Ain't technology grand? As of right now, I'm actually in New Orleans for the LCMS National Youth Gathering. But there's no way I'd miss a Blog Tour, even if I am physically separated from my computer by about half a continent. So I'm actually writing these posts about a week early and leaving it up to the little gnomes that maintain my blog while I'm away to see to it that they get posted at the proper time.
Wait, your blog doesn't have little gnomes? I'd better call in an exterminator.
Ahem. Well, that's really neither here nor there. This month, we're taking a look at Bryan Davis's latest offering, Starlighter, the first in the Dragons of Starlight series (which, in the interests of full disclosure, I received for free for review purposes from the publisher).
Two young people aren't sure if they should believe the legends. Jason Masters, a young warrior-in-training, has heard stories of dragons that kidnap people to slave away on their distant planet. Koren is a young slave girl on said dragon planet who has heard the rumors of where human beings originally came from. But both find themselves on an adventure. Jason learns the truth when he becomes the bodyguard for the local governor. Koren stumbles on her true history thanks to an incredible gift she's been given. They will soon find themselves working toward the same goal: saving the humans of Starlight from their dragon overlords.
Truth be told, I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I enjoyed it while I was reading it for the most part. But it wasn't like the book sunk its hooks into me. And really, it didn't leave much of an impression once I was done. With some books (especially books in a series), finishing one book leaves me hungry for the next one. In this case, once I was done, I set the book aside and thought, "Huh. Okay read, but I'm fine." So to me, the story was a bit . . . well, forgettable. That's unfortunate, because I know that Davis can produce gripping stories that keep the reader on edge.
Davis's characters were fun, that's for sure. I liked Koren's dramatic streak and Jason's nobility. Tibber the Fibber made me chuckle on more than one occasion. And I especially liked Elyssa.
Maybe the problem is that I'm not the target audience. I mean, it's been a long since anyone considered me a teenager. I don't know. I probably won't be seeking out the future installments of this series but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't check it out. If you like a twisted adventure.
Go and see what the other tourists are saying (and just as a note, since I wrote this entry before I got the "official list" of participants, this is actually the list from last month's tour. I make no guarantees about the contents; some people may have joined. Others may have opted out):
R. L. Copple
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson