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''Dragons in Our Midst'' is a series of four novels written by author Creator/BryanDavis. 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 [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 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. [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jamesartville/raising-dragons-graphic-novel A Kickstarter project for it is underway.]]


!!These series provide examples of:
* AdamAndEvePlot: This happens to Makaidos and Thigocia, who are the only two dragons to escape TheGreatFlood by being on [[TheArk Noah's Ark]].
%%* AffablyEvil: Devin.
* TheAgeless: Anyone who eats the fruit of the tree that grew from the seed Morgan stole from Eden's Tree of Life. Notably: Morgan herself, Naamah, [[spoiler:Sapphira, and Elam]].
%%* AGodAmI: The eventual goal of most of the villains.
* AnyoneCanDie: Whether they ''stay'' dead [[BackFromTheDead is another matter...]]
%%* AnimalNemesis
* AnimalStereotypes: Both played straight and subverted with the dragons.
* ArcNumber: 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13... pretty much any number that is significant in Literature/TheBible.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Heaven.
** While Sheol/the seven circles and Hell would probably be Descending To A Lower Plane...
%%* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Naamah]]
%%* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter]]
%%* BackFromTheDead: Many, some several times.
* BadassNormal: Walter Foley. He's the human sidekick who loves [[PluckyComicRelief lame jokes]], [[BigEater food]] and [[TheTriple taunting fire-breathing dragons.]]
%%* BattleCouple: Billy and Bonnie
%%** Also [[spoiler: Elam and Sapphira, Ashley and Walter.]]
* BeautifulSlaveGirl: Sapphira at the beginning of her story, although [[AvertedTrope thankfully]] [[SexSlave nothing more]] came out of it than a MeaningfulRename. Her primary masters were either straight and female or too preoccupied with science and world domination to notice.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BigBad: [[spoiler: Possessed Arramos.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Most villains who aren't the above mentioned BigBad.
* BittersweetEnding: Just about all of them, but especially ''Tears of a Dragon'' and ''The Bones of Makaidos''.
* BlessedWithSuck: 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 CursedWithAwesome, though both tropes are played back and forth throughout the series, depending on the situation they’re in.
%%* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Larry.
%%* BodySurf: Morgan.
* BreakTheCutie: Walter was a fun-loving boy scout in the first book. Just about everything goes downhill for him for a long, long time. [[TookALevelInBadass He turned out pretty well in the end, though.]]
** Karen and Paili also fit this trope rather well.
* CastHerd: The first series cast was large, but manageable. The second series added entire hordes of new characters.
* CatchPhrase: Ashley's "Too much information can make your brain choke".
** Also a MeaningfulEcho 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 CatchPhrase verbatim while cradling the newborn Ashley.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: [[JustifiedTrope Justified:]] dimension hopping equals horrible reception.
%%* ChekhovsGun: Several.
%%* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Sapphira, Acacia, Clefspeare, Arramos, and Elam all take turns]]. Though not in that order.
%%* CollapsingLair: In ''The Candlestone''.
%%* CombatMedic: Ashley in ''The Bones of Makaidos''.
* CoolGate: Sapphira has the ability to create portals in space and across dimensions via her abilities as an Oracle of Fire.
%%* CoolOldGuy: Professor Hamilton, Merlin, and technically Valcor and Clefspeare, as well as about half of everyone else that lived longer than the normal human life span should allow.
%%** There's also Barlow and his group of knights.
%%** Enoch, as well.
%%* CoolOldLady: Hartanna and many of the female dragons.
%%* CoolSword: Excalibur, obviously.
* CoolTeacher: Professor Charles Hamilton. Why did I never learn about King Arthur in high school?
* CursedWithAwesome
** This trope swaps places with BlessedWithSuck back and forth throughout the series, depending on when/where/with whom the characters find themselves.
%%* CuteMonsterGirl: Sapphira, Acacia, and Paili. Bonnie as well, when she was younger.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Bonnie. She's in peril a ''lot'', but it doesn't stop her from doing her best to thwart the bad guys and help Billy save her (sometimes, she even saves ''him'').
