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Dragonspell

by Donita K. Paul

The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group | June 22, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Dragonspell is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.99 × 5.16 × 0.71 in

Published: June 22, 2004

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1578568234

ISBN - 13: 9781578568239

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of DragonSpell DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul hooked me from the very beginning. I love Kale and all of the amazing characters! When Kale find a dragon egg and her masters turn her over to go to The Hall, where she is to be trained, her life is changed by Dar, a doneel, and Leetu, an emerlindian save her from a murderous band of grawligs (creepy trolls) she find that her course and life are changed. She learns that she has special powers, but is still afraid and wary of questing. Along with her comrades, she goes of to rescue a dragon egg from the evil Wizard Risto. This is a book I highly recommend to readers of all ages! It has a great Christian message, with colorful creatures, and a wonderful quest.
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Start to an Amazing Series This book, I was able to identify with. It was funny and intriguing I couldn't put it down. Dragonspell is a great start to an even better series. Telling the story of a freed 'slave' girl going to serve a man named Paladin, ruler of Amara. She discovers an interesting gift within herself to speak with her mind, and find dragon eggs. Will she learn to use these gifts correctly and well? and will she succed in her quest? That's for me to know...and you to hopefully find out.
Date published: 2008-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mini-dragons, evil minions and a senile wizard Young Kale has been released from her bondage as town servant and sent away to the big city. With little knowledge of what she's supposed to do when she gets there, she follows her instincts and finds herself on a wild adventure with a score of new friends. Slightly allegorical, this a great title for anyone who likes high fantasy and dragons. Also appropriate for strong younger readers (10+) as there is nothing even remotely worrying about any of the books content.
Date published: 2007-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Donita K. Paul takes you on a journey with a band of unlikley friends across the lands of Amara, where young girl Kale must help save. Overwhelmed with the sudden posibbilities thrown at her, Kale agrees. As they travel the lands Kale realizes that Amara is in much greater need than she originally thought. With the help of some new and rather odd friends, and the help of their loving god Wulder the band of friends. Kale is overwhelmed when she gets attacked by some unruly creatures and is saved by some of Paladin's servants. They detour her from the destination given to her by her former masters, and taken on a journey through places Kale had never dreamed of going anywhere near. With new found bravery, Kale goes on a mission to save a friend taken hostage. But not before they enform her about the journey they need to take. Kale must hunt down a unique dragon egg from the horrid Wizard Risto's evil clutches..... Will the suceed? Can Kale truly do what everyone expects of her? Are they going to vanquish the wicked Risto? Find out all this and more in this brand new series that is sure to sweep you off to a place so real its hard to imagine its fantasy!
Date published: 2006-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light-Hearted Fantasy with a Message This books somehow achieves that elusive balance of light-hearted fantasy with a passionate message about the love of God in the midst of the hurts and confusions of life. A fun and entertaining read, the message is unobtrusive, but so integral to the story that you ache for a closer relationship with Palidan and his Father, Wulder. It is a very rare talent to stimulate that hunger for a closer relationship with virtually no churchy language or theological jargon. It is rarer still to do so with simple language showing gripping and imaginative characters involved in a desperate battle – while keeping the tone upbeat and hopeful. The good dragons are a surprising and delightful twist against preconceived notions that all dragons must be evil. Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia in the imaginative creatures and characters, this has a tone and flavor all its own. Readers who loved the Chronicles will love this also. Yet they should come to it expecting something new and fresh. They won’t be disappointed. I am eagerly anticipating dipping into the sequel – savoring it – like a second helping of dessert that is just a bit too rich for one sitting. Altogether a wonderful book.
Date published: 2005-08-28

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Dragonspell

by Donita K. Paul

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.99 × 5.16 × 0.71 in

Published: June 22, 2004

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1578568234

ISBN - 13: 9781578568239

About the Book

Once a slave girl, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service in this new fantasy that illustrates how God wants people to respond to his love.

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Chapter One Almost There “Are ye sure ye won’t ride all the way into the city?” Kale hardly heard the farmer’s question as she stood beside his wagonload of barley grain. Her eyes looked over the crude cart she’d traveled in and then turned to the dazzling metropolis across the wide valley. The sun sparkled on Vendela, a city of sheer white walls, shining blue roofs, and golden domes. Many spires and steeples and turrets towered above the city, but in a vast variety of shapes and colors. More than a dozen castles clustered outside the capital, and more palaces were scattered over the landscape across a wide river. Seeing Vendela reminded Kale her life had changed forever. Her hand rose to her chest and rested on the small pouch hidden under her clothes. I have a destiny. The thought scared her and pleased her too. After being a village slave all fourteen years of her life, she’d been freed. Well, sort of free. One week ago she’d left River Away, her village of two dozen homes, a shop, a tavern, and a meetinghouse. In maybe another week, she’d go through the tall gates of the most beautiful walled city in all of Amara, quite possibly in the entire civilized world. It would take a week to get used to the clamor. She could feel it from here. I’d go mad in my head if I stepped into Vendela tonight. The city pulsated with thoughts and feelings of more people than she could count. On market day in River Away, she endured thirty
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From the Publisher

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

From the Jacket

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.
Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.
A Desperate Search Begins...
A small band of Paladin''s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect...
Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, "Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

About the Author

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author. She is also engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Her teen writing club has e-published four juvenile novels, and she conducts two writing workshops each week.

Editorial Reviews

“In Dragonspell, Donita K. Paul has created an amazing world of fantasy adventure. From riding on dragons to jumping off cliffs to moving mountains, this story is sure to spark a reader’s imagination–young and old. And with a message of identity transformed from slavery to servanthood, it’s a book families will love reading and discussing together.” –Christopher P. N. Maselli, children’s author of Reality Shift and founder of TruthPop.com “A reluctant heroine, her fainting dragon, and an assortment of colorful companions make for a delightful read in Donita K. Paul’s Dragonspell. This is adventure and fantasy at its finest–a must read for the imaginative soul.” –Linda Windsor, award-winning author of Along Came Jones and the Fires of Gleannmara trilogy “Dragonspell is a fine, well-written tale guaranteed to entertain both old and young alike. This was proven in our household when our eleven-year-old son snatched up the book and devoured it. Upon returning it, he exclaimed, ‘It’s good!’ –high praise from a rabid fan of Tolkein, Lewis, Jacques and company. I can only nod my head in agreement.” –Christopher A. Lane, Gold Medallion and C.S. Lewis award-winning author of children’s and adult fiction “Inventive, engaging, witty, insightful, touching, and profound–Dragonspell is all this and more. If Donita K. Paul’s only intention was t
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