Diviner (Dragons of Starlight Series #3)

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Overview

For years, tales of

DRAGONS

from another world kidnapping and enslaving humans have been circulating in Jason Masters’ world, while for a slave girl named Koren, the stories of a human world seem pure myth. Together, these two teens will need to bridge two planets in order to overthrow the draconic threat and bring the lost slaves home.

The mysteries unfold

As a Starlighter, ...

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Overview

For years, tales of

DRAGONS

from another world kidnapping and enslaving humans have been circulating in Jason Masters’ world, while for a slave girl named Koren, the stories of a human world seem pure myth. Together, these two teens will need to bridge two planets in order to overthrow the draconic threat and bring the lost slaves home.

The mysteries unfold

As a Starlighter, Koren knows her destiny is to save her fellow human slaves from the dragons’ bondage—but by following the orders of the smooth-talking dragon king, Taushin, has she in fact doomed her people and herself? As Koren struggles over her choices, Elyssa discovers a new aspect to her Diviner gifts when her pendant begins to unlock mysteries surrounding the stardrops from the Exodus star.

Soon Elyssa, along with Jason and his father, also uncovers new truths behind the dragons’ prophecy and learns that Randall has teamed with Magnar and Arxad to wage battle against Taushin’s followers. With a major war imminent and talk of a new Starlighter in the air, confusion and uncertainty reign—something Taushin might have planned for all along.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The fourth book in Davis's Dragons of Starlight series begins with the human slave Koren going on a special mission for her dragon master, Taushin. As she seeks to do his bidding, her human friend, Jason Masters, who is from another world, continues to fight to free all humans in both worlds from bondage. Alternating between Koren's journey and Jason's battles, Davis's novel is steeped in the mythology he has constructed in the three previous novels. In Davis's worlds, stars are magical vehicles that not only transport but become one with Starlighters, who themselves are specially gifted prophetesses. Bits of these stars, called stardrops, have properties that can either severely injure or magically heal humans and dragons alike. This densely constructed universe is chock full of characters, perhaps too many, and is also persistently allegorical. The Starlighters' prophecies, like scripture, are beneficial only when listeners receive them with a humble heart. For those already immersed in Davis's fictional worlds, this latest installment is sure to please, as well as to answer burning questions and raise some new ones. (Sept.)
VOYA - Susan Hampe
Diviner is the third title in the Dragons of Starlight series, continuing the intertwining story lines of Koren, Jason, and others as they carry on their quests, picking up right where Warrior (Zondervan, 2011/VOYA April 2011) left off. Koren is caught in the middle of several difficult decisions as she continues to serve Taushin in an effort to free her people from servitude to the dragons. Meanwhile, Jason meets up with Elyssa, who has begun to discover more about her own abilities as a diviner, and the two set off to help Koren. With a war brewing on the horizon, it will take all their skill to triumph. Davis wastes no time recapping events, instead jumping right back into the action of the story. Newcomers should read the first two titles in the Dragons of Starlight series before reading Diviner. Telling the story from the alternating perspectives of the different characters from chapter to chapter is interesting but causes the plot to become a little convoluted at times, which is not helped by the often-choppy transitions. The action of the story is fast paced and further improved by a descriptive narrative that really brings the story to life. This is a great title for those looking for inspirational fantasy and one that will appeal to fans of the series and Davis's other titles. Reviewer: Susan Hampe
Kirkus Reviews

A convoluted Christian fantasy offers up sadistic theology in place of comprehensible narrative.

