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Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

I loved this book.  Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul is the exciting (and amusing) adventure of Tipper and her companions quest to save the world.  Tipper is a brave young girl who has been struggling for years to keep her family and household together since her father mysteriously disappeared.  Then he comes back... mostly... with news that due to his mistake years ago, the world is falling apart. So now Tipper and her companions set out on a quest filled with magic, dragons, and art to save her family and the world.

I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable! I finished it with a satisfied sigh and a strong desire to have more of Paul's books to dive into! And, of course, the book goes even deeper than my description in the first paragraph: it's a Christian allegory! Aside from the news that oh, yeah, the world is falling apart and I need your help to save me, Tipper's father also brings a new awareness and understanding of Wulder, the Creator, whose name has been forgotten in the land of Chiril.

Sci-fi/Fantasy is my favorite genre, and I also adore Christian fiction (and God!) so this was really a book right up my alley.  From the cover and illustrations, I could also see how the publishers have printed this to be targeted to an older child/teenager market, but I also thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. This would be a great book for pre-bed time reading to your children as well.

It's important to note that this book apparently was published previously under the title The Vanishing Sculptor for longtime Paul fans, but for a newbie like me, that's not as important. But I can imagine I'd be pretty bummed if I saw a "new" book had come out from one of my favorite authors, only to discover I'd read it before, so I thought that was worth emphasis.

I received this book for free from the publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

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