Blog Tour—Donita K. Paul, Day 3


First, I want to recommend that you stop by the sites of the other bloggers participating in the tour focused on DragonKnight:

Sally Apokedak
Valerie Comer
Johne Cook
Janey DeMeo
Mary E. DeMuth
Beth Goddard
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Marcia Laycock
Shannon McNear
Matt Mikalatos
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower

In particular, check out

  • Stuart Stockton and Sally Apokedak for reviews
  • Shannon McNear and Beth Goddard for stories about Donita
  • Leathel Grody for discussion about fantasy’s place in Christian literature
  • Rebecca Grabill for the myth behind the myth regarding fantasy 😉
  • And now, my review.

    I’m not a proficient reviewer by any means. For the real deal, check out Sally Apokedak’s reviews. Mostly I just know what I like, and I’m enthusiastic about DragonKnight.

    This is the kind of fantasy I eat up—a quest for a noble cause, conflict between good and evil, a personal battle within. On top of that, I thought this was by far Mrs. Paul’s best writing.

    First, I thought the protagonist, the previously prickly squire Bardon, had a believable goal from the outset. The problems and delays that cropped up still felt like a part of the original problem, so I easily transferred my concern to seeing the new foils dispatched. In addition, the characters that waylaid him from his original plans were delightful, interesting, well developed.

    Second, I found Bardon to be a more complex character than Kale, heroine of the previous DragonKeeper books. He was someone I could care about in his internal as well as external struggles.

    I also thought Mrs. Paul improved the battles in DragonKnight. With perhaps only one exception, I could see each scene, track the participants, follow the outcome. Realistically, some people were injured and some villains died.

    Once again Mrs. Paul’s inventiveness is evident. The minneken Jue Seeno threatens to steal the show as did Dar in DragonSpell and Toopka in DragonQuest, yet Mrs. Paul again manages to keep the focus in the right places.

    Bardon’s mental rehearsal of the principles from the tomes, clearly a potential minefield of preachiness that Mrs. Paul avoids, are especially fresh and appropriate.

    As in the first two books, I thought there were occasional slips into transparent Christian equivalency, the most noticeable being prayer before meals (particularly the one where Bardon said, “We thank You for this food and for the hands that prepared it.”). Still, these intermittent lapses did not spoil the story for me.

    The end held some wonderful surprises, all made believable because they had been properly foreshadowed. I must also admit to shedding a tear and may have cried outright if the characters had given in to grief.

    All in all, this book delighted from beginning to end. Using Sally Apokedak’s star rating system, I’ll give this book


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    Tomorrow we’ll have a tour wrap-up, including the answers to Monday’s non-quiz. 😉

    Published in: on June 22, 2006 at 5:00 am  Comments (16)  
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