Kale Allerion is a slave who discovers she has a power to be drawn to dragon eggs. She lives on a planet that is like Earth, with mountains, forests, fields, and swamps. After finding her first dragon egg, she is sent to the city to learn more and become a servant to King Paladin. But before she can get there, she finds another dragon egg and is sent on a quest to recover a very valuable dragon egg from the evil Wizard Risto.
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Along the way, she meets many different people of different races/species ranging from eccentric to serious. She also meets up with Wizard Fenworth, a friendly wizard who, along with his librarian Librettowit, help her find Risto. She makes friends with Dar, an eccentric being, and Leetu Bends, a serious being who learns to lighten up. They travel through forests, fields, and underground to find Risto, and eventually come to a dangerous encounter with him. Early in the book, Kale's dragon egg hatches, and a healing dragon emerges. In the middle, she finds a dragon that she and her dragon heal, and at the end, another dragon hatches that sings magical melodies.
The review of this Book prepared by Elenawen
Kale, a village slave, discovers a magical dragon egg and is sent to The Hall to develop her egg-finding ability. Her journey is interrupted when she is attacked by monstrous grawligs. A rescue is made and Kale finds herself on another quest with two companions--a friendly, funny doneel and a begrudging emerlindian.
Kale must rescue a rare Meech dragon egg from evil wizard Risto before he uses it to create an aberrant race. But her mission is interrupted by danger and adventure. Kale must develop her abilities on the run as she races to save the egg and help her friends along the way.
The review of this Book prepared by Evangeline Denmark
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul is a fantasy about Kale, a slave girl who finds a dragon's egg. The elders in her village free her from slavery since, after all, she now owns a dragon's egg, and send her far away to The Hall to learn.
Every move she makes leads her away from her destination, despite her determination to get to The Hall. She is dragged along on a journey with a band, who keep telling her she's meant to use her special gifts.
Kale has no gifts except obeying. Her companions tell her she has the gift of finding dragon eggs.
The entire book is full of fun and adventure. Timid Kale turns into a plucky adventurer by necessity not choice. Despite her desire to obey her village elders and go to The Hall, she's having fun – fun interrupted by terror as the evil Wizard Rizzo tries to turn Kale to his side, so he can use her to find dragon eggs.
The review of this Book prepared by Mary Connealy
Waterbrook, May 2004, 12.99
The Dragon Egg seeks a champion to rescue it from the malevolent wizard Risto, who plans to use the essence inside to create a nightmarish species loyal only to him that will populate the earth and destroy all others. The dragon egg selects fourteen-year-old female slave Kale as the savior.
Though feeling afraid and inadequate for such a momentous undertaking because she knows that to succeed she will have to confront Risto in his environs, Kale reluctantly, but telepathically encouraged by the being who chose her, begins her dangerous trek. The “knowing” Lord Paladin sends servants, an Emerlinden woman Leetu and Dar the Doneel to accompany Kale. They explain that Paladin somehow knows about her undertaking and insists she must start on the quest by obtaining the help and guidance of the Wizard Fenworth. The journey at all times will be fraught with enemies who will do anything to stop the group.
This coming of age youthful innocence vs. evil fantasy story has fully developedcast members. Readers will root for Kale even as we will laugh at some of the conversations between her and the dragon egg and between her companions.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner