A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome an evil slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, "don't-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys' restroom in school, and his parents learn that they've kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that's a piece of news a guy doesn't deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn't understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she's looking for.
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.
Billy and Bonnie are both half dragons. Bonnie has known her entire life but Billy only just found out. Not long after hearing what he is, he finds himself on the run from a crazy Dragon Slayer. He learns what and who his dad is and how and why they are being hunted.
I love Dragon books and my mom gave me this to try. I enjoyed it and found the story good - a boy finding out he is half dragon (how cool would that be???)and that his dad is a full dragon (even cooler) forced to become human to hide from the Dragon Slayers. He meets another half Dragon and both end up on the run with Slayers trying to kill them. Bonnie is cool for a girl Dragon. She has wings and is quite strong. Billy though is awesome because he can breath fire. I liked both of them but my most favourite character was Walter, he is a good friend to have. He had their backs. The story was action packed and never dull. I especially liked the Arthur bits and reading about the Dragons. The Slayers weren't very nice but they were very good villains. I also want a teacher like Professor Hamilton because he was pretty cool and had awesome weapons. I also want to know who or what he is because that bit was very mysterious. I really liked Raising Dragons and have asked my mom for the next in the series.
This is at least my fourth time visiting Billy, Bonnie, and Walter in Castlewood--and every time it's like returning to old friends!
A tale of a boy coming to grips with his father's hidden past, friends finding courage, Arthurian legend reaching through history, and a remnant dragonkind fighting to survive, I found myself remembering certain scenes with perfect clarity. Others surprised me. I'd forgotten things like Professor's crazy driving, the jar of shark teeth, what Mr. Foley looks like... little details.
My favorite scene still is (and has always been) the one in chapter 13... "Forever and ever, Bonnie. I will always be your friend." <3
This book first captivated me when I was twelve. Coming back ten years later, I found myself smiling at a few cheesy lines and instances of head-hopping--not smiling with cynical criticism, but with fondness and pride, because after finishing Bryan Davis's Reapers trilogy last year, I can see just how far his craft has come. And despite the minor flaws, a heart pulsing with dragonfire shines through.
That's what first captured me, what inspired the first rendition of my own first novel, and what still grabs me today.
I'm planning to reread the rest of this series, along with the next two--twelve books in all. One a month! And I can't wait to relive the adventures these dear characters are about to take.
I was tempted to give this five stars for "entertainingly bad." I mean, I have gotten a great deal of enjoyment from reading this, just not for the reasons the author intended.
Now, before I get any further, allow me to say that I think the concept had potential--dragons are cool when done well, and the idea of them hiding out in human form is interesting, etc.
But the execution was...poor. The characters are about as well-developed and intriguing as oatmeal (and they're named "Billy Bannister" and "Bonnie Silver"--who thought this sounded like the real world?), the villain is silly, the plot is contrived--but most of all, the writing is just somehow peculiar. The dialogue feels about as natural as that in Tommy Wiseau's "The Room," and it is delivered with the same stilted awkwardness--you can't quite put your finger on why it sounds wrong, but it's just...off.
If that were not enough to make this book laughable, the narration style is melodramatic yet somehow lethargic, and the bizarre similes (trying to be artsy, I think?) were both hilarious and distracting--seriously, he compares dog's tongues to "pink welcome mats." What the heck??
Overall, the book was silly, and I'm astounded at how many people can take it seriously. I understand that people like the good morals and Christian messages, but just because something is wholesome does not mean it is good in the artistic or entertainment departments. There is nothing wrong with wanting to imbibe your writing with Christian values. Heck, C.S. Lewis relied on Biblical allegory and made a very imaginative and beloved series. Tolkein and Rowling did it even better by making their Christian messages subtler (using Christ-figure characters and other symbols, which can appeal to people on both a secular AND religious level) and not hitting readers over the head with them. Most importantly, these three writers had talent.
And Bryan Davis, though I am sure he is a nice guy, cannot write.
I have received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
It honestly surprised me when I found this was available for an ARC. Mostly because it originally came out back in 2004. So, yeah I was a little confused but still excited to jump into this book nonetheless. The book was pretty enjoyable and easy to follow along with. The characters themselves were also pretty likable. Out of them all, I don't necessarily think I have a favorite but the day is young and I'm only at book one in the series.