While Koren the Starlighter wrestles with whether serving the evil dragon Taushin is worth the greater good, Elyssa masters the healing gifts that come with her Diviner powers.Meanwhile, Jason's friends keep fighting to free the slaves, and the former dragon rulers visit Darksphere to raise a human army. From the opening paragraph, readers are thrown into the middle of several over-cluttered storylines—dozens of characters from two different worlds, human and dragon and ghost and otherwise, each with back story and agenda and secrets—from constantly shifting viewpoints, all of which sound pretty much the same. Most of these plots eventually cohere, somewhat, but the tale does not so much conclude as simply stop mid-action. Although the language can be elegant and the imagery exquisite, such craft is mostly lavished upon detailed, sensuous descriptions of physical and mental tortures. Since this suffering is explicitly deemed essential to "freedom," and characters keep being resurrected from near- and actual death (although fatality seems no hindrance to continued activity), it is hard to distinguish or even take seriously the deeds and experiences of individuals presented as either "good" or "evil."

Even the most devoted fans may find themselves frustrated to the point of giving up by the end.(Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310718383
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Series: Dragons of Starlight Series , #3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 338,546
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Davis is the author of the bestselling fantasy series Echoes from the Edge, Dragons in Our Midst, and Oracles of Fire. He and his wife, Susie, have seven children and live in western Tennessee, where he continues to cook up his imaginative blend of fantasy and inspiration.

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Diviner

Dragons of Starlight
By Bryan Davis

Zondervan

Copyright © 2011 Bryan Davis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-71838-3


Chapter One

Koren stood at the brink of a precipice and stared into the darkness below. Only inches in front of her black boots, a stairway descended sharply into the seemingly endless void. The rocky steps appeared to be hundreds of years old—narrow, crumbling, without rails or even walls—the bare, sculpted stone jutting downward into the chasm before being swallowed by the eerie darkness.

Floating a few feet above the stairs, globules of vaporous light streamed toward her, each one stretching out like a comet—a shining head of shimmering radiance followed by a glowing tail. Wiggling like tadpoles, they seemed to swim in the air, and as the first one passed by, it orbited her face, brushing her skin with a tickly buzz.

A soft voice emanated from the tadpole's radiant head, like a whisper from afar. "Has Exodus caused our pain? Will it ever return?" Then, after a final brush against her cheek, the stream flew toward the wall behind her, a sliding barrier that someone had left open, as if anticipating her arrival at the Northlands castle.

The parade of elongated globules flowed through the opening, some pausing at Koren's spot at the top of the stairway before joining the escaping herd. The rush sounded like a crowd of people hurrying by, with only snippets of their private conversations reaching her ears as they passed.

"If the genetics are pure, we can force the recessive to survive."

"I will take the eggs to Darksphere. The children will have a dragon for a father."

"Find the escapees. No one will leave Starlight alive."

Clutching the stardrop she had taken from Cassabrie's sanctum, Koren raised the hood of her Starlighter vestment, shielding her ears from the barrage of splintered sentences. She stepped down and shifted her weight forward. Although the stony material crackled under her boot, the stair held firm. Then, fanning out her cloak, she walked slowly down the stairwell. Ahead lay the darkness of the unknown, a dizzying descent into a river of visible voices.

Koren pressed on. She had no choice. Somewhere in the castle lay the fallen star, Exodus, and Taushin, the new dragon king, had compelled her to locate it—without detection. He waited outside, leaving her to pass through the empty foyer and explore the castle as if she were a burglar.

Her mind's eye drifted beyond Taushin, across the Northlands' snow-covered landscape, southward to the lush, fertile valley where she had left Jason Masters, her new friend from the world of humans, a young man her own age who had tried to rescue her. So much had happened since she had allowed herself to be captured in order to save him from Taushin's sorceress, Zena, and her pack of wolves. Where was he now? Dead? Captured? Had he returned to his own planet and forgotten all about her?

Koren heaved a deep sigh. She had to push away these dark thoughts. Jason was a warrior. Somehow he would have found a way to survive, to continue his quest to free the slaves, even if he had to retreat to the south. One way or the other, he didn't appear to be anywhere in the Northlands vicinity.

As light from the world outside faded behind her, Koren slowed her pace. The never-ending streams of light illuminated the area just enough to allow a view of the dangers—a deep plunge into nothingness on each side and crumbling, narrow steps ahead, seemingly more fragile in the dimness. The slightest misstep could send her tumbling into a bone-breaking crash or hurtling over the precipice.

