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August 23, 2011

Book Review - The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

I chose this book because I enjoyed Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by the same author so much. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this one as much. From the beginning I felt lost. I did not have a clear picture of the different characters both human and animal and the world they lived in. A little more description about the different characters and the world they live in would have helped a lot. For example I am still not sure what a emerlindian or a tumanhofer are even after reading the glossary.

Basically the story is that Tipper has been living with her mother after her father, an artist, disappears. They have been selling his artwork to survive. They have little dragons and a giant parrot Beccaroon. Her father reappears with a wizard and his librarian and we learn he is caught in a gateway. They need to find three statues he carved to fix the gateway and save her father and the world. Of course these three statues are ones that have been sold. Tipper, the little dragons and the parrot set out with her father, the wizard the librarian and an artist to recover these statues. Later Jayrus joins them on the journey with his large dragons.

The sculptures are in the hands of evil people who have to be defeated. One is a slave trader and the other wants to use them to rule the world. There is mention of a creator named Wuldor but most of the emphasis is on the wizard's magic. The story was difficult to get into and then once it got interesting near the end it finished too quickly. After reading the Dragons of Chiril I am not interested in continuing with other books in the series.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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