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(DragonKeeper Chronicles #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  11,250 ratings  ·  558 reviews
One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained
Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by WaterBrook Press (first published June 1st 2004)
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Allison Tebo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, fsc, own
Re-Read Review: Ah - I no longer had the delight of discovering a new world, but this time, I got to visit with an old friend. I accidentally ordered a rather battered copy of this book but that gave me the freedom to write in it, use highlighter and put sheaf's of paper in it. I had planned to buy a 'beauty copy' as well, but this already well-loved volume is growing on me. Having all these notes in it makes the copier dearer. As for the re-read itself - It was still amazing, enriching, beautif ...more
Tereasa Boren
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I would sort this book under Christian Fantasy. I have read 3 of the 4 books and each one gets better as you become more involved in the lives of the characters. I really like this book for middle school age children because it is so hard to find good wholesome books for this age anymore. My 12 years old son couldn't put these books down. Unlike Harry Potter (which I love), there is no swearing, and no terribly descriptive gore. I finished the book feeling really good about what I read.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013, audio
This is a-- pretty bad book, and not worth reading at all unless you're a Christian.

Basically, it's Dragonlance + Evangelical worldview - ANY in-group tension. (That would be, take away Raistlin Majere and make Tanis not a half-elf. Instead, give all the uber-nice NPCs in "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" their own book.) It's the Dragonlance that the Bible Belt can put its seal of approval on. (And they did, if you look at the awards this has won.)

I guess you could argue that there's some tension r
Jill Williamson
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
After a lifetime of slavery, fourteen-year-old Kale is set free. She travels to The Hall in Vendela where she will receive her training as a servant. Before she can reach her destination, ogres attack her. She escapes into a cave where she finds seven small dragon eggs. When she comes back outside, she is rescued by Paladin servants. They inform her that Paladin has given her a gift, the ability to find dragon eggs, and persuade her to leave her journey to The Hall for another quest: find a miss ...more
Emilie Smith
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teen girls and boys to older adults like me
Recommended to Emilie by: Nathan Waddell, my son, whom I gave the book to originally
Shelves: fantasy
Dragonspell, the first in a 4 book series, is an easy, fun and exciting read. A delightful allegory of what it means to be a follower of God, well written as a story of challenge and conquest as a young girl, raised as a slave, learns to find her stength in her relationship with Paladin. She discovers her gift of finding dragon eggs and is drawn to find a large clutch, as well as using the talent to find the rare Meech Dragon egg, and rescue it from the evil Wizard who tries to obtain the power ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm rereading this on a whim, and, well, I'm honestly surprised by how good it is? I can barely get through some of my other favorites from my preteen years, but this one — even knowing the whole plotline, there were times I couldn't put it down. The writing quality is a little lower than I'm used to, true — in particular, the author's use of thoughts is a bit jarring. And, yes, a few things are a little cliche. But in general, out of all the books that formed the foundation of my writing and lo ...more
Randy Blackwell
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel is one of the most imaginative Christian fiction novels that I have read since The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I have spoken to the author over the phone and she was very helpful, humble, and kind. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something with an intense spark of imagination with Biblical symbolism that mixes seemlessly with the story. Thank you Donita, for the wonderful read.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to E.F.B. by: My aunt
Dragonspell is a good book, but it was actually the first book I’ve read with my eyeballs this year that I struggled to get through. (I specify “read with my eyeballs” because I’m not counting the two audiobooks I listened to this year that were also difficult to get through.) It is also a book I think I would have liked better when I was younger. This is why I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5.

I liked the book in general. The characters were wonderful (Dar and Fenworth were my favorites <3),
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
I really really wanted to like this book. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the Peter and the Starcatchers series. I do enjoy Young Adult/Children’s fiction occasionally. So when the opportunity arose to read Dragonspell and review this for Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program, I was really excited. Unfortunately, it was short lived. I just couldn’t get past the first three chapters. I really can’t put my fin ...more
Margaret Chind
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of adventure
Recommended to Margaret by: Amy Andrews
This book kept me giggling and curious for more. With a full combination of Dumbledore and Gandolf, with Jesus and God the Father, as well as the Fellowship of the Ring, and flashes of the Shadow of Evil plot in mind... this book is a wonderful original that is reminiscent of many wonderful things that takes you to no place like you have ever been.

Kale is a simple o'rant girl who does not think too highly of herself. This is a story where Paladin comes to her in ways unimagined and shows her wh
Stargazer R. L.
DragonSpell is a pretty good story. It took me forever to like the heroine Kale but I did by the end. Dar is great. Leetu's great. Gyme is great. :) Though the world is a medieval fantasy one, it didn't feel very medieval at times. There's lots of scientists and things I don't think belong in a medieval fantasy world. But the rest of the series I've read so far is AWESOME, so read this one so you can read them. :D
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dragon Spell is part of an amazing book series! BBITW!!! ( best book in the world ) READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Donita K. Paul spins this story in a world that is filled to the brim with imagination and symbolism. It is a rich, full novel with good content and a compelling story! Read it!

Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After enjoying the first three books of author Donita K. Paul's *Dragons of Chiril* series that have been released to date, I decided to pick up and begin reading the series she previously wrote, *The Dragonkeeper Chronicles*. I discovered that the series was different, though no less enjoyable, in key ways.

