Raising Dragons, Dragon in our Midst Book I by Bryan Davis
Publisher: Living Ink Books
Genre: Action/Adventure Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (417 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Aloe
A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy Dragon Breath for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, don't-you-dare-get-near-me bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boy's restroom at school, and his parents learn that they've kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that's a piece of news a guy doesn't deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn't understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she's looking for.
Can you imagine finding out that dragons exist today? So do dragon slayers…
This book is fast paced, very exciting and full of well-thought-out, bigger than life characters. Mr. Davis does a good job of blending history and fantasy together. He also accurately depicts teenager anxiety and their uncertainty about life in general.
Billy had a real problem with bad breath. And now he was actually having “hot” breath. He accidently burnt his mother when he kissed her goodbye on his way to school. He’s been avoiding everyone and trying not to worry about it, but soon he won’t be able to anymore. What’s happening to him and why?
His only real friend is Walter, a boy he grew up and enjoys playing with; he’s a good friend. He also likes his history teacher at school – he’s British and interesting. And the new female student is interesting, too, but why does she always wear that backpack?
This story is mix of fantasy, fact, and imagination, and it works very well. Young adult readers will be drawn into the story concept and swept along in the action. There’s good, there’s evil, and both sides are powerful – you don’t know who is going to win. And the battle is wicked; even boys should find themselves flipping pages to see what’s going to happen next.
This is the first book in a series of four, and I’m sure looking forward to the next one. This book is just the beginning of the tale, setting the scene for the books to come. You’ll be glad to know there are more; one is just not enough.