What ancient mysteries lurk behind the amazing stories in the Dragons in our Midst series? Eye of the Oracle takes the reader back in time to the days when dragons abounded. From the era just before Noah's ark, through the battles between dragons and mankind in the time of King Arthur, and to the haunting presence of dragons in our day, this stunning prequel reveals the mysteries that led to the bestselling fantasy adventure that began with Raising Dragons. How did dragons survive the flood? Who helped preserve an ancient evil force that led to the demise of the dragons in the days of King Arthur? What heroic sacrifices kept that evil from exterminating the dragon race forever? If you enjoyed the heart-stopping action and spiritual depth of the first four books in this series, you won t want to miss the astonishing story that began it all. Eye of the Oracle will captivate young and old alike, and it will challenge every reader to search deep within for answers to the mysteries in their own hearts.
Bryan Davis is the author several speculative-fiction series, including Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, The Reapers Trilogy, The Time Echoes Trilogy, Tales of Starlight, and Dragons of Starlight.
Bryan lives in western Tennessee with his wife, Susie. Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.
Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including fantasy, theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.
I only read this because it was requested of me. I only learned partway through that it is a prequel to another series, which makes sense because nothing here is adequately explained. The world and storyline are both hard to make sense of and I just stopped caring after a point. You might like it if you've read the rest if the series.
As I closed the last page just the other day I let out a long hard sigh. Something about Eye of the Oracle really gets me thinking. The amazing power of God, and how he can take such small events, and what seems like such insignificant people and things, and turn it all out for his good, is awe inspiring. And that is what Eye of the Oracle did to me. And there is one part in the book that I especially enjoyed, when God opens Sapphira Adi's (one of the main characters) heart and shows her his mercy and love. It was beautiful. Just absolutely beautiful! The book starts with the Flood (Noah and the Ark), goes to the Tower of Babel, then to the era of King Arthur until finally it reaches modern day. So much happens in those pages, but it's most certainly not your normal, run-of-the-mill Christian fantasy book, it's so unusual, and I think that's why makes it so wonderful to me. I've never read a fantasy (or any other fiction for that matter!) book like it. It brought me along with it, and I understood the characters, and what they were feeling and what they were going through. I felt their pain, joy and sorrow. And I loved them all for it. And the depth of the writing, it's spectacular! People kind of raise an eyebrow at me when I say that the characters in books are some of my favorite friends, but it's true. And especially with Eye of the Oracle. Please read it. You wont' regret it!!
Returning to this huge story was really enjoyable. I'm in awe of Bryan Davis's ability to weave a single story through millennia—literally, because the book starts just before the Great Flood and ends in the modern day.
Sapphira and Elam remain some of my favorite characters; so do Makaidos* and Thigocia! It was neat to refresh my memory on all the connections between the dragons and other important characters—both heroes and villains—throughout history. But lest you think this tome is boring, oh no! Battles with demonic Watchers, the toils of underground slaves, portal jumping, the growth of a Nephilim army, and so much more jumps off the page.
*Makaidos is probably one of my favorite dragons ever.
Plus the foreshadowing is spectacular. New readers could pick this up without much trouble, but readers of Dragons in Our Midst will catch dozens of hints.
Bryan Davis is one of the most controversial Christian fantasy authors in our age. In 7th grade, we had the privileged to meet this outstanding author when he made a visit to our school, Spring Valley. In his book Eye of the Oracle (the prequel to his bestselling series “Dragons in our midst) Davis takes us back in time way before the tower of Babel. In eye of the oracle we discover history of the modern day dragons of the series dragons in our midst. Davis explains how the dragons survived the flood, the age of King David all the way down to the two main characters (Bonnie and Bill) of the Dragons in our midst series. Davis also explains in Eye of the Oracle not only who the Good dragons on survived but also the evil dragons. This book also answers many on the questions on the first series, Dragons in our midst. Throughout this book Davis applies many of life’s situations into this book. He show how having faith in God and courage that he will give you strength, nothing is impossible. Although many people disagree with Davis’s method of creativity writing, I believe that he is a wonderful Christian author and his work of pure genius never have I read a book like Eye of the Oracle teaches you biblical truths through the perspective of dragons . This book is a one of a kind.
