What would life within a world of dragons, castles, and elvish beings be like?
...J. R. R. Tolkien once gave us a glimpse into such a magical atmosphere alongside Frodo and the Ring, and now Donita K. Paul invites fans of this courageous adventure to travel within the similar pages of Dragons of the Valley.
Overview: When war threatens her peaceful land, like Frodo Baggins of Middle Earth, Princess Tipper Schope of Chiril is faced with a qwest as vital as the keeping of the Ring. However, the aim for this journey is not to destroy, but to find saftey for the three statues of Wulder--which keep Chiril alive. And like Frodo, Tipper isn't about to succeed on her own--she needs the help of her constant companions: Bealomondore the artist, Fenworth the good wizard, and the ever-faithful dragons.
My Thoughts: I must confess that fantasy is not my first choice when it comes to reading. I enjoy Tolkien's work, but find all other attempts at elvish magic to be nonsense; complicated character names and far-fetched plots. Thus, it was with great surprise that I found this novel appealing. The complicated names are there, to be sure, but the storyline runs smoothly, mingling with several exciting side-plots along the way. Also, the tale isn't just centered around one specific hero or heroine; instead, we get a glimpse into the thoughts of several characters, good or evil.
One of my favorite aspects about Dragons of the Valley was how its authoress managed to intertwine truths about faith, God (represented in this case by Wulder), and developement of character within the mysteries and narrow escapes. Tipper and Bealomondore, especially, find valuable life lessons despite their challenges; in the meanwhile, discovering what will always last when even Chiril seems about to fade away.
I recommend this novel to any fantasy-freak, Tolkien-lover, or reader who has always been sure that they hate fantasy...