* DavidVersusGoliath: Whenever any of the kids are fighting, but especially when the Watchers and Nephilim show up.
%%* DeathByOriginStory: [[spoiler: Ashley's parents.]]
%%** Most of the dragon race.
* DeathIsCheap: Which made [[spoiler: Karen's]] death even more of a punch to the gut.
* DesignatedVictim: Bonnie, especially in the first few books. To be fair, this doesn't stop her from getting her moments.
%%* DestinedBystander: Walter.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Walter, of the patient friend variety
* TheDragon: Puns aside, there are several, but Palin probably fits the description best. [[NamesTheSame No, not]] [[RealLife Sarah]]. Or [[Creator/MontyPython Michael]].
%%* DrivenToSuicide: Almost happens to [[spoiler: Sapphira.]]
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[DarkestHour Do they]] [[BitterSweetEnding ever.]]
* EasyEvangelism: Subverted. If anyone converts to Christianity, there is going to be a LOT of work to get them to that point.
%%* EvenEvilHasStandards: Both Palin and Naamah have their moments of this.
** Doctor Connor, a MadScientist, did ''something'', evidently either lethal or incapacitating, to the pedophile he caught assaulting Stacey.
%%* EvilGloating: Devin loves doing this.
%%* EvilMinions: Most of Devin's present-day lackeys.
* ExactEavesdropping: How Billy learns his true heritage in the first book.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The first series is about dragons and half-dragons trying to fit into the modern day world, while also trying desperately to stay hidden.
%%* {{Excalibur}}
%%* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Valcor. It took quite a while to finally figure out just which side he was on, and why.
%%* FallenAngel: The Watchers.
%%* FieryRedhead: Karen
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Shiloh]] loses a finger while trapped in [[spoiler:the sixth circle]]. It very briefly becomes a source of [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished romantic]] [[ScarsAreForever angst]] early on in her relationship with [[spoiler:Gabriel]].
%%* {{Foreshadowing}}
* FosterKid: Bonnie. [[spoiler: At first.]] Also [[spoiler: Matt (Charlie) and Lauren (Karen)]].
%%* FreakinessShame
%%* GadgeteerGenius: Ashley.
* GambitPileup: It can get pretty confusing, with Morgan, Devin, Mardon, Semiramis, [[spoiler: possessed]] Arramos, Valcor, Merlin, the Professor, and a few others all contributing.
* GenerationXerox: The Prof looks a LOT like his distant ancestor, [[spoiler: Merlin]], to the point that several of the dragons (notably Clefspeare) think he is his ancestor when they first meet him.
%%* GentleGiant: Yereq. The other Nephilim, [[ImAHumanitarian not so much.]]
%%* {{God}}: The BigGood
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Inverted. Bonnie has leathery draconic wings, while the Watchers have more typically angelic wings.
* GroundhogDayLoop: 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.
* HappilyMarried: Marilyn and Jared Bannister, Carl and Catherine Foley, dragons Makaidos and Thigocia, eventually [[spoiler: Ashley and Walter Foley, Billy and Bonnie Bannister, Elam and Sapphira, and Shiloh and Gabriel Drake]].
* HealingHands: Not really healing “hands” so much as “wings”, but a few of the dragons and anthrozils (most notably Thigocia and [[spoiler:Ashley]]) have the ability to heal others under the right conditions.
%%* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Palin]].
%%* HeWhoFightsMonsters: What Devin claims to be, and Palin thinks he is.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The dragons, especially around King Arthur's time.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Billy Bannister. However, he does use a handgun when he loans his sword to Walter, and given that the sword is [[CoolSword Excalibur]]...
* HeroicBSOD: Sapphira [[spoiler: She almost commits suicide due to depression/loneliness.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Acacia. She jumps in front of Billy, [[TakingTheBullet taking the sword thrust meant for him]] ]].
