Good, but Unoriginal

Rachael Madison

3 Stars

July 30, 2012

I would have to rate this book 3 Stars.

On a whole, Dragonspell is a very wholesome book - it's very fulfilling, has a quick plot with lots of action, and has a good, stable heroine. However, as I mentioned in the title, the whole book felt a little unoriginal. Take the plot for example - Kale, a slave has a "special gift" where she's able to find dragon eggs. She's recruited by a revered organization, where she begins to doubt herself and her previous beliefs but also find her place in the world. Along the way, she embarks on an adventure, full of action. I think by now I've read that plot line in so many different ways, it's a little old by now. The plot wasn't bad, it was just nothing new. The same thing applies with Kale - she's brave and a pretty good person overall, but aside from her ability, she wasn't much of a memorable heroine.

However, I found the world in which Dragonspell to be beautifully described. Donita K. Paul's language is very eloquent, and it was definitely a plus in this book!

Overall, Dragonspell is a great fantasy novel, good for a quick read. However, if you're looking for something original, this book wouldn't be for you.