DragonSpell

⤦ search Format Kindle DragonSpell ⦶ Ebook By Donita K Paul 䓳 ⤦ search Format Kindle DragonSpell ⦶ Ebook By Donita K Paul 䓳 Chapter OneAlmost ThereAre ye sure ye wont ride all the way into the city Kale hardly heard the farmers question as she stood beside his wagonload of barley grain Her eyes looked over the crude cart shed traveled in and then turned to the dazzling metropolis across the wide valley The sun sparkled on Vendela, a city of sheer white walls, shining blue roofs, and golden domes Many spires and steeples and turrets towered above the city, but in a vast variety of shapes and colors More than a dozen castles clustered outside the capital, and palaces were scattered over the landscapeacross a wide river.Seeing Vendela reminded Kale her life had changed forever Her handrose to her chest and rested on the small pouch hidden under her clothes I have a destiny The thought scared her and pleased her too Afterbeing a village slave all fourteen years of her life, shed been freed Well, sort of free.One week ago shed left River Away, her village of two dozen homes,a shop, a tavern, and a meetinghouse In maybe another week, shed gothrough the tall gates of the most beautiful walled city in all of Amara,quite possibly in the entire civilized world It would take a week to get usedto the clamor She could feel it from here Id go mad in my head if I stepped into Vendela tonight.The city pulsated with thoughts and feelings of people than shecould count On market day in River Away, she endured thirty or fortypeople close enough for her to feel their lives bumping against the walls ofher inner person But Vendela I might smother Ill go slowly into that city Nobody knows Im coming Idont have to hurry A mile or so a day Slow, till it feels comfortable.A lot of things worried her It was easy to say you were glad not to bea slave any longer It was hard to walk alone into a place youd never beenbefore Nobody knew or cared about her in Vendela In River Away, mosteverybody cared, even if the caring revolved around whether or not sheworked hard.Girl The old mans bark jerked Kale from her thoughts He scowledat her Im going right into the city Ye might as well ride with me.Thank you, Farmer Brigg, but Id just as soon walk the rest of theway I can look at how pretty Vendela is.She smiled up at him, feeling some affection for the gruff old man.Shed ridden the last leg of her journey beside him on the wide woodenseat Hed been kind to her, sharing his bread and cheese and stories of allthe wonders in the great city Nevertheless, Kale would not be rushed intoentering Vendela Shed do it in her own time.Yere headed for The Hall, arent ye His pale blue eyes twinkledunder bushy gray eyebrows.Kale didnt answer To say yes would give away about herselfthan she intended Not such a good idea, trusting someone outside yourown village, even a grandfatherly, talkative old farmer.Well, I see yere not going to tell me He winked at her and thenlooked off at the city, his expression growing grim Should ye get introuble, go to The Goose and The Gander Tavern, North City Ask forMaye Tell her yere a friend of mine, and shell help ye if she can.I will, said Kale, and waved good bye to the old man before trudgingup the hill, away from the road She listened to the squeak of the axleand creak of the wheels but didnt turn to watch the farmers wagon lumberdown the sloping road Among an hours worth of advice, MistressMeiger had said to keep her focus on whats ahead.Kale sighed Mistress Meiger knows best.Lush gorse bushes covered the grassy slope The hill nestled rightagainst one of the mountains Farmer Brigg had known the names of allthe peaks in the Morchain Range His stories of how these names came tobe fascinated Kale, but it was tales of Vendela that caught her attention.After all, Vendela would be her home.Just over the rise, she found a place to settle She sat with her back toa gum tree, her bare feet propped up on a stone outcropping She restedher arms on knees pulled up to her chin and her chin on her folded arms.Then Kale took a long peaceful breath of the hot summer air and allowedherself the luxury of gazing at beautiful Vendela The twisting spires andfloating spheres were beyond anything she had imagined The whole scenelooked like a magical picture, clean and bright and full of promise.Pulling the thong at her neck, Kale drew out a soft scarlet pouch.She placed it between her hands, gently rubbing the material, enjoyingthe satin finish, elated by the secret of the stonelike egg within The eggwarmed, responding to her excitement It thrummed The gentle vibrationcommunicated joy