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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First Edition edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073399
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Vanishing Sculptor

“Have you ever looked at a painting from a distance and thought it beautiful, only to draw nearer to it and realize it was more exquisite, complex, and wonderful than you ever imagined? The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul is like that. I began reading and liked it. As usual, I found myself happily enveloped in a vivid world full of emerlindians, tumanhofers, and dragons. But then, just when I thought the work was beautiful, something deep within me started to tingle…and I began to see that The Vanishing Sculptor was far more than simple entertainment or escape. I had one ‘Ah Ha!’ moment after another. Clues everywhere, right in front of my eyes, blossomed into truth until, at last, I put down the book and swam in the rich waters of adventure, peace, and blessed melancholy–that rare state revealing you’ve been touched by the story of an inspired author. The Vanishing Sculptor is sure to be loved by readers and re-readers of every age.”
–Wayne Thomas Batson, bestselling author of The Door Within Trilogy,
         Isle of Swords,
and Isle of Fire


The Vanishing Sculptor is a delightful tale of otherworldly adventures laced with heavenly meanings. Author Donita K. Paul skillfully transports you to a fantasy world populated with emerlindians, tumanhofers, speaking grand parrots, wizards, and magical librarians; where flying dragons communicate and mysterious portals whisk you across the world. Readers young and old will love journeying along with the enchanting questing party on their mission to save the world and discover a loving God.”
–Megan DiMaria, author of Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands

“Stunning beginning to a new series! Rarely does an author re-capture the exquisite charm and the bold freshness first discovered in their initial series. Donita K. Paul fans are in for a treat as they uncover new wonders and enchantment in the world of Amara. New readers will revel in the magical blend of mischief and mayhem woven with wittiness and intrigue throughout this engaging tale. From the zany disposition of Lady Peg to the spirited charm and wit of Tipper, her youthful daughter, The Vanishing Sculpture, tingles our most fervent emotions of love, joy, and hope. An exciting complement to The DragonKeeper Chronicles and a fantastical adventure for inaugural audiences of all ages.”
–Eric Reinhold, author of The Annals of Aeliana, Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword and Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith

About the Author

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers.

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 http://www.donitakpaul.com/author/bio.html.

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It's written by Donita K. Paul.
Kathryn Heckenbach
While I did like some of the characters I didn't really connect with any of them.
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I most definitely recommend this book to all fantasy and dragon reading lovers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul is a continuation of her DragonKeeper Chronicles in the fantasy world of Chiril. Tipper is a young emerlindian who has been trying to keep her family afloat since her father's mysterious disappearance fifteen years ago. The family estate has fallen into disrepair, and her mother's mind is no longer sound. Tipper has been forced to start selling the sculptures of her father just to keep food on the table. When her father suddenly returns along with a eccentric wizard and unusual librarian, she discovers that her actions have imperiled their entire world! She must leave the safety of her home on a quest to recover the missing statues along with a mismatched cast of adventurers, and along the way, she just may learn something about Wulder, the Creator of their world. I fell in love with Paul's fantasy world in her wonderful DragonLight , and while this book takes place on the opposite side of that planet, a few characters return. Tipper's character matures throughout her journey from impetuous, sheltered young girl to confident and curious woman. The cast of characters bring plenty of chuckles and form a tightly bonded pseudo-family under the care of Wulder . This book is perfect for younger readers who enjoy dragons and fantasy, as well as us older readers who enjoy great writing and fascinating characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Heckenbach VINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Vanishing Sculptor is part of the DragonKeepers series--a prequel...sorta :). It's written by Donita K. Paul. I really don't need to go any farther. The DragonKeepers series is one of my favorites EVER, and The Vanishing Sculptor is right up there with the rest of the books in the series. Awesome characterization, great action, wit, vocabulary building--her books have it all.

I love that this book takes place in a different time and country, but still has a couple of the old characters. I won't say who, but they brought a smile to my face!

Tipper's father, Verrin Schope, disappears one day. Tipper has to sell his artwork in order to make ends meet, but in doing so she inadvertantly puts her father in mortal danger. She and a rather interesting band of friends head off on a quest to save her father's life.

If you loved the DragonKeepers series, you will love this book. If you haven't read the series...do.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you haven't read any of Paul's Dragon series I would strongly suggest you try those first. There is a lot of unexplained ideology and terminology that are difficult to follow if you're not familiar with her world.

Much more clean cut than a lot of other fantasy books out there these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on June 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
What's a girl to do when she has a scatter-brained mother and an absentee father? Tipper, an emerlindian is forced to sell some of her father's artwork in order to keep Byrdschopen, their family estate safe. Unfortunately, when her father does show up she learns she's sold some sculptures she should have kept. They were special works, made of one of Wulder's foundation stones. Now they are scattered and must be found. Her father, Brim Schope, has brought a couple of men with him, Wizard Fenworth and his librarian Librettowit. The four of them, with the help of Bealomondore, whom Tipper has deceived, set out to find the sculptures.

Donita K. Paul's books are always a treat. A magical trip into a land of dragons, fantasy, brave men and women, and the struggle of good against evil. If you like adventure, don't miss this one. It's a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kolmorgen on July 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I thouroughly enjoyed this fantastical romp through the lands north of Amara. The characters are fresh and vivid, Tipper's batty mother and the parrot Beccaroon being especially memorable (not to mention Fenworth!). I'd highly reccomend this new tale from Donita K. Paul to anyone who's read her original DragonKeeper Chronicles series. If you haven't read those yet, they're a better place to start then here (and I bet you'll enjoy them as much as I did).

I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Bullers on December 16, 2009
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The Vanishing Sculptor is one of the best books I've read in a while. I read her Dragon Keeper books, and this is a welcome addition to an already great series. I nearly cheered aloud when a certain wizard and his librarian came into the story, and laughed when they decided to take a detour to get riding dragons (prompted by the beloved wizard, of course). What a detour!
I won't go into the details, but let it be known that once you pick up this marvelous book, you won't be able to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kendziorski on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I Have read and own The Vanishing Sculptor, the first of a series still in the production stage. All of Donita K. Paul's books are simply amazing, filled with adventure, spirit and suprises. It has Christian faith, truth, and entices readers of all ages. I adored it, and continue to spend all my free time reading this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on October 14, 2009
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Tipper, a young emerlindian woman, has been scrounging to take care of her family estate since her father went missing. Since he father was a renowned sculptor, Tipper had no choice but to sell off his work to pay the bills. But her father returns suddenly, then vanishes again. Then he reappears, then vanishes, then reappears. It seems that Tipper's father is being affected by a portal between two sides of the world. Long ago, he had crafted three sculptures out of a special chunk of stone that happened to be the portal that held their world together. Now he must put the sculptures back to restore balance to the land and his own body. The only problem is that Tipper sold all three pieces. Tipper and her father set off with an unlikely group of friends to find the missing sculptures and restore balance.

This story inhabits the same world as Donita's DragonKeeper Chronicles and includes a few characters from the original series that we've all come to love. Donita K. Paul writes beautifully. I love her storyworld and the personalities she creates. She is truly gifted. I thought this story had an interesting premise. It was a fun read with a long quest (which I always love) and interesting obstacles that crop up to waylay our heroes. I didn't get as hooked into the tale as I'd hoped. I think that was because there were a lot of characters to follow. They were interesting, wonderful characters, but they often took the spotlight away from Tipper. Fans of Donita's work will love to see some old characters take part in the story. I'm not sure if this is meant to be the first book in a series or not. A few doors were left open to a sequel, so I'm interested to see what might happen in a second book. Recommended.
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