The Oracles of Fire series continues with this exciting sequel to the Dragons in Our Midst series. Though I reviewed the first book around two years ago, the content of the story was still sufficiently fresh in my head for me to remember that I strongly disliked how many liberties Davis took with the content of the Bible in crafting his story (though I did reread the first book just as a refresher. Let’s examine how this sequel stacks up.
The first book in the series, Eye of the Oracle, ends with a whirl-wind chapter which encapsulizes all of the action in the first series (Dragons in our Midst). Directly after these events, the second book Enoch’s Ghost begins. Ashley, Walter, Karen, and Thigocia are searching for Gabriel, Thigocia’s son who has not been seen for forty years.
Along the way, they find more than they bargain for; such as an entire army of giants hibernating deep underneath the earth, with a strange timer attached to them. They meet a mysterious girl named Sapphira Adi, who tells them the truth behind the giants. Soon, they will awaken, at the command of Mardon, the son of Nimrod the ancient king. Using these giants, Mardon plans to unite heaven, hell, and earth, forever disrupting the cosmos. Yet even he may be just a pawn in a much bigger game.
Walter and Ashley plunge in to a whirlwind of adventure and mystery as they rush to thwart the plans of Mardon, aided by Sapphira. Along the way, Elam and Acacia, Sapphira’s friends, find adventure of their own; and Makaidos, the king of the dragons, escapes from Dragon’s Rest and becomes a human spirit. These three stories converge in one vivid moment, when the entire cosmos hangs in the balance.
As evidenced by the storyline above (which is much more intricate and well-developed in the book itself), Bryan Davis has no trouble at all coming out with a thrilling page-turner. I, myself, had trouble putting the book down, even taking it to youth group to read with me. But as you can see in my review of the first book (link), I had some problems with Davis’ theological implications. Multiple levels between heaven and hell; dragons turning in to humans; people dieing after they’re dead; heaven being linked with hell – his book trods on some very sacred, yet ill-defined, ground.
I think that the reason little has come of this is that the Bible doesn’t tell us much about these areas upon which Davis touches. So, for the most part, he is working with material that we know very little about (part of why his books are so popular). But, like the dragons’ warning sense in his books, I too have a sense of danger in his books, for they seem to take too much of the Bible and change it around to offer their own version of things.
The biggest danger, in my opinion, is in his opinions about “Circles.” Throughout these books, we see multiple different dimensions and places where sinners can go, somewhat reminiscent of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Yet the Bible says nothing about anything save Heaven and Hell. Basically, we’re accepting his word for it, and opening our hearts to the idea that these places might be possible.
I don’t know – I’m no theologian. I just think that a word of caution is in order before jumping in to these books. My opinion of Enoch’s Ghost is much higher than the first book (Davis managed to keep from changing most biblical events), but I still encourage you to exercise caution. Stay tuned for the upcoming review of the third book in the series, The Last of the Nephilim.
Published on 21 February, 2011. Last updated on