Dragons Of The Watch

Friday, December 30, 2011

Rumbard City is under some kind of wizardry. Those rapscallions have been six for several centuries. But they don’t remember that they were six last year and will be six again on the next birthday. Therefore they never mature, never learn from their experiences, never grow up physically. They are little hooligans suspended in a perpetual state of selfish rebellion.

Book: Dragons Of The Watch by Donita K. Paul, Waterbrook Press, 2011
Genre: Fantasy/Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and Girls, 13-113
Subjects: Faith in God, Good vs. Evil struggles, Friendships, Maturity, Love
Summary: All she did was chase after her runaway goat. And the next thing she knew she was in a bottle. Ellie stumbled into a city that has been put under a spell – it’s been contained in a bottle for centuries as punishment for not following Wulder. All that’s left of the city’s residents are a bunch of unruly, out of control, six year olds and the “Old One”, the man who is presumably the guardian of these children. Thankfully though, there’s one more person in Rumbard City. Another Tumanhofer stumbled into the bottle too. Bealomondore, friend of Princess Tipper is unsure about his future. He once thought he was going to be an artist. Now however, he could be a politician, he could take over his family’s business, he could be a warrior. There’s plenty of time to figure it out now. Getting out of the bottle is not as easy as getting in. So Ellie and Bealomondore spend weeks pouring over the books in the library of the Old One, seeking answers on how to escape the bottle. And Ellie begins attempts to tame the children. Will this be their future or is there truly a way out of Rumbard City?
Notes: Fun. That’s what this book is – as are all of this author’s books. It’s not super deep, with some heavy issue for characters to struggle over, it’s just a simple matter of faith in Wulder or lack of faith. This focuses on what Wulder (God) ‘s will for a person’s life is. Bealomondore has fully placed his trust in Wulder and is seeking direction for his career. Ellie thinks her life is set for her. She assumes she will remain in her small community and always be lower class than Bealomondore.  Ellie has to come to place her faith in Wulder as Bealomondore teaches her of him. And Bealomondore, as far as he has come in his understanding of Wulder, still is thinking only of himself as he considers his life, not others. Ellie’s simple compassion for the children challenges him. Each carefully evaluates their hearts, opening themselves up to what needs changing. I highly recommend this book, and the series – Dragons of Chiril to anyone wanting a fun, light, but encouraging reading.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


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