Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Vanishing Sculptor
Title: The Vanishing Sculptor
Author: Donita K. Paul
“Return to the world of the dragon keepers, where the fate of three missing statues will determine the fate of the world.”
I have a son who just started high school and hates English. I know ~ sometimes I wonder if he really could be related to me at all. :o) One way I entice him to embrace the subject is through reading. It can be difficult to find good reading material that is not too “boring” or filled with objectionable material for a mom with too many other things to stress about.
When I come upon an author I don’t know, I often pre-read the book before I give them to him to read. This book must have been destined for us. Not only did I purchase it (and several of her other books) but I also won a copy in a contest that I will be passing on to one lucky winner.
When I read the front cover it claimed it was “A Fantastic Journey of Discovery for All Ages.” I think that’s true. I wasn’t bored reading this story ~ though I think it’s geared more for the young adult crowd. Even younger children could read it, provided they had a good vocabulary because she does not dumb down her language at all.
In fact, that was one of my favorite parts of the book. This is a fantasy book, filled with dragons and strange creatures we have never seen. So the descriptions need to be lush and make the world come alive. I could picture them in my mind… Could hear the squawking of the giant parrot the crackling and rustling of… well never mind, I’ll let you discover that for yourselves. :o)
Each one of these characters was unique. They had me smiling, laughing, wondering what would happen next… worrying about their safety… and there was a wonderful message embedded about the difference between myths and the true God – and trusting on our own strength versus relying on Him.
It was a fun book that I only wished continued on past the ending so I could find out what happened after the last pages. (The back cover reveals that this book acts as a sort of prologue to the rest of the series.)
If you would like to win this book, please make a comment to that effect and leave your e-mail address. Indicate if you are a follower; that will give you an extra entry. I will select the winner on Mon, Nov 2nd.
Posted by Margaret Metz at 11:31 PM