and anticipation through Kales sensitive fingers.With her eyes back on the city, Kale talked aloud In a week well begoing to The Hall Ill be a servant of the people then, not a slave Thatshigher class than I ever dreamed of being Fancy food, fancy clothes, fancyeducation.She smoothed the silky cloth at her throat with one rough hand MistressMeiger had given her the long blue scarf the night her husband, ChiefCouncilman Meiger, told Kale to go to Vendela The rest of Kales homespunattire reflected her social status Her trousers had two patches, one atthe knee and one at her seat She wore a shirt, a tunic, and the blue scarf.Travel dust covered every inch of her Shed find a stream and clean upbefore entering Vendela.A new life awaited her in that beautiful city Not one person in all ofRiver Away remembered a time when a local had been sent to The Hall.Master Meiger said to hold the honor tight Kale held it tight all right, ifonly to convince herself she wasnt scared like a squawking peeper fallenout of the nest Focus on whats ahead.Well travel and do Paladins bidding She grinned at that Soundspretty high and mighty for the likes of me.For a few moments, she stared at the fairy tale castles surrounding thewalled city Seven bridges in jewel colors crossed the Pomandando Riveron the eastern side Each bridge led to a towering entrance to the inner city.People from each of the seven high races cross those bridges at onetime or another, she whispered.The wall in the River Away Tavern had a mural of a brotherhoodmarching across a mountain pass Each of the races was represented.Crudely drawn, the figures nonetheless looked excited to be adventuring.Kale imagined a similar procession crossing one of the great bridges.Bantam doneels, giant urohms, the elegant emerlindians, fighting mariones,tumanhofers, swift kimens, and orants Kale sighed Orants, likeme Chief Councilman Meiger said he thought I was an orant though hednever seen one Another reason for me to go to The Hall, he said.She squinted as a large, dark shape swooped over the far mountainsand headed for Vendela She jumped to her feet and could not keep frombouncing on her toes as she recognized a Greater Dragon It circled thecity, a dark silhouette passing in front of the iridescent white towers.Kale tucked the pouch safely back into her shirt and scrambled up thesteep hillside, hoping for a better view She stopped and gave a whoop asshe saw two of the majestic creatures crest the mountains and makea downward approach to Vendela.Climbing the sharp incline on her hands and knees now, Kale grabbedbranches and jagged rocks to hoist herself up She topped the embankmentand rolled over the edge.Guttural shouts greeted her arrival Rough, hairy hands grabbed herarms and legs A putrid smell filled her nose, and her mouth watered inrevulsion Her stomach lurched Grawligs Kale had heard tales told in the tavern Nothing smelled as bad as themountain ogres She saw dark hairy legs, a leather loincloth, tattered clothhanging over a barrel chest, fat lips, yellowed teeth, a grossly flabby nose,and tiny eyes, solidly black Grawligs Two of the mountain ogres flipped her through the air Her musclestightened as she expected to come crashing down among the rocks Instead,another grawlig snatched her before she hit the ground, and a screechripped from her mouth A burst of raucous laughter greeted her alarm.Her captors joyfully sped up their game of toss.One grawlig claimed her as his prize He slung her over his shoulder,his hard muscles smashing into her middle, forcing the air from her lungs.He gave a hoot of triumph and ran around the crude camp with the otherschasing him Kale hung upside down with her arms dangling Her facebounced into the oily, matted hair on his back Theyll kill me Theyll play with me, then kill me.The grawligs beefy hands tightened on her thighs, and she felt herselfswung in an arc over his head He jumped and twisted, performing somekind of ritual dance with the others howling and gyrating around them.Kale desperately tried to pull in one cleansing breath of air.Stupid orant Stupid orant The ogres taunt filled her ears Weheard you coming.He released Kale and launched her frail body across the clearing towardthe ridge she had climbed Just before she sailed over the thirty foot drop,another grawlig caught her by an arm and the back of her tunic He swungher over his head, chanting.Stupid orant Stupid orant We heard you coming.He changed the angle of the swing Now her head came within inchesof the ground and then high above the grawligs massive skull Pain roaredwithin her head with every sweep On the next swing