Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

I don't read fantasy, at least not since the fourth and fifth grade, when I read the "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" books. So, I wasn't sure what to expect when I was offered the opportunity to read The Vanishing Sculptor. I really enjoyed this book! For fantasy lovers, it has the magic, the dragons, and the mystery. What really made it stand out for me was the use of subtle metaphors to liken the elements of the story to our understanding of our Creator. It reminds me of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" in that respect. A well constructed fantasy tale on it's own, but so much more too!

Readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions–including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon–and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. Visit her online.

You can read more and purchase it at Random House's website.

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