WaterBrook Press (June 2, 2009)
About the Book:
Donita K. Paulâ€™s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fansâ€“and theyâ€™re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly-crafted novel for all ages. Itâ€™s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know little of Wulder and nothing of Paladin.
In The Vanishing Sculptor, readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian whoâ€™s responsible for the upkeep of her familyâ€™s estate during her sculptor fatherâ€™s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companionsâ€“including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroonâ€“and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipperâ€™s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.
I am just finishing up this book. I wondered at first how it would flow for me reading it since I already attempted Dragonlight without having read the previous Dragonkeeper books. Having read Dragonlight I think helped despite the fact that it was difficult to acclimate to a new fantasy world to me coming in at the end of the story where readers were expected to already be familiar with the peoples and world. This book however clearly starts a new series and is presented to readers as if each one picking up the book is just being introduced to Amara and Chiril. Ms Paul does a highly commendable job of making this new series in an established world accessible to new readers without overwhelming her loyal fans who already understand the basics about the people and places with an avalanche of detail or bogging the story down with unnecessary ones or an initial scene setting trying to acclimate newbies in one fell swoop. Details appear as needed to clarify and explain things but are not just tossed in willy nilly. They are blended amongst the fabric of her plot so thoroughly that the reader doesn’t realize they are being fed the explanations that keep those niggling little questions of why or how at bay as you read. You can search for other blogs featuring this book using an author or title key word search or check out the publisher’s site for more info. I will post a full review when I have finished reading this delightful tale. Use the Title or Author name to read more about the book on the Publisher and author sites and to learn more about this author.