Oh, look! Another dragon book! I'm SO surprised. I never would have guessed that I would read another dragon book. :)
I want to say I was... twelve or so years old when I was getting on the plane to go back home after a long summer vacation with my grandparents. We were in the airport when my grandma asks me if I brought a book to read and I told her no, because I'd finished the book I brought with me and I forgot to grab one for the trip back. So she steers me into a little convenience shop right there in the airport (like where you go to get your overpriced gum and bottled water) and grabs a book off the shelf. It's titled "Dragonquest" and it has a dragon on the cover, with a girl riding on its back.
It turns out this book is the second in the Dragonkeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul, and I love it. But I'm also only 12 and I have the attention span of a sparrow, forgetting that I both hadn't read the first book and also that I didn't know how the rest of the series went.
Fast forward several years to after college graduation and you find me in the position of realizing that there are more books in this series than the one I was familiar with. So just a couple weeks ago, I picked up Dragonspell, and settled in to finally read the first book in the series.
I think if you like Christian fiction (because this is very nearly an allegory) and you like "main character discovers they are special and takes the whole book to process that" then this is probably a good book for you. This is... Jesus meets Harry Potter meets Dragonsinger (Anne McCaffrey).
When I finished this book, I gave it 4 stars, though I originally wanted to give it 3. Let me explain.
See, I was frustrated by the fact that although the main character is discovering things about herself and the world she lives in, people rarely explain anything to her. They just say "okay, we're doing this now" and go haring off without telling her what's going on, then they get upset when she makes faulty decisions based on an incomplete understanding of what's going on, sometimes disobeying orders to do so.
On the other hand, I know that I tend to react more powerfully to emotions in the moment, so if you ask me in two weeks then I'll probably tell you I love the book. Because I do. It was a lot of fun. Ergo, four stars instead of three.
But there you have it. A good Christian Fantasy book for lovers of dragons and dragon riders. Let me know what you think!