Eye of the Oracle

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

To my faithful wife and best friend, Susie I am amazed at your unfailing love. In my eyes, you personify grace and beauty. Thank you for reading this manuscript so many times without a single complaint.

To my AMG family Dan Penwell, Warren Baker, Rick Steele, Dale Anderson, Trevor Overcash, Joe Suter, and all the staff thank you for believing in these crazy stories. God is using us to change lives all over the world.

Most of all, I thank God for the inspiration, grace, and strength to conceive and create this book. Without Him, I am nothing.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

Eye of the Oracle is the first book in the new series, Oracles of Fire. It is a prequel to the Dragons in our Midst (DIOM) series and chronicles the events that preceded DIOM. The next book in Oracles of Fire will be Enoch’s Ghost, a sequel to DIOM. Enoch’s Ghost will pick up the story where Eye of the Oracle and Tears of a Dragon end.

Here is how the stories line up in chronological order. The new series is boldfaced.

Readers who have not delved into Dragons in our Midst will have no trouble understanding and enjoying Eye of the Oracle. This story begins a new adventure that will lead readers into a multi-dimensional land, a fascinating journey guided by the Oracles of Fire.

CONTENTS

Dedication

Author’s Note

Acknowledgments

Merlin’s Prayer

Book 1: In the Beginning

Book 2: Transformation

Book 3: Refiner’s Fire

Epilogue

Other Books by Bryan Davis

Book 1: In the Beginning

Prologue

Chapter 1: The Seeds of Eden

Chapter 2: The Dark Side of the Rainbow

Chapter 3: The Battle for the Ark

Chapter 4: The Raven’s Plot

Chapter 5: The Spectral Promise

Chapter 6: Underborns

Chapter 7: The Abyss

Chapter 8: A Prayer for Dragons

Chapter 9: The World Above

Chapter 10: Forbidden Fruit

Chapter 11: Elohim’s Bard

Book 2: Transformation

Chapter 1: A New Beginning

Chapter 2: The Lady of the Lake

Chapter 3: The Hidden Portal

Chapter 4: Raising Dragons

Chapter 5: Baptism of Fire

Chapter 6: Councils of War and Peace

Chapter 7: The Price of Betrayal

Chapter 8: Abandoned

Chapter 9: The Transformation

Chapter 10: Dragons’ Rest

Chapter 11: The Conspiracy

Chapter 12: In Hiding

Book 3: Refiner’s Fire

Chapter 1: New Homes

Chapter 2: Reunion

Chapter 3: Gabriel’s Gift

Chapter 4: Morgan’s Victory

Chapter 5: The Guardian Angel

Chapter 6: Acacia’s Journey

Chapter 7: Searching for Shiloh

Chapter 8: Bonnie Conner

Chapter 9: Blood and Light

Chapter 10: Through the Storm

Chapter 11: Dragons in our Midst

MERLIN’S PRAYER

O King of Light, so true and wise,

Who grants in troubled times

A wealth of counsel from above

And prophecy in rhymes,

I ask Thee now to pour Thy mind

In measure after measure,

For days of darkness snuff Thy light

And rob our only treasure.

An evil power snares the land

Deceiving flesh and blood,

And even kings are fooled by her

Beguiling, blinding flood.

But hast thou granted her a time

To foster lies and hate?

Dost Thou foresee what I cannot,

A day this flood abates?

A flood of murders, vengeance, wrath,

And hatefulness within

’Tis worse than forty days of rain

That purged the earth of sin.

For in this flood we must endure

And swim amidst the mire,

While kings do battle over words

And murder what they sire.

I beg you now to bring an ark,

A savior, king, a knight,

And rescue those who wait in faith

To see his sword of light.

Prepare me, Lord, to live till I

This noble son behold,

For prophets dream, but few awake

To see your plan unfold.

BOOK 1: IN THE BEGINNING

PROLOGUE

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

I am a daughter of the earth, sown and rooted in the soil of the land of the dead. I am an underborn, a slave girl, a bondservant to a dark mistress of evil. For centuries