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Tears of a Dragon

by Bryan Davis
Series: Dragons in Our Midst #4
363 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by the_narniac

A suspenseful finale of the Dragons in Our Midst series. Some very questionable theology.

Plot

Billy's father has gone missing, and with an evil returned to the earth that only the dragons can defeat, it is up to Billy and Bonnie to lead the dragons into war. As the war between the dragons and the demonic Watchers builds, Billy and Bonnie are faced with a decision: keep their dragon traits and all the difficulties that come with them, or return to normal humans and end the slayers' lust for their blood forever?

Morality

The good characters believe in God, while the bad characters embrace evil. Some of the evil characters pretend to be good in order to confuse the good guys. Their deception is eventually revealed.

Spiritual Content

Both Bonnie and Billy are Christians. Billy's job is to save the dragons that are waiting for salvation so he is sometimes referred to as the dragon messiah. Dragons have souls but not human souls. Humans have been saved by our Savior, but the dragons need a savior to save them. That's where Billy comes in. Billy and Bonnie are struck by the sword Excalibur and are changed into light energy.

An evil spirit enters a character and co-inhabits her body. There is a lot of shape-shifting and magical powers, though everything has an explanation and the main person who does it says that using actual magic is wrong.

Violence

Swords, spears, and daggers are used. Dragons breathe fire. The Watchers have the ability to spew a stream of darkness that completely covers up whoever it hits. One character tries to hang Billy with a noose and almost succeeds. A dragon gets a nasty, bleeding belly wound. All the main characters are beaten up at various points, and several characters die.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

A young woman, mentioned as being immodestly dressed,is stared at by a Nephilim, and it is made clear that he is thinking lustfully. A Nephilim captures a girl, touching her inappropriately, and it is written that he spoke obscene things to her. Some of his suggestive words (very mild) are written. Billy and Bonnie hug a couple of times; they intend to be married some day.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None. The "oh God!" and "thank God!" are all sincere two-word prayers. "Hell" and "Hades" are mentioned as the actual places.

Conclusion

This 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 every word of this book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel series "Oracles of Fire".

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: 4
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 3 stars
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