"Eye of the Oracle" is the longest read yet of all the Bryan Davis books I have read. It is worth the read though it explains any questions about the story behind the entire "Dragons In our Mist series". It was basically a prequel. It explained how most of the characters came to where they were and why also. It even explains the series from right before Noah's Ark. It even explains how the dragons interacted well with some humans during King Arthur's reign. It gives the story line a new perspective by adding a couple of characters that would soon by main characters in the new series.
Surprisingly I found myself liking the book. I normally don't like prequels or anything like them but this one kept my attention. The book helped me to understand what happened before "Dragons in our Midst" started. This really helped because I would sometimes get confused because of the many dimensions used in the first series. The new characters allow a third person view of what has happened which I liked. The thing I like the most is that I learn about the past while the book begins a newer story line and makes a bright future for the series "Oracles of Fire".
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. I would especially recommend it to Christians so that they can read the book on Sabbath to pass the time. It is Christian themed but also has the old school human vs dragon story line. But the dragons are good in this story line. Scifi typed books are not my preference i was referred to these books and loved them so i definitely recommend them even if scifi isn't your first choice. I guarantee you will find yourself interested in this book I am an example.
2010 review: Eye of the Oracle is the stunning prequel to the Dragons in Our Midst series by the talented author Bryan Davis. This book takes you through 609 pages of intense battles and the inner turmoil of those striving for faith. It begins in the days of old, incorporating dragons into the Biblical accounts of Noah’s flood and the Tower of Babble. Whereas glimpses of the old and cherished characters are displayed in a few given chapters, new and delightful characters expertly open the doors for the Oracles of Fire series. You will find yourself coming to love these newly introduced characters, including the radiant Sapphira Adi and long lost Gabriel! The story was touching on so many levels, its author having woven his words deep into my heart. If you glance over this book, you will miss an adventure I am forever thankful I was part of.
Wow. This is an interesting book. I read that it was written as a prequel and it was suggested that you not read it first, which suggestion I didn't follow. Having read it now, I would echo that sentiment as so many names and events were thrown in that I think familiarity or at least recognition would help sort things out, especially at the end which just seemed to close everything out in a quick summary (which I'm guessing was the plot of the original books). It, being the first book in a series, it also didn't tie off all the threads it began.
I love Bryan's Reaper trilogy and I'm sure read in the proper sequence, this would be as amazing. He's a gifted storyteller with a vivid imagination able to weave together nephilim, Noah, Merlin, dragons, and oracles, just not always in a clear way in this story without background knowledge.
Packed full of action, touching moments, and spiritual truths, Eye of the Oracle kept me up at night, reading under the covers. I found myself unable to put it down! Although it is the prequel to the best-selling Dragons In Our Midst series, it is able to stand on its own. From Noah, to the Round Table, to the present day, Eye of the Oracle takes readers on a journey through time. Discover the history of the dragons, the origin of the evil slayers who pursue them, and the truth behind the Oracles of Fire. Imaginative and well-written, this story is sure to please! Join Makaidos, Sapphira, Gabriel, and many other memorable characters in this tale of mystery, conflict, and inspiration. A must-read!
Before I started reading this, I had heard that Bryan Davis was an amazing author, so I had high expectations for this book. Not only did it surpass my expectations, but it's now on my Top 5 list of favorite books! I totally regret pushing off this book for a year. If you haven't read this book already, READ IT! You will not be wasting your time! ^_^
OK, first off let me say, I am not a big reader of fiction. My mind seems more geared to engaging and loving deep theological works that challenge my thinking and my positions. Sure, I have read and loved things like Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series in the past, but it is just that fiction is something I rarely spend time with.
