out of 5
Review by Virginia
"The Dragons of Chiril", by Donita K. Paul, is a delightfully descriptive fantasy adventure. The dragons are wonderfully written and given distinctive abilities and appearances. My favorite character was the giant parrot Beccaroon, whose somewhat stern demeanor thinly disguised his great loving heart. After the disappearance of her father, a renowned sculptor, young Tipper is left to care for her seemingly befuddled mother and their family home. She is aided by her guardian and advisor, Beccaroon. As the years pass, managing to keep hearth and home together becomes increasingly difficult. Tipper sells pieces of her father's art in order provide for her mother and keep their home from being lost. When her father reappears under mysterious circumstances, Tipper learns that she must recover three special sculptures from the works which had been sold. If the statues cannot be brought back together, her father will vanish forever. Thus begins the journey of Tipper and an odd assortment of comrades and dragons, banded together on a vital quest which will save her father's life. Each traveler on the journey learns much about themselves, and they also come to an enlightened understanding of each other. While some elements of the story line are resolved, the ending is left open to make room for the next entry in the series. The explanatory information in the appendix/glossary at the end of the book would have been much more helpful as a preface. Overall, however, I enjoyed the dragons very much!
Review copy provided at no charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group