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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Publication Date: 2010
Availability: In Stock
Series: Dragons of Starlight
Cue sword fights.
Bryan Davis is back in his element with dragons, legends, and alternate dimensions. Longtime fans of the author will feel right at home with this latest installment; swords and special powers show up every other page. Gallant heroes traverse alternate dimensions and fend off vicious dragons. Prophecies (usually of the older-than-time-itself variety) crop up very frequently and always rhyme. It is unapologetically a fantasy book.
For all its clear fantasy elements, though, Starlighter is also a blatantly Christian story. Characters make a big deal of following the Code (the Bible, for those of you taking notes), and Scripture shows up frequently albeit worded differently (You shall know love when a man sacrifices for a pauper, etc.). There are several reverential references to the Creator Above. One particular character seems to represent the devil, although it is, as yet, pretty ambiguous. All of the heroes are unquestionably good (though sometimes good just means nice to other people), and even some of the bad guys end up being not-so-very-evil after all.
All that being said, this book of fantasy would not be especially fantastic for grown-ups. The plotting stumbles under its own weight at times, and some of the elements are a little overdone. Rhyming prophecies and bad-guys-who-become-good-guys may show up too often for some peoples tastes. Readers looking to get their dragon fix while they wait for the next Eragon book are not likely to find it here.
Even so, younger readers will eat this up, and discerning parents wont have to worry if their children are being exposed to the unsavory things becoming steadily more prominent in our culture. All of the messages here are scripturally sound: love one another (John 13:34), free the captives (2 Corinthians 3:17), and obey authority even when it is inconvenient (Romans 13:1). Anyone with a child who loves dragons but isnt quite up Eragons length and weight should be on the lookout for Starlighter and its sequels; expect many of them to start fighting dragons in the backyard, yelling For the Lost Ones! Chandler Birch, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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