"Masters & Slayers" is a fantasy novel that is a companion to his "Starlighter" young adult fantasy novel. Both are set in the same world and follow the same events (from different viewpoints), but I highly recommend that you read this novel before "Starlighter." The characters in this book are driving the events and know what's going on, so reading this book first will make "Starlighter" make a lot more sense, add suspense to it, and overall make it more enjoyable. On the other hand, there are only a very questions raised in this book that are explained by the events in "Starlighter."
The main (good) characters were honorable, earnest, and cared about helping others. The story was fast-paced and full of suspense created by the physical danger to the characters. There was also some relationship tensions that increased the suspense. The world-building was very good, with an interesting mix of high technology and the typical medieval fantasy setting. The author created unique societies and worlds without getting bogged down in description or made-up words.
There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written fantasy novel.
I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
In Masters and Slayers, you join characters Marcelle and Adrian on a heart rending adventure. Traveling through two different planets, their story is constantly packed with excitement and exhilaration. At selective intervals, characters from the book Starlighter make their own appearance in the eyes of the new acquaintances the book has given us, as well as the mysterious starlighter, Cassabrie. Dragon slaying, sword fighting, damsels in distress, and children in need of rescue all make their common place story into Bryan Davis's gifted imagination, becoming a new story ready to be well loved and received. This book is filled with beautiful quotes, inspiring characters, and the ever-present theme self sacrificing love. The adventure was gripping, and I was left ready to continue the journey.
This was a wonderful book. I would definitley recommend it. I'd also read it over and over. This book is definitley a keeper. It has knights, and dragons. Two great things I love to read about and you will too once you read this book.
Masters and Slayers, the first of the Tales of Starlight series, has earned a prominent place on my "favorite books" shelf, right next to Starlighter. While Starlighter follows the adventures of teenaged Jason Masters, Masters and Slayers is about his older brother Adrian as he sets out to locate a legendary portal and bring the Lost Ones home. Bryan Davis's take on this story is truly unique. Flawlessly, he weaves these two series into one tale of excitement and inspiration. While both Starlighter and Masters and Slayers can stand on their own, reading both has offered me a deeper understanding for the story world. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!