The stairs went on and on. Doubt stirred with each careful step. How could a star have burrowed into a castle's cellar? Yet the whispering streams had to come from somewhere, making the chasm a likely place to search, if not the safest. The whispers continued, quieter now but still audible in spite of her hood.

"The Starlighter is alone and forsaken. She wants to die."

"Fear not the loss of life. Fear the loss of the eternal. For life can be restored. Once lost, the eternal can never be found again."

Koren kept her stare on the steps in front of her, marching to the beat of an inner rhythm. The fleeting statements seemed to beg to be put together, like puzzle pieces or perhaps threads in a mysterious mosaic. If she concentrated, maybe she could weave them into a coherent story, but so far the big picture seemed elusive.

Her tired feet plodded on and on. With each stair she passed, another appeared in the distance, creating a hypnotizing monotony, darkness giving way to light only to reveal yet another obstacle for her trembling muscles to overcome. Finally, a solid foundation came into view, an expanse that looked like the floor of a cave. A few paces in front of the final stair, a solid wall blocked forward progress. The chamber appeared to be wide open to the left, but it was too dark in that direction to see what might lie in wait. To the right, the whispering streams flowed from a cave opening in another wall.

Koren smacked her lips. Bitterness laced the air and coated her tongue with an acrid film. Taking a deep breath, she strode to the right, her gaze fixed on the cave. The pulsing lights funneled through the entrance, thick and frenzied, like radiant bats fleeing their daytime abode. She lowered her head and pushed through the barrage, trying to ignore the flurry of chaotic whispers.

Light appeared, growing brighter and brighter until she reached a massive chamber where a glowing sphere hovered a foot or so above the floor. As she crossed the threshold, the whispers stopped. All was quiet. Ahead, about twice the span of outstretched dragon wings, the nearly transparent ball of light trembled as if shaking in fear.

A flow of radiance erupted from a point on the surface and shaped into new streams before swimming into the tunnel behind her. At the sphere's lower extremity, liquid dripped to the floor, sizzling on contact. Vapor rose briefly before being sucked into narrow crevices zigzagging across the stone surface.

Koren eyed the vapor-producing liquid seeping into the ground. Pheterone. The miners back home found it in veins that likely originated from this spot.

She peered through the star's curved wall. Inside, a smaller ball of light, about half the size of the entrance to a dragon's cave, floated at eye level. Images flashed on the surface, changing every second—a red dragon, a cattle child, a stone worker with a cart. Each image acted as a layer on the sphere that peeled off in a pulse of light before shooting out as one of the vapors.

Koren touched the edge of the streams' exit point, a jagged hole nearly as big as her hand. As a new stream poured out, the flow warmed her skin. The light filtered through the gaps between her fingers and gathered behind her into yet another tadpole-like projectile.

Mentally, she ran over what little she knew about this star that wasn't a star. Taushin had called it "a celestial angel," referring to the sphere as a guide given to this planet by the Creator. Unbidden, his words rose in her mind. The citizens of the planet labeled it a star, even though they knew that the twinkling dots in the heavens were very different. Although it was somewhat hot centuries ago, Exodus sustained a wound in its outer membrane, and it lost its heat.

As another trickle of warmth leaked from the wound, Koren uncurled the fingers of her other hand, revealing the stardrop. The size of a large knuckle, the sphere glowed with white light.

Her mission was to enter Exodus through the hole and tell Starlight's stories from within. The light energy from her tales should cause Exodus to inflate and rise again. It would then release pheterone, infusing the atmosphere with the gas the dragons required to survive, thereby eliminating the need for human slaves. Her people could finally shake off their chains and return to their home world, Jason's world.

