CSFF Tour – Dragons of the Valley

The CSFF Tour is doing a repeat performance for January!

The featured book is Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul.

I have repeatedly made a mistake.

 Donita Paul is highly regarded in the Christian fantasy realm. My problem is that I have yet to read one of her books. I think I know the problem. It seems she is so prolific she is always doing series – and I find out about her latest book in the middle of the series!

This doesn’t make for a good jumping on point.

So I need a little help from my tourmates, and hopefully it can benefit readers of this blog: what Donita K. Paul book would you recommend first?

And for those who want some useful information, you can go to Donita’s author site, her blog, or the more knowledgeable blokes down below!

And in conjuction with this CSFF Tour, I did NOT get a review copy of this book because I am sometimes brain-dead.

Gillian Adams
Noah Arsenault
Amy Bissell
Red Bissell
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Keanan Brand
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Amy Cruson
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Amber French
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Dave Wilson

CSFF Tour – Dragons of the Valley

The CSFF Tour is doing a repeat performance for January!

The featured book is Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul.

I have repeatedly made a mistake.

 Donita Paul is highly regarded in the Christian fantasy realm. My problem is that I have yet to read one of her books. I think I know the problem. It seems she is so prolific she is always doing series – and I find out about her latest book in the middle of the series!

This doesn’t make for a good jumping on point.

So I need a little help from my tourmates, and hopefully it can benefit readers of this blog: what Donita K. Paul book would you recommend first?

And for those who want some useful information, you can go to Donita’s author site, her blog, or the more knowledgeable blokes down below!

And in conjuction with this CSFF Tour, I did NOT get a review copy of this book because I am sometimes brain-dead.

Gillian Adams
Noah Arsenault
Amy Bissell
Red Bissell
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Keanan Brand
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Amy Cruson
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Amber French
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Dave Wilson

CSFF Tour – Starlighter

Hey there true believers! (Sorry, thinking about Stan Lee for some reason…)

The Christian Sci-fi and Fantasy blog tour is off to a great start featuring Starlighter, the latest book from Bryan Davis. I’m not off to a great start, as I kinda missed out on this one. I didn’t realize it was the first in a series, so I wouldn’t have been behind from the get-go. Oh well, summer is busy.

The cover there looks great, and I’d still like to point you to some further sources of info if you’re into dragons that kidnaps humans, or heroes named “Jason” (great choice there Bryan!)

Specifically, check out Fred Warren’s excellent (as usual) posts discussing the book: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

You can find Bryan’s blog and website at the links.

Below are the links to the others in the tour. For direct links to posts, go to Becky Miller’s blog for the most up-to-date postings.

Brandon Barr
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
R. L. Copple
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Nikole Hahn
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Leighton
Jane Maritz
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
SarahFlan
Chawna Schroeder
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

CSFF Tour – Starlighter

Hey there true believers! (Sorry, thinking about Stan Lee for some reason…)

The Christian Sci-fi and Fantasy blog tour is off to a great start featuring Starlighter, the latest book from Bryan Davis. I’m not off to a great start, as I kinda missed out on this one. I didn’t realize it was the first in a series, so I wouldn’t have been behind from the get-go. Oh well, summer is busy.

The cover there looks great, and I’d still like to point you to some further sources of info if you’re into dragons that kidnaps humans, or heroes named “Jason” (great choice there Bryan!)

Specifically, check out Fred Warren’s excellent (as usual) posts discussing the book: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

You can find Bryan’s blog and website at the links.

Below are the links to the others in the tour. For direct links to posts, go to Becky Miller’s blog for the most up-to-date postings.

Brandon Barr
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
R. L. Copple
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Nikole Hahn
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Leighton
Jane Maritz
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
SarahFlan
Chawna Schroeder
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

CSFF Tour – What about Dragons?

Here’s day 2 of the tour focusing on Donita Paul’s latest book, DragonLight.

