Beyond the Reflection's Edge
Blog Tour - Day 3
Beyond the Reflection’s Edge – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310715547
Bryan Davis’ Web site – http://www.dragonsinourmidst.com/
Bryan Davis’ blog – http://dragonsinourmidst.blogspot.com/
Yesterday I mentioned how well I appreciated the attention paid to scene details. Today I wanted to mention the story characterization. The main character, Nathan, sounded old-fashioned in some ways, but it made sense. Grounded in cultured manners from his parents and his guardian, Nathan was brought up to respect women and treat people with consideration. Kelly, the story's male lead, at first makes fun of Nathan but comes to respect him as he treats her better than any boys she has dated before. Kelly and Nathan are believable characters with traits that set a higher standard than most of society. In one scene, Nathan tells a stranger the truth about why they are running. Kelly belittles Nathan for the choice of telling the truth. The stranger admits he was testing them to decide whether to help.
Like the scenes, the author researched believable character responses. Mr. Davis interviewed teens about their reaction to certain book scenes . Was that how a teenager would act - if not what would they do? I also enjoyed the way the characters grew over the length of the story. Nathan finds he must be strong if he is to lead. Kelly learns to regard herself not for her looks, but for her qualities and skills. Nathan's background with both parents prepared him to take care of himself and later his team. Kelly learned how to stay true to herself and to others. Eventually she learned that people could like her for herself. She didn't need to dress a certain way, or act a certain way to convince Nathan to like her.
Beyond the Reflection's Edge begins a new series, a new market, and a new publisher (Zondervan) for Bryan Davis. This series is geared to an older audience than Dragons in Our Midst. There is a double murder scene early in the book, so it's not meant for younger readers. But the scene is handled tastefully without dwelling on the sensationalism of the violence.
Beyond the Reflection's Edge begins a new chapter of great writing from Bryan Davis.
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