Monday, May 05, 2008

Special: Beyond the Reflection's Edge by Bryan Davis

Song Stuck on the Brain: Baby I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton

Today I'm doing a special tour for:


About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Shepherd has a great life traveling where the careers of his father, an investigator, and mother, a renowned violinist, take him … until his parents are found murdered. Left with only a mirror and notes from his father’s last case, Nathan goes into hiding at the remote country home of Tony, his father’s college buddy, and Tony’s teenage daughter, Kelly. The mysterious mirror must be a clue to what happened to his parents, and when images appear in it—people and things that don’t exist—Nathan and Kelly painstakingly gather evidence. But the killers want the mirror too, and danger threatens the teens at every turn. As it becomes evident that Nathan’s father had stumbled upon dark forces at work in the world, several questions arise. Could it be that the mirror is a portal to a parallel world? Could this technology be used for evil purposes? And could his parents still be alive, trapped in another dimension? Nathan and Kelly struggle to solve the mystery before they too become victims. This chilling, hair-raising adventure is jam-packed with action in a fantastical world where nothing is as it seems, and even mirrors tell lies.

My Take:

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Is that strong enough for you? No? I'll say it again. I Love this book - a lot. I'd heard great things about Bryan Davis' work, but this is the first one I've had the chance to read. I was completely entranced from the first page. Talk about starting off with a bang! It was non-stop action from the first word. Which of course makes for a great story, but in addition to that, the plot was incredibly woven to be both intricate and yet easy to follow. The spiritual threads are so indelibly planted that it seems natural and necessary to the story. To top that off, he gives us characters that are real and three dimensional. Nathan is a musical genius, and yet I could just as easily see him as the kid next door. He's fun and likable and flawed just like everyone else. It was so easy to cheer for him and Kelly.

I read a lot of books, most of them I enjoy a great deal or I wouldn't finish reading them. But Beyond the Reflection's Edge stood out above the stack. It's one I won't forget easily. I can't wait to read the next in the series. In the mean time, I fully intend to pick up another book by Bryan.

About the Author:

Bryan Davis is the author of the fantasy series Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire. He and his wife, Susie, have seven children and live in western Tennessee, where he continues to cook up his imaginative blend of fantasy and inspiration.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had the great privilege of pre-reading this book. I don’t want 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!
I highly recommend this books for fans of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Binding of the Blade, and any other faith-based fantasy. This book is not a cliche, and has an extremely original plot line and characters.