Warrior picks up where Starlighter ended, with Koren and Jason trying to find their way to the Northlands. While they are traveling, the ancient prophecy is fulfilled and the black dragon, Taushin, is hatched. From a great distance, Taushin can communicate with Koren and attempts to woo her to him with promises to free the slaves. Unsure if she can trust this new dragon ruler, she turns to the Creator in hopes of discovering the truth.
Meanwhile Wallace and Elyssa are on a quest of their own to rescue the cattle children from slavery. Along the way they make some shocking discoveries about Starlight's past which drastically affects their future decisions. With mystery and intrigue combined with an influx of new discoveries, Warrior is an excellent second book in the Dragon of Starlight series.
It's been eighteen months since I read Starlighter and during that time I have forgotten huge portions of it. I was hoping Warrior would include a short summary of the previous book or at the very least enough refresher content for the events of Starlighter to start coming back to me. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and with my bad memory, I often struggled to place events and minor characters. In a sense, it was like starting a new book with the first quarter missing.
Even though I had issues remembering past events, I still very much enjoyed this book. I thought it was stronger than Starlighter with writing and themes that were appropriate for a larger audience. I also found the plot to be extremely intriguing while providing a lot of new and interesting background information. As Warrior progressed, many of the characters came to life and their personalities started to integrate nicely into the story.
I loved the themes in this book. Davis does an excellent job of placing thought provoking dialog naturally into the story. The variety of subjects touched on, are great for teens as well as adults. I particularly enjoyed the challenges that Jason faced while trying to reach the Northlands and after entering the castle. Davis' best writing in this series to date is in showing the difficulties of following God and understanding His choices. It's the spiritual elements of this book that makes the whole fictional story work.
With all the newly revealed information, background, and characters, I really enjoyed Warrior. Davis has done an excellent job of building on and expanding the imaginative world of Starlight that he created in the first book while skillfully advancing a complex plot. I can't wait to get started on the third book Diviner.
Review title provided courtesy of Zondervan.
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An exciting and evocative Christian fantasy puts an imaginative spin on the Exodus tale, but it is marred by a confusing structure and questionable implications. By no means a stand-alone, the narrative jumps immediately into action from the close of series opener Starlighter (2010). Jason and his companions are still endeavoring to rescue humans from their wretched slavery to dragons in an alternate world. As the newly hatched black dragon king plots to co-opt the Starlighter's mystical power, his opponents seek his mysterious white counterpart in the Northlands. Five separate story lines follow a hefty cast of both dragons and humans to climactic cliffhangers. If the episodic plot depends heavily on convenient devices, the settings are sturdily crafted, the imagery is exquisite and the themes of friendship, sacrifice and the power of stories are heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. The protagonists, human and dragon alike, are complex and admirable; but despite assurances that some powerful secondary characters are 'good' and others 'evil,' it is difficult to distinguish between their behavior. Both are cryptic and manipulative, demand unquestioning submission to cruel 'tests' and inflict vicious punishment for failure. However, much of this disturbing subtext will likely pass by the target audience, who will delight in the wildly inventive worldbuilding, exciting adventure and copious religious allusions. -- Kirkus Reviews <br><br> (Kirkus Reviews)