downward, shefought darkness closing in around her She lost.Chapter TwoInto the MountainOld leaves, moldy and partially decomposed, softened the ground beneathKale Her nose wrinkled against the musty smell Her head felt like acracked melon, and her eyes refused to open Her stomach wanted toheave The putrid smell of rotting garbage tormented her.She shifted A hard lump pressed against her rib cage The egg Therock hard egg was still intact Kale tried to sit Bindings around her wristsand ankles stopped her Grawligs She remembered the huge hairy grawligs and their rowdy game Shefelt again the helplessness of being tossed from one rough ogre to another.Terror sickened her They hadnt killed her, but she felt that every musclein her body had been stomped on.She slitted her eyes open and peered at her surroundings Grawligs laysprawled around a campfire Beyond the light cast by burning logs, nightshadows hid the forest Two females turned spits, roasting what looked likelarge deer A group lounged almost in a pile under trees across the clearing.They made loud rhythmic noises Kale assumed must be a song.No one seemed to be interested in the captive trussed up and lyingunder a bush Two grawligs sat just a few feet away as if theyd been set toguard her Even they ignored her They picked over a knee high pile ofdirty mushrooms, popping them into their drooling mouths, smackingtheir lips as they chomped on the treats.Kale closed her eyes against the sight, hoping to protect her stomach.The repulsive smell of the grawligs could not be shut out so easily To distractherself, she searched her memory for tales of the mountain ogres Whats true and whats fable In the stories, they eat anything they catch Lucky for me, it looks like theyprefer roasted venison to roasted orant.Dumb and vicious I think I can testify to that much.Afraid of tight places Maybe.Clumsy with their fingers.Moving her head just enough to look down, Kale examined the clothbinding her hands together She wiggled her wrists, and the loose knotunraveled Well, they dont tie knots very well.She glanced up at her guards to see if theyd noticed her movements.They were still bent on stuffing the forest fungi past their flabby lips.Carefully, she moved her ankles apart an inch, and then back andforth until she could slip her bare feet out of the binding Can I escape She watched the two grawligs push dirt encrusted mushrooms intotheir mouths Their pile dwindled with every minute Soon they wouldhave nothing to distract them Could she crawl away Would they turnand catch her Should she wait until the females declared the roasting deerdone and passed the meat around If I wait too long, Ill probably be dessert.Kale made her decision Rolling onto her stomach, she crawled deeperinto the bushes surrounding the camp The grawligs caterwauling coveredthe crunch of leaves and twigs under her as she slithered away from thelight On the other side of low bushes she found herself against boulders,part of the mountain looming over the smaller hills.She rose to her hands and knees and crept another ten yards Then onher feet, but still nearly doubled over, she followed the jumble of rocks.Her muscles protested, but she pushed on.Distance muffled the noisy voices of her captors Kale breathed deeply, begging her body to relax Surely tension caused as much of herpain as the injuries inflicted by the grawligs.A shout went up from the camp, followed by a clamor of voices andhowls from the angry brutes.Kale quickened her pace, looking over her shoulder, expecting to seedark, hairy shapes rising out of the forest to chase her One misplaced footslipped into a hole, and she found herself sliding, not away from the rocksand down the mountainside, but into a narrow opening under a hugeboulder She grabbed for roots to try and break her fall Loose dirt raineddown around her as she continued to scrabble, sliding ten feet fartherbefore landing on a hard rock floor.The impact jarred her aching body She clenched her teeth andsqueezed her eyes shut against the pain Debris still showered on her head.Instinctively, she lifted her arms to cover her hair.The last trickle of dirt slowed and then settled Kale relaxed her jawand opened her eyes Pitch dark surrounded her She listened and heardthe plink of dripping water somewhere behind her She shivered Goosebumpsrose on her arms.Cold and frightened, she looked around for a means to escape Peeringupward, she could make out the opening and the starry sky beyond A cave This may be good Arent grawligs afraid of closed in places I surehope so.A scuffling warned her that the grawligs were tramping around in theforest