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Dragons of the Valley: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Donita K. Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?
 

With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush. 

As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before. 

To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion? 


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About the Author

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and nine novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging writers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400073405
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EI2EGS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful fantasy fiction November 22, 2010
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading "Dragons of the Valley" by Donita K. Paul. This is the first book I've ever read by Paul and it was truly enjoyable! I picked this book because it is a Christian Fantasy Fiction, and I thought it was time I chose something fun that I could pass on to the kids. At least I hoped I could pass it on to the kids. I wasn't disappointed.

The book is set in the fictional land of Chiril on a different planet. The people of Chiril are peace-loving, however they have (for the most part) no knowledge of the Creator. War threatens their peaceful country and the struggles that the heroes face to embrace the call to defend their country are just as important as the struggles they face to trust and embrace their Creator (given the name 'Wulder'). As we discover the characters in the story, we discover Wulder along with them.

This is book 2 in a new series. It follows on the heels of The Vanishing Sculptor, which I hope to purchase for my kids to read first (so they don't get lost trying to figure out the story). The book cover has a tagline at the top that says "A Fantastic Journey of Discovery for All Ages." I have to agree. I have been struggling to find ideas for encouraging my 13 yo, 11 yo, and 9 yo to practice reading aloud. Knowing their love for all things fantasy (magic, dragons, new creatures, etc), I know they will be easily drawn into this series. What I love so much about it, is how much it reveals about our Creator. Paul does an excellent job of revealing the attributes of God through the pages of this fiction book. I explored all over again, through the eyes of characters who were discovering Him for the first time, God's faithfulness, His sovereignty, His omniscience, His omnipresence, His love, and His concern.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donita K. Paul does it again September 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
Dragons of the Valley begins and ends with bursting excitement. Even without The Vanishing Sculptor as a prior guide, the story stands solidly on its on merit. Paul succeeds where so many have failed before her. The middle book in her Chiril series pulsates with enthusiasm and energy, avoiding the sophomore slump many authors embrace unintentionally. Valley delivers subtle undertones of Spiritual instruction, guaranteed to please both the devoted follower of Christ as well as the non-believer in need of His Word. This book is a must read for any and every fan of fantasy fiction. Without giving too much of the story away, the adventure centers again on Tipper, Bealomondore, and Prince Jayrus and their adventures in the realm of Chiril. Together, they must join with the dragons of the valley to overcome the ultimate test. On that note, stop reading this review and pick up a copy of this incredible journey of discovery for all ages and read it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actual GOOD Contemporary Christian Fantasy October 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
Normally, I would advise people *against* reading a book in the middle of a series. All sorts of problems may arise. The least of which is that (unless said series is extraordinarily popular) the reader will often have little idea about the overall plot, characters, locations, or events in the story. I requested a book for review that I did not realize was the middle book of a trilogy. I started to read *Dragons of the Valley*, by Donita K. Paul, anyway, and proceeded to become thoroughly and completely confused.

The species in the story, the events, the "magic" elements, the characters, and so forth were genuinely puzzling. Eventually, I grew frustrated, and was about to rate the book badly for not even taking the time to describe the essentials for new readers. That is, after all, the basic job of an author in a series. Then, I dropped the book and picked it up. Somehow, my hand thumbed the last pages open, and I discovered an index of all the main species, characters, and facts in the story. I had to shamefully admit that I should have examined the book BEFORE my frustrations began to mount. *Blush*

To avoid giving away too many spoilers, a very brief sketch of the story will be given. The world is divided into a number of realms. The realm of our heroes, Chiril, is in the throes of a conspiracy to destroy it. The land's fate is tied to a trio of statues that the Deity Wulder (based on the Chrstian God) ordered the wizard-artist Verrin Schope to create. The statues had to be separated in order to protect them from being destroyed by the foreign power that is slowly sowing dissent and killing officials in preparation of an invasion of the realm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational dragon fantasy September 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
Chiril is a peaceful prosperous land. However the tranquility ends when an army invades the country. Tipper Schope must hide three statues because if the enemy gets it will mean the end of her nation as she knows it. She enlists her Bealomondore the artist to help her with her quest. He understands he must wield a sword like he did a brush.

At the same time that the terrible foe marches into Chiril, a horrific beast is stalking and killing anyone in its path. No one is safe from the predatory Grawl. Time is running out for the two heroes and their companions as they struggle to reach the Valley of the Dragons where they plan to leave the statues.

The latest inspiration dragon fantasy (see Dragonknight and Dragonquest) is a fabulous tale that, as always in a Donita K. Paul thriller, takes the audience soaring across the author's vivid mythical landscape. As chaos threatens the land, Tipper and Bealomondore are heroic figures; not because they may succeed, but due to risking their lives against overwhelming odds as for instance a peace loving artist picks up the sword. Action-packed with deadly perils from outside coming in and inside expanding out and with a strong cast especially the champions, fans will need a seat belt as this fast-paced novel never takes a respite.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series similar to her Dragonlight series.
If you like the Dragonlight series, you will like this too. Well written, easy read, as pleasant for the mom as the kid.
Published 9 months ago by AZ INLO
5.0 out of 5 stars Combines great writing, engaging plot, characters to care about and...
I have absolutely loved every book Donita K. Paul has written! I particularly treasure stories that pull you in from the very first sentence and connect you deeply with the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cathy Dockter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
If you like any of Donita Paul's Dragon Keeper series you will love the Dragons of Chiril Chronicles (all three books)
Published 16 months ago by Gregory P Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragons of the Valley
Much better than he first book I must say. This had a lot more action, adventure and some serious battling. The ending was touching and sweet as honey, but quite sudden and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by atg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining
Her books may not be listed among the classic works but they are just plain fun. In a time of cynicism and indulgence of every kind it is refreshing to read a story with quality... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Triciahsmom816
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming
I love Donitas books. I discovered her last year and can't wait for each book to arrive. The Chiril Chronicles books are great reading for anyone who likes dragons, magic, and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by B. Callaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters drove the story
Honestly, I wasn't expecting a lot, and my expectation was right, in a way. The plot wanders, and it's hard to tell where it will go next, even though you think you know where it... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Noah Arsenault
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragons and God
I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, for review. I was not required to write a positive review. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by DNAyres
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not for me
I had such high hopes for this book because I love dragons and fairy tale/adventure fantasy stories. However, I just couldn't get into the story. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Jennifer Osterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragons of the Valley: A tale of a faraway world in need of a hero.
Dragons of the Valley by Donitta K. Paul is a contemporary Christian fiction book. It is the second book in a trilogy. Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by nowamomof3
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Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. Her website is http://www.donitakpaul.com/author/bio.html.

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