Monday, January 24, 2011

book review: "dragons of the valley" by donita k. paul

Verrin Schope has carved three statues, the Trio of Elements, that when positioned correctly, keep peace and order in Chiril. With the threat of the statues being stolen, Verrin asks three people to take the statues in order to keep them safe. If they fall into the wrong hands, it can bring about horrible consequences for both the country of Chiril and for Verrin Schope himself. Tipper Schope, Bealomondore and Wizard Fenworth all take a statue in the hopes of protecting their country.

King Odidoddex is planning an invasion of Chiril, wanting to take over the country. With the statues no longer together, Chiril is in a state of upheaval and thus making it the prime time for an attack. Prince Jayrus leads Chiril into battle, finally feeling as though he’s found his purpose as Paladin of the country. Will he be able to defend Chiril and lead them to victory?

Having not read the other books in the series, it took me a few chapters to finally get into the story. There are a lot of names and terminology to sift through but it slowly began making sense as I connected the dots with who is who (the appendix at the back of the book helped). By the time I finished, I really liked the story. I love the quiet theme of Wulder and His presence in Prince Jayrus and Verrin’s lives. Wulder is their Creator, who made everything and to whom they ultimately serve. It’s so easy to see the connection to God and I found the correlation rather beautiful. Overall, a very good read and fresh perspective on God and His love for us.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

For more info on the book, click here or here for info on the author or here to go to the author's blog (so many choices!!).

Others in the tour:
Gillian Adams
Noah Arsenault
Amy Bissell
Red Bissell
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Amy Cruson
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Dave Wilson


  1. a very good read and fresh perspective on God and His love for us.

    Amber, I love this summary statement. I think that encapsulates the story very well.

  2. Thanks for the review, Amber. I hope you get a chanceto read the previous books.

  3. I can see how not having read any of the previous books would make it a little difficult to get into the story.

    Glad to see you liked it, though!