Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

You Can't Keep a Good Dragon Down

Who says people who write about fantastic worlds built upon imagination, dragons with wings wide in awe-inspiring flight, witches and wizards displaying loyalty and all things in between have to be "heathens" or "paganistic"?  Well, whoever said that never read the classic and still-to-this-day heartwarming Chronicles of Narnia.

They certainly haven't Opened their Minds to the likes of Donita K. Paul.

I'm reading her book Dragonspell, a joy for YA readers who have an interest in questing with dragons.  I happened upon this book while doing a random search for YA books with dragons, something off from the Christopher Paolini or JK Rowling roads.  I came across Dragonspell and decided to give it a try.  I've enjoyed it immensely.  It has a certain amount of innocence to it and I admit I'm smitten with the MC.  Here's the short blurb from the back cover:

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin.  Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

As a person who likes a good dragon story, I'm glad I picked this one from the bunch.

Do you know of a book or series that made you wonder why some groups, people, persons, purple aliens from outer space just couldn't keep an Open Mind?  (make a note of those last two words...they're capitalized for a reason that I'll share in a couple of weeks).


Natalie Aguirre said...

Dragonspell sounds like a good book. I'll have to check it out. Groups not keeping an Open Mind--it's usually those in power oppressing the others or trying to get in power like in Hunger Games, Harry Potter (Voldermort group), Possession, etc.

Will wait to see what more you have to say about this.

Cate Masters said...

Love Narnia! Unfortunately, narrow-minded people wanted it banned, so it made the list. Go figure.
Dragonspell sounds like a wonderful YA read. Love that the protagonist's a girl too.

Angelina Rain said...

I'm not a big fan of fantasy YA but I did enjoy the one Narnia book that I read. I have the whole series, just need the time to read the rest of it.

LD Masterson said...

I'm always on the lookout for good YA, especially fantasy, for my grandkids. I think some people are threatened by fantasy simply because it doesn't fit with their personal view of the world.

Angela Brown said...

@ Natalie - I wonder if there's something inherent with power or the "desire of power" that makes people all wonky like that...hmmm...

@ Cate - Narnia??? Banned??? Pish Posh on them!

@ Angelina - It's a great series. I have all the stories bound in one big book. Loved it!

@ LD - It would be a really good book for young ones. Like any fantasy, it has made up names but it's not overly complex and very fun.

Matthew MacNish said...

C.S. Lewis was actually an atheist when he started out, and later converted.

Angela Brown said...

That is an interesting little tidbit, Matt. Honestly, I never delved deep into his history, though this makes me rather intrigued.

Anonymous said...

Love Narnia. I'm having fun reliving the magic as the wee beasties are reading the series.

Dragonspell looks interesting, I'll definitely check it out.

Open Mind...will be interested to see what more you have to say about this :)

Angela Brown said...

Raelyn, I so loved, love, will probably for ever love the Narnia Chronicles.

And Open Minds...hmmm...we shall see.

Sangu said...

Dragonspell sounds good. Have to admit, though, I never took to the Narnia books: Lewis's treatment of his female characters and the overtly force-my-views-down-your-throat religious themes kind of put me off.

Angela Brown said...

You know, Sangu, I wonder if the religious inclinations went over my head since I was first introduced to it as a very young kiddo in school? Because of that, I really didn't get the leanings until waaay later since I just loved the adventure of the kids, and the thrill of be transported to a whole new world :-)

Jenna Cooper said...

I just read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and at the end she makes a comment about censorship. I liked what she had to say. Bad things happen (such as rape, as her book was about) and it's important for people (especially teens) to be well-informed about it because it does happen. Books are a safe place to explore that, given the adult writing it is responsible.

Angela Brown said...

Very true point, Jenna.

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Awesome post. I will look into getting Dragonspell.

I love Narnia books!

I am writing a series of books that are fantasy, but based on Biblical truths. I think that is so powerful.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks for for your comment, Dawn. Look forward to hearing more about your books.

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