The Candlestone Epub â Paperback

The Candlestone (This is my third or fourth read.)I reread book 1 last month, so again it was wonderful to return to these beloved characters! Billy battles his own darkness, Bonnie faces a deep fear, Walter steps up as a comrade in battle, Professor Hamilton reveals secrets, and Ashley's eyes are opened for the first time Their journeys really begin to intertwine in this book as a centuriesold story comes to light.My writer nerd side also noticed how Bryan Davis's craft improved even from the first book Still a smidgen of head hopping in a few scenes, but overall there's something tighter about this novel :)The candlestone itself offered itself as a canvas for several vivid analogies I won't spoil them here for those who haven't read it (seriously, if that's yougo read Dragons in Our Midst!!!), but it nearly enough to bring tears to my eyes And I will never forget Billy lying on the cavern floor with Excalibur in his grip Truth is my sword Faith is my shield.I know this review is all over the place, but to conclude: coming back to this series after several years, it's evenevident to me what a powerful impact it has had on my own faith Bonnie showed me how to sing in the midst of darkness, and Billy taught me to take up my own sword Though confined to the realm of fiction, these heroes were mentors, friends, and somehow an echo of that great cloud of witnesses cheering me on my way. This book was wonderful! I loved the characters, and I was SO astonished to find that Bonnie and Billy are part dragon! I did not read the first book, as I was only able to find the 2nd in our church library, but it didn't make a difference to me!I loved the fantasy, the teensy hints of a strong, almostlove relationship, and the characters The whole story line was great!Well done, and I look forward to reading your present and future books! I loved this one just as much as the first We return to our hero's Billy, Bonnie, and Walter and along the way we meet new characters that are just as awesome When Bonnie's Father comes to take her home to Montana she reluctantly goes with him believing what he tells her Your Mother is not dead She goes with him and meets a teenaged Super genius named Ashley Stalworth as well as others who live in her Father's giant lab Not only that, but her Father has The Candlestone! that she threw into the woods after battling Devin the Dragon Slayer She learns that the slayer is in the Candlestone and that her Mother is also trapped in there, so she would stay alive, but is that true? or is it just a trick to get Devin out of the Candlestone? Billy, Walter, Professor Hamilton, and Marilyn fly to Montana to rescue Bonnie because they learn the truth Come read a story of knights and maidens where love, sacrifice, truth, and faith shine for all to see Will Billy finally be able to surrender himself and use new weapons that he cannot even see? Will Bonnie find her Mother or is she really dead? Find out By reading Book 2 in this amazing series It's a series you won't forget I've read this book 9 times and have listened to it on audio many times, and I learn something new each time, and it never gets boring The Story continues with book 3 Circles of Seven A must read adventure. Bonnie was looking forward to making a new family, but her father shows up with an amazing claim: that Bonnie's mother is not dead, and she needs Bonnie's help Although Bonnie doesn't trust her father, she won't throw away the chance that he's telling the truth, so she agrees to go Once she's gone, Billy and the others catch on to her father's lies and charge off after her But Devin, the dragonslayer, isn't dead yet, and he's got plans of his own for both Bonnie and Billy.It's hard to say what I liked about the book, because I'd need to immediately qualify it with until it got cheesy The action scenes were niceuntil they got cheesy Bonnie's struggles were, as with the previous book, the best thing about the story She's someone who has faith and is severely tested Despite that, she holds to what she knows is true, and comes out stronger for it.The problems of the last book were only magnified in this one Forget the plot: evil father who doesn't even understand the meaning of love tricks his pure daughter into following him into his underground lab Think every cheesy science fiction book about mad scientists, underground laboratories, and hilariously bad science Just the thought that homemade equipment is enough to generate tachyons had me in fits of laughter Not to mention the whole light concept, although described well, completely fail to connect to the physical principles Davis tries to use It would've been a lot better if the doctor had simply claimed to have found a way to transmute matter into souls.Billy's struggles were equally difficult to wade through, and not nearly as amusing He did recognize his need for faith in this book, but the references to God are so generic I'm not quite sure if he converted to Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, etc There was no direct mention of Christ, a serious flaw if this is going to be treated as a Christian book His whole conversion was written as three pages from Bonnie's diary begging God for him to see the light There was precious little internal war The entire book he made his decisions with hardly any forethought or guilt He spends paragraphs explaining to himself that he must not do this or that, and then in about a sentence, changes his mind and does that thing I have no sense of connection with him, because as a character he's fatally flawed in the way he was written He gives enough on the surface level, but I almost get the feeling Davis doesn't understand the boy underneath Or at least, he isn't telling.I don't even want to talk about the end Bad poetic prophecies made