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 January’s second book is “Dragons of the Valley”, by Donita K. Paul.  I received the book a bit late, and was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t finish it in time for the review.  Thankfully it was an engaging book, and I was pulled in enough to get all the reading done.

 The book was fun to read.  I was familiar with the characters from the previous book, and wondered what would happen to them.  So it was nice to have another piece of their story.  The characters and plot were interesting, and it was cool to learn about more of the other races in the world Donita has created.  I really like the different creatures she comes up with!

 I’ve found that the depth of Donita’s descriptions is a bit much for my taste, but only a little.  I try to picture a scene while I read so I can experience it, as I’m sure most readers do.  However with Donita’s books I’m pulled from the activity, and into still images of what she describes.  I’ve discussed this with others who’ve read her books, and it seems like my opinion on this is uncommon.  But this was only a minor problem, and I was able deal with it as I read on.

 The only real complaint I have about this book has nothing to do with this novel itself, and more with its “packaging”.  Nowhere does it mention that there is a previous book which ended only days (in this book’s world) before “Dragons of the Valley” picks up.  Had I not read the previous book through the CSFF Blog Tour I wouldn’t have had a clue that “The Vanishing Sculptor” was a “prequel” to this book, and would have likely missed out on the rest of the tale.  There’s no mention of a series, or that the other books she’s written have anything to do with this book or the world it’s written in.  I’m now wondering if there are other books with the same locations or characters that are part of a greater story that encompasses “Dragons of the Valley”.  Hopefully someone can leave a comment here and let us know, and I’m also hoping that future books can somehow state that they are related to these books.

 I enjoyed the spiritual elements of this book.  Truths are brought to life throughout the tale, and are proclaimed plainly as well.  In this book, and in the previous one, the land of Chiril is waking up to the knowledge of the true God in their world, known as Wulder.  I’m eager to read tales from the far away land Amara, where I’ve gotten the impression that the people have a greater understanding of Wulder, and where the miracle worker Fenworth and his librarian are from.

 I would recommend this book to any fan of fantasy, and especially to fans of dragons.  While dragons are not the focus of the story, they’re certainly a central part of the adventure.

 Thank you Donita K. Paul for another fun adventure!

To pick up a copy of the book visit http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400073405 

And visit Donita K. Paul’s website at http://www.donitakpaul.com/ or blog at  http://dragonbloggin.blogspot.com/

Check out what the other members of the tour had to say:

Gillian Adams
Noah Arsenault
Amy Bissell
Red Bissell
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Keanan Brand
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Amy Cruson
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Amber French
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
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

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

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So I’ve heard about Donita for a little while now, and wasn’t sure what to expect.  Too often things don’t live up to the hype.  But I was very happy I had the chance to read her work, and after reading it I found I wasn’t disappointed.

I’ll start with the bad stuff.  There isn’t much, and I’d like us to end with the good things in mind.  The first problem I ran into with the book was that it wasn’t living up to the name… but I must qualify that.  See, instead of really paying attention I quickly glanced at the cover and read over the title whenever I saw it.  So I thought the book was called “The Vanishing Sculpture”.  And as I read on in the book, getting deeper and deeper, I was feeling like I was either misled or not catching the clues about what was to come.  Thankfully the beautiful cover finally got my attention enough to draw me into it… and I realized just how fitting the title was.  I also realized I need to pay more attention.

The other problem I found was that the descriptions were too flowery for me.  I couldn’t get into the scenes because I had to piece together so many descriptive words.  My guess is that’s how Donita writes in all her books, and that it’s one of the main things that attracts so many other readers.  For me though, it prevented me from becoming completely immersed.  That’s not to say I wasn’t into the book, I definitely was.  But I was drawn back out enough to notice.

Other than those two problems I found the book to be entertaining.  It definitely struck me as a book directed at young adults, though it provides a wild ride for those who’s bodies are no longer up to the task.

The action really picked up towards the end.  Very exciting, I thought.

I’d like to see more in the series.  But even more than that I’d love to see an adult focused “Dragon Lady” Donita book.  One that envisions a more intense experience with dragons.  I want to see the extreme of the dragons she envisions.  Maybe she’s already written one?  If so it’d be great if someone could post the title in a reply here.

Again, a good book that’s, as the cover says, “for All Ages”.

Don’t forget to read down to the bottom of this post for the book giveaway!

For more on “The Vanishing Sculptor”, visit…

The Vanishing Sculptor http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400073391

Donita Paul’s Web site – http://www.donitakpaul.com/
Donita Paul’s blog – http://dragonbloggin.blogspot.com

For other reviews from the tour, please visit the following blogs…
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Rachel Briard
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Linda Gilmore
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
Nissa
John W. Otte
Lyn Perry
Crista Richey
Cheryl Russell
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Elizabeth Williams
KM Wilsher

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And now for the first book giveaway!

On my desk here I have a copy of Robin Parrish’s “OffWorld”.  You can find my review of the book here.  To be eligible you must quote 3 positives and 3 negatives about “The Vanishing Sculptor” from the blogs listed above.  Quotes should be 1-2 sentences long, and must be accompanied by links to the original posts.  I will pick from the eligible names at random, and the winner will receive this month’s giveaway copy of Offworld.  This giveaway is only available to residents of the United States.  Shipping will be paid by me.  I’m not responsible for lost copies in the mail, and I retain the right to amend the terms as I see necessary at any time.  Eligible replies must be posted by 11:59PM PST on 10/09/09.  I think that covers all the bases.

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