The adventure was jam packed with action but I stayed for the comedic relief. It was refreshing and lots of fun to listen to. I think overall, Raising Dragons was a pleasant surprise. Honestly, anything with dragons will make me happy and if I cross paths with the sequel, I wouldn't mind diving into that one either.
In the end, I'm glad that I randomly came across this and got the chance to dive into it.
Oh, this book is just awful. It has a wonderful idea -- that dragons long ago had to take on human form in order to survive, that some of them are good and some of them are evil, and that they're hunted down in modern times by slayers who think that all of them evil. But the book is just badly written. The characters aren't real, their emotions aren't real, their dialogue is stilted (there's an English character who walks around saying, 'Old chap'), the settings aren't real (I don't think the author has spent any time in a public school or knows how one works), and the plot is just too silly for words (the bad guy suddenly pops up in the back of a plane the characters are in, AFTER the protagonist has explained his life story to his son...) Oh, plus the male characters are always exchanging "manly" glances and "masculine" embraces and the female characters are brave but have to be rescued.
I heard about the book because the author was making an appearance nearby, and I'm always interested in Christian fiction. I'm so disappointed.
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Raising Dragons was such a fun read. Bonnie and Billy aren’t your average teenagers. Both have weird traits that make them stand out to their peers, causing them to get teased. Bonnie has wings she hides with a backpack and Billy has horrible breath, that he’s just figuring out is due to the fact that he can breathe fire. Their abnormalities come from having at least one parent that is a dragon. Bonnie has always known she was half dragon, and Billy thought he was normal - until he sets off the sprinkler at school with his breath. This new found ability sends him on a quest for the truth of his origins and so much more!
As a mom, I’m always on the lookout for clean books that my kids will not only enjoy, but will gain something from. This story was full of dragon lore, medieval fantasy, quirky characters and was pretty inspiring. To me that’s a recipe for a good book, one I think my kids would really enjoy. I’m looking forward to reading more of Bonnie and Billies adventures in the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed this. It was many years ago when I first read this and I wasn't sure my opinion would be the same. Overall it was. A lot of fantasy some chase and intrigue and a dash of light comedy and good action. The pace is busy from beginning to end. I was quickly drawn into the characters and their predicaments. They are easy to connect to. My favorite characters are the enigma Mr. Hamilton and Walter who is an amazing best friend on many levels. Some prophecies spoken in the the time of Merlin and King Arthur mix with modern setting. And how it plays out is fantastic. I am eager to read the next book in the series! 4.5 stars
2022 Series Review: When I first read the Dragons in Our Midst series not long after this book released, it quickly hit my favorites list. The Oracles of Fire series took me a little longer to win me over, but eventually, it joined its predecessor on my top ten (technically sharing a space, as you really can't have one without the other). But time went on, and my growing reading list meant I reread less, and before long, years had passed without my touching these books (except to occasionally take Bookstagram photos). And the question arose: were they as good as I remembered? Other favorites from that time had fallen in favor as I found other stories that I loved more and that rang more true and as I discovered other authors with lovelier writing. Would Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire hold up?
In October 2021, I decided to find out. And as I delved into the familiar pages, I quickly found myself falling in love again with the story, characters, and themes, all of which were as excellent as I remembered — or, in some cases, better. Maturity on my part meant I could better appreciate certain characters and choices that had frustrated the younger me and that I could more clearly see the spiritual truths Davis weaves into every page of his writing. And books I originally didn't love — mostly Tears of a Dragon, Enoch's Ghost, and The Bones of Makaidos — I found I liked much better this time around because, again, I could better appreciate the themes, particularly the theme of sacrifice that runs so strongly through this series.
It's bit interesting for me to think that in some ways, these books were published at the last possible moment that they could've been really successful, both in- and out-of-story. In-story, the increasing omnipresence of the internet and surveillance and just the increased number of people with cameras on their phones would've made it nearly impossible for the dragons and anthrozils to stay hidden (especially in the case of LITERAL dragons or Bonnie and her wings) — and that's not even starting on the events at the end of Circles of Seven or the merging of Earth and Hell in Oracles of Fire. Those were a Big Deal in the story; they'd be receiving hundreds of times more attention and panic today.
