to time too....(HP ~ love it)
I certainly don't mind a good spiritual message either, but the problem with this was that it was so far beyond any kind of realistic characters that it wasn't what I would call good for anyone over the age of maybe 8-9 yrs. For instance, when you have a group on a supposedly dangerous quest, and they end up captured, hurt and in danger, since when are they all happy and joyous?
The main character is worried and concerned about having to do these obviously dangerous things (and having spent most of her life as a SLAVE, then is suddenly sent away to be a servant...way too much sugar coating of slavery which is incredibly evil!) and her companions laugh and tell her not to worry, she is in service to Paladin. No one bothers to explain or help her in any realistic way. (Just have blind faith and trust in Paladin and you'll be fine...paraphrasing here btw..)
The 'gift' from the all knowing God, Wulder, is Paladin. And his big scene where he comes to the rescue: the heros are being pursued by 12 fire breathing dragons ~ and he comes blazing in on his dragon all by himself and all he has to do is tell them to be gone! By his belief and connection to Wulder they couldn't stand against him.... Seriously?
All the 'good' people were happy and smiling almost all of the time and the 'bad' ones were either attacking them, angry or were very unhappy looking.
It would appear to teach the lesson even to very young children that nice, happy smiling people are good; and grimacing, sad or angry people are bad. That's not a good message to children of any age in my opinion.
I did read the entire book, so skipping parts. It had a lot of promise but it was like a larger version of a small childs fairy tale.
I will look for a local church to donate the books to (I ordered them all). In my experience, too many 'christians' will vehemently claim that any and all dragons are evil. I'm glad Ms. Paul is not one of them. But her story claims to be for all ages and it most certainly is not. Poor character development and no character development of the 'bad guy(s)'. Extremely disappointing...