My wife read the first two related series of books by Davis, and suggested I give my mind a rest with some lighter reading occasionally, so I did. It was a struggle at first, I just couldn't get excited about fiction, so I found myself squeezing in other works in between starting this, and this became a secondary occasional read. But after finishing one of the in-between reading, I decided to focus my concentration only on this and "get through it."
Well, once I did that, I started to get into it, and got captivated by the story and characters. The big thing that initially drew my wife and I to this series was because it used extra-biblical writings like the Book of Enoch to base mush of the story on. I love that and other writings and thought it would be quite interesting, and it truly was.
The story starts back at the beginning of the Bible story, but in the unseen realm, with fallen angels, nephilim, watchers, etc. On the surface, we have the battle of some of these beings with mankind and dragons. The story bounces between our upper world, and the unseen realms, with most of it being in the latter realm and other realms accessible through portals. While it starts way back in ancient Bible history, it quickly progresses and spends a good chunk of time in the medieval time, with Merlin and Arthur as expected, however it then quickly zooms through the centuries, ending in our current time frame. Seeing the struggle and efforts of these characters as they exist through multiple thousands of years is a bit mind boggling, but interesting to see them change with the times.
I must say I got really frustrated when I noticed fewer and fewer pages were left to read, yet so many unanswered questions and were left. When I was about 50 pages from the end, I asked my wife "how are they going to ever end such-and-such story" to which she said "oh, that won't get concluded till about the sixth volume." NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Now I am wrapped up in the story line, and feel I HAVE to read the other volumes. My theological books never have a "to be continued" feel. How frustrating (lol).
I will say, for my limited reading of fiction works, this one was compelling, engaging, and truly took me into the world of the characters. This first volume is a prequel to the "Dragons in Our Midst" four-volume set, and then there are three other volumes in this "Oracles of Fire" set that chronologically fit after that "Dragons in Our Midst" set. I have chosen to read them in the chronological fashion they include, rather than the way they were initially released (I did the same with Narnia).
I have learned that the initially release four volume "Dragons in Our Midst" series were more geared for teens, and upon comparing the two sets, found those volumes to be about 1/3 fewer pages, and slightly larger font type, so plowing through those four should be quicker and easier. These four volumes of "Oracles of Fire" are considered Young Adult reading, which I see he bounces between those two categories in other series' too.
As much as I kind of don't want to "waste time" with fiction, I believe I am hooked and do see a continued place of Davis' works in my future. Maybe I can grow to like fiction more by the time I am done, and give my brain a rest from the heavier topic stuff.
We read all four of Davis’s books in the “Dragons in Our Midst” series—Raising Dragons, The Candlestone, Circles of Seven, and Tears of a Dragon, several years ago, and they have been reviewed here previously. Our older son Mark had them as part of his sophomore literature, but he said that he really didn’t care for them. Our younger son Jeremy did try the first one just because he likes anything related to dragons but refused to read any more because he thought that it was really weird and he didn’t like the killing of the father. I basically enjoyed them but admit that they are very fantastical and may not appeal to some people. This past year author Brian Davis, a homeschooling father, spoke and exhibited at our local homeschool conference, so I picked up a copy of the prequel, Eye of the Oracle, which is actually Book 1 in another related series, “Oracles of Fire.”
According to the chart in the book, the events in Eye of the Oracle precede those of the “Dragpns in Our Midst” series, then the next three books in “Oracles of Fire”--Enoch’s Ghost, Last of the Nephilim, and The Bones of Makaidos, are sequels to Tears of a Dragon. Eye of the Oracle goes back in time to the flood of Noah’s day and follows the activities of two sorceresses, Lilith, who becomes Morgan, and her sister Naamah, the opposing work of the underborn Mara, who becomes Sapphira, and Elam, a son of Seth, along with good and bad dragons, angels, demons, and other beings, through the time of Nimrod and the tower of Babel, and then the days of King Arthur and Merlin, down to where the story begins in Raising Dragons. How did dragons survive the flood? Who helped preserve an ancient evil force that led to the dragons’ demise in the days of King Arthur? And what heroic sacrifices kept that evil from exterminating the dragon race forever? The book helps to explain some of the concepts found in the “Dragons in Our Midst” series such as the Candlestone and the Circles of Seven. The last chapter generally covers the events in the “Dragons in Our Midst” books to set the stage for Enoch’s Ghost.
