Dragons in Our Midst is a series of four novels written by author Bryan Davis. The series follows the adventures of two teens, Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver. Billy is devastated to find that his father is in fact a dragon disguised in human skin to hide from a centuries-old dragon slayer and his squire. Bonnie has known that her mother was a dragon for years. Both teens carry on traits from their dragon heritage. Bonnie has wings that she keeps hidden in a large hiking backpack, while Billy can breathe fire. When they are found and attacked by a slayer, they must fight for their lives.Dragons in Our Midst was followed by another four-book series, titled Oracles of Fire. The first book, Eye of the Oracle, was a prequel to the DioM series, while the three others, Enoch's Ghost, Last of the Nephilim and The Bones of Makaidos, were all sequels to DioM. This series shifts its focus to other characters that were mostly in the background in the first series, such as Walter, Billy's best friend, and Ashley, an anthrozil (half-dragon, half-human) with a mind far more intelligent than a normal human. It also introduced several new characters, such as Sapphira Adi and Elam, the centuries-old teenagers. It also introduced several new villains, such as Goliath (a dragon, not the biblical giant), Mardon and Semiramis.A third series, titled Children of the Bard, began in 2011, starring Billy and Bonnie's twin children.A graphic novel of the first book is due in 2014. A Kickstarter project for it is underway.
Bittersweet Ending: Just about all of them, but especially Tears of a Dragon and The Bones of Makaidos.
Blessed with Suck: Billy and Bonnie's anthrozil powers don't necessarily endear them to people. Billy accidentally sets off the school fire alarm when his fire breath is first developing and is subsequently framed for smoking, and Bonnie is mistaken for a monster while escaping from the school (with Billy in tow).
Of course, their abilities eventually are turned around to be Cursed with Awesome, though both tropes are played back and forth throughout the series, depending on the situation they’re in.
Cast Herd: The first series cast was large, but manageable. The second series added entire hordes of new characters.
Catch Phrase: Ashley's "Too much information can make your brain choke".
Also a Meaningful Echo of sorts for the audience when the prequel, Eye of the Oracle, reveals Ashley's mother Thigocia saying "Too much information can be taxing on our brains", several thousand years before Ashley was even born.
Thigocia also repeats the Catch Phrase verbatim while cradling the newborn Ashley.
Good Wings, Evil Wings: Inverted. Bonnie has leathery draconic wings, while the Watchers have more typically angelic wings.
"Groundhog Day" Loop: In Tears of a Dragon, Billy and Bonnie arrive in Dragons’ Rest only to find that all the former dragons have been living identical versions of a single day over and over again, but without any memory or realization of anything beyond the given day they’re currently in.
Happily Married: Marilyn and Jared Bannister, Carl and Catherine Foley, dragons Makaidos and Thigocia, eventually Ashley and Walter Foley, Billy and Bonnie Bannister, Elam and Sapphira, and Shiloh and Gabriel Drake.
Healing Hands: Not really healing “hands” so much as “wings”, but a few of the dragons and anthrozils (most notably Thigocia and Ashley) have the ability to heal others under the right conditions.
Even then, most of them get to make a final appearance for the wedding scene.
King Arthur: There are heaps of references to the myths, considering that Billy is the second coming of Arthur, but Arthur himself also appears in person during the period of Eye of the Oracle that covers medieval Britain and the transformation of the dragons.
One really interesting inversion of this trope occurs when Naamah is saved by Elam. She tried to seduce him when she was evil, and it is only after she gives up on trying to make him love her and begs him for genuine forgiveness that she is redeemed.
Sapphira and Elam started out as this, but after Elam became immortal and hung around for a few thousand years, the age difference was very minimal.
Meaningful Name: Mardon and Morgan give these to the underborns to remind them of their place.
Mardon: We give all the laborers names that reflect the sadness of their lot in life. It only makes sense.
Meaningful Rename: In Eye of the Oracle, Mara (whose name means “bitter”), is given the new name “Sapphira” (after her brilliant blue eyes, to signify that even though she is a slave she has beauty and value. Never mind who gave her the name change).
