Synopses & Reviews
Three years of strife have passed since Kale and Bardon freed Paladins knights. Now, fiery dragons scorch their beautiful countryside as an evil husband-and-wife wizard duo battle one another for supremacy. The people of Amara just want to be left alone, hoping the conflict with disappear. But Paladin is dying, and Bardon and Kale-now married-must accept fateful assignments if their land is to survive. Will their efforts turn the tide against their adversaries?
They face a deadly threat-and a challenging choice.
Kales responsibility is to find, hatch, and train an army of dragons, and she tackles the daunting task-until she is shocked by a betrayal. As the Amaran countrymen seek escape, she must search for her husband, family, and friends while organizing an underground movement to weaken the enemy. But when the end draws near, Kale must choose between two dismal destinies.
Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this stunning addition to Donita K. Pauls popular Dragon Keepers fantasy series.
"'Although uninitiated readers should certainly start from the beginning of the complex DragonKeeper series (DragonSpell; DragonQuest; DragonKnight), this fourth installment in the ongoing Christian fantasy will please its growing fan base. Whereas the third book focused most heavily on Bardon's adventures, this episode alternates between his story and the heroism of Kale, now Bardon's wife. Kale, charged with hatching and schooling a dragon army, enjoys help from her father but must summon strength and courage from reserves she didn't know she had. Many other fantasy series begin to wear thin after several books, but Paul continues to delight readers with new and unexpected dimensions of the world they have come to love. It's a challenge to keep up with the dizzying cast of characters, but the writing is crisp and the setting imaginative. This series will speak to all ages of Christian readers, from preadolescent on up. (July 17)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Before vowing his allegiance to Wulder as a knight, Bardons life is suddenly complicated by a woman and her granddaughter on a mission to rescue the womans son, who is trapped in a chamber of sleep. Bardon learns that more of Paladins knights are imprisoned in sleep and suspects one of them is Dragon Keeper Kales missing father.
About the Author
Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author of five novels, including DragonSpell, DragonQuest, and DragonKnight. When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Donita lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her two grown children make her proud and her two grandsons make her laugh. Visit her online at www.dragonkeeper.us.
Reading Group Guide
1. As a married couple, Bardon and Kale must learn to rely on each other. Describe each of their personalities and how they complement each other. What are your strengths and weaknesses? In what way does Kale struggle when she must work together with her father? How does “iron sharpen iron” when God places people that are so different from us in our lives?
2. When Kale is separated from her husband by being sent on a different quest, she is quite upset. Can you think of a time the Lord asked you to put aside your personal preferences in order to achieve a greater good? How do you know which road God is guiding you toward?
3. Due to Gildas allegiance to Risto, she was reduced to life in a mist form. When she chose to follow Wulder, she was not healed instantly. Although we are a new creation, when we come to Christ, we are not always healed. Why is this? How can the consequences of a sinful lifestyle or the fallen state of man hinder us?
4. Kale has been given more talent and power than most people in Amara, but she is rebuked by Granny Noon for speaking falsely. Granny warns that Kales talents are eroded by deception. How do those whom God has exalted to a higher position need to be more careful regarding their talent? In Wulders Tomes, there is a principle about the inward enemy defeating the soul with a surprise attack, “Dont let your own desires cause your fall into disgrace.” What Scripture does this bring to mind?
5. What is Paladin symbolic of and how is his health reflected by the attitude of his people? How does the indifference to evil weaken him? Just as the people in Black Jetty desired to live a comfortable life without complications, how is the church of Christ guilty of this same complacency? Although invisible, there is a spiritual battle being waged all around us. Does this evil go away if we pretend it doesnt exist? What does Scripture tell us to do? Just as Pretender did not have the authority to kill Paladin, so Satan cant destroy the church. However, he can wound and humiliate it. What examples do you see of this today?
6. Fenworth warned Kale previously about even dabbling in black magic because she could be lured in by the fringe elements. Do Christians need to have the same concern? What is the difference between a magic show consisting of card tricks and “black magic”? What does Scripture have to say about this subject?
7. Among the seven low races, some seem to show themselves intelligent but choosing evil, while others like the ropma appear to be non-rational, with no sense of right and wrong. As they have not been made directly by Wulder, most people have told the ropma that they are bad, and Wulder hates them. Does God love all people? Even those who choose evil or those who do not appear to know right from wrong? What about those who follow other religions? Who does He desire to be saved?
8. Although Kale has been reunited with her father, she has missed her childhood years with him. Her father expresses how sorry he is that he was not there for her. Have you ever felt abandoned by a parent or a friend? Look up Scriptures that are an encouragement that the Lord will never leave us.
9. Kale finds that her father has a very different set of ethics when it comes to mindspeaking. She has been taught that it is unscrupulous to listen to others private thoughts even to gather information. He tells her that it is the motive of the heart that matters most to Wulder. Is it ever right to do what is wrong with the right motivation? Can you think of examples from Scripture of people that have done what is wrong, but for a good reason? What was the result?
10. Gilda still has areas to grow in, resulting from her time with Risto. Her pride of the meech and looking down on any other race comes through in her attitude and words. Why is it easier for Regidor to see Gildas prejudism than it is for her to see it in herself? How does the Lord reveal issues like this in our lives?
11. Describe how Latho the bisonbeck choosing to follow Wulder is similar to Saul becoming Paul. As Latho was not trusted even after he decided to do what is right, how often do we judge others based on who we think they are? Some who come to Christ have radical conversions that speak volumes of Gods miraculous work in their lives. How is God able to use this kind of person specifically to reach others for Christ?
12. Latho describes the place called the “End of the Day” as a place where those who die in anger will be devoured. They leave this existence and enter the night. How is this similar to the worlds view on life after death? Why is it so difficult to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them?
13. Kale is tempted by Pretender with all the things that she wants the most: her talent, her friends, her fathers life, and her beauty back. What does Satan tempt you with? After she gave in to temptation once, how is she left feeling? When you have those emotions, what brings you relief?