There is little objectionable in the book. Many may not agree with how some of the Biblical references are handled. For example, I don’t believe that there’s any Biblical basis whatever to think that Ham was an immoral rebel before the flood (yes, he, along with Noah himself, made some mistakes after the flood) or that his wife was Naamah the sorceress who had worked as a harlot in a brothel. 1 Peter 3:20 says, “Eight souls [Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives] were saved by water.” It is my firm conviction that this means not that they just had their lives preserved from the flood, but that they were spiritually saved, or in a righteous relationship with God. However, if one understands the basic plot of the book as fiction, with some action occurring in a Biblical and quasi-historical setting, and likes inventive fantasy with spawns being raised in the underworld after a Brave New World fashion and beings travelling through Star Trek transporter-like portals, all wrapped up in an exciting good versus evil narrative, he will likely find this book very interesting.
A friend had been trying to get me to read this Christian fantasy book for a long while, and I finally have. The friend who loaned me the book liked the part when Sapphira danced with Elohim, and that was one of the best parts - beautifully done.
I also liked the devotion for God that Makaidos and other characters had, and I liked the conversation that Makaidos had with Noah about what had gone wrong with their children and how to offset it, or how to hope. Noah told Makaidos that his children were "obedient and willing, yes, but they likely don't feel it [love for humankind] burning in their souls... Don't make the mistake of projecting your own passion on them." Later on, Noah tells Makaidos, "The entire world would do it [turn against him], because character and integrity are not as important to them as acceptance from the masses or as comforting as the false security they receive from not examining their lives."
I am glad that we do not have to have the Ovulum to communicate with God or to listen to His voice in real life, because that would be so rare. I am so glad that God's comforting, guiding Words are as near as a Bible, and that we can speak with Him any time.
The "Eye of the Oracle" is a fantasy book, with fiction characters woven in with historical characters. I'm not sure what the historical characters would think of how the author portrayed them. What would Ham's wife think of this portrayal of her? How can the reader discern between what is Biblically real and what is imagined in this story?
The friend who liked the book said that the ending chapters were confusing and I agree. They almost sound more like a summation than the continuation of the story. It's also confusing with the large number of characters, and those characters continuously changing names. By the time the dragons had all changed names for the third time, throughout different eras, I started to get them confused.
It seemed odd to me that the author would portray the mythical Merlin the Magician as a devout Christian, because most other tales of Merlin depict him as a more dubious character, even if he is unswervingly loyal to King Arthur. Leviticus 19:26, Deut 18:10, Deut 18:14, Gal 5:19-21, and Rev. 21:8 speak about being forbidden from engaging in the occult, sorcery, and witchcraft. If, as a Christian, Merlin were disobeying God in this regard, he would have been a much more internally-conflicted character. I doubt God would have exalted him to the high status, at least not before he had turned away from wizardry. God has honored broken people, but not in a way that exalts their disobedience.
I also have doubts about a divine plan involving deceit. God cannot lie. (Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2) Truth is much more important to God than to us in this society, or probably any society.
I have doubts about "good" characters being talked into killing and sacrificing others so easily. This is a violent book, not for young children.
A sidenote: This author apparently believes in purgatory, which my friend also found confusing. She wondered, "Is this all there is to heaven?" Maybe the differences in the concept of purgatory and the concept of heaven could've been briefly explained for those not used to thinking in those terms.