She stared at the pulsing stardrop in her hand. One problem spoiled this scenario. If the hole remained in Exodus, it would eventually sink as it did before, and what they had gained would be lost. Only one alternative seemed to be foolproof—she could enter the star and use the stardrop to seal the hole from the inside. She would become the guiding angel of Starlight—her destiny as a Starlighter, according to Taushin.

Again his words returned to her mind: You may take your place as a star in the sky, a watchful angel who forever tells the Creator's stories to every soul in the world, dragon and human alike ... if they will listen.

If. And if they did not, her sacrifice would be for nothing. For there would be no way out ... ever.

As if waging war in her mind, Taushin's counterargument reverberated.

Why sacrifice? Why risk harm to yourself when it is possible to gain what you long for without it? With your power, I am sure you can keep the star aloft long enough for me to get the slaves out. To be eternally trapped while your liberated friends celebrate their freedom without you would be the greatest of tortures. Yes, you would feel some joy ... temporarily. But what about after a hundred years? A thousand years? Ten thousand? After every rejoicing slave is dead, you will be hovering over a thankless land, forever and ever. Your sorrow will never end.

Koren shook her head, trying to sling the competing thoughts away. No matter what she decided to do later, she could do nothing from outside the star. Maybe when she entered, a new secret would be revealed that would make her decision an easier one.

She pushed the edge of the hole to one side. It stretched easily. As if in response, a low wail sounded from the inner sphere. She pulled again, stretching the gap and pushing her head and torso inside. Another wail, longer and louder, echoed throughout the sphere's inner cavity.

She slid all the way in and allowed the pliable membrane to ease back into place, leaving a slightly larger hole than before. This time a gentle sigh drifted from wall to wall.

Koren stood on the curved floor, angling her body to keep her balance. "Is someone in here?" she called.

Her own words bounced back at her, repeating her question several times before fading.

A voice emanated from the small inner sphere. "Who are you?"

Koren let her boots slide down to the bottom of the floor. As she approached the source of the voice, she spoke in a soothing tone. "My name is Koren."

"Koren?" The images on the sphere's surface stopped, freezing at a portrait of Koren pulling a cart filled with honeycombs. "Koren, the Starlighter who works for Arxad?"

"Yes." She reached a hand toward the sphere, feeling the energy flowing from the speaking ball. "What is your name?"

The flow diminished. Then, as if deflating, the sphere contracted, growing taller in proportion to its width. It formed into the shape of a girl, and the colors in the portrait spread across her body—red into her flowing hair, green into her eyes, and blue into a cloak that matched Koren's. Only her dress remained white. Finally, every detail crystallized. She seemed as human as any young woman on Starlight. It was like looking at a mirror ... with one exception.

Koren looked down at her own clothes. Although she wore the Starlighter's cloak, the black dress Zena had forced upon her covered her body from neck to knees, and the equally black boots adorned her feet, tied at the back to mid-calf.

The girl stared, her expression curious, yet sad. With her hood raised, she tilted her head to the side and spoke softly. "Why are you here, Koren?"

Koren glanced back at the hole. The question felt like a challenge, a rebuke. It would be easy to retreat and slide out, run away from this responsibility ... too easy. "I'm here to try to resurrect Exodus."

"It is impossible," the girl said with an ache in her voice. "I have tried for many years, but the star will not rise. No matter how many tales I tell, Exodus remains here, trapped in the grasp of Starlight itself."

Koren swallowed. Whoever this girl was, she had obviously suffered greatly. "What's your name?"

Blinking, the girl tilted her head to the other side. "My name?"

"Yes. I'm Koren, and you're ..." She nodded, hoping to prompt the girl for an answer.

The girl averted her eyes and stared blankly at the wound in the sphere's surface. Her cheeks changed hue, though not with normal red tones. It seemed that the colors from the flashing images bled into the surface of her skin. "My name," she repeated in a whisper. "That is a thought that has not entered my mind in a very long time."

"You mean, you don't remember your own name?"

