Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Vanishing Sculptor
Author: Donita K. Paul
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Re-release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fantasy/Fiction
Year/Setting: Present Day, Country of Chiril
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible
Donita's Website: www.donitakpaul.com
Tipper has been trying to keep up her familyís estate ever since her father disappeared a few years ago. He was a sculptor and sheís been forced to sell his artwork just to make ends meet. When her father finally returns, he brings two strangers from a different land. She learns that selling his statues might have unbalanced the foundation of her world.
Tipper and her father, Verrin Schope, decide to go on a quest to find the statues needed to right the wrongs caused by separating them. Joining these two emerlindians will be Verrinís friends Librettowit and Wizard Fenworth, the great parrot Beccaroon and the trumanhofer, Bealomondore. During their quest, they make many friends and a few enemies. The best part is how they learn about the love and concern Wulder has for them. They also see some fantastic and miraculous things that Wulder can do.
As they quest, they run into more and more difficulties until it appears that they will not succeed. Can they stand firm together or will their band of travelers be torn apart? Can Wulder really provide? Who will triumph in the end?
I think Donita K. Paul has done it again. While this book is not part of the dragon series, I loved how it is set in the same world as the dragon books and has a few crossover characters in this book. Although, she writes the story in such a way that it truly stands alone. You will not feel behind if youíre coming in with out the dragon series, but those who have read the other books will love the familiarity of the characters, settings and dragons in The Vanishing Sculptor.
I really enjoyed Tipper and as she learns about herself and discovers Wulder for the first time, I was enriched in my own faith and was able to see how Iím like Tipper in many ways. Donita K. Paul presents a beautiful story without preaching to the reader. The faith (or lack of faith) of the various characters shows through the story. We can watch them change and grow and learn with them. I especially enjoyed how wizards, dragons and a little bit of magic are woven into this fantasy. Itís done in a way that was not offensive to my Christian beliefs, but truly enhanced the story.
A unique book that helps show all of us how to strive for more in life and points the way to the eternal giver of all life. While The Vanishing Sculptor was written based on Christianity, I think all who seek a higher power would enjoy this book and learn a lot from the principals shared. I know learning more of Wulder through Tipper and the rest of the characters gave me a deeper understanding and commitment to God in my life. Lovers of good storytelling will want to get The Vanishing Sculptor for your own bookshelf.
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