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Raising Dragons 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


About the Author: Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis is the author several speculative fiction series, including Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, The Reapers Trilogy, The Time Echoes Trilogy, Tales of Starlight, and Dragons of Starlight.Bryan lives in western Tennessee with his wife, Susie Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including fantasy, theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.



10 thoughts on “Raising Dragons

  1. BookLoversLife BookLoversLife says:

    Review by my 10 yr old son Billy and Bonnie are both half dragons Bonnie has known her entire life but Billy only just found out Not long after hearing what he is, he finds himself on the run from a crazy Dragon Slayer He learns what and who his dad is and how and why they are being hunted.I love Dragon books and my mom gave me this to try I enjoyed it and found the story good a boy finding out he is half dragon how cool would that be and that his dad is a full dragon even cooler Review by my 10 yr old son Billy and Bonnie are both half dragons Bonnie has known her entire life but Billy only just found out Not long after hearing what he is, he finds himself on the run from a crazy Dragon Slayer He learns what and who his dad is and how and why they are being hunted.I love Dragon books and my mom gave me this to try I enjoyed it and found the story good a boy finding out he is half dragon how cool would that be and that his dad is a full dragon even cooler forced to become human to hide from the Dragon Slayers He meets another half Dragon and both end up on the run with Slayers trying to kill them Bonnie is cool for a girl Dragon She has wings and is quite strong Billy though is awesome because he can breath fire I liked both of them but my most favourite character was Walter, he is a good friend to have He had their backs The story was action packed and never dull I especially liked the Arthur bits and reading about the Dragons The Slayers weren t very nice but they were very good villains I also want a teacher like Professor Hamilton because he was pretty cool and had awesome weapons I also want to know who or what he is because that bit was very mysterious I really liked Raising Dragons and have asked my mom for the next in the series


  2. Tracey Dyck Tracey Dyck says:

    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 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


  3. Meg Meg says:

    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 a 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


  4. Jamie Jamie says:

    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 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


  5. Elizabeth Dragina Elizabeth Dragina says:

    It was intriguing to a point But I doubt I will finish this series Sorry Brian Davis I tried I tried.


  6. Joanne Joanne says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 au 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


  7. Nate Philbrick Nate Philbrick says:

    This one was okay I remember not being too impressed with the writing, even as a kid, but the series gets sooooo much better.


  8. Schihl Ninja Schihl Ninja says:

    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 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


  9. Kris Kris says:

    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 Da 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 ain depth look at what s really wrong with this series


  10. Too Much To Swallow (I am fox!) Too Much To Swallow (I am fox!) says:

    Very good A unique take on the genre More to come.____________________Ok so I read this a while ago Like, a WHILE I wasn t aware that goodreads was a thing at the time but I remember loving it Many biblical references This is THE dragon book better than all the rest This is the book to read if you hated eragon.


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