This book is simply amazing I picked it up and started reading not knowing how i would feel about it It seemed weird how dragons could be incorporated into a christian story and still be a good thing without contradicting itself But it was great, its one of those books which puts you into the story and sets the scene and all so you are there with the characters Well it starts off describing Billy and Bonnies life They appear to be normal kids living in Montana but they are apart of a long line of dragons Or dragons turned human at least So when they were born a certain characteristic of a dragon was given to them Bonnie got the wings of a dragon and Billy got the fire breathing of a dragon They learn that there is someone trying to kill them named devin and he is relentless He is on a rampage to try and kill all the dragons and rid the world of them They meet many friends on the way and fight against the evil forces which are trying to kill them The story takes place in an end of the world type setting so everyone is on edge with dead people walking the streets And people getting used to being greeted at a door with a gun drawn They dont really finish the story in this book because it is a part of a series but its still great I would definitely recommend it to anyone Its a great book to read any time and it speaks on faith and other good things like that. It was intriguing to a point But I doubt I will finish this series Sorry Brian Davis I tried I tried. A Boy Learns Of His Dragon Past A Girl Has Known Hers For Years They Combine Their Faith, Courage, And Love To Overcome An Evil Slayer Who Seeks To Bring An End To Dragon Heritage, ForeverThe 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 Boys Restroom In School, And His Parents Learn That They Ve Kept Their Secret For Too LongBilly 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 AgainBonnie, 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 I really enjoyed this It was many years ago when I first read this and I wasn t sure my opinion would be the same Overall it was A lot of fantasy some chase and intrigue and a dash of light comedy and good action The pace is busy from beginning to end I was quickly drawn into the characters and their predicaments They are easy to connect to My favorite characters are the enigma Mr Hamilton and Walter who is an amazing best friend on many levels Some prophecies spoken in the the time of Merlin and King Arthur mix with modern setting And how it plays out is fantastic I am eager to read the next book in the series 4.5 stars This one was okay I remember not being too impressed with the writing, even as a kid, but the series gets sooooo much better. Oh, this book is just awful It has a wonderful idea that dragons long ago had to take on human form in order to survive, that some of them are good and some of them are evil, and that they re hunted down in modern times by slayers who think that all of them evil But the book is just badly written The characters aren t real, their emotions aren t real, their dialogue is stilted there s an English character who walks around saying, Old chap , the settings aren t real I don t think the author has spent any time in a public school or knows how one works , and the plot is just too silly for words the bad guy suddenly pops up in the back of a plane the characters are in, AFTER the protagonist has explained his life story to his son Oh, plus the male characters are always exchanging manly glances and masculine embraces and the female characters are brave but have to be rescued I heard about the book because the author was making an appearance nearby, and I m always interested in Christian fiction I m so disappointed. Raising Dragons is a fantasy by Bryan Davis about two kids Billy and Bonnie They are fairly normal teenagers except for one thing Billy breathes fire, and bonnie has wings Bonnie already knows one of her parents was a dragon, Billy finds out on his own when he blows at a smoke detector and sets it off They also find out that someone very close to them is a dragon slayer When they crash land out of a plane they are stranded on the top of a deserted mountain with the slayer Will they make it out alive The writing is slow and overly descriptive, so stunted that I just couldn t get into the pacing of the book Davis spends so many words explaining ideas, instead of letting things happen through dialogue The characters felt very juvenile and underdeveloped, even though they were teenagers and should have been getting into deeper darker issues.This book felt like the cliche coming of age story with the misfit young hero, elderly guide, and innocent heroine Someone in another review described Davis s writing as wading through clay, which is very accurate All the books are like that too long, sedate, and simplistic to connect with same with The Candlestone.See my review of Tears of a Dragon for a in depth look at what s really wrong with this series. This is at least my fourth time visiting Billy, Bonnie, and Walter in Castlewood and every time it s like returning to old friends A tale of a boy coming to grips with his father s hidden past, friends finding courage, Arthurian legend reaching through history, and a remnant dragonkind fighting to survive, I found myself remembering certain scenes with perfect clarity Others surprised me I d forgotten things like Professor s crazy driving, the jar of shark teeth, what Mr Foley looks like little details.My favorite scene still is and has always been the one in chapter 13 Forever and ever, Bonnie I will always be your friend 3This book first captivated me when I was twelve Coming back ten years later, I found myself smiling at a few cheesy lines and instances of head hopping not smiling with cynical criticism, but with fondness and pride, because after finishing Bryan Davis s Reapers trilogy last year, I can see just how far his craft has come And despite the minor flaws, a heart pulsing with dragonfire shines through.That s what first captured me, what inspired the first rendition of my own first novel, and what still grabs me today.I m planning to reread the rest of this series, along with the next two twelve books in all One a month And I can t wait to relive the adventures these dear characters are about to take. I was tempted to give this five stars for entertainingly bad I mean, I have gotten a great deal of enjoyment from reading this, just not for the reasons the author intended.Now, before I get any further, allow me to say that I think the concept had potential dragons are cool when done well, and the idea of them hiding out in human form is interesting, etc But the execution waspoor The characters are about as well developed and intriguing as oatmeal and they re named Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver who thought this sounded like the real world , the villain is silly, the plot is contrived but most of all, the writing is just somehow peculiar The dialogue feels about as natural as that in Tommy Wiseau s The Room, and it is delivered with the same stilted awkwardness you can t quite put your finger on why it sounds wrong, but it s justoff If that were not enough to make this book laughable, the narration style is melodramatic yet somehow lethargic, and the bizarre similes trying to be artsy, I think were both hilarious and distracting seriously, he compares dog s tongues to pink welcome mats What the heck Overall, the book was silly, and I m astounded at how many people can take it seriously I understand that people like the good morals and Christian messages, but just because something is wholesome does not mean it is good in the artistic or entertainment departments There is nothing wrong with wanting to imbibe your writing with Christian values Heck, C.S Lewis relied on Biblical allegory and made a very imaginative and beloved series Tolkein and Rowling did it even better by making their Christian messages subtler using Christ figure characters and other symbols, which can appeal to people on both a secular AND religious level and not hitting readers over the head with them Most importantly, these three writers had talent.And Bryan Davis, though I am sure he is a nice guy, cannot write.