Sunday, January 2, 2011

Masters & Slayers

Masters & SlayersMasters & Slayers, Tales of Starlight series, Bryan Davis, Living Ink Books, Fantasy, 2010, 419 pages.

Synopsis: Expert swordsman Adrian Masters attempts a dangerous journey to another world to rescue human captives who have been enslaved there by dragons. He is accompanied by Marcelle, a sword maiden of amazing skill whose ideas about how the operation should be carried out conflict with his own. Since the slaves have been in bonds for generations, they have no memory of their origins, making them reluctant to believe the two would-be rescuers, and, of course, the dragons will crush any attempt to emancipate the slaves. Set on two worlds separated by a mystical portal, Masters and Slayers is packed with action, mystery, and emotional turmoil, a tale of heart and life that is sure to inspire.

My thoughts: This certainly isn’t the longest of Bryan Davis’s books, but nevertheless is quite long. Not long enough, however, to prevent me from reading it in one day! For most of the book, there isn’t much tension and thrill, but it shoves you forward at the end.
    The beauty of Davis’s fantasy is that they are quite drawn out, without being boring. Most fantasy books resolve conflict quickly, usually in one to three volumes. In his Echoes from the Edge trilogy, Davis had a goal clear, but didn’t successfully show the steps toward that goal, in my opinion. Strange things entered out of the blue that I couldn’t find much significance for in the long run, being so abstract. In Masters & Slayers, the goal is much clearer, and few unknown radicals come into play.
    Davis’s main characters get a lot of “screen time,” and are walking complexities. Adrian is chivalrous and compassionate youth, but daring. Marcelle acts first, thinks later, and sees no reason why only boys should be warriors. Arxad is loyal to his fellow dragons, yet merciful and an advocate for humans.
    I liked the metaphor of the White Dragon, the King, representing God: being there to save Adrian and his father.
    The ending was quite unexpected, and I can’t wait to read the next volume, The Third Starlighter.

My rating: 5 stars

I received this book free from Living Ink Books. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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  2. I haven't yet read this book, although it is on my list of "Books I Must Read." Thanks for the review! It makes me want to read it even more.


  3. @Tahl: Did you mean that to be an entry? If so, you must comment on the giveaway post itself :)

    @Angela: Great! Thanks! Let me know what you think when you do!

  4. Gack!? EftE....Was wonderful! Best books he ever wrote! I'm going to have to take you to task for that ;) Admittedly it can be really hard to track what's going on, but in those books it was imperative to do so. Also extremely rewarding! :D

  5. Millard I agree with Noah about the Echoes series. That was messed up. The first book was good, then the second was to boring to continue past page 150.

    Good review, though I didn't like the book as much as you did.