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Dragonspell -- Donita K. Paul Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 28 September 2007
Dragonspell is the first book in Donita K. Paul's Dragon Keeper Chronicles. It is primarily intended for a young adult audience but it is an easy and fun read for adults as well. The story is alive with action and imaginative characters. The allegorical elements of the story are obvious but not over the top. I picked up this book based on recommendations I found online and I'm glad I did. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The main character is a young girl named Kale. She is barely a teenager and she has just been released from service as a slave girl to join the Hall and enter Paladin's service. Almost immediately her plans are derailed and she finds herself involved in a dangerous and exciting quest. The nagging feeling that she was just an ignorant slave girl haunts her throughout the journey but she eventually begins to understand that her worth is not based on her own self-image.
Kale, it turns out, is an extremely gifted Dragon Keeper. She has been selected by Wulder to find and raise many dragons for his service. The quest she is sent on is to find a Meech Dragon egg before the evil wizard Risto can find it and put it to evil use. The plot is simple enough and the story adventurous.
I was struck with the sheer creativity that Paul exhibited in this story. She seems to have an endless imagination for creating new creatures, foods, plants, items, etc. I can only imagine how exciting a book like this is for younger kids. I strongly recommend it for both boys and girls.

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