Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dragon's of the Valley - Book Review

Book review by my Husband :) on "Dragon's of The Valley"
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"So this is my wife's blog, I just don't have the time to keep up with my own blog for now. But I am reviewing a book I read so feel free to read the review and give the book a chance if you'd like.

I'm really into fantasy novels so this book caught my attention. Usually the books I read have a lot more action, so this book was a small letdown in that area, but you can definitely see a ton of beauty in the world of the story. The character development seemed a little rushed, but for the pace the book was setting, that was unavoidable. I would have liked for the book to be maybe another 200 pages or so, that way we can see more of the training that Bealomondore went through in order to fight the Grawl. Carrying on that note, the last fight between the Grawl and Bealomondore was too one sided, considering their previous matchup. It was a little boring to see the Grawl be in that position after the book pumping him up to be the strongest person in the book after Fenworth and maybe Paladin. Actually I would have rather seen Paladin fight The Grawl instead of Bealomondore.

But, despite these shortcomings, I did have a few favorite characters. Wizard Fenworth, Lady Peg, and Verrin Schoppe, and The Grawl made the book for me. Fenworth was funny and his cooky spells and attitude were awesome. Verrin Schoppe was a good character also; he has a good handle on spells and great ideas, but only in his dealings and patience with Lady Peg did his real personality show. Peg's handle on language and situations was hilarious. Her art of thoroughly confusing people is something that I wish I could learn. The Grawl was the only real villain in the story in my opinion. He was strong and strategic and it was a shame that his ending was anti-climactic. Paladin is a good character, but they don't explain enough about him for me to really get to know him.

The central underlying focus of the story is the belief and spreading of the knowledge of Wulder. It was interesting to see the ties to the bible and reliance on faith to make the impossible happen in extreme odds. It is a good take away story.

All in all, it's an ok book. A good read for teenagers who are into fantasy. If you are wanting more action, this book probably isn't the best one for you." 


*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

 

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