"A name from long ago is returning. I know not whether it is mine or another's." She returned her gaze to Koren, her face still infused with multicolored splotches. "Does Brinella suit me?"

"Brinella," Koren repeated. "It's lovely."

"Good. Then I will—" Brinella stiffened. Her eyes shot wide open. As if seized by convulsions, her body heaved. Words poured from her mouth, a river of competing voices, yet none matching her own.

"I am from another world. I have come to request help against the forces of corruption."

"But you're a dragon. You captured our people and enslaved them."

"Don't worry. He's with us."

"But how can you trust one of them?"

As the words continued to spew, they became garbled, unintelligible. They collected into streams and shot out the hole, and once outside, they formed into glowing whisperers and swam through the tunnel.

After nearly a minute of disgorging, Brinella finally stopped. Holding a hand against her stomach, she looked at Koren, her face now pale. "I apologize for that outburst. When the tales of Starlight fill me, they must eventually come out."

"It's all right. Feel free to ... uh ... empty yourself whenever you need to." Koren suppressed a grimace. Brinella's role as a guiding angel of Starlight surely had many drawbacks. She nodded toward the wound in the surface. "Have you tried to escape through that hole?"

"I cannot escape, Koren. Exodus must have a Star-lighter dwelling within, or it will collapse and no longer feed the air with sustenance. Because of my love for this world and our Creator, I made a vow to stay here. If I were to leave my post untended and break my vow, I would become a disembodied spirit, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. I would have no path to paradise. My best hope is to die here. Since I am bound to Exodus, its destruction by the hand of another will bring about my death. Then I will fly to the Creator and live with him forever."

"But no one would want to destroy Exodus. It's the only hope for dragons and humans."

"I know," Brinella said. "If I could make Exodus fly and once again fill the atmosphere with life-giving sustenance, I would. But I cannot."

Koren slanted her head upward. Directly above, a channel at least as wide as Exodus led to a faraway light, apparently an exit to the outside, perhaps at the top of one of the mountains that rose behind the castle. "I don't understand. The dragon king said I could inflate Exodus and make it rise again."

Brinella looked away. "If the dragon king said so, then you are able."

"Really?" Koren slid to the side to catch her gaze again. As she studied Brinella, more of Taushin's instructions came to mind. I alone know how a Starlighter can resurrect the star, and now I reveal the secret, a prophecy hidden from other dragons, even Tamminy. Once your will is set to raise Exodus, a crown of light will appear within the star. Take it. Wear it. Only then will you have the ability you need to accomplish this task. It is the crown that gives you the ability to hear Starlight's tales, a spiritual receiver that collects the planet's joys and woes.

Yet Brinella wore no visible crown. "If I am able, then why aren't you?"

Brinella pushed her cloak to the side, revealing a gap in her dress just under her rib cage. The length of a hand, the rip in the material appeared to be stained red. "Like Exodus, I am wounded. Because a spear pierced its skin, it also pierced me. I have not the power that I possessed before. I am still able to collect and tell Starlight's tales, but I do so now without providing the wisdom that follows the words."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Diviner by Bryan Davis Copyright © 2011 by Bryan Davis . Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    More books in this series

    When reading some of the reviews, I noticed people asking if there were more books in this series. I have been reading Bryan Davis's books for a couple of years now and here is what I understand. There will be five books in this series. However there is another series that involves this series. It is kind of confusing but I will try to explain. This other series is from Adrian's (Jason's brother) point of view. It provides details to the story that aren't in the Starlighter series. The first book of this series is Masters and Slayers. I actually like this series better. Bryan Davis recomends that you read Starlighter then Masters and Slayers then Warrior then Third Starlighter then Diviner ... alternating back and forth between the two series. I really enjoy this series and definitely recomend it to everyone who likes any kind of adventure story. If you liked this series at all you should check out Bryan Davis's other series called Dragons in our Midst. It is a million times better than this series. (And that is saying a lot because I love this series too) Bryan Davis is the best author in the world!!!