And out-of-story, well, you can't get far into these books without recognizing that Davis isn't exactly subtle with his spiritual themes. Even compared to other books of the time, these books are saturated with Biblical truth, scripture, allegory, and messages — I would argue even more so than some books that were explicitly allegorical. It's even more evident compared to a lot of Christian fiction today, which tends to be much more subtle. But honestly? It's kind of refreshing to read a book that's so in-your-face about these things.
So, do these books hold up? Absolutely. If you've never read them before, pick them up. And if you have read them before, well, don't you think it might be time for a reread?
As a mother of young children and a lover of fantasy this book is a winner for me. Knowing this is a book geared toward children and teens, I read it keeping my eyes open for appropriateness and characters with integrity. I can say in that department, I give it a full 5 stars. This book is one I would gladly sit down and read to my children 6-10 without any qualms. The books characters exhibit qualities and traits that I would like to see developed in my own children and the story is one that grabs the imagination of young and old from the beginning.
The reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because while I can suspend reality to read a book about dragons becoming human and having half human, half dragon children; I have a hard time as a parent suspending reality enough to believe any parent would willingly and knowingly let their middle school child rush into harms way to fight in epic battles against the forces of evil, and without adult supervision. Other than that, great work of Christian fantasy!
This is the second time that I've read through this book. I intended to read through the rest of the series, but didn't ever end up doing it, so I figured I'd better go back and read the first book to refresh my memory before going on. Raising Dragons is a fun, Christian read for teens onward. It has lots of action, and some quirky characters, with a very interesting plot idea. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! The only place I really have a problem with this book is the names for the main characters. Like, come on, Billy? *smacks forehead* Most common name ever, right there along with Bob and John. Bonnie's not too bad, but it's not real great either. To be honest, my favorite main character is not either of the main characters, but rather, Mr. Hamilton. How can you NOT like Mr. Hamilton and his British accent ;) I'm a sucker for accents XD Overall, if you're a parent looking for safe, fun, Christian reads for your kid, this book / series is it.
Raising Dragons is a fantasy by Bryan Davis about two kids: Billy and Bonnie. They are fairly normal teenagers except for one thing: Billy breathes fire, and bonnie has wings. Bonnie already knows one of her parents was a dragon, Billy finds out on his own when he blows at a smoke detector and sets it off. They also find out that someone very close to them is a dragon slayer. When they crash land out of a plane they are stranded on the top of a deserted mountain: with the slayer. Will they make it out alive?
**Updated Review: One if my book goals for 2020 is to revisit some old favorites from my childhood and early teen years, and the Dragons in our Midst series seemed like the perfect place to start. These were books that grew with me. I read them over and over, and carried them with me everywhere. When I received the series as audio books I listened to the books on repeat, more times than I can count. They brought to life moral aspects such as honor, friendship, and faith in a way I found attainable. I learned a lot through following the journey of these fictional characters. As an adult, there are aspects of the writing in this first novel that I can see may not flow the best. However, I know this changes and becomes more natural as the author writes more. I also can forgive quite a lot in light of my nostalgia and personal connection with this series. **
Raising Dragons is the first book in the Dragons In Our Midst series. This book started a long journey for me. Three years ago a friend lent me this exciting book, and I have been part of its adventure ever since. Raising Dragons is filled with an exhilarating plot line, taking you through the struggles of two individuals as their dragon heritage keeps them on the run. Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver display the ever important lesson of sacrifice. Billy’s courage even through his doubts and Bonnie’s faith even amidst her life’s trials are inspiring! A beautiful masterpiece by Bryan Davis, this book opens a whole new world and has sent me on many quests of my own. I deeply encourage you to pick this book up, and begin the journey. You will not regret it!
