Song of the Ovulum (Children of the Bard Series #1)

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It has been fifteen years since Billy and Bonnie Bannister helped repel the demonic assault on Heaven. Now they and Ashley Foley sit in a maximum security prison where the authorities conduct experiments on them to learn the secrets of long life. Earlier, the world’s acceptance of dragonkind crumbled, and the Enforcers took the infant twins born to Billy and Bonnie and stole Excalibur, hoping to develop a weapon to battle the dragons that are sure to try to rescue their allies. All the while, a great secret from ...

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It has been fifteen years since Billy and Bonnie Bannister helped repel the demonic assault on Heaven. Now they and Ashley Foley sit in a maximum security prison where the authorities conduct experiments on them to learn the secrets of long life. Earlier, the world’s acceptance of dragonkind crumbled, and the Enforcers took the infant twins born to Billy and Bonnie and stole Excalibur, hoping to develop a weapon to battle the dragons that are sure to try to rescue their allies. All the while, a great secret from the past is being revealed to Bonnie through a dream. Joran and Selah, teenaged children of Methuselah, have been trapped in a strange world for centuries, yet still able to manipulate certain events in our world during that time.
 
Walter Foley finds the Bannisters’ son and hopes to use his dragon traits to help him rescue the prisoners. In the meantime, an ancient demon locates the Bannisters’ daughter and plans to use her to help him discover the hiding place of the most powerful ovulum in the world and squelch its protective song. With that ovulum in his possession, he will be able to conquer and control both Earth and Second Eden.
 
The fate of two worlds now rests on the Bannisters’ two teenagers who must use their dragon traits and their innate courage to battle demons, a sorceress, and soldiers in a military compound in order to rescue parents they don’t even know.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899578804
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Series: Children of the Bard Series , #1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 321,388
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

    Bryan Davis is the author of the best-selling Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series, contemporary/fantasy blends for young people. His book Eye of the Oracle hit number one on the January 2007, Young Adult CBA best-seller list. His book The Bones of Makaidos won the 2010 Clive Staples Award, recognizing the best work in Christian worldview speculative fiction. With the September 2010 release of Masters & Slayers, Bryan has begun his first fantasy series for adults, Tales of Starlight.

    Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). 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 theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.

    Bryan continues to further his writing education by attending relevant writing conferences and conventions. Bryan is a craftsman with words and an excellent interviewee on various topics, including his books, young adult fantasy fiction, and creative writing in general.  He makes appearances around the country for book signings and for special presentations to enthusiastic young readers and developing young authors in middle schools, high schools, and homeschool groups. Although he is now a full time writer, Bryan was a computer professional for over 20 years. Bryan and his wife, Susie, have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    The Story Continues...

    On August 23, 2010, I learned that Bryan Davis was officially going to begin work on his new series to follow the story of Dragons In Our Midst and Oracles of Fire. When I finally began reading Song of the Ovulum, my heart began racing with excitement. I found so much delight in seeing the old characters I love return to the written world in yet another masterful story. New characters as well joined in the adventure, and I was eager to get to know them as they partook in this quest for good to triumph. From the first page, the story drew me in. As the plot continued to unfold I was laughing and crying, anxious to find what part all characters would take in this new series. Song of the Ovulum left me enthralled with its story, but still eagerly looking forward to the next addition. It was filled with the qualities of friendship, sacrifice, and God's love. Children of the Bard is off to an amazing start, and my high expectations were not only fulfilled, but exceeded as I read the first volume in this series. I am delighted by Song of the Ovulum, and overjoyed with the opportunity to continue this journey even more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Excellent start to the new series

    Fifteen years have passed since the happy ending of The Bones of Makaidos. And in those years, the dragons' hopes of peaceful coexistence with humans have vanished. Now, humans who distrust dragons and want to exploit their powers for their own use have captured several anthrozils in the interests of "national security."

    But instead of giving us the story through the eyes of familiar characters, Bryan Davis allows us to see the world afresh, through the thoughts and acts of a new generation. While Billy, Bonnie, and the rest do play a part, most of the action is on Lauren, Matt, and two characters from the dateless past: Joran and Selah, son and daughter of Methuselah.