This series, though written before the more recent one, is chronologically *much* later, and on a different continent of the world to boot. The Paladin, chief servant and representative of W
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much! The magic and dragons and quests are just perfect, but the best parts are the spiritual themes and wisdom that run through the book. There is such a depth and beauty to the writing, and I was so pleased with the echoes of Christianity!

Kale is a young slave-girl who is mysteriously drawn to dragon's eggs. She is sent on a quest to retrieve a valuable egg from an evil wizard, but her mission is not as straight-forward as it seems. Although she has help along the way, Kal
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read DragonSpell a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I bought every book in the series and the other day I realized that I never read the last two books in the series. Somehow, in between college and everything else, the books just sat on the bottom shelf on my bookcase at home. I didn't remember a lot of the key details, so I decided to just start from the beginning.

I had forgotten how charming these books are. Kale, the main character, is a former slave and very naive. I think she is supp
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Donita Paul's "DragonSpell" captivated my attention with its action filled plot, inspiring main character, and detailed words.
To start, the plot was filled with action, but not very original. The entire book revolved around the main character and her journey to find the Meech dragon egg, and along the way trying to find herself and her place in the world. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but it's just getting old. What made me like Donita's book the most was the action in e
Bill Tillman
The fantastic land of Amara is recovering from years of war inflicted on its citizens by outside forces–as well as from the spiritual apathy corroding the Amarans’ hearts. With Kale and her father serving as dragon keepers for Paladin, the dragon populace has exploded. It’s a peaceful, exciting time of rebuilding. And yet, an insidious, unseen evil lurks just beneath the surface of the idyllic countryside.

Truth has never been more important, nor so difficult to discern.

As Kale and her father ar
Whitley Birks
Nov 04, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2014
After more than a week I'm still barely halfway through. I'm throwing in the towel. The plot is not engaging thanks to a massive detour before we even get into the meat of the quest, the writing is bland and can't handle emotions so character development pops right the fuck out of nowhere and just gets summarized, and the overt religious bits are annoyingly preachy. Plus, while the worldbuilding has potential, it's not displayed well enough to get into. It's just a string of interesting details ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This book failed terribly. I kept thinking about just returning it (thank goodness it was from the library!), but one part finally clinched it. The author goes into a detailed list of the "seven high races" of their world and EVERY single name sounds like randomly generated gibberish. I was worried about memorizing all of the countless races when I suddenly stumbled upon the "seven low races." I can handle memorizing many new races and names, but not when they're so blatantly thrown in my face a ...more
Apr 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read_in_2010
There were elements I really enjoyed in this novel. I liked a female main character and some of the world building was neat - especially the adorable minor dragons. However, I strongly dislike fiction where I get a sense I'm being preached to and I couldn't shake that throughout my reading of this one, unfortunately.

There's one bit of world building that I just couldn't shake either. Kale starts out as a village slave. Everyone knows she used to be a slave. But we never encounter any other slave
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dragonspell is a glorious masterpiece. Beautiful and magical, it is one of those books that touches close to the heart. I have read it more than once and I cannot tell you how much it has influenced me. It is the epitome of Christian fantasy, with the characters who become your best friend, the beautiful descriptions of the world, and the Christian elements woven in it. Mrs. Paul did the most wonderful job of writing a book with Christian lessons, but yet still keeping to the fantasy realm. I HI ...more
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Neat book of adventure, danger, and friendship. Character developement was excellent; you very quickly developed a sense of who they where and their personalities. Story line was nicely paced, not too fast like some, and had lots of action followed by short "breaks" which was really nice. I loved the dragons and their antics, which made me smile as I read. I can't wait to read the next book for which I have high expectations.
Leigh Ann
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book aloud to Shayla and we loved it. This is written in the style of Chronicles of Narnia in that many things have two meanings. It is written by a Christian author and it is a book about dragons. It starts slow, as there is a lot of history and explaining, but after you get into it it is very good. Anxious to read the next one!!
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The thing I like the most about this book even though I'm not very far in it, is the chapters are two to three pages long each. So when I want to do a quick read at night before bed, a cinch, or while I'm cooking lunch, a cinch. I hate it when you are in the middle of a ten page chapter and am trying to go to sleep. lol
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
DragonSpell is definitely a breakthrough in fantasy fiction, especially for the allegory category. There was definitely more intensity in it than I've read in previous Christian fantasy fiction, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Kale, a village slave, uncovers a rare talent for finding dragon eggs. She embarks on a quest to fight against evil, all the while encountering dangerous monsters, good friends, and sometimes mysteries! I recommend these books for teenaged Christian readers.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book! Interesting characters, in fact a very interesting and imaginitive world Donita Paul has created. I have read three in this series so far, and really enjoyed them. I love the Christian allegory, it is one other way for my Violet to understand God's world.
Silvers *Mistborn Warrior*
I feel bad giving this only three stars since it was my favorite series when I was younger. But it was a fun nostalgia trip and I'll enjoy reading the next ones (:
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read to my kids at night and this was a wonderful book for them and me...It was a wonderfully creative way to combine christianity with fantasy.
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