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Posted September 3, 2011
Excellent addition to Byran Davis's Starlight world
MASTERS & SLAYERS Tales of Starlight #1 By Bryan Davis Masters & Slayers follows the same basic plot as Davis's Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight) but it follows the adult members of the story - Adrian Masters and Marcelle, instead of the teenage members. Masters & Slayers also begins where Starlighter began with the Blood Tournament. But Masters & Slayers is more grown up as it deals with more of the political under currents that make Major Four what it is. Yet the mission is the same - to find the ''lost ones'' the people who were stolen away and forced to serve the dragons of Dracon. Adrian Masters's mission is more personal as he is also searching for his missing brother Frederick, while Marcelle's double purpose is to find the man responsible for her mother's murder years ago. But before this can happen they must find the portal to Dracon. Aiding them is a glowing being who takes the appearance of a 15 year old girl. This being is named Cassabrie and she is the dragon's messenger. But when Cassabrie returns to Dracon, Marcelle leaps through the portal with her and meets Arxad. Arxad takes Marcelle to the Southlands where the human slaves live. Meanwhile Cassabrie goes back for Adrian and Edison Masters. When they arrive at Dracon danger soon strikes and Adrian and Edison are almost killed attempting to cross a frozen river. They are saved by the white dragon the King of the Northlands. On Major Four Drexel finds the other portal to Dracon and has the genetic keys needed to open it - the fingers of a descendant who escaped Dracon. Once on Dracon he locates some of the slaves and promptly kills the four adults. He plans to take two of the five children back to Major Four with him. Drexel's only goal is to be worshipped as a hero! When Marcelle and Adrian meet up, Adrian is inhabited by Cassabrie as she guides them on their quest. They enter the cattle camps were the youngest slaves are forced to survive. Against Adrian's advice Marcelle attacks the dragon overseer and Adrian is forced to help her. To save Marcelle and the children Adrian gives himself up to the dragon who comes to punish the camp. Marcelle then realizes that her temper and lack of thinking have gotten them into this situation. Marcelle attempts to rescue Adrian though Cassabrie wants him give up so that they can be together forever. What will Adrian choose and who will be lost in this battle for Starlight? Masters & Slayers is an exciting addition to the Starlight world. This book is most definitely intended for adults and older teens. Publisher provided Digital Reader Copy for this review.
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Posted May 21, 2011
Masters & Slayers (book one in the Tales of Starlight series) is sorta like a sequel series to Dragons of Starlight, which is a series for teens. This book however was written as a fantasy series for adults, but I would say high schoolers would enjoy it too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Starlighter is my favorite book by Bryan Davis. I loved reading Masters & Slayers because it started off right where Starlighter did, but from Aiden's perspective. That was really cool. It revealed a whole new side to the story. I was really glad to see Marcelle as one of the main characters and loved her reading from her perspective too.
I was really into the book until *spoiler* Cassabrie started to muddle Aiden's thoughts and takes charge. The whole disembodied spirits thing is sorta weird to me. It makes sense for the plot, and Davis did a great job making it not too weird, but it kind of threw me off and I didn't like the last half of the book so much.
Overall, it was a good read and I'm looking forward to the sequel. I don't like this series as much as Dragons of Starlight, but the sequel might change my mind!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted February 24, 2011
Mr. Davis creates another gripping story
NOOOOO!!! My book just ended and I wasn't ready for it to be over yet! This was another outstanding book by Bryan Davis. Each book I read by him is as impressive as the one I read before. He has a way with creating the world he puts the characters in that brings the story to life. The characters are people you want to know, and when the book ends....I can't believe the book ended!! I have got to get my hands on the next book and fast, I MUST know what happens.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book brings together fantasy, religion, heroism, chivalry, bravery, love and friendship together, and before you know it, 400 pages have flown by and it honestly hasn't seemed like you have been reading that long. I am now, more than ever, a fan of Mr. Davis.
This book has me guessing at every turn. Who really is on the right side, who may have alterior motives? Great authors have this ability, and Davis has shown he is fantastic at this twist. At the end of this book, I know the characters well, and I know who I like, but am I liking them for the wrong reasons? Could they be working some hidden angle? These characters are definitely 3 dimensional, and once I catch up on a few books that I have to read, I'm diving right back into this amazing world created just for us by Mr. Davis.
Posted October 31, 2010
Have to read this!
This book, also set in the world of Starlight, shows events from a totally new and different perspective. The characters, Adrian and Marcelle, are fellow warriors who must work together as they risk everything, even their lives, to travel to Dracon and attempt a rescue of the humans that are enslaved by dragons there. Along the way they learn to face their weaknesses and help each other in overcoming them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2010
A Thrilling Journey
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2010
Great new read!