    Some might call this a risky move. After all, he has spent the past eight books letting us get to know these characters, so why shift all of a sudden? But there is no fear of alienating the reader. Instead, by having the focus on new characters, Song of the Ovulum reads like something new. This is fitting because this story is something new. Yes, it's in the same story universe, but the world is different. I won't give a whole lot away to those who haven't read the book yet, but the happy ending in The Bones of Makaidos isn't so happy a few years later. The world has changed.

    Davis also tries a new model of storytelling that pays off. The story switches back and forth from the near future to events from long ago, told in a way that is both creative and easy to keep track of. I don't want to say what it is, but Bryan Davis does a masterful job of keeping the reader engaged with two distinct story lines that feature the same villain, and without causing any confusion.

    The only negative, if I must call it that, is this: the book isn't all that suitable for newcomers to the series. It assumes the readers are familiar with the previous eight books, even though the characters are new, and some of the flashbacks won't be appreciated by those who have not read the previous books. So for a first-time reader, I would say this: Song of the Ovulum is really book nine in a longer series, and it would be best for them to start with Raising Dragons and experience the adventure from there.


    FTC disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free of charge, for review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Responding to Alisha L. From the review from June 24, 2011.

    Your review is in the book. That is really cool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Discover what the Song of the Ovulum is!

    SONG OF THE OVULUM Children of the Bard Book 1 By Bryan Davis Song of the Ovulum is the first book in a new series (Children of the Bard) by Bryan Davis. Though this is a new series it builds on two previous series Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire. If you have not read the previous two series, read the recap at the end of this book so you will have a basic understanding of preceding events and characters. Song of the Ovulum covers two timelines. The first is Joran and Selah's story. Their story picks up the day before the Great Flood that will destroy everyone and everything not aboard Noah's Ark. The second story is Matt and Lauren's, who are two 16 year olds with unique abilities. Matt can sense danger and avert disaster before it happens, he also never gets cold. Lauren can hear voices that no one else can hear as they are so quiet (whispers or talking to one's self). Lauren also glows in the dark. What happens when events bring these two together? Are the rumors true? Are Lauren and Matt anthrozils and have their true identities been hidden from them? Take a journey through time and other dimensions and learn a lesson in mercy and forgiveness while demons, dragons and humanity battle for Heaven and Earth. Who will be victorious? An exciting page turner you won't want to put down. Discover the Song of the Ovulum along with Joran, Selah, Matt and Lauren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Best book series I've read, I hope Bryan Davis passes some of hi

    Best book series I've read, I hope Bryan Davis passes some of his story writing ability to his children! What a fantastic book! I look forward to reading all of his books to my own children one day. Thank you for such amazing books Bryan,, keep up the beautiful work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Cool

    Love the books, but needs to be longer. Or more books

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    I am probably one of Mr. Davis's greatest fans, but I was somewh

    I am probably one of Mr. Davis's greatest fans, but I was somewhat disappointed with this book. Sure, we still have the dragons and the Anthrozils. But the thing that I disliked most about this book was the fact that on each page, someone seemed to be in trouble, guns were being shot, or something of the like. I understand an author wanting to make his book exciting for his readers, and Bryan Davis has done just that with his Dragons in our Midst Series. But the one thing that I wished he would have done differently on this book was to tone things down a notch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Epic

    Love his books!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Awseomw Awsome Author!

    Love his series and just started the starlighter series! Keep making books Bryan!

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    The Story Continues!

    Fans of the Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series have waited a long time for this book, and I am happy to say they will not be disappointed. Song of the Ovulum took me on an exhilarating ride from cover to cover, alongside characters I quickly came to love. This book has it all: fast-paced conflict, heart-stopping plot twists, and a beautiful message that left me feeling inspired and refreshed. There were moments where I wished I could leap through the pages and join in the action! Bryan Davis is a master storyteller. Book Two cannot come fast enough.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Amazing story based on a fantastic storyworld

    Song of the Ovulum is the first book in Bryan Davis' new series, Children of the Bard, which builds upon two past series, Dragons in our Midst, and Eye of the Oracle. While it is helpful to read the other two series to get the maximum enjoyment out of this, I believe anyone can enjoy it nonetheless.