This book is simply amazing! I picked it up and started reading not knowing how i would feel about it. It seemed weird how dragons could be incorporated into a christian story and still be a good thing without contradicting itself. But it was great, its one of those books which puts you into the story and sets the scene and all so you are there with the characters. Well it starts off describing Billy and Bonnies life. They appear to be normal kids living in Montana but they are apart of a long line of dragons. Or dragons turned human at least. So when they were born a certain characteristic of a dragon was given to them. Bonnie got the wings of a dragon and Billy got the fire breathing of a dragon. They learn that there is someone trying to kill them named devin and he is relentless. He is on a rampage to try and kill all the dragons and rid the world of them. They meet many friends on the way and fight against the evil forces which are trying to kill them. The story takes place in an end of the world type setting so everyone is on edge with dead people walking the streets. And people getting used to being greeted at a door with a gun drawn. They dont really finish the story in this book because it is a part of a series but its still great. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Its a great book to read any time and it speaks on faith and other good things like that.
The writing is slow and overly-descriptive, so stunted that I just couldn't get into the pacing of the book. Davis spends so many words explaining ideas, instead of letting things happen through dialogue. The characters felt very juvenile and underdeveloped, even though they were teenagers and should have been getting into deeper/darker issues.
This book felt like the cliche coming-of-age story with the misfit young hero, elderly guide, and innocent heroine. Someone in another review described Davis's writing as "wading through clay," which is very accurate. All the books are like that: too long, sedate, and simplistic to connect with -- same with The Candlestone.
See my review of Tears of a Dragon for a more in-depth look at what's really wrong with this series.
The audiobook was outstanding. It was a full cast audiobook, which is something I love. This book was definitely action-packed and I pretty much read it in one sitting or I should say listen to it and one sitting. So good.❤️
Very good. A unique take on the genre. More to come. ____________________
Ok so I read this a while ago. Like, a WHILE. (I wasn’t aware that goodreads was a thing at the time) but I remember loving it. Many biblical references. This is THE dragon book - better than all the rest. This is the book to read if you hated eragon.
Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis is the first book in the Dragons in Our Midst series.
Like I said in one of my many status updates for this book, this isn't normally the type of book I'd read. However, I ordered my friend to read the first Love Comes Softly book, and that isn't normally the kind of book she reads. So I felt obligated to read it when she told me it was good. So there's a little backstory for you. ANYWAY.
In this book, a teenager, Billy, learns a secret his parents have been keeping from him for years. He's half-dragon. Then he learns that another girl in his school, Bonnie, is also half-dragon. The principal of the school is out to kill him, his father (the dragon), Bonnie, Billy's mother, and whoever else happens to be remotely related to anyone who has anything to do with dragons. Can they defeat him?
This book was certainly interesting, I'll give you that. It dragged on at times, and I feel like it was a little too long for what it was. But it was an interesting take on dragons and fantasy. I just feel like it could have been executed better overall.
The plot got a little confusing at times. First it was Billy's father is a dragon, okay, cool, Merlin, yeah, nice. Mystery solved. Then it's like "MODERN KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE" and I'm like "wait wut I thought you sai -" then NOPE "BILLY IS A DESCENDANT OF MERLIN" and then it's back to Billy's POV and dragons and you are wondering "Which is right?" It was a little unclear at times until later in the book.
This is also the case with the good vs. evil. At times I was wondering who was good and who was evil. It IS all cleared up in about the middle of the book, and by the end there is not a shadow of doubt who is good and who is bad, but I just thought I'd mention it because I know this is very important to some people.
Finally, this is a modern Christian fantasy book. What I didn't like about this was that there was a lot of magic and the book does focus around dragons, and it is said that dragons really existed and God made them into humans. Now, I KNOW this is just fiction, and I KNOW there are visions/allegories of dragons in the Bible. But when God and magic are put together it just makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I can't quite put my finger on why, it just does.
Now let's talk about the characters. I didn't feel particularly attached to any of them except Bonnie and that one awesome British teacher (#teachergoals). He was probably my favorite character in the entire book, to be honest. But I did like all the good people. I thought they were funny with their own distinct personalities. Sir Devin and his dark knights didn't really seem to have a motive for wanting to kill all dragons and their uncles. That kind of bothered me, as well as all the fighting and blood. The descriptions made me wince a little at times. Agatha Christie books have less blood, and they are murder mysteries!
All-in-all, the book had a unique spin on fantasy, but it took me a long time to get through it, it dragged on, there wasn't a solid motive as to why Devin wanted all dragons dead, and some things in the book made me feel a little uncomfortable.
Therefor, I give it three stars out of five. I probably will not be reading the next book in the series.
