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Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, Book 1) Paperback – June 21, 2004
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After working as a computer geek for 20 years, Bryan followed a dream to become an author. He began by writing a story to motivate his seven children to gain some excitement about writing, and that story grew into a novel. After spending the next eight years learning the craft and enduring more than 200 rejections from publishers and agents, he broke through with his best-selling series Dragons in our Midst. He is now a full-time author and lives with his wife, Susie, and their children in western Tennessee.
Bryan's novels have been readily accepted in schools worldwide, whether public, Christian (Protestant or Catholic), Jewish, or otherwise. Such is their wide appeal. For more information, see his website - http://www.daviscrossing.com
Top Customer Reviews
The bathroom episode has other serious repercussions too. Billy and his family's dragon heritage has been revealed to the dangerous sect of the dragon slayers who- as the name suggests- are out to kill all the dragons pretending to be humans as well as their children.
I love to read fantasy, but there seems to be so little of it in the Christian market. I am so excited to have found Raising Dragons. It is well written and a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading more of the books in this series.
Bryan Davis has done a masterful job of weaving together a fascinating world in this first book of the series, and should he continue his name will be mentioned in the same breath as Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Piers Anthony (Xanth), Terry Brooks (Sword of Shannara) and others.
Raising Dragons, though set in this world, is a brilliant fantasy piece that starts fast and doesn't slow down. Mr. Davis takes advantage of our prior knowledge of fantasy (who hasn't heard the Authurian legends or know of dragons) and seamlessly builds the back story into the plot of the book, always careful to provide us with just enough information to understand the unfolding events, without giving away what might be coming along.
Even though Raising Dragons is written from the perspective of a teenage boy, the way the story is written it will draw you in and capture you, regardless of your age. Along the way you'll learn to identify with the characters, appreciate the mysteries and look forward to that next page turning. And, if you're willing to trust me, trust this: you won't want to stop turning the pages! This book is a thriller with lots of twists and pleasantly unexpected turns.
The book is a great story that has a moral, but it is not story written just to convey a moral. Mr. Davis has done an adroit job of communicating honest to goodness feelings, worries, concerns and showing how the characters find their solutions without being "preachy." Which of course, is wonderful. Now, can I hear an AMEN?!
Raising Dragons: Read it, you won't regret it.
Raising Dragons is the first in the Dragons in Our Midst series. I intend on reading them all.
I found the writing style the first book held wasn't quite as captivating as the remainder of the books, but gradually grew better at an incredible rate. The rest of the series certainly forgives its first couple chapters, the little tieins and incredible things brought back to light to further the plot making it even more readable.
These aren't books you can skim-read. Almost everything comes back. These aren't books you can start reading in the middle of the evening, because you'll stay up all night trying to finish them. These are books in which you'll almost want to keep bookmarks just to go back and say "AHA! So THAT'S why he said that..."
Brian Davis doesn't put in silly little details. He lines up everything, plus a bit more. The series might've started a bit awkwardly, but by the end of the book, you'll have long forgotten any misgivings at the beginning. (however, if your all time favorite books are Dune *Herbert*, the Lord of the Rings BOOKS (not movies) *Tolkien* and The Silmarillion *Tolkien*, or any others similar, I do recommand taking the books from the library before buying them. You may find the lack of descriptive prose in the writing style irritating. If you're a LotR fan simply because you loved the plot, not the incredibly lengthy descriptions of places, you'll probably love DRAGONS IN OUR MIDST, nonetheless)
All in all, I'm unashamed to recommand this book to any fans of good Christian fantasy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is wonderful, but the narration is a little amateur.The worse part is that in parts of the story, sections repeat themselves.Published 16 days ago by Kenneth Charles Lay
this seties was a good series- yet I foubd myself annoyed with the extra lonng descriptions. I liked tgat this had a Christian pov tie in it- creative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yummytulip:)
For an enchanting fantasy adventure written from a pretty solid Christian world view... Look no further!Published 5 months ago by Zachary Smith
I'm a great grandmother, but I love Christian fantasy. Bryan Davis has the C.S. Lewis gift for entertainment with a message of good versus evil. Our eight year old (! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Goehringer
From my 12 year old son, "It's a great book. If you're looking for a book with both the Gospel and Sci Fi, this has it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anonymous
My 12 year old read this book and when I asked him if he wanted to review the book he said, "5 stars! Because it's AWESOME! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Puregator
This book is the perfect combination of mythical and spiritual. The characters are relatable, as well as good role models. Overall, one of the best books I've ever read.Published 7 months ago by katelyn