Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour Day 3: Wrap Up and My Thoughts

Today is the last day for the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour featuring Mrs. Donita K. Paul and her book The Vanishing Sculptor. Thank you for your participation in our blog tour!

Today I will share with you my thoughts on this book. This was my first exposure to Mrs. Paul's works, although I do own the entire DragonKeeper Chronicles series (I have to steal them from my daughter when she isn't looking!) Having said that, I have seen some reviews that say it's important to read this series before reading this book and then some say it's not necessary. I feel like I might have missed out on the background of some of the characters as there are a few that have been in the DragonKeeper Chronicles. This is supposed to be a free standing novel however.

I would have to say that my favorite aspect of this book is the characterization. More specifically, the names of the characters! After all, who could resist a parrot named Beccaroon, a little girl named Tipper (I just love that name!), a Prince named Jayrus, and a Wizard named Fenworth, just to name a few. It would also be important to mention the dragons as well!! Junkit and Zabeth are minor dragons with a major purpose.

For those who may tend to stray away from the Christian fiction label, please give this book a chance. While there are undertones of Christianity, this book is not preachy at all. One could simply appreciate the fact that this is a good, clean book without sex, profanity, or other vulgar situations.

I would highly recommend this book to any fantasy lover, big or small, mature or young, Christian or not!! Don't let this title vanish away!

One thing I failed to mention yesterday that I would like for you to know is that I learned that Mrs. Paul has quite an extensive list of published works!! She writes all sorts of genres and I look forward to reading some of her other works (especially those in the romance line that she wrote when her daughter started asking for romance novels. Way to go Mom!)

For more great info on our author and her works, feel free to surf on over to her website and blog.

Donita Paul’s Web site -
Donita Paul’s blog -

The source of my book comes from Amazon. I personally purchased this book specifically for this tour.

Please be sure to take a few minutes and visit these fellow bloggers on the tour. Comments are much appreciated!!"> Brandon Barr"> Jim Black"> Justin Boyer"> Rachel Briard"> Karri Compton"> Amy Cruson"> CSFF Blog Tour"> Stacey Dale"> D. G. D. Davidson"> Jeff Draper"> April Erwin"> Karina Fabian"> Linda Gilmore"> Todd Michael Greene"> Katie Hart"> Ryan Heart"> Becky Jesse"> Cris Jesse"> Jason Joyner"> Julie"> Carol Keen"> Krystine Kercher"> Dawn King"> Rebecca LuElla Miller"> Mirtika"> Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)"> Nissa"> John W. Otte"> Lyn Perry"> Crista Richey"> Cheryl Russell"> Chawna Schroeder"> James Somers"> Speculative Faith"> Rachel Starr Thomson"> Robert Treskillard"> Steve Trower"> Fred Warren"> Dona Watson"> Phyllis Wheeler"> Elizabeth Williams"> KM Wilsher

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  1. Sheila (bookjourney)September 22, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    This looks like a great read. I would have loved to be a part of this tour. Wonderful review!

  2. Julie, I'm still having trouble getting this comments section to work. Now it doesn't want to load my Blogger ID, but that's okay, as long as it still lets me comment!

    Great job on the review! Yes, The Vanishing Sculptor is a stand-alone book. Yes, it'd be great if you read the other books but you sure don't have to in order to enjoy this one. Savor the journey!

    Donita wrote a Christmas Romance last year that was really sweet and full of the unexpected. I got to critique some of it. I'm can't remember what title it was published under (if it's come out yet), but keep an eye out for it. I think you'll really enjoy it!

    Krysti (aka

  3. I think The Vanishing Sculptor is a great stand-alone book. I've read the DragonKeeper series too (weren't they great?) and while the connection is interesting, I don't think it's vital to read DK before VS. Great interview and posts!

    Dona Watson

  4. I just want to thank you for all the great postings of the
    wonderful sites, it really helps in my book selection.

  5. Rachel Starr ThomsonSeptember 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    I enjoyed the names too :). "Beccaroon" is just classic.