When I first read this story in sixth or seventh grade, I found it riveting. It was my first taste of fantasy fiction, and I could hardly put the book down. Revisiting it now that I have some life experience and know what good writing actually is, this is terrible. If I need to give someone an example of bad writing that actually got published, this is what I point them to. (What is even more appalling is that his publication has led to Mr. Davis teaching writing at seminars.) I simply cannot rate this book highly just for nostalgia or for my initial enthusiasm — it really is dreadful.
It’s a pity that I can no longer appreciate this series, because through it and the message board associated with it I met many friends, discovered the fantasy genre, learned about NaNoWriMo, and was encouraged to read the gem that is The Lord of the Rings.
My life was indeed enriched by this series, yet not because of the books but because of the community I found through them. The test of time can be a harsh one: I have matured and these books have not. They grow more cringe-inducing with each passing year. Now, I have traded in this series at the used book store in exchange for The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Divine Comedy I: Hell, and Hamlet, four books I shall carry with me for the rest of my life.
If tiny!Carina would've read this when she was younger it would've been one of her favorites. As it is, I enjoyed it but especially towards the last 1/3 of the book it was more of a 4 star read. I'm planning on continuing the series though!
Likes: -The audio book was semi-dramatized and I really liked that. It gave it a Adventures in Odyssey sort of feel.
-Yay for Arthurian stuff!
-Yay for positive parental and authority figures!
-Yay for homeschooling not being portrayed in a negative light!
-I didn't read the description for the book and so it was totally unexpected to me that Bonnie had wings. So that was fun finding that out at the same time the other characters did!
-I am *convinced* that the Professor knows more than what he is letting on....
Dislikes: -It seemed achingly obvious to me that Mr. Bannister had reverted into dragon form, especially once it was mentioned that Hambone went wild near the cave, but Billy and his mom took their sweet time figuring it out? Granted, it would be a little hard to swallow in their situation, but there were so many clues (near the cave, the burned wreckage, the ruby, the Bible passage) it seems like they should've figured it out before then.
-So Walter finds out about Billy and Bonnie but then it's not mentioned afterward about his knowledge? Billy treats him as if he doesn't know; does Billy not realize that Walter knows? I was confused on that aspect.
-The audio book had 4 or so places where it repeated the same sentences a couple of times, where it repeated the same sentences a couple of times, where it repeated the same sentences a couple of times, or skipped a sentence, which, as you can imagine, was annoying.
-I'm not sure if this was intended or not, but Cleftspear seemed to have an almost Christ figure connotation and... I'm not sure how I feel about that? That was the vibe I got- the willingness to die for those he loved and his statements about how Billy was blessed because he believed without seeing, that sort of thing. I could be wrong though.
-Also it's just casually mentioned towards the end that Billy has an older sister who's off in college. WHAT. Is she adopted? How is all of this affecting her? Does she know that her dad is a dragon?? All of the questions!
Content: Due to violence (especially in the latter part of the book) probably 12+.
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Billy's nickname at school is "dragon breath," and with good reason - his breath is really hot! He doesn't understand why until his parents tell him that his father is a full dragon and he is a half-dragon. He's not at all happy that they've kept this from him his entire life, but he's forced to deal with it when he's attacked by his principal. His father tells him the tale of King Arthur and Merlin and how dragon slayers almost wiped out all of his kind, and how and why he is now a human. He also shares with him a prophecy that is going to end up reshaping Billy's life. He meets the new girl in school, Bonnie, and discovers that she, too, is a half-dragon, although she has known for years, so at least he's not alone.
This was a good middle grade blend of fantasy and Christian fiction. This book does a good job of blending dragon tales with Christian teachings, without overdoing it. I liked the kids and thought the way they acted was pretty much the way most young teens act in real life. The blending of all of this with the Arthurian legend was a good move on the author's part. I thought it added a great layer to the story.
The only problem I had with this book was the level of violence against the kids. I thought it was a bit graphic for a book targeted at a younger audience.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing the series.
*** I would like to thank NetGalley, AMG Publishers, Living Ink Books, and Bryan Davis for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Billy "Dragon Breath" Bannister has some serious problems, and not all of them are about his super-hot breath. 1: The new principal at his school is really creepy. 2: Adam Lark keeps getting him into trouble. 3: Kids are saying that he and the new girl, Bonnie Silver, a foster child, have the hots for each other. And... oh yeah. 4: His dad is a dragon.
