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Book makes real a dragon's world

November 07, 2006|by HANNAH TUSSING

Review

Dragons and knights battling an evil magician on the continent of Amara. For Bardon, a young squire on his sabbatical, this is the last thing he would have planned. Instead of spending his time alone, he is whisked away on a quest to save the lost knights of Paladin.

Before he knows what has happened, Bardon is now heading this quest that he never wanted to join in the first place. They have no money, many difficulties block the path, and the only things that will help them find the knights is a journal written in an unknown language and directions to head north.

This is just a small glimpse at "DragonKnight," a well-woven story by Donita K. Paul. This, the third book in this colorful fantasy series, is the exciting end to an awesome trilogy. "DragonSpell" and "DragonQuest" are the other two books in the series. I think this tale is one that has everything for all ages, but especially teens.

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I love this book is because Paul paints the most perfect word picture, almost like a portal into the land of Amara. The characters are so real with such distinguishing personalities. As soon as I picked up the book, I was there in the land of dragons and magic. I felt all the characters' emotions and could almost feel the swoosh of dragon's wings blowing my hair back.

I think another reason I was drawn to the book is because of how imperfect the characters all are. Sometimes they do things right; other times, they are afraid or unsure of themselves. Everyone in the story has a power and a time to shine, but each one must work together to achieve the goal.

I could keep on writing great things about this book for a really long time. Instead of reading my 80 pages of praise, go read the story!

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