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Book 3 of 3 in the Chiril Chronicles Series

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Praise for Donita K. Paul’s DragonKeeper Chronicles and Chiril Chronicles

“The writing is crisp and the setting imaginative. This series will speak to all ages of Christian readers.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Donita K. Paul never fails to satisfy the imagination and delight the soul.… This is fantasy that truly illuminates reality.”
—JIM DENNEY, author of the Timebenders Series

“Donita K. Paul’s vivid imagery and startling plot twists will delight fans.”
—KACY BARNETT-GRAMCKOW, author of the Genesis Trilogy

“I wouldn’t expect anything less from Donita K. Paul, as she always gives us a delightful read: intriguing, challenging, and full of blessing.”
—KATHRYNMACKEL, author of Vanished

“Donita K. Paul possesses a unique talent for instilling deep wisdom and spiritual truth in a story that is engrossing and satisfying.… She is one of my favorite authors.”
—HANNAH ALEXANDER, author of Silent Pledge

“Donita K. Paul’s inventiveness never ceases to amaze. Fresh ideas for new races of people and unusual creatures keep flowing from her gifted pen.”
—JILL ELIZABETH NELSON, author of the To Catch a Thief Series

“Shut your eyes, hold your breath, and plunge into the unshackled imagination of Donita K. Paul.”
—LINDA WICHMAN, author of Legend of the Emerald Rose

About the Author

Donita K. Paul is the author of The Dragons of Chiril, Dragons of the Valley, and the bestselling DragonKeeper Chronicles with more than a quarter of a million books in print. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order. Visit her website at


Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073412
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Theis on October 18, 2011
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This is probably the first time in a long time (if not the first time ever) that I waited with great anticipation for the release of a novel. ::grin:: The publisher made a "sneak peak" available on their website, which included the first two chapters of the novel. The kids and I all read it, and waited ever-so-patiently.

Dragons of the Watch arrived on my doorstep late Saturday afternoon. I casually opened the package and laid the book on the counter. My 10-year-old was standing nearby. My husband said to him, "Hey CJ, look at that." He walked over, his mouth dropped open, then he quickly snatched the book and turned to run. Before he could get to a comfy spot on the couch I called out, "Nope, I get to read it FIRST." I was officially declared "the meanest mom in the world." No worries, though, I didn't hog the book. By midnight Sunday I was reading the last page. Now, how do I write a glowing review without spoilers?

I have to be brutally honest. When I read the preview chapters, I wasn't sure I was going to like the rest. It seemed so strange. Why didn't Ellie find her circumstances strange? Why didn't she complain? Why did her aunt and uncle just drive off and leave her and expect her to be ok? I wasn't so sure I was liking the way this book was starting off! I shouldn't have worried. First of all, Ellie was quite able to care for herself and I was being too much of a "mother hen". Secondly, her personality and ability to handle her unusual circumstances is explained eventually. I was able to identify my own anxieties while reading the book. I mean, don't we normally expect a book to have a "happy" ending? For everything to work out in the end?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky on September 14, 2012
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Dragons Of The Watch is the final (I think) book in the Chiril Chronicles by Donita Paul. To date it's my favorite by this talented author who specializes in the "cozy fantasy." Written for all ages, the books have a decided lean toward young adult, and this one is no exception. But enough with the introduction. On to the review.

The Story. In the imaginary world where Wulder is the One Supreme Being, Creator of all, seven high and seven low races people the various continents. In Chiril, however, there are few urohms--gentle giants reaching as tall as fourteen feet.

When Princess Tipper sends out invitations to her wedding to all citizens of Chiril, a young tumanhofer country girl named Ellicinderpart Clarenbessipawl (she goes by Ellie) wants to attend in the worst way. Her aunt agrees to take her, but as the trip begins, Ellie must corral one of the family goats, her favorite. Her aunt instructs her to meet up with their carriage after she takes care of her responsibility.

After capturing her pet amid inclement weather, Ellie gets turned around in the fog. She heads toward a shaft of light and walks, or is pushed by her goat, through a shiny surface. When she turns to look for the trail, she can no longer see the countryside she left. Instead, she is in an enclosed city founded by urohms from another part of the world. Now she is the only tumanhofer, and perhaps the only person, in a place built for giants. Or is she?

That's really just the set up. The story is all about what happens in Rumbard City, and it's good, oh, so good. But I don't want to give ANY spoiler.

Strengths. As always, Donita's strength is her characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sanford on April 9, 2012
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Typically I like books that have "dragon" in the title somewhere, or a picture of a dragon on the cover, or a combination of the two. And I typically like anything written by Donita K. Paul. With Dragons of the Watch, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It is a lively story with some familiar faces (if you've read her previous books) and some new faces, all of whom are endearing and fun to be around. Well, ok, you're just reading about them, not actually spending time in their physical presence, but she writes her characters so well that you feel like you're in their physical presence. As is always the case when I finish a Donita K. Paul book, I wish minor dragons were real and I had a few flittering about my house. Living in a bottle with a couple of teeny people, a whole bunch of giant children, and several smallish dragons should not be so much fun! (Yes, I said living in a bottle. Read the book to figure it out - you won't regret it.) I was sad when I reached the end of the book and anxiously await more books from Mrs. Paul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arador on January 6, 2012
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This was a great book. It's the newest book in the Dragon of Chiril series and it focuses on Bealomondore, the artist turned warrior turned statesman. This book added new elements to the overall plot, and introduced a new character, Ellie. The two of them become trapped in a magical city and they must work together to find the librarian and wizard who each only remember parts of the story. Ellie and Bealomondore must piece together the pieces, bring civility to a group of perpetual 6 year olds, and learn to trust each other in order to discover how to break the spell and escape.

In one sense this book is much calmer and intimate, since it focuses on Bealomondore and Ellie, and the development of a relationship between them. The dragons play a vital role in freeing the city from its enchantments and the two heroes learn to trust each other and the mysterious librarian. Good, solid Christian fantasy.
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