Billy is launched into an incredible adventure revolving around the stories of Clefspeare the dragon, King Arthur, the New Table, and the foster kid Bonnie Silver. As he discovers his dragon past he must outmaneuver the evil slayer trying to kill him, Bonnie, and his father, all while becoming even stronger in his Christian faith.
This book was pretty good, but the chapters... so long. I was over halfway through the book and just starting Chapter Seventeen. I prefer shorter chapters so that you feel like you've accomplished more. With too long of chapters the entire book feels dragging and almost boring because you don't have new chapters to start. Altogether, this book was a pretty good one, though I was a little disappointed in it.
Billy and Bonnie are beyond your normal teenagers. Bonnie has wings that she hides under a backpack and Billy is able to breathe fire... This strange nominally is because their parents or at least one of their parents was a dragon. YEP! A dragon. Not only a dragon but one that is 1500 years old and being hunted by slayers.
The writing is missing a beat, but the artwork is really very good. BUT it was good enough that I kept reading it. I don't know that I will read the whole series, but I am already looking for the next book, just to see if it gets better.
What a pleasant surprise! I saw this book in the Christian Fic section at B&N and I was a bit skeptical. But I figured I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did! Cool lore about Dragons, King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The pace was good, and although for a Teen/ YA audience it read quite mature. Honestly, I’m so impressed. Of course it’s a series and we all I know I love a fantasy series! Great time!
WOW I recently remembered these books and I just HAD to review them because what a wild ride! what an absolute trip these books were wowee and holy mama buckle your seatbelts kids and get ready for the time of your life!
These books are trash
(Tl;dr Don't let your child read these books they are unhealthy, badly written and colored with creepy throughout)
I read these books as an impressionable young christian who was looking for fantasy media that aligned with my values. Oh my gosh, christian + dragon! An absolute no-brainer! ...Said me, and thousands of other impressionable tweens So i read the books, and I liked them. Because I was an impressionable tween, and he was a respected christian author, and the books were about dragons, and the characters were (not really) respectable, good role models who strove to walk the christian walk
Something about these books always made me uncomfortable, but I figured it must be nothing, I devoured the first series and moved on to the next And then I stopped Because I knew there was something off about these books, even as an impressionable tween girl who is surrounded by terrible influences that say these kinds of books should be beneficial
I'm just going to do a fly-by and throw out the first few reasons I can think of for why you shouldn't read these books. An in-depth review of all the reasons would take weeks and lots of planning, so here's a small taste.
1. Bonnie is a mary-sue Not only is she a mary-sue but she is p e r f e c t. She never does anything wrong. She's referred to as Billy's "virgin bride" (his prize, the object to be won...yes) After reading 4 books about Bonnie I cannot give you a single character trait besides "sweet". She never DOES anything. She's as useless as Snow White from the original Disney movie and she's not even as likable. At one point in the book, she is sleeping - SLEEPING - and a man comes in to murder her and she's just so pure - as she lays in her bed - that he's like "aw nah I don't wanna kill her" and he leaves. That happened. As an adult I can look at these books and lol at the bad writing, but when you're a young impressionable tween you don't see a bad character - you see an unattainably perfect character. you see a girl that is the ideal - she is what you should be, but of course it's impossible because Bonnie is so perfect she makes Barbie jealous. What a great message to send young girls! "be perfect and if you're not it's because you're bad". Lights should shine down on you from heaven! (did that happen to Bonnie yes it did)
2. The theology is Troubling This is what made me the most uncomfortable in his books. This author makes up crap by the truckload and he weaves his creepy dragon lore in with his own disturbing "perfection is attainable" theology, creating a narrative that both confuses and concerns me. I am genuinely glad this book didn't affect me more as a child, because from what I can tell of his ideals, the author is a disturbed individual.
3. The writing - it aint good folks Christian fiction is a beautiful genre that kinda doesn't have any quality control, so it's always a surprise what you're going to get. It's like wattpad but you can't swear. These books have bad dialogue, badly written characters, uninteresting and confusing plots...everything you could ever want in a textbook case of a terrible story. Seriously - you want to become a better writer? go through this book page by page and pick apart all the errors, mistakes, bad writing techniques - you will at the very least be a great critic by the end.