I had a couple of responses to the “are dragons appropriate for Christian fiction” question. Thanks guys. My opinion fits in with both of the comments on this matter. Dragons don’t have to be intrinsically “bad”, as in never write about them. I don’t imagine people running out to find dragons to hang with (except maybe this guy). It depends wholly on how the author uses them. A dragon could be an example of evil (such as Frank Peretti’s The Oath – chilling!) or a force for good like in the world of the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Like Mark shared, God has given us imagination to use for his glory. And Robert made a point that God didn’t make anything that was evil in origin – the evil came from choice. Dragons and fantasy in general can be used for evil purposes, but there’s no reason a creative, imaginative Christian couldn’t use them for good.

My other thoughts on this tour came from looking at the reviews and summaries of Donita Paul’s books on Amazon. I wasn’t sure of the plot and how dragons were used, so I browsed each of the five books on Amazon. I wanted to share this quote from the School Library Journal regarding her first book, DragonSpell:

As in C. S. Lewis’s “Narnia” books (HarperCollins), Christian allegories and messages are clearly presented and easily found, but it is equally possible to read this as Kale’s story as it happened in Amara, a world completely separate from our own. It would be a shame to limit readership by relegating this clever and inventive story to the genre of Christian fiction. There is plenty of room for sequels, and readers will want to know much more about Kale and the remainder of her quest.–Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA


Note the quote in bold – don’t miss this series! Make sure to see the other tourmates for more…specific information on this book, like reviews and such.

CSFF Tour – What about Dragons?

Here’s day 2 of the tour focusing on Donita Paul’s latest book, DragonLight.

I had a couple of responses to the “are dragons appropriate for Christian fiction” question. Thanks guys. My opinion fits in with both of the comments on this matter. Dragons don’t have to be intrinsically “bad”, as in never write about them. I don’t imagine people running out to find dragons to hang with (except maybe this guy). It depends wholly on how the author uses them. A dragon could be an example of evil (such as Frank Peretti’s The Oath – chilling!) or a force for good like in the world of the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Like Mark shared, God has given us imagination to use for his glory. And Robert made a point that God didn’t make anything that was evil in origin – the evil came from choice. Dragons and fantasy in general can be used for evil purposes, but there’s no reason a creative, imaginative Christian couldn’t use them for good.

My other thoughts on this tour came from looking at the reviews and summaries of Donita Paul’s books on Amazon. I wasn’t sure of the plot and how dragons were used, so I browsed each of the five books on Amazon. I wanted to share this quote from the School Library Journal regarding her first book, DragonSpell:

As in C. S. Lewis’s “Narnia” books (HarperCollins), Christian allegories and messages are clearly presented and easily found, but it is equally possible to read this as Kale’s story as it happened in Amara, a world completely separate from our own. It would be a shame to limit readership by relegating this clever and inventive story to the genre of Christian fiction. There is plenty of room for sequels, and readers will want to know much more about Kale and the remainder of her quest.–Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA


Note the quote in bold – don’t miss this series! Make sure to see the other tourmates for more…specific information on this book, like reviews and such.

CSSF Tour – DragonLight by Donita Paul

The CSFF tour is highlighting Donita Paul and her new book DragonLight this month.

It is the fifth and final book in the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Since it was the last in a series, I didn’t feel I could review it and do it justice.

Wait! Don’t go. I do have original content this month. Well, mostly original.

I want to ask a question. Is it a problem for any Christian readers to consider dragons as appropriate for “Christian” fiction? I am no means a dragon expert (for that, talk to Snuffles), but I wanted to discuss this idea for a minute.

Dragons have a mixed history. In Western lore and mythology, dragons were usually agents of evil. Since Revelation 12 uses a dragon as imagery for Satan, this was likely a source of dragon prejudice. An early legend of St. George defeating the dragon resonates with many cultures across Europe and some Middle Eastern areas. However, in Chinese folklore, dragons are often agents of good, a symbol of wisdom.

