Book Review: The Vanishing Sculptor

Guest Blogger – Joshua Borden (My Son, age 13)

vanishingsculptorThe Vanishing Sculptor gets a B average from me.  It was an ok book, but overall it lacked completeness and it felt like things were missing.  At times, it left me wondering what the author meant and at other times why some things were even mentioned at all.  The plot was not developed very well and the book was unnecessarily complicated.  With that aside, it was intriguing and the characters were funny.  It always had a hint of comic throughout the book that kept you entertained and enjoying the book.  If the book was just explained a little bit more, then it would be much better, but as it is, it is just very complicated and confusing.  That overshadows the creative story as well as the characters and makes this book go from a must-buy to borrow from your local library. I must say though, my comments are coming from a perspective of reading this book, The Vanishing Sculptor, as a standalone product.

I have not read any books from the Dragon Keeper Chronicles that could have provided me some much-needed back story.  If I had the benefit of some back story, it would have made much more sense and been less confusing because I would have known what they were talking about and it wouldn’t have seemed so random at times.  Therefore, the book might be redeemed if you have read the other parts of the story.


Donita K. Paul’s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fans-and they’re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly crafted fiction novel for all ages. It’s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know little of Wulder and nothing of Paladin.

In The Vanishing Sculptor, readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions-including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon-and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.

Author Bio:

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. Visit her online at

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