Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dragons of the Valley Day 2

Dragons, dragons, dragons!  Everyone loves them.  The other day, while on Facebook, I saw a status update that said something to the effect of:  

PLEASE put this on your status if you know someone or are related to someone who has been eaten by dragons. Dragons are nearly unstoppable, and in case you didn't know, they can breathe fire. 93% of people won't copy and paste this, because they have already been eaten by dragons. 6% of people are sitting in the shower, armed with fire extinguishers. The remaining 1% are awesome, and will re-post this.  

In all honesty, most people do think that dragons are vicious, dangerous, fire breathing, and able to take down a human in a split second.

I was doing some hunting around and found some interesting dragon facts on Encyclopedia.com:

  • Sir Lancelot slayed a dragon
  • Prince Vlad of Wallachia changed his name to Vlad Dracul - he is the inspiration behind what we know as "Dracula".  Dracul is the Romanian word for dragon
  • Some believe that dragons can be tamed by music
  • Dragons even appear in the Bible, with Ezekiel 29 and Romans 12 being examples
My husband and I are big fans of the BBC/SyFy television show Merlin. In this particular instance, the Great Dragon has been captured and held captive by King Uther for reasons unkonwn to Merlin and most others. Some believe he is being held as an example against magic. Merlin finds that the Great Dragon can be a source of great information, and often, the Dragon helps Merlin get through one situation or another. He is not completely selfless and kind, however - the Great Dragon will do whatever it takes to see that his personal agenda is accomplished. The Great Dragon is not inherently evil, but he is certainly self-serving.

Donita K. Paul takes dragons to the next level in Dragons of the Valley. In this book, the dragons are genuinely kind and helpful to the people they have been entrusted to. They help heal, and more importantly, they are agents of Wulder, the creator. It is in their design and nature to help Wulder accomplish His will. In case you haven't figured out yet, Wulder symbolizes God in this story. While the dragons in Paul's book are not lowly, meek, mild, and gentle, they are kind and they fight for truth and Wulder. In my reading of this story, these dragons closely mirror angels. They are fierce and strong, but they are right and true - and great sources of help and protectioin for those who trust in Wulder. Some others may not see the dragons portrayed as such when they read the story - this is my personal interpretation of the dragons in Dragons of the Valley.

If you love dragons, and fantasy in general, you will really enjoy Dragons of the Valley. If you will click on the links above, you can find out more about the book, and you can find out more about Paul and her other books. Check back here tomorrow for the final day of the Dragons of the Valley book tour! Happy Reading!

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


  1. Great topic to look at. I love the research you did.


  2. Thank you! I must admit I enjoyed this post. This book reminded me how much I have always liked dragons!