War threatens the peaceful land of Chiril… can one painter-turned-reluctant-swordsman really help?
With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush.
As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before.
To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion?
I do have to say that it took awhile for the story to get going. However, I ended up really enjoying this book. One thing that really annoyed me was the character naming. Yes, I understand that it is fantasy. However, you should try to name characters with names that are easily pronounceable by the reader.
For instance, one of the main characters name is Graddapotmorphit Bealomondore. I mean, seriously. That is more mouthful then any name should be. In order to survive through the book, each character that had an extreme name such as that, I had given a shortened name.
Once I found my own “fix” for the names, I was well on my way into a wonderful story.
Several parts of the story reminded me of Bible stories. For instance, when Tipper and her mother, Lady Peg, were told that they were being invaded and that anybody laying down would be spared. It reminded me of the story where the Israelites were going to be overcome with a plague and were told to put blood on the door posts in order for the plague to pass the by the house.
One part that really struck me was when Tipper felt that she could not sing with either the kimens or her minidragon. It wasn’t until she gave herself to God (in the story Wulder) that she was able to sing in tune with the others.
I highly recommend this story for readers of all ages. It shows how believing in a higher power and following a path of Righteousness can lead to victory and happiness.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.