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Koren knows it will not be easy to sever her ties with Taushin.

    Koren knows it will not be easy to sever her ties with Taushin. But even if she uses every bit of willpower within her, will that still not be enough?

    Elyssa and Jason discover even more brutalities that the dragons inflict on humans. Does the suffering never end? Yet still, many of the slaves hardly want to be saved, thinking they are as free as possible.

    Elyssa also discovers new aspects of her powerful gifts. She learns the secret after all these years as to what makes her a diviner.

    After reading Third Starlighter, I was, thrilled to read the next chronological book in Bryan Davis' twin Starlight series. I was hoping that it would continue immediately, and all that would have changed was the cover. Well... not quite. The two series are a bit different than I before realized, mainly because of focusing on different characters, and the fact that each deals with a different half of the equation. Especially in the case of Third Starlighter and Diviner, it is almost humorous how you can mentally align events but somehow, the characters rarely meet. I really enjoy the full spectrum that provided.

    Now for Diviner itself, as I stated before, I wanted to jump right in. As it turned out, for whatever reason, it actually took me a little while to get into this book. Not long, and I was completely hooked after, but the first few chapters failed to grab my attention. Another nice thing in this book is how we finally got to spend more time with some of the characters who were minor in the previous books, but had major roles in this one. And while I am sad that these series are coming to an end, nevertheless, I still cannot wait to read Liberator.

    I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Got to check out this series!

    I read this book without reading the first two books, good thing this is a stand-alone and besides Mr. Davis hints the backgrounds of the characters, so it’s not that hard for me to get a good grip to the story.

    Praise for the cover, it’s wonderful and beautifully designed!

    I really enjoy reading and learning about how Koren, Elyssa, Jason and the dragons worked together to work against the dragon, King Taushin, and other dragons. In this book, the climax started to an ultimate battle between Taushin, leading the dragons, and the humans from Darksphere who are attempting to lead the unwilling slaves. Diviner takes the reader deeper into the mysteries of Starlight, its past and the unusual, turbulent relationship between dragons and humans.

    There are a lot of revelations. And the characters are more determined to free the people. I’m just a little bit confused about the white dragon, if he’s the creator, he should be able to alter things. Maybe Mr. Davis intend to reveal this thing in the next book. Or maybe we could relate it into our world, there is God, but He still let us choose, He gave us free will in order for us to choose right from wrong.

    It’s a book full of action, with dragons flying, throwing flames, sword-fighting, etc,. I couldn’t seem to put this book down, I am so into every adventure in this book, the storyline is getting complicated what with all those characters, but a reader could still keep up, it seems every character thrust into the story takes on a life of its on, not letting (me) forget them that easily.

    The author brings to existence a new world where dragons exist, I enjoy reading and I feel comfortable in this new world he created.

    The best thing I want in this book are the subtle messages about wisdom, faith and hope. It’s just that as I read the lines, and then something struck within me. It’s never a nuisance at all, it made me realize things…:) thanks to the author…

    Mr. Davis weaves a wonderful story of love, sacrifice, truth and faith. I can't wait to see how it ends in the Fourth book Liberator. The story unfolds even more and answers start to come to the surface, and it still leaves you with answers to come. So many of my questions were answered - and many new ones were raised. I cannot wait for the final book.

    When Diviner ended we were left wondering who will survive. Will Starlight ever be free or will history be repeated? Will Starlight learn the truth or will Taushin blinds them as their new Black King?

    A must read! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Not Sure What to Think

    This has been by far the best book in the series. The only negative which I can find (which is a really big one), is that a day after I finished the book I couldn¿t remember what I had read and I don¿t have much of a desire to read it again. It is really too bad, because I really did enjoy reading and learning about how Koren, Elyssa, Jason and the dragons worked together to work against the dragon, King Taushin, and other dragons.

