Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Vanishing Sculptor

Title: The Vanishing Sculptor
Author: Donita K. Paul
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7339-9

“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.


  1. Please don't enter me cause I read this one and really liked it. Wanna read some more of her books. :)

    But I would like to suggest the Dreamhouse Kings series by Robert Liparulo for your son. It's a really great series. I think he would like can check it out here:

  2. I second the recommendation for Robert Liparulo's books. Also look at Wayne Thomas Batson, John Olson, LB Graham, Andrew Peterson, Bryan Davis, Jonathan Rogers, and D. Barkley Briggs.
    On my website I have a list of recommendations for many genres.
    Umm, you don't need to enter me in the give away contest. I have a few of those books.
    Thank you for the enthusiastic review. You bloggers are great for introducing new readers to our books. Authors really appreciate you.

  3. Thank you, Angie for the suggestion. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series myself. :o)

    Donita - Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, for your books and for all the wonderful hints on more names to look up. I'll be sure to visit soon.

  4. This book looks really interesting!! Thank you for sharing. It's been a really long time since I've read a fantasy book! Maybe my little brother would like this too. He has to read 12 hours worth of books for school and he always has a hard time finding interesting books. Please enter me and I'll post a link on my blog. I'm a follower too!

    xoxo~ Renee

  5. This looks like an excellent series! I'd really love to win it and read it!

    I'm also a follower!

    hmsgofita at hotmail dot com

  6. Please don't enter me...I just wanted to say "good luck" to everyone! *waving*

    ~ Lori

  7. Thank you, Renee.

    Hi & Welcome hmsgofita.

    Waving back @ Lori. lol

  8. Yeah, I won! Thanks so much, Lee! This does look really good!