A Fun and Engrossing Story!

Nikole Hahn

5 Stars

December 24, 2011

“‘It’s not the pomposity of the building that’s bothering me,’ she said. “It’s the bombastic attitude of the man I must humble myself to.”

‘Don’t,’ said Liberettowit, stopping before the elaborate wooden door of the inn and staring seriously into her eyes, ‘Don’t ever end your sentences with prepositions.’

Beccaroon clicked his tongue. ‘Before. I believe the preposition she should not have ended that sentence with would be before instead of to. One humbles oneself before another person, not to.’

Tipper glared at her friend. ‘Have you gone mad?’” – Pg. 84-85

This novel is absolutely delightful. It’s an adventure for every age from child to adult. The dialogue is laced with humor. A real pleasure to sit down in my favorite chair and disappear into a world alive with believable and wonderful characters. “The Dragons of Chiril” by Donita K. Paul also has wisdom in some of the words.

“Mushand’s desire for works of art warped his perception of the world. He thought what he deemed as treasure was also desired by every one else. In his mind, the more treasure he had, the more envy he generated in all those around him. It never occurred to him that his servant would rather have a piece of cake than own a picture. He assigned his values to others.” – Pg. 386-387

Tipper, is the granddaughter of the King and Queen of Chiril, but her mother and father had been banished from the kingdom for a mere slight. Then, her father appears to abandon them in their need and she is raised without her father. Her father left Beccaroon, a giant parrot, to act as guardian over Tipper. Tipper is beautiful. Then, one day her father returns, but he’s not himself. In fact, he seems to fall a part like too much paint over paint that eventually cracks and flakes. He disappears and reappears and this stems from a portal connecting the dimensions. A kind of worm-hole in science fiction speak. Thus, begins the adventure of Tipper, her father, his two friends, and an eccentric artist. Tipper meets Jayrus, a prince and Dragon Keeper. This book is the story before Paul’s epic dragon keeper series.

The novel introduces the Dragon Keeper series, and now I want to read every one of those books. The book left me wondering about Jayrus and Tipper. There’s just a light-hearted aspect of romance, but nothing heavy. It effectively describes first love and yet not so heavy that a young boy couldn’t read this and not make a face at the romance. This book leaves me warm and satisfied, and yearning to read more about Jayrus, Tipper, and the whole lot of them who bumble through the book with snakes and worms coming out of the old wizard’s beard and minor dragons that heal and sing. It has earned a place on my book shelf for pleasurable re-reading and I have rated it five stars for perfection.

*Book given by Waterbrook-Multinomah to review.