The novel that I have just finished reading is the Christian-Fantasy, New York Time’s Best Seller, “Eye of the Oracle”, by Bryan Davis. The novel is the first in the “Oracles of Fire”, a series of young adult novels, and serves as a prequel to “The Dragons in Our Midst”, a separate series that shares the same world. Mr. Davis initially got rejected 200 times before being published. He now lives with his wife Susie and three of seven children in Western Tennessee. One of his daughters, Amanda S. Davis, is also a published author. The story initially starts out with two sisters, Naamah and Lilith, attempting to steal from the Tree of Life. Through circumstance, they acquire the Excalibur in which to go against Elohim. They get the Excalibur from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The rest of the story is told from the perspective of our protagonist, a slave girl known as Mara. Mardon who is helping to raise a giant army for Lilith, now known as Morgan, and Naamah, created her through an experiment. Mara gets to know Elohim, and starts going against her creator. She helps protect the dragons and dragon-human hybrids, known as Anthrozils. Davis wrote this book as a prequel to his “Dragon’s in Our Midst” series to give more depth to the events of that book. It also gives a more faith-based audience a good interweaving of Biblical history and fantasy. Shortly, this book is about finding faith. I honestly loved it. I’m a sucker for fantasy and this story did not disappoint. I got lost a little at times due to the constant addition of new characters, but it all flows in the end. I am agnostic and while I may not necessarily believe in the Christian faith, I still found the book compelling enough to stand on it’s own two feet. More than anybody else, I would recommend it to a more faith-based audience. The story goes in through the story of Noah’s Ark, the round table, and more. It follows the Biblical timeline and was pretty cool. Overall a nice effort, save for the, mostly needless, “character hopping”. Still a solid read for enthusiastic fantasy readers whatever faith you are.
It took me more than a year to finally finish reading Bryan Davis' Eye of the Oracle, book one in the Oracles of Fire series, the sequel series to Dragons in our Midst. That said, this book was broken into three separate books which follow one story throughout the more than 600 page novel, set from the dawn of time to modern day.
The story revolves around an Oracle of Fire named Saphira, and her showdown with evil both face to face and vicariously through the lives of others she has influenced and impacted. This book answers many questions raised during the first series: how did the dragons become humans and why were they driven to transform? Who is Morgan and what has been her plan all along? How did Bonnie Silver end up in West Virginia to meet Billy? Many details are filled in, however, there are also many times throughout the book where I had to go back to the first four novels and look up who was who and why they were where they were. It was difficult to keep track of the who's and what they had done.
However, I will say, I was never bored while reading. The storyline is intriguing and seeing how Davis intertwines his world of dragons with the biblical narratives (especially some of the more obscure stories such as the Tower of Babel and the Nephilim), and as a pastor, I found those aspects of the book fascinating.
This is a very intriguing opening to a new series since it takes place before the events of the first four books. Book two picks up where the first series ended, and I will admit I'm highly interested to see what happens next.
I definitely do not recommend reading this book if you haven't read the first four Dragons in our Midst novels, as you will be lost. However, the journey is interesting and never boring.
I noticed there are a lot of good reviews for this book, but honestly, I was not impressed. The premise was interesting and it started out okay, although weird, but it went downhill from there. The story kept skipping gaps of time - hundreds, even thousands of years, which I found annoying. The plot never seemed to really go anywhere, it just drifted along through time. The characters were hard to relate to, and there were so many of them that kept popping in and out of the story (with very little explanation) and changing their names that it was hard to keep track of them. They lacked depth, especially since the book never stayed focused on one character for long. It was hard to tell who was the main character, if there even was one. Then there were all these confusing portals into different dimensions, which seemed to serve no purpose other than to make the book longer with the descriptions. The ending was very rushed, with the last chapter more like a summary of all these events that seemed like they could be important after a lot of nothing happening, but very little attention was given them. I actually did like Part 1 somewhat, but it was hard to remember that after the last two-thirds of the book that dragged on and on.
