With the conclusion of the Oracles of Fire series, many fans of Davis, and even Bryan Davis himself thought that the story begun with Dragons in our Midst had finally reached a conclusion. Billy and Bonnie were wed, and Second Eden had been saved. But the story picks up again with The Song of the Ovulum. Fifteen years have passed, and the United Nations has grown hostile towards dragon and anthrozils, or half-dragons. Billy and Bonnie's twin children have been torn from them, and they themselves have been thrown into a maximum-security prison.
This premise opens up the third series in the story, this time focusing mainly on Bill and Bonnie's two children, who by now are sixteen (Obviously, as Davis prefers writing teens; this becomes apparent in this book). It's an exciting story. Davis really is an amazing storyteller, as this book evidences. The books would be infinitely better, though, if Davis stayed out of the Bible. His earlier two series should have alerted you to the fact that in the third series, nothing has changed. Characters hover between Second Eden and the 'real' Earth, and once again an invasion of Heaven is under way. Davis tosses around various dimensions like Hell and Earth, and a few extra-Biblical places such as Second Eden.
His mixing with Biblical characters is even more suspect. Continuing from the Oracles of Fire series, the characters of Noah's Ark are tampered with, and in the case of this book, the adulteress whom Jesus did not condemn is given a face and a story. Enoch is a character in the book, as are Nephilim and several other Biblical characters. In short, Davis feels that it is all right to add to what the Bible has written to create a good story. It's really a shame, because he does it so well. I wish he could write equally good books without dragging God's Word into things.
Unfortunately, the writing in this book is of a slightly lower caliber than the previous books. This time around, Davis proves that his strength is teenagers. Billy, Bonnie, Ashley, Walter, Gabriel, Elam, Sapphira, and the other characters of the previous series are all grown, and they speak as if they're still teenagers. Literarily, their voice has not changed at all. It made their adult personas seem out of whack and strange. By contrast, Davis' new teen characters, Matt, Lauren, Joran, and Selah, all fit the bill quite well. It's a niggling annoyance in an otherwise extremely well-written book.
Overall, I can't recommend or not recommend this book either way. In a writing way, the book is almost as excellent as Davis' previous books. The Biblical issues are for you personally to decide before you read the book. It does stand alone, but you'll probably want to read the previous two series before this, which have their own set of Biblical issues. My one admonishment is to double and triple-check everything against the Bible. Sure, Davis' tweaking makes a great story, but ultimately it's not inspired truth from the mouth of God. So be wary with this book; use your own judgment when reading it.
~ Andrew J.