the whole thing readily apparent from about chapter two Billy claims his weapon is truth, but never says what that truth is, other than some really vague claims about light and darkness The knights I won't go there It would probably be funny if I was about six And Devin really should have died Does Billy have so few enemies that the same one needs to keep getting recycled into everridiculous forms? Bad enough he's supposed to have lived over a thousand years, but what he turns into at the climax had me howling with laughter.I want to like these books It's so hard to find decent Christian fantasyheck, even decent urban fantasies with a Christian bent Unfortunately, simply as a writer I can't recommend this This is mindless fluff to use as entertainment, and by this point the Christian foundation is scrabbling to keep up with the fantastic turns of events the author is pushing If read as fluff, however, it's amusing enough I'm not quite ready to give the series a final no, but I reserve the right to change my mind Neutral. This is an interesting book I love dragons and to know that I have always wanted to become a reader this was a great series to have been a great decision for me I’m hooked This book would be excellent Choice series for a young child to grasp Looking forward to dig into the authors other series If time allowed me I could read two books a day just unable to put down This is an interesting book I love dragons and to know that I have always wanted to become a reader this was a great series to have been a great decision for me I’m hooked This book would be excellent Choice series for a young child to grasp Looking forward to dig into the authors other series If time allowed me I could read two books a day just unable to put down. If I were rating this based on my enjoyment or how well I thought it was written (all the way around from plot to characters and prose) I’d give it two stars Its really not a great book Its less overwritten than Raising Dragons But there’s precious little character development And there’s a fusion of relationships that seems unsubstantiated And several of the characters (mostly the adults) seem largely unrealistic (especially Billy’s mom, oh and Bonnie she was overtly naive) One large plot point was thoroughly obvious from the outset Here’s where the third star came from: if I was at 10 year old boy, I’d probably love this book It’d seem adventurous and dangerous The characters wouldn’t feel convenient and one dimensional, which would allow them to be noble or at the least to become noble I would enjoy Billy and Walter’s banter I’d like that Bully’s mim is so easily accommodating (if I even noticed she’s only in the story when she needs to be and disappears as conveniently) I’d like the dragons and the way the kids fight the adults and the way everything works itself out in the end So, I rated this book not as I read it today But as if I were someone this book was intended for Even then, its nowhere near 4 or 5 stars But it’d probably be fun, even if it isn’t great. I loved this book by Bryan Davis! Although the first book was amazing, this book was so much better! A wonderful mix of fantasy and science fiction, this amazing novel is packed full of Christian truths and principals, wonderful lessons for kids and adults alike Also, this book introduces one of my two favorite characters! I loved the mix of Arthurian legends and modern day technology This is a mustread for fans of the fantasy genre! I really enjoyed the first book, 'Dragons In Our Midst' 'Candlestone' picks up a couple of months after the events in book one The book started out well, but became slightly hard to follow after Dr Conners starting 'transluminating' everyone The character development was good, especially for Ashley, Billy, and Bonnie.     The first book, Raising Dragons, plunged two teenagers, Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver, into mindboggling mysteries, life or death pursuits, and deadly swordtosword battles    In The Candlestone, a mysterious book leads Billy into mortal combat with a powerful dragon slayer Separated from his friends and finding his dragon traits useless against this enemy, he has to rely on new weapons, a sword and shield he cannot even see    A scientist lures Bonnie to his laboratory with amazing news—her mother is still alive! And he should know; he’s her father He has learned the secret of long life—dragon blood, and he wants Bonnie to help him with his experiments But first he must send her to retrieve her mother from the candlestone, that strange, paralyzing gem that absorbs light and with it the strength of dragons and their offspring    The candlestone is also a prison that imprisons people who have been transformed into light energy by Excalibur, King Arthur’s great sword When Bonnie enters the stone, she learns that many disembodied souls have fallen prey to the gem’s powers, but no one has ever escaped Her only hope is for Billy to overcome the dragon slayer and find a way into the candlestone, and, importantly, a way out    Billy and Bonnie face their greatest fears, and they learn to use their strengths, both innate and newly found, as they battle powerful enemies, ancient fiends from times long past, and the horrors of the blackest of prisons, captivity with the walls of unearthly darkness, the crystalline tomb of the candlestone  4.5 Stars.I recommend this series to anyone It surprises you with it's innocence and purity of the characters I love the combination of dragons and faith, and Bonnie became for me a model in life Love you so much !

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Candlestone
  • Bryan Davis
  • English
  • 15 October 2018
  • 9780899571713

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.

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