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    Song of the Ovulum follows two main sub-plots that work together to the conclusion. Matt and Lauren are two sixteen-year-olds who begin to realize they have abilities that are unlike those of the normal human as they both find themselves in a strange prison that holds mysterious prisoners. The second plot follows the story of Joran and Selah, the children of Methuselah and grandchildren of Enoch as they travel through fascinating and dangerous lands in hopes to sometime escape the expansive prison they live in.
    For more information on the book, visit the book's web page.

    If you've read my reviews of previous Davis titles then you know that for some reason, I have had past troubles reading the author's books straight through. Something about them typically just makes it difficult to stay in the story continually. I read this book digitally on the computer straight through. It hooked me that much. I very much enjoyed this novel.
    The book starts with a prologue in first person explaining a tragedy that has befallen some of the original anthrozils. It hooks the reader from the very first page and doesn't let up. The tale goes through various points in time and locations. The book references events from past books and can be really rewarding for readers that have read both of the Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire series'. What I thought most interesting is how the world reacts to the dragons, anthrozil's, and Second Eden. The past books have left the world out of what's really going on, but this book engages the rest of the world full on and it was definitely an interesting idea to explore.
    The characters were very fleshed out, and while they kept their perfect characteristics that all of the protagonists of Davis books are known to carry with them, they still maintain their realistic nature. Many might complain about this factor-that they don't mess up-but I think Mr. Davis handles it well and doesn't make the characters seem less real at all. The characters are well developed, attachable, and realistic.
    The writing in the book was outstanding, showing just how much the author knows his craft. P.O.V.'s, while hard to discern sometimes, never switched mid-scene. Description was wonderful and easy to see while also leaving room to the reader's imagination. The writing was done very well.
    The majority of the time is spent in one place, which I found a little irritating. I thought that the location was a little boring at first, but it soon because a set piece for a very nice plot. I look forward to some more varied settings in the future books of the series, but I can definitely see the purpose of the location in this book.
    Overall, I really loved the book. It kept me engaged and wanting to return to read it again and again. The themes are really beautiful-mercy, love, forgiveness, sacrifice-and they are displayed wonderfully. I know at least a few people that will complain about the perfect characters, but it really didn't faze me at all. The characters were well done. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any fan of Mr. Davis' or anyone looking for a nice piece of fiction f

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Great Book!

    Bryan Davis has done it again with Song of the Ovulum! This wonderful book is filled with action and packed full of spiritual truths. Watching the characters grow in their faith and risk their lives for each other has inspired me to become a better person and closer to God. Every page in Song of the Ovulum is filled with page-turning events that make you never want put it down.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Mr. Davis has Done it Yet Again! FANTASTIC!!!

    Wow. And we thought this series was over. I can't imagine it without "Song of the Ovulum" anymore. It was a perfect addition: filled with the same action, suspense, high stakes, and unshakable faith as the first eight. From "Raising Dragons" through "The Bones of Makaidos", we have been growing to know and love Billy, Bonnie, Walter, Ashley, and all their friends. This book not only brought back nearly all the familiar faces, it introduced still more characters just as captivated and endearing as the originals. The stakes seemed so high, I often found myself thinking that there was no possible way out this time, but I was again proven wrong. Dragons, at least those that serve the Lord, really can take on almost anything. From the days of the flood, all the way to the stormy world relations with Second Eden, Mr. Davis has shown his amazing skill in weaving memorable characters into fantastical worlds where anything and everything might happen: plants may turn to people, voices may be stolen and returned, and songs of mercy have power incomprehensible. For those of you who thought the ride was over with "The Bones of Makaidos": Buckle your seat belts and get ready to dive in even farther, because you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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