July 18, 2011

Book Review: Dragonspell

By Donita K. Paul

I’ve read lots of good novels. Lots of good fantasy novels, even. And it’s hard to say what makes one certain novel a classic while other novels, perhaps equally good, somehow lack the ability to endure. But I feel confident in saying that Donita K. Paul’s novel Dragonspell possesses that staying power, that mysterious spark that makes a book a classic.

The cover touts it as “A fantastic journey of discovery for all ages” and it’s no exaggeration. I have known twelve-year-olds and twenty-somethings who enjoyed the book equally.

Dragonspell is the story of Kale, a village slave who finds a dragon egg and is consequentially thrust into a world of adventure she never dreamed of. Encountering grawligs, kimens, wizards (good and evil), a tumanhoeffer librarian, mordakleeps, and of course, dragons.

The action of the story is intense and exciting, but there is no gore or excessive violence, making it appropriate for younger readers. The characters are colorful, loveable, and their interactions with each other are heartwarming and hilarious. Donita K. Paul has created a fantasy world full of strange creatures, geography that begs exploration, and stories waiting to happen.

Dragonspell would make an excellent choice for family reading, book reports, or just personal reading for fun, no matter what age you are. If you want an exciting adventure, a delightful cast of characters, based on a Christian foundation, read Dragonspell.


I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review. A favorable review is not required; Waterbrook is committed to gathering honest opinions about the books they publish.

What do you think makes a book a classic?


  1. Thanks for the review.
    I've wanted to read Donita's book and haven't gotten around to it.

  2. I JUST read that. I'm on book 3 now.

  3. Kaye: You're very welcome! I think you'll enjoy Dragonspell. It's delightful.
    Lostariel: I haven't made it to book 3 yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

  4. The books in this series are great. Personally, I think that all the "Classic" books are boring. How do you get these books for free?

  5. Boring or not depends on the classic in question in my opinion, need2read. I make it a policy to judge a book based on its own merit and my opinion, regardless of what others have said about it.
    I get my free books from Waterbrook/Multnomah's Blogging for Books program. You can get more information or join the program by visiting:


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