Eye of the Oracle is the first book of a prequel/sequel series that sandwiches the Dragons in Our Midst series which Davis first wrote. I was somewhat skeptical of the series as a whole at first, and confused by the fact it was a prequel to Dragons in Our Midst (which I had yet to read at the time) and then followed by sequels to DiOM. I ended up loving the book, though, and in my opinion, it does not matter if you read it in chronological order or release order (I guess kind of like the Star Wars films). Although it doesn't necessarily matter, it may behoove the reader to start with DiOM just for the sake of potential spoilers and continuity. Davis does a fantastic job of keeping readers engaged and interweaving fantasy with history. Eye of the Oracle is a great book for young adults; however, parents of younger children may need to help young readers differentiate between fact and fiction, especially in Christian circles.
I couldn't finish it. I wanted to give it a fair chance, but got 27 pages in and had to stop.
1.) The writing style was so detailed it slowed things down, which bugged me. It needed a few words cut to make it cleaner. 2.) It was confusing to me starting out from the villain's POV. 3.) There were way too many characters dumped in way too short a time (without explanation as to who they were), so I really had no idea what was going on. On top of that, I didn't agree with the little bit I think I did understand.
Maybe I should've pressed on, but there were just too many counts stacked up against it already.
This series is breathtaking. Secrets, lies, adventure, deception, salvation, resurrection, other realms, dragons. How much better can it get?? Follow Mara as she learns there is more to the earth than her underground Hell. There is a loving God who loves her, even in the depths. He'll use her for things she never thought possible. She'll learn that her evil master Lilith doesn't own her, her loving Father of Lights does.
This book is entirely too long. There are so many characters and most of the characters change their names at least once in the book. It also skips through the centuries leaving you only to guess what was happening with them during that length of time. It is an interesting story-line, but it just leaves me too aggravated to want to deal with the rest of the series.
I don't know... it just didn't compare to the Dragons In Our Midst series. I had no desire to read the next books (except for the fact they somehow tied into DioM) they just weren't as good... It's been a long time since I read any of them though... I should pick them up again.
A very thrilling dragons-vs-mankind story that introduces us to a whole world that spans epochs and portrays a Christian worldview that will not alienate readers of any kind. If you want a good story and a good lead-in to a fantastic series, look no further than here.
Wow, this has so much history and when you read The Bible you see where Bryan Davis gets his names from . Yes i know this is not the frist book of the series , i read it beacuse they did not have the first 4 books of the series.
Eye of the Oracle is a fictional book. It is the prequel to the Oracles of fire series. The book tells about the dragons before they became humans, Sapphira's life with Acacia, and King Arthur.If you haven't read this book, I think you should.
Similarly to the previous four books, this series is a mix of really good and kind of terrible. This one jumps back in time to pre-flood, then follows two (immortal?) characters as they observe world events for the next several thousand years. Books 2-4 jump back into present day with the characters we know from the other series (mainly focusing on Walter and Ashley in bks 2 and 3), plus adding some new ones (Gabriel!! Shiloh! Acacia!).
Good things: The writing improves from the first series. We get to know the characters better. Walter, previously mostly used for comic relief, becomes a major character and goes through a great arc. Ashley changes a lot too. The new characters are engaging. The romances are perfect. The ending is amazing. Some really cool miracles/magic elements.
Bad things: The Biblical element really gets twisted, as Nephilim walk the earth, Morgan and Nimiane (of Arthur fame) are on the Ark (??), the tower of Babel is actually...magical?, and spiritual powers keep popping up all over the place. Also, SO MUCH RESURRECTION.
Recommended for mature middle grade/YA readers who read the first series and can discern between God's word (which is very present here) and the non-historical, non-Biblical elements.
(Note: many of the pseudo-Biblical elements in the story may not be problematic for certain types of Christians. As a confessional, traditional Lutheran, I find them offensive and wrong, but some may not.)