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The Vanishing Sculptor (Valley of the Dragons #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,316 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Donita K. Paul’s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fans–and they’re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly-crafted novel for all ages. It’s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier tim ...more
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Published June 2nd 2009 by WaterBrook Press (first published May 22nd 2009)
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Not nearly as good as Dragonspell or DragonQuest. I had to drag myself through the beginning chapters. The prose was awkward and didn't flow well, so much so that I was continually pulled away from the story. I'm glad I stuck with the book though, as it improved dramatically towards the end. And I will confess that I squealed like a seven year old when I first heard Fenworth say "Tut tut, oh dear". :) The twist with Jayrus was suprising, but acceptable.
Jill Williamson
Tipper, a young emerlindian woman, has been scrounging to take care of her family estate since her father went missing. Since he father was a renowned sculptor, Tipper had no choice but to sell off his work to pay the bills. But her father returns suddenly, then vanishes again. Then he reappears, then vanishes, then reappears. It seems that Tipper’s father is being affected by a portal between two sides of the world. Long ago, he had crafted three sculptures out of a special chunk of stone that ...more
Tipper is 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
The witty banter just tickles me. I mean I can vividly picture these conversations going on.

You still have to have your own imagination going on with the dragons flying over head and the wizards about, but really this is a fun and enjoyable book for all. You feel like you know the characters intimately and you’ll be looking forward to reading the next book!

Paul offers something that I haven’t found in a lot of fantasy books. She captures the genre with a fresh and delightful take. I literally c
I really wavered on whether to mark this as three or four stars. After all, Wizard Fenworth is very difficult to refuse.
Overall, this book is probably best suited for middle-grade readers. Although the middle was very good and action-packed, I thought the beginning slightly slow. Also, there were several loose ends that weren't (in my opinion) satisfactorily wrapped up at the end. Perhaps the issue of slavery will be addressed in later books, as well as how Lady Peg is reconciled with her famil
Timothy Stone
*The Dragons of Chiril* is the first book in the second *Dragon* series by Donita K. Paul. It takes place before the popular *The Dragonkeeper Chronicles*. This was an exciting read for me, because it was the book previous to *Dragons of the Valley*, which I greatly enjoyed. It was fun, to be sure, getting to read the background of that novel.

The story begins with a young woman named Tipper. She is managing her household in the absence of her father, Verrin Schope, who disappeared many years bef
Donita K. Paul is one of my very favorite authors. The Vanishing Sculptor takes us back into the world we first discovered in the Dragonkeeper series. I loved being back. This book wasn't particularly fast paced until the end, but I really enjoyed it. I read it slowly because I didn't want it to be over. I really hope this is the start of a new series.
Sky Destrian
I loved this book. Period. While it was way different than the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, Donita K. Paul's first fantasy series, I found it easy to relate to the characters and slip back into the new yet familiar world that she recreated in this book. If you are a fantasy fan, I'd definitely recommend this for you.
Sep 14, 2015 Madeline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Madeline by: Annika
To put it simply, this made me think LotR mixed with Inkheart.
This was sooo good!
Very descriptive and interesting.
Sometimes it was hard to push through, it was slow at times, but
that last chapter... I wanted the whole book to be like that! Wow!
I'm interested in reading the next two books.
I found the pace of the plot a bit slow. While the world was okay, there are a lot of made up words that only distracted me from the story.
Tipper has been taking care of her family's estate ever since her father disappeared and her family has been disowned by the royal family. Tipper sells her father's sculptures to make ends meet, but when her father returns, Tipper discovers that her actions may well have unraveled the world and put her father in danger. Tipper must reunite three sculptures to put the world back in balance.

This was an alright book. It seemed to really jump around a lot and sometimes it didn't make sense. Tipper w
Rachel Thomson
Tipper’s heart skipped a beat . . . “I have a feeling,” she said, “that we are going to have a glorious quest. This day is the beginning of a great adventure.”

So declares Tipper Schope, who gladly gives up the responsibility of caring for her family’s estate when her disappearing father reappears after fifteen years — well, mostly. He keeps flickering in and out, and his crotchety foreign companions declare a quest necessary: a search for three missing statues, sold off by Tipper to provide mone

Tipper's father, Verrin Schope, has been missing for a long time. When he returns in a most unexpected manner, followed by a magician and his librarian, things start to get a little strange. Verrin Schope is an artist, and three of his sculptures are much more important than anyone could ever guess. In order to save the world (and himself) the statues must be reunited once again. Tracking down the three statues, which have been sold over the years Verrin was missing, proves to be harder than it
Nikole Hahn
“‘It’s not the pomposity of the building that’s bothering me,’ she said. “It’s the bombastic attitude of the man I must humble myself to.”

‘Don’t,’ said Liberettowit, stopping before the elaborate wooden door of the inn and staring seriously into her eyes, ‘Don’t ever end your sentences with prepositions.’

Beccaroon clicked his tongue. ‘Before. I believe the preposition she should not have ended that sentence with would be before instead of to. One humbles oneself before another person, not to.’

The Dragons of Chiril
Donita K. Paul
Published by Waterbrook Press
Source: Review Copy

A young girl named Tipper is living all alone since her father went missing. Stumbling upon a wizard, named Fenworth, he tells her that her father’s statues are needed to save the world. She goes on an adventure to find all three of the statues that she has sold. Along the way she learns that she has an ability to summon dragons. The dragons she summons have unique gifts of their own. She meets a man named Paladin
I thoroughly enjoyed the "DragonKeeper Chronicles" series and they're the favorite books of my 11-year-old friend, so we were obviously looking forward to this book. You don't need to read those books to understand this one, but I'd suggest reading them first because I liked them more.

