The Dragons of Starlight Series: Starlighter Book Review ~ Thoughts from a teen

When Zondervan offered the Dragons of Starlight Series for me to review, I was a little hesitant.  A whole series...of stories...for my computer nerd teen?  He ate it up!

The boy who doesn't like to read books much, the boy who would much rather watch a video and critique it, the boy who wrinkles up his nose and almost any book I recommend, devoured the Starlighter by Bryan Davis.

So, what is the Starlighter Series about?
"In the first novel of a new four-book fantasy series for young adults by bestselling author Bryan Davis, human and dragon worlds collide when Jason Masters enters the dragon planet and meets Koren, a descendant of humans who were kidnapped and are now the dragons’ slaves." (From Bryan Davis' website.)

This book has:

  • Action
  • Heroes
  • Bad guys 
  • Descriptive characters 
  • Christian symbolism & beliefs
  • Thoughts of love & forgiveness
  • Mystery
Did you like the book? Why or why not? "Yes, because it was full of action.  The writer did a very good job keeping me absorbed in the book."
What was good about it? "In regards to the book itself, the font is easy to read and the size of the book is just right.  Any bigger and it would be awkward and feel like a kid's book and if it were smaller it would be difficult to read."
Did any parts make you laugh? Which ones? "In the beginning of the book, one of the main characters outsmarted another main character and I thought how he did it was funny."

  1. Does this book remind you of any movies that you have seen?  "It reminds me, in a very small way, of Lord of the Rings."
  2. What are some of the major themes of this book? "Adventure, heroism, caring for others."
  3. Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her? "I didn't really have a favorite character because I liked them all.  I did really like the old guy, Tibalt because he was a little crazy. Out of nowhere he would come up with stories of things his dad told him."
  4. Consider the main character: what does he or she believe in? What is he or she willing to figtht for? "Jason was the main character for me.  He was willing to fight for freedom and laid his life down for other people several times but always escaped."
  5. At the end of the book, do you feel hope for the characters? "Yes."
  6. Did you find this book a quick read? Why or why not? "I don't think I would say it was a quick read but it didn't take a long time to read.  It felt like a standard length story."
  7. What are the most important relationships in the book? "The friendships between Jason, Tibalt, Elyssa, & Randall we important because they helped each other stay alive and get to where they needed/wanted to go.  They trusted each other with their lives."
  8. What makes a minor character memorable? "Prescott was the ruler over the human world and was assassinated which called plenty of trouble.  He was a governor who was somewhat uncaring."
  9. What did you think of the style of the writer? "I really liked the way Bryan Davis writes.  It kept me in this book! I liked the details he included."
  10. Would you recommend this book to your friends?  "Yes, if they decided to read books instead of playing video games." (He laughs out loud as he walks away...)

Again, an excellent pick from Zondervan.  When looking at the stack of thick books in this series, I think my son felt a little overwhelmed at first (since he doesn't usually read novels or series of novels).  On the other hand, it didn't take long before he was absorbed...chapter after chapter.  Kudos to Bryan Davis!

I am glad that we have been introduced to Bryan Davis.  I appreciate the fact that he is a Christian author and that he puts allegory into his stories.  Right in the middle of this book, we watched the movie Chronicles of Narnia which has a lot of symbolism and allegory in it.  I think that helped Espresso to see the symbolism in the Starlighter.

I give this series a HUGE thumbs up!

In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from Zondervan.  All opinions are my own or that of my family.

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