"Starlighter" is a young adult fantasy novel. There were several teen male and female main characters, so both boys and girls will probably enjoy it. The action was non-stop, and the story fast-paced. The world-building was very good. The author created unique societies and worlds (which included dragons and talking bears) without getting bogged down in description or made-up words. The suspense was created mainly by physical danger of one sort or another. The main characters were teens that were varied, earnest, engaging, and cared about helping others. Only one minor teen character could quickly make good decisions under stressful circumstances, so most of the characters' troubles were brought on themselves through making one poor decision after another. By the end of the novel, I was feeling exasperated that they didn't seem to learn from some of their mistakes, but this wasn't pushed past the edge into unrealistic. (Though having a character know CPR and manage to revive a drowned character at least half an hour after he died did seem...silly.) The Christian allegory was good but not obvious. I doubt it'd bother a non-Christian if they even noticed it. There was no bad language and no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to teens as exciting, clean reading. My 13-year-old female friend also read this novel. She could hardly put it down, and she said, "there's never a dull moment." She can hardly wait for the next book in the series. I asked if she liked the characters. She said, "I liked Koren." But she mainly seemed to like the story because it had interesting worlds and suspenseful action (which are the story elements she focuses on the most). I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
He looked down at the spot where the tube had lain. A scrap of parchment lay there, a piece of the Code. With the last known copies of the great book burned by Prescotts men, only a few remnants survived, and this quarter of a page would stay hidden until a better man took the governors place. Book one tells the riveting tale of two worldsone of a human enslaved world ruled by Dragons, and a human-ruled world with a feudal-like governing system. As Koren and Jason draw ever closer to their separate worlds, Korens life becomes less certain. The prince is ruthless and cold determined to keep her shackled until she loves him. Their journey kept me turning the pages even into the late hours of evening when I should have gone to bed. I was reluctant to close the book after reading the final chapter. I cant wait to continue reading Jason and Korens journey in the next books. It is a book with all of the right elements of a good story, and though it is considered a book for teens, I would recommend it for all ages. The story is clean and rife with adventure. As a book from the Christian Fantasy (or Speculative) genre, its got all the references to a Creator and a transparent reference to the Bible. You should run to your nearest bookstore or buy it online. I liked this book so much that I have made it a permanent part of my library to reread again and again. This book was provided by the publisher to review.
Review by Jill WilliamsonWhat if the legends are true?Jason doubts the myths that people were once taken through a portal to another realm where dragons rule. But his brother gives him a message that proves something is wrong with the world he lives in. He snoops around, hoping to find out where his brother went and how he might get there too.Meanwhile, Koren, a slave girl in the dragons realm, seeks the same kind of answers. Where did her people come from? Is what the dragons tell them true? Or were they really captives from another land? Koren tries to find out, and only her gift of being a Starlighter can save her from the truth she discovers.This was an interesting premise. It got off to a slow start, but I enjoyed how Davis weaved Jason and Korens stories together. I liked the dragon world, but this story left me with more questions than answers. There were lots of threads left hanging that, no doubt, Davis will tie up in the sequels, though I would have liked a little more resolution to this story. Bryan Davis fans will be thrilled with this new series and be clamoring for the sequel.