Review: MASTERS AND SLAYERS / by Bryan Davis

Masters & Slayers (Tales of Starlight, 1) / by Bryan Davis

Living Ink Books (September 10, 2010), ISBN 978-0899578842

Adult (HS)     Rating: 5

In this science-fiction/fantasy series about dragons and humans, there is a twist: the dragons have enslaved humans for generations. This is the first book aimed at older readers by Bryan Davis.

In Masters & Slayers, Adrian attempts to rescue the human captives from his planet Major Four, who are enslaved on Starlight, another planet. He is accompanied by Marcelle, a passionate sword maiden whose impulsive nature sometimes gets her into trouble. They have to overcome a conspiracy on their home planet, learn to work together, and decide whether or not they can truly trust the others – including a dragon — they meet as they try to free the Lost Ones. The slaves themselves thwart their rescue attempts, for they have no memory of their origins and are reluctant to believe their rescuers.

The Tales of Starlight series is meant to share some storylines from the Dragons of Starlight series. In Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight), teenaged Jason Masters receives a cryptic message from his missing older brother, Adrian. Both are involved in trying to free the human slaves. However, Starlighter, is aimed for a younger audience. There are some portions of Masters & Slayers that are not appropriate for younger readers — for instance, the dragons use the human slaves for breeding purposes, and the violence is more realistic.

Packed with plenty of action and plot twists, this book will engage and satisfy the older reader. Davis does a good job in both developing a plot and characters that will inspire the reader. Older readers of his earlier series will enjoy reading about the parallel stories in both the Tales of Starlight and Dragons of Starlight series.

–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, Dec. 2010.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Carol R. Gehringer

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