"The Vanishing Sculptor" is a Christian allegorical fantasy novel. It is a good book with enjoyable and entertaining characters. However, I don't think this book had the right viewpoint character. Jayrus is the cha
Sep 11, 2013 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: goodreads
This book (unfortunately or not... you choose) was almost exactly how I expected it. I don't know how I do it, but apparently, I'm awesome. This was a good book. I would definitely suggest it to people who like Christian Fiction. However, the plot was underdeveloped. I feel that the author spent a bit much time working on making it seem whimsical + having interesting characters + words, that many things were not at all explained.
For instance, what is a tumanhofer? How are they different from
Kasia Hubbard
I won this on Goodreads First Reads. I have read the Dragonkeeper Chronicles (and own the set for my children). I state that, because this book, though written after the Dragonkeeper Chronicles, is set before the time period of that series. Paul's writing is still just as fresh and intriguing for people of all ages. This story is about Tipper, the daughter of famed artist Verrin Schope, who has disappeared for 15 years. Since his disappearance, Tipper has managed the family estate with the help ...more
Jennifer Defoy
Hmmm... what to say about this one. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it. It lied somewhere in the hazy middle. First off I'm not a huge fan of mystical books, but that's not really what I didn't like about it. It seemed to take forever for me to read it. I started it on a Friday and didn't finish it till the next Thursday, and for a 400 page YA book, that was just too long.

The story deals with quite a few things, but one of the main ideas is that of faith. The idea of Wulder and what he is c
Cheryl Olson
This was my first adventure reading Donita K Paul with her Christian Fantasy Book The Dragons of Chiril: A Novel and I doubt it will be my last. This book was chock full of great characters, interesting storylines and adventurous settings to keep the imagination of the reader stirred for sure. I think readers of all ages would really enjoy this fantasy tale.

Our main character Tipper is a girl whose father has disappeared unexplained many years ago. Her mother Lady Peg Schope is seemingly menta
This was the first Paul book that I’d read and I think this one takes place in the same world as her Dragonkeeper Chronicles. I don’t think you have to have read them to follow the story but there are a few things that might have been explained that were assumed as already known in this book. She uses terms like emerlindian and tumanhofer, which are different races, but we are never told that. There is a glossary to help in moments like this but it would have been nice to have some sort of hint ...more
Tipper, a young Emerlindian, has been responsible for her family’s upkeep since her sculptor father vanished several years back. It’s been years since she last saw her father, and her mother's, the Lady Peg, mental health has slowly been deteriorating since then, so she has had to single-handedly do everything in her power to maintain her family’s good name. She has even had to sell her father’s beloved sculptures for money in order to pay their servants and purchase food. Until the night her fa ...more
Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian's desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.
Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.
She must free her father and save the world. But she c
Chris Curtis
I chose this book because I enjoyed Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by the same author so much. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this one as much. From the beginning I felt lost. I did not have a clear picture of the different characters both human and animal and the world they lived in. A little more description about the different characters and the world they live in would have helped a lot. For example I am still not sure what a emerlindian or a tumanhofer are even after reading the glossary. ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul is a continuation of her DragonKeeper Chronicles in the fantasy world of Chiril. Tipper is a young emerlindian who has been trying to keep her family afloat since her father's mysterious disappearance fifteen years ago. The family estate has fallen into disrepair, and her mother's mind is no longer sound. Tipper has been forced to start selling the sculptures of her father just to keep food on the table. When her father suddenly returns along with a eccen ...more
Virginia Campbell
"The Dragons of Chiril", by Donita K. Paul, is a delightfully descriptive fantasy adventure. The dragons are wonderfully written and given distinctive abilities and appearances. My favorite character was the giant parrot Beccaroon, whose somewhat stern demeanor thinly disguised his great loving heart. After the disappearance of her father, a renowned sculptor, young Tipper is left to care for her seemingly befuddled mother and their family home. She is aided by her guardian and advisor, Beccaroo ...more
Beverly Frisby
Aug 04, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is my first of Donita K. Paul’s books to read. As I began reading “The Dragons of Chiril," I immediately became engrossed in the exquisitely beautiful, yet complex tale that is “The Dragons of Chiril.”

The story is far more than simple entertainment and I found myself immersed in a world inhabited by emerlindians, tumanhofers, and dragons. My imagination was awakened as I followed along with the main character Tipper, the sculptor’s daughter, and a cast of eclectic characters, all of whom we
Donita K. Paul's novel The Dragons of Chiril is a fascinating read set in a beautiful, magical kingdom. Tipper is a young lady who has been embroiled, through no fault of her own, in a truly challenging set of circumstances. She is faced with the huge task of caring for her family's estate and her rather eccentric mother, although she really doesn't possess the skills and knowledge to make a success of it. Her father is a famous artist who has been absent for years leaving Tipper to cope on her ...more
Donita K. Paul's novel The Dragons of Chiril is a fascinating read set in a beautiful, magical kingdom. Tipper is a young lady who has been embroiled, through no fault of her own, in a truly challenging set of circumstances. She is faced with the huge task of caring for her family's estate and her rather eccentric mother, although she really doesn't possess the skills and knowledge to make a success of it. Her father is a famous artist who has been absent for years leaving Tipper to cope on her ...more
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