Author: Bryan Davis
Series: Tales of Starlight #1
The dragons of Starlight have been enslaving humans for over a century. At long last, warrior Adrian Masters and sword maiden Marcelle vow to find the mysterious portal where the Lost Ones disappeared—and save the slaves. Will they turn back when they learn that only the ultimate sacrifice can bring freedom to the oppressed?
Wow! I love Bryan Davis; anybody can testify to that. I was so excited when this came out, and even more excited when I received it in the mail. I read it in about two days – this book definitely kept me in its grip! With adventure, a bit of romance, intrigue, plot twists, imagination and well-developed characters, it was definitely an adventure to read.
Positive Elements: Where to begin? Characters sacrifice themselves for others unconditionally. Chivalry, as always, is a huge part of Davis’s books. Honor, valor, and godliness are things that the hero strives for, and the heroine learns her lessons as well, to stop and think before acting. Selflesness is also displayed by the hero as he strives to protect and free the slaves. He does his best to overcome the obstacles set in his way. Even the dragons show admirable qualities from time to time, which is a mystery hopefully revealed in the next book in the series. Two characters forced into the act of ‘breeding’ come up with a plan to escape so as not to shame themselves before the Lord.
Negative Elements: On the downside, well… it’s dark. Much darker than the Dragons in Our Midst series, probably because it’s adult. Also, there are references to the dragons ‘breeding’ the humans so as to populate the planet with slaves. Several characters are burned to death, or threatened with it. Some characters are whipped, some have their fingers removed, a few others are murdered, including children. Slavery is a huge deal, though of course it’s shown to be wrong.
The Verdict: This was an excellent book. It felt much more ‘polished’ than his previous books, and the world, characters, and storyline were well thought-out and written. It is an exciting, riveting view of good and evil and the attempt to overcome evil with good. However, this is NOT a children’s book, nor is it a book for younger teens. If you really want to read it and you ARE younger, I suggest having a parent read it first, or at least read this review.
5 out of 5 stars