The CAndlestoneby Bryan Davis
Series: Dragons in Our Midst #2
404 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by the_narniac
Great Christian, suspense story that teaches readers about the nature of God.
PlotA mysterious book leads Billy into mortal combat with a powerful dragon slayer. Separated from his friends and finding his dragon traits useless against his enemy, he has to rely on new weapons, a sword and shield he cannot even see.
A scientist lures Bonnie to his laboratory with amazing news - her mother is still alive! He sends her to retrieve her mother from the candlestone, a strange, paralyzing gem that absorbs light and with it, the strength of dragons and their offspring.
When Billy's world is falling apart and Bonnie is desperately stuck in the candlestone, they both must rely on God in order to defeat the age-old dragon slayer.
MoralityThe good guys stand up for each other and help each other throughout the story. Friends risk their lives for each other. The bad guys use deceit to achieve purposes and lie throughout the story.
Spiritual ContentBonnie, Billy, the Professor, and many other people who are on the good side are Christians. Bonnie has a poster of an angel in her room. Many characters pray to God for guidance and help. Merlin appears in light energy and takes over the Professor's body. This is because Merlin is a prophet of God and was commissioned to guide the Professor in his journey with Billy. Words mysteriously appear in a special book as characters achieve various goals. These words are sent from Merlin. A character's grandfather becomes light energy when he dies and his light covers the character and whispers that he is going to a better place (Heaven).
ViolenceSwords and spears abound. The giant dragon slayer grabs a character around her waist and lifts her, crumpling her dragon-inherited wings. Some characters bleed from sword wounds. Billy gets angry at a bad guy and uses his dragon-inherited fire breath to destroy him. A group of bad guys jump the good guys and some are hurt. Billy is kidnapped and stuffed in the trunk of a car with some gasoline tanks so that if he tries to escape by using his fire breath, he would die.
Drug and Alcohol ContentNone.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone. The "oh God!" and "thank God!" phrases are all sincere two-word prayers. If Hell is mentioned, it is as the name of the actual place, not a curse word.
ConclusionThis book has deep 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 this book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next books in the series.
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.
|Written for Age:||13+|
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