above her Maybe theyll just pass on by.She heard branches snap, grunts and low voices, and an excited exclamation.Shed been found The heads of three ugly grawligs blocked outthe dim light from above.They chanted, Stupid orant Stupid orant We smelled you.Kale slumped in a heap, clutching her knees, and leaned against thecold rock wall Too tired to think, too tired to fight despair, she allowedthe tears to come.Stupid orant Stupid orant We smelled you.The chant grew louder as tormenters joined the first threegrawligs kneeling by the hole A hairy arm reached down and groped alongthe sides of the rock More dirt, leaves, and twigs fell on Kales head.The young orant girl curled tighter, shrinking from the voices above.Her hand searched for her treasure, pulling it out by the leather cord Shegrasped the smooth cloth of the drawstring pouch At first the egg insidelay cold and unresponsive Gradually, it grew warm Kale concentrated onthe soft thrum in her hand, blocking out the stupid orant chant of thegrawligs.Pain and fatigue, fear and panic drained away She shifted around tofind a fairly comfortable position on the stony floor With the pouchgripped in her hand and pressed against her cheek, she fell asleep.When she opened her eyes once , streams of light shone into thecave at three spots The first was directly above her A head covered withmatted brown hair lay partially inside the hole Kale could see a large hairlessear and part of the loose lips of the beast Rough snores rumbledabove.A beam no than a hands width descended from a second holein the ceiling The third opening on the opposite side of the dismal caveshowed promise Not only was the hole big enough for Kale towiggle through, but also large boulders like uneven stairsteps made climbingpossible.She stood and stumbled across the uneven cave floor She looked upand studied the hole she hoped to use for her escape Since the ceiling ofthe cave sloped upward, it would be a long climb compared to the slidelast night.Im thankful thats not the hole I fell through, she whispered.Tucking her treasure inside the neck of her blouse, she started climbing.She placed each foot carefully and tested each ledge before shifting herwhole weight She didnt want to cause a landslide for two reasons I dontwant to wake those grawligs, and I dont want to be buried under a ton ofboulders I want out of here alive I want to get to Vendela in one piece.Warm air touched her hand as she placed it on the next rock Contrastedwith the chill air surrounding her, it felt like a breath from themouth of a huge animal She pulled her hand back and listened Faintlyshe heard the coarse snores of grawligs and the morning chatter of birds inthe trees outside, an odd combination Within the cave, only the drip ofwater from a far corner reached her ears.Cautiously, she eased up to peer over the rock A narrow passagestretched back into the darkness Moist air flowed steadily from the opening I wonder whats back there.Again she tilted her head and listened intently No sound camethrough the tunnel opening, no sound at all Curiosity niggled at herthoughts Whats in that tunnel How far back does it go Why warm air She found herself crouched next to the hole and leaning in Shed haveto crawl on hands and knees If she had a light of some sort, she could goin She put a hand on the floor of the tunnel and placed her head withinthe opening What am I doing I dont want to go in there I want to get away fromthe grawligs.She drew back as if shed nearly stepped off a high cliff Her breathingcame in quick, panicked puffs Clenching her fists, fighting the urge toplunge into the tunnel, she remembered Mistress Meigers stern face Focus on whats ahead.Kale stretched a hand up and grabbed a rock ledge In a minute shedbe out of the cave.Still she wanted to turn back and explore the tunnel The powerfulurge to go through that underground passage scared her It made no sense.She climbed the last few feet to the top of the cave with firm determination.Kale cautiously poked her head and then her shoulders abovethe ground Squinting in the bright morning sun, she considered thebushes around the rocks where she had fallen into the cave Her presentoutlook was higher and a good twenty feet west of the sprawled grawligs.Not all of them had fallen asleep around the hole That meant some wereout of sight Awake or asleep And how many As near as she could count, eleven uncouth ogres lay in piles in andaround the bushes Last night dozens of grawligs had gathered in thecamp Where are the others She surveyed the surrounding area, first the low ground ahead Thenshe turned and peered above her