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Posted November 19, 2013
Posted August 19, 2013
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.
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Posted October 9, 2010
What I enjoyed most about this book is how Bryan Davis took the true facts of history and wove his own story in with it, he managed to do it in a way that made since and seemed possible. In this book you learn the history of the dragons and the past of the characters from Dragons in Our Midst. Read together the two series make one epic adventure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2010
Posted September 21, 2010
When I first read this book, I was expecting it to be a lot like the Dragons in our Midst series. However, it didn't take me long to realize that Eye of the Oracle goes deeper then DioM ever did. In this amazing prequel Bryan Davis weaves a story of adventure, triumph, sorrow, romance, evil villains, and memorable characters. This is one truly fantastic book, and I would recommend it to anyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2010
It was so great for me to find out that Mr. Davis had made another series that continued the DIOM series!
Eye of the Oracle was a astounding book! This book brings you all the way back in time to Noah and the flood.
And slowly makes it's way back to the present. It introduces new characters that you grow to know, along with the characters you already know.
This is a great starting book for Oracles of Fire series! Another must read from Mr. Davis!
Posted September 19, 2010
Bryan Davis handles the plot exceptionally well in this novel. It's a little more history then the average plot. This is, of course hard to not do when the timeline spans some five thousand years.
Even with the 'history' factor of the novel, the author still manages to draw you in and keep you there until the end. While Mr. Davis may have done very well at keeping the reader, he also established many sub-plots. The main plot itself was almost the collection of sub-plots and I think it depends on the reader whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. I somewhat enjoyed it.
The amount of detail put into this book is superb. It revealed many of the mysteries of Dragons in our Midst while creating some of its own.
With some fifteen to twenty main characters in the books cast, I had no trouble distinguishing any. Even two characters who were supposed to be completely identical, I could recognize because of their slightly differing characteristics and behavior.
I can only imagine how tedious the task must have been creating so many characters over the book's timeline. It being four/five thousand years long many characters were born and many died. Yet with all the characters, they all have unique personalities. I fell in love with each and every character even though it becomes clear who the protagonist is in the story.
Mr. Davis knows his craft. I can honestly say I saw no writing issues in this novel. To hook a reader for, in a sense, four thousand years you have to have a lot of things-loveable and realistic characters, exciting plotline-but you really have to be able to bring it all together with good writing. And Bryan Davis does just that.
Whether you're a long-time Dragons in Our Midst fan or you've never read anything by the author before, you will love this book. Eye of the Oracle is a great book with Christian values and is a welcome addition to my shelf
Posted September 18, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2010
"eye of the oracle" is the 1st book in Bryan davis' new series "the Oracles of fire" based upon the beloved characters of his "Dragons in our midst" series. with a book that is over 600 pages long you would think it would be an awesome read....and you know what.......IT IS!!!!!!! Though the characters from his first series are not in it at first(not to worry though they do come back:) this book blends bible timelines with epic though fictional characters. this book will rock you're sox off!!! and be an awesome beginning to a new series!! you must read thisWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2010
First of all, before you read Eye of the Oracle, read the Dragons in our Midst series. This book gives behind-the-scenes information on those four books. Second, this book was incredible! Eye of the Oracle is the first in another four-book series in the Dragons in our Midst universe. It brings back old friends and introduces new ones. Experience all of their adventures with them as they battle evil and grow in thier relationship with God. If you want to further understand the Dragons in our Midst books, read this! If you want to read another incredible series by Bryan Davis, read this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 17, 2010
I have always loved reading, but Eye of the Oracle was the first book I could really say was my favorite. 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 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 September 16, 2010
While fans of the Dragons in our Midst series may take a while to become accustomed to a wonderful new spread of brave, heroic characters, all who venture into the pages of this book will soon learn to love, bleed, and cry with all of the children, youth, ancient prophets, and four-thousand year old teenagers through their tribulations and bold conquests as they battle against whole new heights of evil. Plus, this exciting prequel to Dragons in our Midst offers plenty of new dragons and worlds to discover and explore, while elaborating on a plethora of briefly-mentioned historical characters and events from the previous series that you know you want to know moreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.