%%* {{Heaven}}
%%* {{Hell}}
%%* HonorBeforeReason: Several.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Of the non-romantic variety, Sapphira and Yereq.
%%* HumanityEnsues
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: After Sapphira cuts her hair short, that’s how people tell her and Acacia apart.
%%* IJustWantToBeNormal
%%* ImmortalitySeeker: Morgan, successfully.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Sapphira and Acacia’s brilliant blue eyes (Sapphira is actually [[MeaningfulRename named after them]]), though they are occasionally taken for OccultBlueEyes by superstitious humans. Since they are Oracles of Fire, this has a hint of HeavenlyBlue.
%%* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: THE ENTIRE SERIES.
%%* InsufferableGenius: Larry, as well as Ashley at times.
* InterspeciesRomance: Any dragon/human relationship.
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: In ''Tears of a Dragon'', Morgan threatens to kill Walter if Ashley fails to release Devin from the candlestone.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Clefspeare comes off as this at times, especially in the first book.
%%* JoanOfArchetype: The Maid in "The Bones of Makaidos".
%%* KillItWithFire
* KingArthur: There are heaps of references to the myths, considering that [[spoiler: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.
%%* KnightInShiningArmor: Several, Barlow and his knights being literal examples.
%%* KnightTemplar: Devin, Palin.
%%* LargeHam: Many of the characters from time to time, but especially Walter.
%%* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
%%* LightIsNotGood: The Watchers.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Makaidos tries to invoke this with Thigocia to get out of the AdamAndEvePlot (see above). Subverted eventually when they become deeply in love and devoted to one another.
* LoveRedeems: This trope is played with quite a bit.
** 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.
%%* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Grandfather, actually.]]
* MadeASlave: Elam, by Morgan, after being kidnapped from his family. This is the series’ explanation for why the Biblical character vanished from record.
%%* MadLove: Roxil. Poor girl.
%%* MadScientist: Mardon
%%* MagicalComputer: Larry
* ManlyTears: The author doesn’t shy away from this trope for his male heroes.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Any dragon/human relationships (anthrozils excepted).
** Sapphira and Elam started out as this, but after [[spoiler: Elam became immortal and hung around for a few thousand years]], the age difference was very minimal.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MeaningfulRename: 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 [[EvilOverlord who gave her the name change]]).
* Myth/{{Merlin}}: The original, in the flesh. See Myth/KingArthur above, though Merlin is crucial to a much greater portion of the story.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: Most battles in this series involve an assortment of dragons, humans, anthrozils, Oracles of Fire, and [[Really700YearsOld centuries-old teenagers]], as well as a [[GentleGiant Biblical giant]] and a [[TalkingAnimal talking]] [[SapientSteed horse]].
* MusicForCourage: Many times in ''Eye of the Oracle''. There’s also Bonnie’s rendition of Psalm 139.
* MysteriousTransferStudent: Bonnie, who is introduced in the first book with a rather large backpack that she never takes off.
* NeverBareheaded: Sapphira wears a coif/headscarf/hat/veil/sunglasses at all times to hide her stark-white hair and [[OccultBlueEyes unnaturally brilliant blue eyes]]. Overlaps with PleaseKeepYourHatOn, although it’s Sapphira invoking the trope for herself, not others requesting her to enforce it.
* NobleDemon: Palin. [[spoiler: 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 KilledOffForReal for his actions.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: the reason he dies ([[DeathIsCheap the second]] [[KilledOffForReal time]]) is that he tries to convince Devin that what they've been doing is wrong.]]
* NoLovesIntersect: For the most part, Karen and Namaah are the exceptions for their respective possible love interests. [[spoiler: Karen dies, then Naamah... re-dies...]]
%%* NosyNeighbor: Walter starts out as this.
* OfficialCouple: A whole slew of them by the end of ''The Bones of Makaidos'': Bonnie and Billy, [[spoiler: Ashley and Walter, Sapphira and Elam, Gabriel and Shiloh]], to name a few.
