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Monday, April 28, 2008

Beyond the Reflection's Edge-a book review

Last year I had the privilige of pre-reading Bryan Davis's first novel to be published by Zondervan. Beyond the Reflection's Edge was a non-stop action ride from start to finish. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I don't usually finish books in a day, but this one I did.
Imaginative in a unique way, this young adult novel blends fantasy with science fiction. Parallel dimensions, extra-sinister villains, a mirror that shows things and people that aren't there, a violin that plays voices instead of music (but only for one girl to hear) and an underlying romance make this a memorable and enjoyable read that begs you not to put it down.
This latest of Bryan Davis's books packs a punch equal to his Dragons In Our Midst series and introduces a new hero and heroine so successfully that it completely won me over.


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read it! I'm finishing another book I started Friday night (from the conference) before I start a new one; considering the fact that I'm also reading the Spiderwick Chronicles, I don't want to be reading too many at once and not get as much from each. :) From your recommendation, I know once I start Beyond the Reflection's Edge, I won't be able to put it down either.

Galadriel said...

I had the great privilege of pre-reading this book. I am not allowed to spoil the surprise, so I will only say that after being enthralled by the world Bryan Davis created in Dragons in Our Midst and expanded upon in Oracles of Fire, I eagerly anticipated his new series, Echoes from the Edge. The characters, like those in his first two series, are realistic, relatable teens that readers of all ages can identify with. I see echoes of myself in Daryl, who constently alludes to and quotes from such favorite fantasies as Lord of the Rings and Narnia, as well as The Wizard of Oz.
My good intentions to read only a chapter of Beyond the Reflection's Edge daily evaporated. I read the whole book in less than four hours. The first chapter contained more emotion and action than some books ever reach. From there, the story builds in depth and action to an extraordinary conclusion. Unlike some books, Beyond the Reflection's Edge yields more excitement with each re-reading. I can't wait for the next installment

Scott Appleton said...

Hi to my girl (and my most faithful blog reader)... and welcome to The Flaming Pen, Galadriel!

Anonymous said...

This book was very good. It was completely different from the Dragons in Our Midst series and Eye of the Oracle series, and it was exceptionally good. I knew it would be good, but I didn't think it would be that good. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed! :)
(back at you prince)

Abigail said...

Echoes from the Edge is yet another outstanding book by bestselling author Bryan Davis. The way all of Mr. Davis's books are written with such intricacy and depth never ceases to amaze me. From the very first page the reader in plunged into excitement with Nathan, the main character who is left orphaned with just a strange mirror that sees thing that are not really there and his tutor, Clara. For an musician like me, this book is wonderful because the way the author blends music and the different dimensions in wonderfully written. The way Nathan felt whenever he played his violin, is exactly how I feel whenever I play my piano, to glorify God. It is also a great ministry tool, to give an friend who is not Christian. This book contains excitement, drama, friendship, love, loyalty, and a wonderful message. I highly recommend this book to anyone! Bravissimo, Mr. Davis for yet another fine piece of literature!

Shae said...

Bryan Davis has done it again! Beyond the Refection's Edge is an incredible tale of fantasy and adventure filled with action, suspense, humor, and the power of love. I loved the captivating way the author blends in music with the story and the mirrors and different dimensions were enchanting. The vivid characters kept me rooting for more and I felt as I was in the story beside Nathan, Kelly, and his parents. It kept me on the edge of my seat until I turned the last page. This is one book that you will not want to miss! I can't wait to see what other mysteries Bryan Davis has in store during the rest of the series. I recommend it to all teens.

Anonymous said...

In most books the first few chapters are just leading up to the story and it takes a while before you get into the book. That's NOT how it is with Beyond the Reflection's Edge!
The book kicks off in the very first chapter with more action than some books ever get into and gets even better from there. Once you start reading it you won't be able to stop! Whether you find reading fun or not you will definitely enjoy this book. I was up all night reading it!


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In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.