I just finished reading Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul. It was a very good book. Unfortunately, it took some time to get into it, since I hadn't read book #1 first. I find this the case in most series-books though. It is understandable. I would like to suggest to authors that when they write a series, make sure to put "book #1, #2" and so forth on the cover. It is a disappointment to begin reading a book only to find that you have no clue who the characters are until you get halfway through the book, since they were introduced in a previous book.
Anyway, back to the main topic here. This author has a very good imagination. She has created characters and races of people that are singular to her stories. Emerlindians, for example, are "tall and slender. They are born pale with white hair and pale gray eyes. As they age, they darken". Each race, character and more are given a short description in the appendix of the book. Also, the names she gives her characters are outgrageously individual. Graddapotmorphit Bealomondore is a tumanhofer artist. (See what I mean by her imagination?)
In this story Princess Tipper, Bealomondore and their friends must keep three statues from falling into the wrong hands. As war erupts on the land, they are forced to decide what to do, where to go, and who they can trust. It is a story of war, love, and intrigue that will baffle and excite all generations of readers.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.