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"A fine fantasy"

The Dragon Egg seeks a champion to rescue it from the malevolent wizard Risto, who plans to use the essence inside to create a nightmarish species loyal only to him that will populate the earth and destroy all others. The dragon egg selects fourteen-year-old female slave Kale as the savior.

Though feeling afraid and inadequate for such a momentous undertaking because she knows that to succeed she will have to confront Risto in his environs, Kale reluctantly, but telepathically encouraged by the being who chose her, begins her dangerous trek. The "knowing" Lord Paladin sends servants, an Emerlinden woman Leetu and Dar the Doneel to accompany Kale. They explain that Paladin somehow knows about her undertaking and insists she must start on the quest by obtaining the help and guidance of the Wizard Fenworth. The journey at all times will be fraught with enemies who will do anything to stop the group.

This coming of age youthful innocence vs. evil fantasy will hook teens and adults due to the fully developed key cast members. Readers will root for Kale even as we will laugh at some of the conversations between her and the dragon egg and between her companions. Genre fans will believe in the magic of wizards, the telepathic communication abilities of dragons and that species like Emerlinden and Doneel exist. With terrific characterization inside a tremendous story line, Donita K. Paul obviously used a dragon's egg to cast a spell on the audience.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 21, 2004

SUMMARY

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.

 

Dragonspell
by Donita K. Paul

Waterbrook Press
June 15, 2004
ISBN #1578568234
352 pages
Paperback
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