It’s time for another science fantasy book. I read and enjoyed the Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul and that’s why I picked Dragons of the Valley. Tip for those of you that live in the same area as me – I was able to get the series through my local library. They are in the YA section – not my usual section to check, but I like dragons. What can I say?
I enjoyed this book, but I’m glad that I was already familiar with some of the characters and their ways. I think it would be a bit confusing if this were a reader’s first introduction to the lands and people of Donita K. Paul. The good guys figure things out just in the nick of time. The bad guys are repulsive and slightly alarming. The author always has at least one of the characters really growing/learning/changing; and often more than one. There’s always a bit of humor, a bit of magic, a bit of theology, and a bit of romance. And I must add that I still love the kimens and Fenworth plus I think Lady Peg is hilarious.
Here is the backcover copy:
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?
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, stated my own opinions, and added my affiliate link.