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Enoch's Ghost
by Bryan Davis

Reviewed by Darcie Gudger

"Bryan Davis is on par with fantasy greats J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. In some ways, I think he goes beyond these prolific writers when he blends legendary literature and world history."

Dragons in our Midst author Bryan Davis continues the epic tale of Makaidos, Thigocia and their offspring in the Oracles of Fire series. The series is unusual in that the novels don’t progress in the traditional linear fashion. Book 1, Eye of the Oracle is a prequel to Raising Dragons, the first book in the Dragons in our Midst series. Book 2, Enoch’s Ghost picks up where Tears of a Dragon (Dragons in our Midst Book 4) left off. To fully appreciate this masterful, compelling story, I urge you to read them all!

Dragon Thigocia and her daughter Ashley bring along friends Walter and Karen to search for her son Gabriel and her mate Makaidos. Dragon slayers have successfully extinguished most of the dragon race over the past few centuries, enabling the powers of Hell to launch a nefarious scheme melding Heaven and Hell.

Thicogia flies Ashley, Walter and Karen to the remains of her home in Montana where Sir Devon, a dragon slayer, attempted to kill her family. The last time Thigocia saw her husband alive was before the house blew up. She and Ashley were separated for many years. About fifteen years later, Thigocia returns looking for clues to find out if Makadios is still alive.

At the ruins, Ashley, Walter and Karen find a portal to another dimension. The teens trek down thousands of stairs. Not only do they find themselves in another realm, they discover a white-haired girl named Sapphira Adi who claims to be thousands of years old. Sapphira knows of the plot to meld Heaven and Hell. She seeks assistance from the teens and reveals an army of giants poised to carry out Hell’s task.

While Ashley, Walter and Karen try to wrap their minds around this revelation, the giants commence their march toward Earth. Who has the power to stop these monsters?

In yet another realm, a prophecy is given. Only the sacrifice of an innocent can save the worlds from destruction. A small child with obvious disabilities steps forward, offering herself as a sacrifice. Is she the one foretold? Is she too late?

I can’t do this book, let alone the whole series, justice with a measly review. The only word that comes to mind, and I’ve been thinking about this for a while now is – PHENOMINAL.

Bryan Davis is on par with fantasy greats J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. In some ways, I think he goes beyond these prolific writers when he blends legendary literature and world history. Fans of the Arthurian legend will be drawn in by the critical roles of Merlin and Sir Devon.

What fascinates me most of all, is how Davis injects, in a plausible way, dragons into Biblical history. Whose to say dragons didn’t really exist? From the Garden of Eden, to the ark, then the Tower of Babel, Davis depicts dragons as instruments of God.

Magic, dark arts and witchcraft have no place in any of these novels. All power for good comes from God. All creatures, including dragons, need a savior. Evil comes from rebellion against God. The spiritual truths vividly illustrated through the power of story are endless.

On a literary level, Enoch’s Ghost along with the other installments, includes enough literary elements to make devout English teachers drool all over themselves. As a teacher by profession, I believe entire curriculums can be constructed around this comprehensive tale. For those interested, Davis’s website does have a link for teachers on how to incorporate his fiction in the classroom.

Parents, just go out and buy the whole lot. Harry Potter doesn’t stand a chance against Dragons and Oracles. Not only is the writing and construction superior, the lessons and values are fully in line with the Bible. As a parent, this is a series of books I want my son to read over and over again.

Christmas is coming. There’s still time to buzz on over to the bookstore, or log in online and buy these phenomenal specimens of fantasy fiction!

Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.