If you think that Bryan Davis can't get any better, think again,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
for this book is one of the best!! The plot is ingenious, and with a lot of twists that will
make sure you keep turning the pages!
Posted October 26, 2010
Thank you Mr. Davis!
Thank you Bryan Davis for a wonderful book. I was once again captivated by your story, characters, and setting. This is definitly an enchanting book. I love it! I can't wait for what comes next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2010
A Captivating Adventure!
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2010
Best Book Ever!
Masters & Slayers is a truly amazing book; I stayed up all night reading it! I could so easily relate to the characters, feel what they felt, and see what they saw. Bryan Davis has created a masterpiece with not only this book, but all the others in the series and companion series as well. I urge you to quickly get a copy of this brilliant work of art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2010
Secrets revealed, an awesome book!!!!! Recommend it!!!
This book revealed a lot of mysteries from Starlighter. You met more characters and got to spend more time with already existing characters. I highly recommend it if you read Starlighter. This book was sooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2010
Finally a book for adults!
When Adrian went off on his adventure in the beginning of Starlighter I really wanted to know what happened to him, and now I get my wish. Plus this books deals with adult characters which I appreciate. I am nineteen years old, which still puts me in the category of teenager but also legal adult and I still enjoy reading books for teenagers, but I begin to feel old when the heroes of the story are fifteen and sixteen, who says once you hit twenty-five you can't have fun? As an older reader I appreciate having characters closer to my age that still go on the sword swinging, dragon riding adventures that I have always loved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2010
The Best Book Yet!!!!!!
Masters & Slayers...... The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is the best book I think Mr. Davis has ever written!
It is epic!
I got this book and couldn't put it down until I was forced too. :)
I love the story, the characters, and the possibility's for the next upcoming books.This book answers a lot of mysteries from Starlighter. You won't be disappointed about this book, even the cover is so special with that sword design! Thanks Mr. Davis for the best book I have ever read!
Posted September 1, 2010
I Also Recommend:
more adult read, better world-building -- addictive fantasy
Readers of the young adult fantasy Starlighter will recognize the opening scene of Masters and Slayers - that feeling of "we've been here before" is more than just deja vu. Masters and Slayers is the first book in a series for adults that shares a world, characters, and an overarching plot with Zondervan's YA series "Dragons of Starlight."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A hero worth his salt, Adrian Masters is preparing to follow a series of mysterious clues to a portal that will take him to another world: Starlight, the dragon planet, where kidnapped humans have been held as slaves for generations. The passionate and revenge-hungry Marcelle goes with him, along with two more unexpected companions. Their goal is to free the slaves - but first they must survive a conspiracy on their own planet, find their way through the portal, encounter a benevolent dragon who rules the Northlands of Starlight, and learn to work together before mistrust and mistakes destroy their hopes before they can even begin to be realized.
Masters and Slayers is a far more adult story than Starlighter. Marcelle, who avoids being the stereotypical "headstrong female" by virtue of her fears and deep frailties, tries her hardest to fight, dress, and guard herself like a man because of the serial-killer-style murder of her mother. While Adrian's chivalry is noted and upheld, the very opposite attitudes of some villains (and the dragon habit of breeding their human slaves) gets more than a passing mention. The violence is also more realistic (read: gorier) and the villains more obviously despicable. But Masters and Slayers isn't just "adult" in the sense of earning a higher content rating. It's also deeper, more thought-provoking, and more disturbing in good ways - the kinds of ways that provoke us to compassion and force us to look more clearly at ourselves.
Had I not read Starlighter first, I might have found some of the plot intersections annoying (too many unexplained actions and dangling threads), but overall I thought the juxtaposition of the series works well - at least, so far! The worlds of Starlight and Major 4 are better developed in Masters and Slayers, and in my opinion, are noticeably cooler. I still found the mix of science and fantasy hard to settle into (our heroes wield swords, arrows, and axes, but local government forces use DNA to convict criminals; video comes into play, as does genome mapping, yet the setting is medieval in most other ways).
My overall opinion? I read Masters and Slayers in a matter of hours because Starlighter hooked me on the story enough to make me want to know what else is happening in it. After reading M&S, I'm even more hooked. I have questions, I care about certain characters, and I want closure. I was going to write that as a negative - I didn't feel like Masters and Slayers offered much closure in anything. But when it comes right down to it, that just means I really want to read the next book. Recommended for discerning readers who enjoy fantasy and don't mind tackling tough issues that don't have easy answers.
- Rachel Starr Thomson, author of The Seventh World Trilogy, www.worldsunseen.com
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