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The Candlestone (Dragons in Our Midst, Book 2) Paperback – September 20, 2004
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However, things take an unexpected twist when Bonnie's dad, a sort of mad scientist, shows up and announces that her mother is still alive. While having serious misgivings, Bonnie agrees to go with him to a secret lab in Montana in an attempt to help her mother.
I love the Dragons in out Midst books, they are so good. They have dragons, knight, sword-to-sword battles, and fair maidens in need of rescuing. I haven't been able to find many Christian fantasy series but this one is definitely worth reading.
Bryan Davis continues his story of the growth and education of Billy, Bonnie, and all the others in their little band as they quest to understand a prophecy that seems to involve all of them. This is a story about family, about faith, about honor, and a thousand other good virtues that seem to be forgotten as we move further in time. If I had children, I would read this to them. I hope you will considering doing the same.
In this blurb however, I want to credit Mr. Davis with creating a spiritually marvelous and uplifting novel. Yes, it was a page turner (up until 4:00 and 2:00 am on successive nights), yes the writing gets tighter and the characters deeper. But the biggest impact that The Candlestone had on me was spiritually.
I'm guessing we all have moments in time when we are spiritually at a low ebb. Ironically, Christmas day was one of those low points for me. I was toast. However, during the course of reading The Candlestone I couldn't help but be re-energized by the very same power and Spirit that are the source of strength for young Bonnie, The Professor and Billy.
Yes, the book is far more "Christian" than the previous book, but it turned out great for this old boy that it was so. The reliance of the characters in scripture and on the basic principles of foundational Christian doctrine helped to remind me of the foundations of my own faith. There was enough scripture (without constant Bible references) and enough power in the "imagined" prayers - though I'm sure that large parts of those prayers are prayed every day somewhere by someone - that the prose sparked my own faith and continued to bring my mind back to my Savior and his wonderful love.
Yah. I know it sounds sappy. Kind of odd for a guy who typically likes stuff that has an edgier feel and characters that have rapier wit, but there are certainly some days when truth does far more for the weary soul than just good writing alone. Great job Bryan.
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Whatever your age, these are great books! Start with the first and and you won't want to stop!
This time around, Bonnie is about to be adopted by Walter's family, Billy is struggling with the new form of his father, and Professor Hamilton has come to tutor the three students. But then Bonnie's father shows up, telling his daughter that her mother is still alive and wants Bonnie to come be with her. Dr. Connor whisks Bonnie away, and Billy and company soon follow, concerned for her safety. When Bonnie and her father arrive at their destination, Bonnie finds she must go into the candlestone, a gem that has trapped the life force of her mother inside.
THE CANDLESTONE expands greatly on RAISING DRAGONS, keeping the same characters consistent and developing. However, this book is not completely without some flaws. The first chapter sags a little into "boring", and the ending is almost predictable. But don't worry - get past the first chapter, and get through what SEEMS like a predictable ending, and there are definitely a few surprises to be had at the end of this second installment. Again, Billy and Walter share some painfully cheesy lines, and every once and a while Davis' writing is trying to be much too flowery for its own good.
Definitely check this one out, as the plot is something so completely original, and definitely equal in greatness to RAISING DRAGONS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My purchase of "The Candlestone" was well used. A little nick here and there, but it was good besides.Published 2 days ago by Kate
Make sure you start with the 1st book in the series... "Raising Dragons", to understand this one.Published 1 month ago by sandrazech
The story is great but the narration is a little elementary. There are places in the CD where sections of the story are repeated. That's been a big disappointing.Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Charles Lay
Highly recommend! Found Book # 1 in a freebie box at a consignment store... I wasn't thrilled because of the Dragon on the front and typically steer away from stuff like that, but... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Theresa Walker
Really like these books. This series has kept my kids interest from the beginning. (After about chapter one in the first book).
They beg me to read aloud to them every night.
My kids, ages 5, 7, 8, and 10 absolutely love this series. We've been working through this series as our summer read-aloud. Read morePublished 13 months ago by addielew
This is the best book series I have ever read! Thank you Bryan Davis you're books are the best!
it is good very good if you get confused just keep reading the book answers you will havePublished 16 months ago by Henry Koon