Dragons have had a resurgence in many arenas. The popular book Eragon has given them a good name as well as a high profile. Donita Paul’s series has not been the only Christian fiction with a dragon-centric plot. Bryan Davis has released the Dragons in Our Midst series in the CBA realm also.

Does this mean that it is okay to use dragons as a motif for a Christian tale? I’d like anyone’s opinion out there before I talk about mine. However, let me close with this quote from Bryan Davis in an interview from CBN back when his dragon books were first being released.

Siepel: What do you say to parents who may be wary of introducing their child to the world of fantasy?

Davis: We have an opportunity to create strong soldiers for Christ by using the power of story, even through the pages of the impossible. If parents will allow fantasy its proper place, as an inspiration toward holiness, allowing powerful images to create God-honoring models in children’s minds, authors will be moved to create more of those fantastic images. As the market grows, as book-buyers seek heroes displaying faith-empowered integrity and strength, more publishers will have the freedom to take a chance on these works. Working together, we can use this genre to capture hearts and minds with champions of virtue, images that will reach in and ignite the flame, setting free the hero or heroine that God has implanted in the hearts of children.

Check out the featured author links:
Web site – http://www.donitakpaul.com/
Blog – http://www.donitakpaul.com/author/blog.html

Also see what others are saying on the CSFF tour below!

*Participants’ Links:
(Just for fun I marked the five who also participated in CSFF’s first book tour, featuring Donita Paul’s DragonKnight back in June 2006.)

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
* Beth Goddard
Mark Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Magma
Terri Main
Magma
Margaret
* Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
* Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
* Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
* Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams

CSSF Tour – DragonLight by Donita Paul

The CSFF tour is highlighting Donita Paul and her new book DragonLight this month.

It is the fifth and final book in the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Since it was the last in a series, I didn’t feel I could review it and do it justice.

Wait! Don’t go. I do have original content this month. Well, mostly original.

I want to ask a question. Is it a problem for any Christian readers to consider dragons as appropriate for “Christian” fiction? I am no means a dragon expert (for that, talk to Snuffles), but I wanted to discuss this idea for a minute.

Dragons have a mixed history. In Western lore and mythology, dragons were usually agents of evil. Since Revelation 12 uses a dragon as imagery for Satan, this was likely a source of dragon prejudice. An early legend of St. George defeating the dragon resonates with many cultures across Europe and some Middle Eastern areas. However, in Chinese folklore, dragons are often agents of good, a symbol of wisdom.

Dragons have had a resurgence in many arenas. The popular book Eragon has given them a good name as well as a high profile. Donita Paul’s series has not been the only Christian fiction with a dragon-centric plot. Bryan Davis has released the Dragons in Our Midst series in the CBA realm also.

Does this mean that it is okay to use dragons as a motif for a Christian tale? I’d like anyone’s opinion out there before I talk about mine. However, let me close with this quote from Bryan Davis in an interview from CBN back when his dragon books were first being released.

Siepel: What do you say to parents who may be wary of introducing their child to the world of fantasy?

Davis: We have an opportunity to create strong soldiers for Christ by using the power of story, even through the pages of the impossible. If parents will allow fantasy its proper place, as an inspiration toward holiness, allowing powerful images to create God-honoring models in children’s minds, authors will be moved to create more of those fantastic images. As the market grows, as book-buyers seek heroes displaying faith-empowered integrity and strength, more publishers will have the freedom to take a chance on these works. Working together, we can use this genre to capture hearts and minds with champions of virtue, images that will reach in and ignite the flame, setting free the hero or heroine that God has implanted in the hearts of children.

Check out the featured author links:
Web site – http://www.donitakpaul.com/
Blog – http://www.donitakpaul.com/author/blog.html

Also see what others are saying on the CSFF tour below!

*Participants’ Links:
(Just for fun I marked the five who also participated in CSFF’s first book tour, featuring Donita Paul’s DragonKnight back in June 2006.)

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
* Beth Goddard
Mark Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Magma
Terri Main
Magma
Margaret
* Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
* Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
* Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
* Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams