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Raising Dragons

by Bryan Davis
Series: Dragons In Our Midst #1
416 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Clodsley S.

Deep, Christian morals that will reach out to anyone. Several theological issues.

Plot

For his whole life, Billy Bannister always thought he was just a normal kid. Until one day, he finds out that his father was once a dragon! Now that's something you don't hear every day, is it? At the same time, Bonnie Silver has known that her mother was a dragon for her whole life. Why does she wear that big backpack? She's hiding a beautiful set of dragon wings! The two meet each other and find that there's a man after them--and he happens to be their principal, Mr. Whittier. Through Bonnie's and Billy's trek through the mountains of Virginia they must risk life and limb and rely on God through their toils.

Morality

Good is good and evil is evil (really, really evil).

Spiritual Content

Bonnie is a Christian, Billy is not yet. Bonnie is deeper in her faith than Billy. She has a poster of an angel on her bedroom wall that has a verse from the Bible on it, and she writes prayers in her journal. Merlin appears a few times, but he never seems to use magic. See Editor's Note.

Violence

Swords and shields line the walls of the principal's office, for starters (Wouldn't want to have detention in there!). Bonnie gets stuck in broken glass while Mr. Whittier is trying to drag her out of a car. Billy's mom sprains her ankle, and there are lots of other instances with characters getting sprains, cuts, and bruises. One character is shot and there's a lot of blood. Billy gets cut across the head and lots of Mr. Whittier's cronies get smashed against trees and end up being injured or dying. In a flashback, Bonnie tells Billy that the last time she had seen her mother was when she had been shot and there was a bleeding hole in her chest.

Drug and Alcohol Content

There's a mentioning of a high schooler smoking, but it's brief.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None. The "thank God's" are all serious, and not just blurted out for something to say.

Conclusion

This book has deeply Christian morals, telling readers to rely on God in their most dire hours. The violence has its place, and there is no swearing or anything along those lines. I loved every word of this book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next books in the series.

Editor's Note:

Readers should be aware that Davis represents dragons as not only good characters, but ones capable of a form of salvation. This brings up deep biblical issues that should not be lightly passed over, and it is SCR's position that these books should be viewed with a critical and discerning eye.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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