Item description for DragonKnight (Dragon Keepers Chronicles #3) by Donita K. Paul...
Overview When Bardon meets two women on a mission to rescue their kinsman, who is trapped in a chamber of sleep, he learns that many of Paladin's knights are similarly ensnared and sets out with the women to find and rescue the knights.
Publishers Description Trapped in an evil spell... can the knights of Paladin be rescued? Before vowing his allegiance to Wulder as a knight, Bardon heads to the mountains for solitude. His life is suddenly complicated by a woman and her granddaughter, N'Rae, on a mission to rescue the woman's son trapped in a chamber of sleep. Bardon learns that more of Paladin's knights are imprisoned-and suspects one of them is Dragon Keeper Kale's missing father. The secret is in their hands-and hearts. The band travels north, uncertain of their destination and encountering numerous perils. When they unlock the chamber, they discover a dozen knights-who cannot be awakened. The journal holding the secret to rousing them is in an unknown language. How can they find the help they need, and overcome even graver obstacles, to rescue the knights? Return to the land of dragons and magic you discovered in "Dragonspell" and "DragonQuest, " in this finely crafted and memorable work of fantasy fiction with a core of eternal truth.
Awards and Recognitions DragonKnight (Dragon Keepers Chronicles #3) by Donita K. Paul has received the following awards and recognitions -
Carol Award - 2007 Winner - Fiction category
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2006
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Dragon Keepers Chronicles
Series Number 3
ISBN 1400072506 ISBN13 9781400072507
Availability 0 units.
More About Donita K. Paul
Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author of Dragonspell. When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Donita lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her two grown children make her proud and her two grandsons make her laugh. Her dog is a constant companion, even having his own chair at the computer desk.
Reviews - What do customers think about DragonKnight?
This book series is great! Jan 16, 2007
Okay, so I finished all three of them, and this is what I thought.
First, they were great! The story was interesting, the world was interesting, the characters were interesting. Not one of those usual "Elf, dwarf, human warrior" sort of stories. This one was really fresh with a whole bunch of neat races and animals I'd never heard of or anything before. Very refreshing, even if I do like the typical fantasy races.
Second, the characters were very realistic and easy to relate to. You wanted to like them. And the ones you didn't really like, the other characters didn't really like, either. Or you were given a reason to like them later on with the other characters. Very nice. The dragons were simply adorable and lovable and wonderful. And they were portrayed as intelligent, each one with special talents just like people, rather than blood-thirsty monsters who we're supposed to kill. I like that. That's the way dragons should be portrayed. (Of course, you want to kill the bad dragons, but not all of them are bad, so it's okay. Those situations don't count)
Third, I loved all of the Christian symbolism and virtues throughout all of the books. How Wulder represents God and the Pretender represents Satan. It was very interesting, and I love how the author made the characters have to learn about their religion and how each of the characters were given a choice. It's brought up several times throughout the series that everyone is given a choice to follow Wulder or not to. Of course, there are several other things brought up in the books as well, and the author does a wonderful job of bringing in and explaining the Christian principles.
Things I didn't like. The third book. The first two books were all about Kale, and I have to say I was SO disappointed that the third book wasn't about Kale, too (at least, not until near the very end). Don't get me wrong, I like Bardon, and it was nice getting to see his point of view and deal with some of the problems he was going through, but... There was a distinct lack of dragons. I kept reading with the hope that Kale would finally come back, and she didn't until I was nearly finished with the book! It's probably just me who was upset by this, but Kale just stole my heart, and the dragons were always around her. Without Kale, there wasn't a lot of dragon interaction, and... well, Bardon is boring. I feel like the book didn't really get interesting until Kale showed up, and by then the story was so close to the end that I had very little to keep me busy. Nice twist at the end, though.
Perhaps the next book will be Kale-heavy again?
Wonderful fantasy read Jan 4, 2007
I have read all three of the books in this series. DragonKnight does not disappoint. I've read fantasy books all my life but have never fallen in love with a series until this one.
Donita Paul's books are wholly Christian with a beautiful allegory to Christ. But they are also wholly fantasy with dragons, magic, sword fights, and adventures. These are appropriate for every age group. I can't wait until my toddler is old enough to understand them--they are perfect read-aloud family books.
Dragons - A New View Oct 26, 2006
Knights, wizards, fair damsels in distress, a quest, and Good verses Evil fill this novel by Donita K. Paul. A fantasy - yes, and DragonKnight is a most delightful one.
Bardon, a squire in service to Sir Dar, has been granted a sabbatical in order to contemplate his future. Should he continue his training and become a knight of Paladin, or should he give it up and search for something else he is to do with his life? Those are his choices. Having been granted a year in which to search his soul, Bardon and his dragon, Greer, take off for the isolated cabin of Sir Dar. Only when they arrive they find the cabin already occupied by two emerlidians, Granny Kye, N'Rae, and a minneken from the Isle of Kye, Mistress Jue Seeno.
Granny Kye and N'Rae are to be off on a quest to search for and rescue Granny Kye's missing son who also happens to be N'Rae's father. Jue Seeno is N'Rae's protector, a funny job for a woman the size of a mouse. Bardon is drawn into their quest because he feels it is Wulder's will for him at this time. Only too late does he realize that the ladies expect him to be in charge of the whole quest to rescue N'Rae's father, Sir Jilles, and a number of other Knights under a spell the evil wizard Risto cast many years before. Time is of the essence. The knights must be rescued and released from the spell holding them captive before the Wizard's Plume, a comet passes beneath a northern star called Eye of the North.
Who should read this book? Everyone. Male, female, old, and young, oh, especially the young who are so drawn to the world of fantasy, because this book and its first two companions are filled with spiritual truths that the young should experience. DragonKnight has something for everyone - adventure, love, and redemption.
Will Squire Bardon and his party complete their quest and rescue the Knights before it is too late? Will Granny Kye be reunited with her son, Sir Jilles? Will N'Rae see her father alive? Will Squire Bardon find the will of Wulder for his life? Read the book and find out.
And, oh, yes, the dragons. Be prepared to have your preconceptions of dragons totally reversed. Not all dragons are evil, fire-breathing monsters, at least not in Donita K. Paul's world. Some of them are quite large and beautiful, some of them are very small and cute, and some of them can even talk. Stand guard, though, on your emotions - the evil, fire-breathing dragons exist alongside the good dragons. Watch out for the ugly, two-headed snake dragons, they enjoy the fresh catch of the day.
Incredible fantasy fiction! Sep 8, 2006
DragonKnight is um...interesting. Let me clarify. It has incredibly imaginative characters, strange incidences, bizarre creatures, and adventure up the wazoo! My kids are diehard fans of Ms. Paul and have devoured each book the moment they came in the mail. I can see why. Though I'm not a fantasy enthusiast, I can appreciate their position because DragonKnight is truly an intriguing tale. Those quiss scared the bejeebers out of me and whenever they attacked the gore was PG-rated and very realistic. I also loved NRae and Jue Seeno and their special talents. My only regret is that I hadn't read the first two books in the series first, but my kids had warned me to start from the beginning. Other than that, DragonKnight was a fun ride, and very reader-friendly for a fantasy novel. I recommend it.
A book for All ages Aug 27, 2006
Although this book is targeted for a younger audience, adults can join the adventure and humor of the strange happenings in DragonKnight. The true essence of this book cannot be enjoyed without first reading DragonSpell and DragonQuest which help you become familar with the characters and terminology. If you love fiction like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings then you should enjoy Donita K. Paul's books.