The author should not be a writer, he should be a trashman. (I mean, he is a trashman, but his job should also be trashman.) He can start by taking all of these books and throwing them into the abyss
This Book was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was talking about how the parents that were former dragons affected their children's lives since that are all being killed by a slayer that drank a potion to live forever. When Bonnie the daughter of a former dragon finds a boy named Billy. And what brought them together? The dragon part of them brought them together, with Bonnie's Dragon wings and Billy's fiery breath they came together to fight off the slayer and hopefully find out about their parents past. Now along this journey in the beginning Bonnie and Billy don't quite know anything about each other all they know is there is something between them that is powerful and will lead their lives. When the principal of their school says he has to check and see if there are any drugs in her backpack Bonnie is nerves. Billy knows nothing about her huge backpack that she never takes off and punched a guy in the face for trying to open her backpack, but when he saw the scared look on her face he new he had to say something, but the principal wouldn't have it. When he took her around the building to inspect it Billy followed he saw the principal and his lady helper were trying to take it off by he ran into to help and bit the ladies arm that was holding Bonnie she yelped and Bonnie ran off. When the lady went running after Bonnie the principal dragged Billy over to were they ran. When they got to an ally bonnie was gone. When they realized were Billy and "bitten" the lady was actually a burn then the principal now known as the slayer Devin now new that Billy was part dragon to, then Bonnie swooped down from flight grabbed Billy and they flew to his house. They told his mom and they went into immediate evacuation mode.They later met his dad at the airport who is pilot and they took their private plane to fly to another town in the state since Bonnie is a foster child they didn't know if it would be considered kidnapping if they went out of state. Come to find out the slayer followed them and was on their plain he shot the dad that used to be a dragon and flew out of the plain with a parachute and Bonnie. When the dad that was barely alive convinced them to leave the plane with the parachutes because they had no way of landing. He told them he couldn't die because the proffecy hadn't been fulfilled. So they jumped out and after finding Bonnie on the ground they had a hard time in the winter in the middle of the woods and some injuries. After the search parties found them they discovered the dad was not in the plain that crashed to the Earth and they found spots were a bloody body had been dragged. What will happen next???
Storyline - Raising Dragons - Billy is a regular kid, with a regular family, with regular problems. Or so he thought. One day he finds out he is really part dragon. But that is not the only problem, a dragon slayer has come to kill them and the other part dragon kid Billy has become friends with, Bonnie. Will they be able to defeat the slayer and survive? And what exactly happened to the dragons?
Positive - The characters are honorable and self sacrificial. They fight the evil that is not only coming after the dragons but also the world. The characters grow in faith and trust as they are tempted and tried. Billy has to grow the most to believe in God, his father, and an ancient prophecy that causes much mystery throughout the series until the end. Bonnie caries the most trust and faith and helps her friends, especially Billy, to gain that trust.
Negative - There isn't much negative things in the books and, after re-reading the first one in the series, there are only a couple of things in the book that I don't like. A side character, Adam Lark, is a bully and mean to Billy and Bonnie. But instead of trying to understand him, even when it is hinted that his home life is not good, he is only pictured as a bad guy but he does puts himself in line with Devin because his family was threatened. He was only depicted and shown as something bad and not shown at all as a lost kid. The end battle scene in book one at one point was a little much for me in the description (lets just say one character gets hit in the head with a sword and, even though it is not really that graphic, I cringed). Plus, I see a mother letting their kid go off to meet a dragon slayer on their own, even if it is to help a friend.
Writing - Bryan Davis' writing is captivating and his storytelling original. The characters are good and try to do the right thing and the books tell and promote good morals and lessons.The wording and depictions are captivating and imaginative. This is an enjoyable author who is worth the time to read.
Personal Opinion - I find the books entertaining and interesting. The characters develop well over the series and the hummer within the books are funny and not inappropriate (even though Walter burps in at least one book but that is about as bad as the hummer gets). They can get a little strange for my taste once in a while, but when a new Bryan Davis book comes out, I want to read it.