Well, this is the second part of my review on Bryan Davis' new book Starlighter. Unfortunately I just read too fast for me to do any more than two reviews on one book! I mean, I've had that book done for about a week now and am almost finished reading Raising Dragons which I started about three days ago. So you see my dilemma.
But a review was promised, so here it is. (A word of warning to those who haven't read it yet: this review contains spoilers!)
I have to say that in the end, I did enjoy reading it. Now that I've read some of Bryan's other work, though, I would have to say that Starlighter isn't his absolute best, but it is still a pretty good read. Jason's character developed a more clear personality as the story progressed, and the end is left open, making room for sequels (which, I have no doubt, will be very good). I would like to hear a lot more about Koren, but I'm already missing Elyssa; I'm looking forward to see how Jason will rescue all the other slaves from Starlight, or if it can be done at all.
But looking back, while Bryan's world seemed vivid enough at the time I was reading the book, it now seems shallow in my memory... as if I didn't see enough of it to paint a clear picture of the world in my head. I can see certain places, but the world itself seems only vague. Please don't get me wrong on this; that is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means he placed his story in a limited amount of space.
It will certainly be interesting to see where he goes with this story from here. Bryan has proven that he's a good writer and his ideas always seem fresh (at least to me). But building a story in a completely new world is very difficult, as many writers discover. I will say that he's pulled it off with Starlighter... but I think he may have done better with Dragons in our Midst.
Having read some of his other books and enjoying them thuroughly, I give this book a 3-1/2. I will definintely be reading it again, I have no doubts about it!