It’s taken me a while to get to DragonLight, which was published in 2008, not for lack of interest but because I was reading it with my daughter and we were having a hard time finishing it together. You know how it is, life happens. When I found out the next book on the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour was Mrs. Paul’s recently published new book, Vanishing Sculptor, I figured I’d better get with it and finish DragonLight. From the preliminary information, the two books are set in the same universe but different timelines. As such, I suppose I didn’t have to finish DragonLight, but the perfectionist in me protested. My kids and I had already read the other four books in the series and it just didn’t seem right not to finish.
Here is the summary that appears on the back of the book:
The fantastic land of Amara is recovering from years of war as well as from the spiritual apathy corroding the Amarans’ hearts. With Kale and her father serving as dragon keepers for Paladin, the dragon populace has exploded. It’s a peaceful, exciting time of rebuilding. And yet, an insidious, unseen evil lurks just beneath the surface of the idyllic countryside.
As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon – despite physical limitations – has become a leader, serving under Paladin. When Kale and Bardon join the dragons on a quest to find a hidden colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy…can they overcome the ominous peril they can’t even see?
DragonLight, the final book in Mrs. Paul’s DragonKeeper series, did answer several questions posed in the previous books, which was good for me because I really don’t like loose ends not resolved at the end of a book/series. In fact, I think that if you are interested in reading the series, you definitely should start at the beginning or you will miss quite a bit.
Overall, DragonLight is an excellent YA book and I would definitely recommend the entire DragonKeeper series to any young lover of fantasy, particularly those ages 9–12. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to revisiting Amara in Vanishing Sculptor. Stay tuned for that review in a few weeks.
Donita K. Paul’s website: http://www.donitakpaul.com