The best route of escape lay over therocks going west At least that looks like the best way.She looked again at the beasts below The grawligs might sleep forsome time They had feasted late and probably guzzled brillum, a brewedale that none of the seven high races would consume Five, maybe ten minutes, and Ill be in and out of that tunnel.She slipped back into the cave and into the stone burrow before shecould think twice about what she planned to do.Thick, moist air settled on her skin as she groped her way in the dark.A sweet fragrance grew heavier as she moved farther and farther away fromthe cave The dark, the smell, the damp, all screamed danger in her mind.Her arms and legs kept moving She argued with herself, trying to forceher body to back up and leave both the tunnel and the cave None of herwords, muttered softly in the cloying atmosphere, reached her ears Enchantment she realized with a groan She could not resist whateverpulled her into depths of darkness.Trembling, she hoped fear would cause her to collapse Then Id stop Then I couldnt go one bit farther.But I probably couldnt scoot backward either.Id be stuck Stuck until I die.In Dragonspell, Donita K Paul has created an amazing world of fantasy adventure From riding on dragons to jumping off cliffs to moving mountains, this story is sure to spark a readers imaginationyoung and old And with a message of identity transformed from slavery to servanthood, its a book families will love reading and discussing together Christopher P N Maselli, childrens author of Reality Shift and founder of TruthPop.comA reluctant heroine, her fainting dragon, and an assortment of colorful companionsmake for a delightful read in Donita K Pauls Dragonspell This is adventure and fantasy at its finesta must read for the imaginative soul Linda Windsor, award winningauthor of Along Came Jones and the Fires of Gleannmara trilogyDragonspell is a fine, well written tale guaranteed to entertain both old and young alike This was proven in our household when our eleven year old son snatched up the book and devoured it Upon returning it, he exclaimed, Its good high praise from a rabid fan of Tolkein, Lewis, Jacques and company I can only nod my head in agreement Christopher A Lane, Gold Medallion and C.S Lewis award winning author of childrens and adult fictionInventive, engaging, witty, insightful, touching, and profoundDragonspell is all this and If Donita K Pauls only intention was to create a world where readers encounter novelties and wonders at every turn, then she has succeeded admirably But she actually does much than this she enables us to see our relationship with God and His world through new eyes A delight for all true fans of fantasy literature Jim Ware, author of God of the Fairy Tale and co author of Finding God in the Lord of the RingsEnchanting A perilous quest, a timeless battle, an unlikely heroine, and a rousing adventure in a world of magic and mysteryDonita K Paul has concocted a tale brimming with eternal truth and seasoned with delightful and amazing characters that linger in the senses long after the last page Dragonspell is destined to become a classic for a new generation of adventurers Susan May Warren, award winning author of Happily Ever AfterThe greatest thing any author can do is to catch you up and transport you right into the very scene, the very action, the story in such a way that you live the book, not merely read it That is exactly what Donita K Paul does with Dragonspell For a few hours, you will take a journey to a place you have never been, with a story you will never forget Enjoy the trip Stephen Bly, author of Paperback Writer and Christy award winning The Long Trail HomeDragonspell is a tightly written fantasy quest set in an extraordinarily rendered storyworld With seven intelligent races, seven evil races, several delightful dragons, one weird wizard, and an endless supply of exotic plants and animals, you will NOT be bored Randy Ingermanson, Christy award winning author of Oxygen and PremonitionNo one will ever be able to read this and doubt that Christian fantasy is a viable genre for spreading Gods word Christine Lynxwiler, president of American Christian Romance WritersCharming, well drawn characters, a story chock full of adventures and misadventures, a land populated with dragons, doneels, emerlindians, grawligs, and all sorts of other fascinating 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    • Format Kindle
    • 1578568234
    • DragonSpell
    • Donita K Paul
    • Anglais
    • 12 January 2016
    • 352 pages

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