Merlin: The original, in the flesh. See King Arthur above, though Merlin is crucial to a much greater portion of the story.
Noble Demon: Palin. Had the perfect opportunity to kill Bonnie, but did not take it. Later defied Devin in the slayer's attempt to kill several of the heroes. He was promptly Killed Off for Real for his actions.
Not to mention the reason he dies (the secondtime) is that he tries to convince Devin that what they've been doing is wrong.
No Loves Intersect: For the most part, Karen and Namaah are the exceptions for their respective possible love interests. Karen dies, then Naamah... re-dies...
Playing with Fire: Sapphira and Acacia can make it, Billy breathes it. And of course, any of the dragons in their native form can also breathe fire.
Plucky Comic Relief: Walter Foley, especially in the first four books. Not as much in Oracles of Fire, but he definitely has his moments.
Walter: So we have... Me, Elam, Billy, Bonnie, Valiant, Candle, Yereq, Sir Barlow, and Sapphira. That's nine of us and the dragons. [whistles] I don't know about you, but if we're facing hundreds of crazed warriors trained to kill, I'd like at least ten.
Rage Against the Heavens: What most of the villains are doing, though their methods and time frames all vary. None of them are ultimately successful.
Raised by Grandparents: Ashley, who was raised by her grandfather Isaac Stalworth after her parents' deaths. Subverted in that we learn Isaac Stalworth is not actually her grandfather, but just a family friend.
Take That: Against the entire human race, courtesy of the possessed Arramos.
A Taste of the Lash: Nabal uses this on many of Morgan’s underborns, specifically Mara (albeit very briefly) and Elam’s fellow brick-maker (who died from the experience).
Team Hand Stack: Billy, Walter, Ashley, and Bonnie have one of these in The Bones of Makaidos before the final battle.
Walter, Billy, and Ashley also have one at the end of The Last of the Nephilim.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Interestingly subverted: a lot of emphasis is put on killing honorably (through fair fights) instead of dishonorably (ambushes, back stabbing, etc.), but this doesn't stop several of the heroes from having a fairly high kill count, especially the dragons.
Through His Stomach: Though she wasn’t setting out to win his heart originally, Sapphira befriended Elam by feeding him through a hole in the wall when they were slaves. Later, they often refer back to this event (with the wiggling fingers gesture) as shorthand for “I love you.” Elam also says that he would devote his life to “the girl who risked her life to feed me."
Tsundere: Ashley's a mild type B, her tsun-tsun side appearing towards Walter, mostly during his jokes.
Unexplained Recovery: Several different people. Doctor Conner, Roxil, Goliath, any dragon who ended up in Dragons Rest, the original ten female dragons who became human, Arramos (sort of), Billy, Bonnie... the list goes on.) It would actually probably be easier to list the subversions.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Morgan had some limited uses of this power in her backstory, as seen in early chapters of Eye of the Oracle when she transformed into a raven.
Wacky Marriage Proposal: Walter proposes to Ashley by building a snowman kneeling in front of a snowwoman on the roof of a greenhouse. He rigs the hand of the snowman to melt, revealing an actual engagement ring it is presenting to the snowwoman. He then goes on to make a dramatic speech in true Walter style.
Weddings for Everyone: This occurs at the end of The Bones of Makaidos with the triple wedding ceremony of Walter and Ashley, Elam and Sapphira, and Billy and Bonnie.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Sapphira, Acacia, and Elam all go through bouts of feeling like this during the several-thousand-year period of waiting in Eye of the Oracle. Considering they were almost totally isolated for much of that period, it’s impressive that they didn’t suffer serious psychological issues.
Wild Mass Guessing: The forums would always be most active a few weeks before the book came out. One of the biggest topics was about Palin, specifically why he didn't kill Bonnie.
When a member guessed that Palin had a daughter at one point and couldn't bring himself to kill someone else's little girl, Davis's response was that the member was "sowing a fertile field".