I usually like any story with non-evil dragons in it, but this one was hard to sit through. The dragons themselves were one-dimensional, little more ..Show More »than props. The two dragons may as well have been replaced with a healing stone and a singing stone.
The story was meant to be an adventure, but it had no drama. Any time anyone was in "danger" it was clear that Jesus, I mean Paladin, or God, I mean Walder, would step in and save them. Either that or their own faith in Paladin/Walder would save them.
The periods of "danger" were mixed with regular breaks of showing how good and perfect all the "high races" were or how evil the "low races" were. Just like in many religions, either you were a "chosen" one, or you were damned.
With the lack of drama, I would say this would be a good book for young kids, except that the story is a thinly veiled attempt to brainwash them into embracing Christianity or some similar religion. Anecdotes about how wonderful and amazing Paladin and Walder are were followed by descriptions of rapturous joy filled with the presence of Walder that made no sense. This might be followed by a lecture about how Walder's plan is far too complicated for you to understand and you need to mindlessly follow Walder and everything will work out. Finally, you might learn that Satan, I mean Pretender, was the ultimate evil and if you didn't follow Walder's plan, you'd end up in Hell, I mean "The Void". Ack.
So, if you're a devoutly religious person, you may love this book, but for anyone looking for an interesting or well-written story instead of a preachy sermon, look elsewhere.
I had seen this series in the Christen fiction section of bookstore. It tells a story of faith and friendships. The tale of many different peoples w..Show More »orking together for good. I would think that it is good for 7+ years. Lots of adventure and the characters are wonderful
This story has no continuity. The narrator was wasted on a story that is choppy and confusing. Characters are ridiculous and undeveloped. It seems tha..Show More »t huge chunks were just plucked out. It plays out like this----They ran forward to join the fight. ------ He was ready for another bowl of stew as he relaxed next to Jim<~~~ Jim was not previously in the story and no explanation of where Jim came from offered or the fight or how they got out of the forest into another place......... btw Jim is an example not a character. It was just NOT edited, proofread or checked in any fashion. Ellen Grafton must have had one heck of a time recording this.