%%* OneWingedAngel: Devin
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* OutOfFocus: Billy and Bonnie are rarely mentioned in most of the ''Oracles of Fire''.
%%* PersonalGainHurts
%%* PetTheDog:
%%** Palin.
%%** A lot of Mardon's interactions with Sapphira.
* PlayingWithFire: Sapphira and Acacia can make it, Billy ''breathes'' it. And of course, any of the dragons in their native form can also breathe fire.
* PluckyComicRelief: 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.
%%* PowerGlows: Excalibur, some of the time.
%%* PowerNullifier: Candlestones, to dragons and anthrozils.
%%* PowerTrio: In the early books, Billy is id, Bonnie superego, Walter ego.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: There are ''loads'' of these.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: What most of the villains are doing, though their methods and time frames all vary. [[spoiler:None of them are ultimately successful.]]
* RaisedByGrandparents: 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.
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: More than half of the characters.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Prof. Hamilton.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Bonnie's father.]]
* RedShirts: Most of Devin's underlings, no matter what century.
* SecondComing: The main character, Billy Bannister, is the second coming of King Arthur.
* SiblingTeam: Acacia and Sapphira, whenever they're actually in the same place at the same time.
* SiblingYinYang: Twins Valcor and Hartanna definitely show shades of this.
%%* SealedEvilInACan: The Watchers and the Nephilim.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Paili, who took on a human name, grew up in the real world, and [[spoiler: got married and had a kid.]]
* SlaveMooks: Many in the first act of ''Eye of the Oracle'', both underborns and kidnapped humans who were MadeASlave.
* SpiderSense: Billy and the dragons have an ability to sense immediate danger.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Between Bonnie and Shiloh, who are cousins. This becomes very plot relevant.
* TakeThat: Against the entire human race, courtesy of [[spoiler: the possessed]] Arramos.
* ATasteOfTheLash: 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).
* TeamHandStack: 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''.
* TemptingApple: Morgan produces fruit that is essentially identical to that of the Tree of Life in the original Garden of Eden.
* ThouShaltNotKill: 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.
* ThroughHisStomach: 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."
%%* TookALevelInBadass: Most notably Walter, Billy, and Bonnie.
* TowerOfBabel: ''The Eye of the Oracle'' features the actual Biblical story—now with dragons and inter-dimensional science.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Ashley's a mild type B, her tsun-tsun side appearing towards Walter, mostly during his jokes.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Several different people. [[spoiler: Doctor Conner, Roxil, Goliath, any dragon who ended up in Dragons Rest, the original ten female dragons who became human, Arramos ([[CameBackWrong sort of]]), Billy, Bonnie... the list goes on.]]) It would actually probably be easier to list the [[KilledOffForreal subversions]].
%%* UnholyMatrimony: Roxil and Goliath.
%%* TheVamp: Naamah [[spoiler: before her HeelFaceTurn]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: 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.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: 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 [[PluckyComicRelief Walter]] style.]]
* WeddingsForEveryone: This occurs at the end of ''The Bones of Makaidos'' with the triple wedding ceremony of [[spoiler: Walter and Ashley, Elam and Sapphira, and Billy and Bonnie]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: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.
* WildMassGuessing: 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 [[spoiler: didn't kill Bonnie]].
** [[spoiler: 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 [[LukeIAmYourFather "sowing a fertile field"]] ]].
* WingedHumanoid: Bonnie, the Watchers, [[spoiler: Gabriel]].
** Also, [[spoiler: it's implied in the epilogue for ''The Bones of Makaidos'' that one of Billy and Bonnie's twins will grow a pair of wings when he or she gets older.]]
* WorldTree: Morgan’s “tree of life” is a smaller version, planted from seeds of the original.
%%* YouAreNotReady: The professor to Billy.
%%* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: Palin. Though, technically, he was already dead.]]
%%* YouShallNotPass: In ''Enoch's Ghost''.