When I started reading Dragons of the Valley, a new novel by Donita K. Paul, I was bewildered by all the unfamiliar names, places, people and creatures. Like a tourist visiting a new country and not knowing the language of the locals, I was lost and struggled to get my bearings.
But then something really magical happened. Confusion gave way to delight. And though the world depicted in the story was utterly alien to me, I began to enjoy the journey and care about the characters.
In the tradition of The Lord of The Rings, Paul puts together a group of unlikely heroes, confronts them with villainous foes and unexpected perils, and inspires them with profound truths and deep friendships. In particular, fantasy fans of all ages will love the humble artist Bealomondore, who lays down his beloved paintbrush and takes up a sword to protect young Princess Tipper.
Ultimately, I believe that reading Paul’s earlier books in her dragon series may have alleviated some of the early confusion I experienced with Dragons of the Valley. That said, I’m glad I pushed past my initial disorientation to enjoy this fanciful tale.
Read what others thought of Dragons of the Valley by clicking on the links below:
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.