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.
Third Starlighter (Tales of Starlight Series)by Bryan Davis
Adrian Masters journeys into the wilderness of Starlight, the dragon planet, in search of his brother Frederick who has built a refuge for runaway slaves. Carrying the comatose body of Marcelle and accompanied by two liberated slave girls, Adrian has to find medical help for Marcelle, but the slave master dragons will kill him on sight if he comes out
Adrian Masters journeys into the wilderness of Starlight, the dragon planet, in search of his brother Frederick who has built a refuge for runaway slaves. Carrying the comatose body of Marcelle and accompanied by two liberated slave girls, Adrian has to find medical help for Marcelle, but the slave master dragons will kill him on sight if he comes out of hiding.
Adrian hopes to join his brother and devise a plan to rescue other humans enslaved on Starlight. Since he cannot leave Marcelle alone, her nearly lifeless body becomes a physical and emotional anchor, and he is torn between helping her or attempting to rescue the slaves.
Meanwhile, Marcelle’s spirit travels to their home planet in search of military help. She is able to materialize there in a temporary body that looks corpselike and feels icy cold. Because of her appearance, Governor Orion persecutes her as a sorceress and sentences her to burn at the stake. Yet, she has hope of rescue in three allies—her father; an eccentric former teacher; and the mysterious Starlighter, Cassabrie.
Filled with excitement, twists and turns, and thought-provoking dilemmas, Third Starlighter will keep readers turning the pages.
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I've been reading Tales of Starlight in conjunction with Dragons of Starlight to get the overall picture of the storyline. I'm very impressed with the character development throughout the storyline; Mr. Davis has written characters that the reader can legitimately care about. Dialogue and interaction between the characters is lively and interesting and helps to drive the plot along. The environments of both Mesolantrum and Starlight (Darksphere and Dracon?) are convincing and well thought out. The history of both worlds is well developed. Combining these things with poetry and song interspersed throughout the storyline suggests a J.R.R. Tolkien influence. My only complaint about the storyline is that occasionally events from one book cross over into another without warning or explanation. This is remedied by reading both the teen and adult series, but it does lead to "where did that come from" moments. Overall, a minor detail. I appreciate reading the work of a Christian author who sees no need to resort to profanity, excessive bloodshed or sexual content. Such content is slowly creeping into Christian fiction and Mr. Davis refuses to surrender to that influence. As a fellow Christian author, I find that highly commendable. If you are looking for good, clean entertainment on an epic scale with a number of positive spiritual messages to consider, Bryan Davis is the author for you.
Adrian continues to search for Fredrick's slave refuge on Starlight. But while he hoped to find a home base to help the slaves escape, he found something entirely different. Between a murderer, rumors of the Bloodless circulating, and a child displaying wisdom years beyond her age, Adrian finds plenty to keep him busy. Marcelle returns to Major Four separated from her mortal body and wearing a cloak of earth. As with Adrian, she runs into more than she gambled for. Being labeled as a sorceress, she finds it near impossible to convince the military to journey to Starlight. In a word: wow. I absolutely loved this book and read it every chance I had. It contains that addictive quality that all of my favorite books have, but I can never quite seem to pin it. Third Starlighter dove right into the heart of the story, answering so many of my questions about the story. While it seemed Warrior explained everything, in actuality it only gave a piece of the story, and now I can appreciate the brilliance of having the two companion series. For this tale, it is symbiotic. This novel also dealt heavily with the concepts of humility and building character. The story is written in a way that focuses on individual's experiences, but still provides a complete aspect with excellent pacing and description. If you're looking for an engaging series, I would suggest you read both Tales of Starlight and Dragons of Starlight. You don't want to miss this series. I received a free copy of this book from Living Ink Books, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I have read the first book "Masters and Slayers", and it was eliquent and addictive. I then searched out other books by Davis and decided to read the teen parallel series "Dragons of Starlight". Both series mirror each other while entertwining you through out each story line. I have read both "Starlighter" and "Warrior" and they are equally created compared to the "Masters and Slayers" book. I am now awaiting both " Third Starlighter" and " Deviner" for both series. This story is a must read for anyone with a love for advanture and mystery, Davis does a great job revealing just enough and keeping you interested with no possible way of knowing which way he will turn in his climaxes. I strongly recommend both series for adults and the teen series is perfect for any child that has ever used an imagination. Not to gorry and no hint of stepping over bounds in the intimacy department....in one word, PERFECT. So I will update my review as soon as I get through the "Third Starlighter" book.
Master & Slayers the 1st book is AMAZING!!! I read it in about 4 days. The companion teen series - Warrior, and Starlighter. Are extremely well written. This complex intreging plot line is a must read for any fansty lover.