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The Vanishing Sculptor
by Donita K. Paul

Reviewed by Lori Fox

"...The Vanishing Sculptor is the best of the Donita K. Paul books that I've read so far."

Tipper has a problem. Her father has been missing for years, and in order to keep herself, her mother, and her home from abject poverty, she's forced to sell off many of her artist father's masterful creations. When her father shows up one night with a wizard and librarian by his side, Tipper finds that her problems are considerably worse than just a lack of funds. It seems that 3 of the statues she's sold were carved out of one of the foundation stones of the world. Now, those statues must be found and reunited to save the world, and her father's life.

The Vanishing Sculptor is Donita K. Paul's newest novel. It's set in the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but takes place in Chiril, a land that is far, far away from the Amara we learned about in her first series. In fact, this series takes place before the events of the DragonKeeper Chronicles.

In Chiril, Wulder is unheard of. Boscamon is the one held responsible for all the good and bad that befalls the people of Chiril, and he's a mere juggler. While it's not so difficult to see Boscamon by another name, it's quite a different matter to trust one or the other for goodness and favor. It seems that the questing party may be the fulfillment of a prophecy that speaks of Chiril's awakening to the spirit of Wulder, and the birth of his Paladin in that part of the world.

The Vanishing Sculptor is the best of the Donita K. Paul books that I've read so far. I found Kale to be a bit irritating, to be honest, and Bardon was a little bland for my taste. I actually quite like Tipper, the young emerlindian, and Prince Jayrus is eccentric enough to be interesting, and cultured enough to be a dream boat.

The best part, however, is that Wizard Fenworth and his trusty tumanhoffer librarian are present through the whole story. Tipper's mother Peg has the same wonderful logic that Fenworth has, which just keeps you giggling as long as she's in the scenes. Much like Tipper, I spent most of the novel wanting to hear a conversation between Peg and Fenworth. The lack of such a conversation is probably my greatest disappointment in this novel.

Donita K. Paul's writing skills seem to grow with each book, and her world provides her with many wonderful plots and stories. While I feel the loss of Sir Dar, there are some wonderful new characters in The Vanishing Sculptor, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of the new series.

Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.