    I do wonder if there is going to be another book, this one ended with loose ends. I want to learn what happens between Koren and King Taushin, Elyssa and Jason, and the dragons in the humans world.

    I recommend this book, because it is the next one in the series and it is good as it is being read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Diviner by Bryan Davis for free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255. All links were current when posted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly recommended!-epic series!!

    This story is so amazing! I got books #1&2. I barely got any homework done. Not good for a freshman in college!!! This series is great for high school and beyond. It keeps you guessing, and it is NOT predictable. I hope there is more to come. I am sick of all the vampire hype!

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Love these books!

    The books in this series are awesome!!!!! Super high action! Is there another one!?!?

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    The excitement continues in book 3 of the Dragons of Starlight

    DRAGONS OF STARLIGHT DIVINER By Bryan Davis DIVINER picks up where WARRIOR left us. Koren has entered the castle of the White Dragon in search of Exodus. With her, she is carrying the stardrop she removed from Cassabrie's sanctum. When she finds the fallen star she enters through its wound and finds another Starlighter. Within Exodus resides an injured Starlighter called Brinella. But because of condition Koren's appearance Brinella rejects Koren as a Starlighter and instead accuses her of being a sorceress! After Brinella's rejection Koren goes in search of the White Dragon. Jason and his father Edison have traveled into the dangers of the southern forests where they find Elyssa. When Edison is captured by a dragon Arxad's wife Fellina and his daughter Zenith agree to help Jason rescue his father. But instead Jason rescues a young slave he names Solace. Tibalt finds his way back to Starlight from Major Four and joins in the search for Jason. Koren again seeks out Brinella and tells her story. Brinella convinced by Koren's words that she is indeed a Starlighter accepts her offer of help. Brinella prays to the Creator for release from Exodus and Koren is left to tend the fallen star. Using the stardrop, Koren seals Exodus's wound trapping herself within Exodus. As she raises the fallen star she joins Elyssa, Fellina, and Tilbalt in their search for Jason. On Major Four Randall, Arxad, and Magnar are attempting to gather a human army. An army that will travel to Starlight to battle Taushin. As they work in stealth they discover that Marcelle is already at work gathering an army. When Randall and Arxad go through the Northland portal they bring Orion along as incentive for the soliders and they leave Magnar behind so as to not bring the curse down upon him. When Jason and Edison are found they are badly injured so Fellina and Elyssa take them to the Northlands for healing, but with only one stardrop available Elyssa must make a choice. Will she swallow the stardrop risking her life so she can save both men or will she choice to use the stardrop to save just one? Elyssa decides to take the risk. While they are in the Northlands Petra is reunited with her body. Koren tries to bring the slaves into rebellion against their dragon masters and escape to freedom on Major Four, but Taushin convinces the slaves that they don't want sudden freedom. They want it slowly, a little at a time, as he promises to give it to them. As Koren tries to reason with the ''lost ones'' the ancient spear that brought Exodus down all those years ago is used against Exodus again. Koren is injured but still she continues telling her Starlighter tales to the people. But when the spear is ripped out of Exodus the disease that Arxad feared is released. As the people of Starlight succumb to the deadly plague only three are immune - Jason, Elyssa, and Cassabrie. Cassabrie is now within Exodus determined to save the people of Starlight but what price is she willing to pay? Determined to infect the army from Major Four, Taushin sends a dragon to the north with an infected person. The dragon who accomplishes this deed is promised the only two uninfected humans left on Starlight: Jason and Elyssa to use however they wish. When Diviner ends we are left wondering who will survive. Will Starlight ever be free or will history be repeated? Will Starlight have a Starlighter to show them the truth or will Taushin make Starlight as blind as its new Black King. Publisher provided ARCo

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    can't wait

    I have read Starligher and warrior by Bryan Davis and have to say it's amazing. I can't wait for the Diviner to come out in Nook Book. Can't wait. Look forward to seeing this story unfolds even more. Also, look forward to see how many more new charachters will join the story.

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