by C.S. Johnson
Book 1: Slumbering
Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger leads a charmed life. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly, including his plans to ask out Gwen Kessler, as he enters into tenth grade at Apollo Central High School.
Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, releasing the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, from their celestial prison, and awakening Hamilton’s longtime dormant supernatural abilities. Suddenly Hamilton finds himself reluctantly allied with his self-declared mentor, Elysian, a changeling dragon, and Starry Knight, a beautiful but dangerous warrior, as they seek to protect the souls of Apollo City from the Sinisters and their evil intentions.
Can Hamilton overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?
“An epic battle between light and dark where the hero believes he already is one until he finds out what being a hero really means.”
“A fantastic start to what seems to be a fantastic series.”
“This series is amazing with a mix of romance, Sci-fi, Christianity, and action. It has lovable characters, questions to be answered, and an amazing theme!”
Book 2: Calling
As if Hamilton Dinger needs any more frustration at the moment. Not only has he accepted his duty as a Starlight defender, he’s got swim meets to prepare for, his little brother to babysit, and an annoying new girl in his class. Plus he’s got his ‘mentor’ dragon, Elysian, on his back every chance he gets, and his ‘co-defender,’ Starry Knight, urging him to quit the superhero business after every battle.
As the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, search for new ways to gather power, Ham finds both betrayal and friendship in unexpected places. Desperately searching for a way he can get stronger, he finds his own inner struggles costing him the most as he attempts to keep the rest of the city safe.
Will Hamilton realize his potential in the power of trust? Will he be able make peace with Starry Knight, or will their quarrels be the downfall of them both?
“An absolutely amazing sequel. I loved the direction taken in this book. Some points of the plot were cleared up, others dramatically obscured in clever twists and turns. If you enjoyed Slumbering, I guarantee you’ll enjoy Calling. Hamilton as a character only gets better with time.”
“Awesome and mysterious characters.”
Book 3: Submerging
There is nothing like a birthday to give Hamilton Dinger something to look forward to in his busy life. With his new job as a part-time intern at the Mayor’s office, being a full-time high school student and Starlight Warrior has its challenges. And although he has the full support of his girlfriend, Gwen, and his best friend, Mikey, and even a tentative partnership with Starry Knight, his ally against the Seven Deadly Sinisters, he has definite cause for concern. The arrival of SWORD, the growing demonic activity in Apollo City, and the increasingly negative media attention has sparked ongoing unrest among the city and its inhabitants.
But Hamilton has some additional help in Aletheia, a new supernatural ally, who has come to equip Hamilton for his calling to be a Starlight defender. With the help of the crew of the Meallán and its captain, St. Brendan the Navigator, and Aletheia’s sister, the Star of Time, Elysian and Hamilton set off for the Celestial Kingdom to deepen his commitment through learning, new landscapes, and cosmic surfing.
As evil forces continue in their quest for power and control, Hamilton finds uncertainty and distrust between his two worlds. Can he find the answers that will help him? Will he find the strength he needs to carry on? Will Wingdinger realize the importance of his choices, and more importantly–make the right ones?
“Very addicting series!”
“A beautifully painted fantasy world with endearing characters that leaves you longing for more. Written with a refreshing blend of fantasy, a touch of humor and Christian parallels that are easily recognizable but not in your face.”
Book 4: Remembering
With the start of 11th grade, Hamilton Dinger has no shortage of activities to pursue. With his job at the mayor’s office, schoolwork, and fighting off evil, he has no time to worry about Starry Knight’s recent betrayal and his relentless fixation with her.
Even though he does anyway.
Pushing past his emotional turmoil, he works with Aleia and Elysian to uncover the truth about the Seven Deadly Sinisters and his supernatural origins. When disaster strikes once more, Hamilton and his friends realize the only way to prevent chaos from taking over Apollo City, and eventually the world, is to find the answers to the questions hidden deep inside his heart and mind.
“With each passing book the strength of the authors writing grows, pulling you deeper into the story.”
“I love finding out stuff- like easter eggs in movies. New characters are fun! Old characters get deeper.”
Book 5: Continuing
Things have been peaceful for the past three months in Apollo City. And while this would normally make Hamilton Dinger happy, Raiya’s sudden departure leaves him irritated and angry.
Despite the decrease in crime and attacks, Hamilton knows it is only a matter of time before the remaining Sinisters and their mysterious new leader cause more trouble for him. When Alora comes under attack, Hamilton and his team, with help from his new friend, Mary, set off with St. Brendan the Navigator to restore the flow of time. But it is only after they work to save Time do they realize how little of it they have left.
“Once again was hooked and could not put the book down!”
Book 6: Outpouring
The end is approaching for Hamilton Dinger and his friends.
As the forces of darkness in Apollo City gain power, Hamilton finds himself on trial as the media, the law, and even his friends seem to have turned on him. The souls of the city—and the world—are on the line as the long-fought war against Alküzor, Draco, and the Seven Deadly Sinisters comes to a crux with SWORD, Wingdinger, and the forces of Adonaias.
With Elysian and Starry Knight by his side, Hamilton must face the harder truths and complicated answers found only in the challenges of life and the surprising power of love. But can his heart survive such an outpouring?
“This book tugged at all emotions. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried! This is the best book of the series yet!”
Book 7: Everlasting
It has been many years since that day, the day Hamilton Dinger wishes to forget, along with the ache in his heart. But his desire to let go of the past is usurped when the future comes barreling into his apartment in the form of two young Starlight defenders, Lucas and Lyra, calling for a new mission for the retired Wingdinger.
More than reluctantly, Hamilton heads home to Apollo City as Dante Salyards, now a rogue agent from SWORD, seeks his help in dismantling a new administration of evil in Apollo City. After a shocking discovery, Hamilton is faced with the choice to renew his commitment, and embrace the responsibilities, both pleasant and painful, the Prince of Stars had in store for him–but it could cost him more than his heart this time.
With everything on the line, can Hamilton finally have the life he had always dreamed of?
“I loved this series from beginning to end!”
CIR: What inspired this long and exciting series?
JOHNSON: Once upon a time, I was in high school, and I hated it. But I loved it, too. It helped me refine my faith in Christ a lot, even as I hated the refining. In writing The Starlight Chronicles, I wanted to see what a picture of faith looks like when it is confronted from more of a secular worldview. When one of my teachers gave a friend of mine the nickname “Wingdinger,” I knew it was a good fit for this story. Thus, Hamilton Dinger was born, and I have never been the same since.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
JOHNSON: Personally, I have a lot of inside jokes running throughout the series with myself and with others. It’s amusing to me, like having personal Easter eggs. But on the lighter, more universal side, I also liked how it really does walk people through the stages of faith from belief and acceptance, to commitment to trust, and then onto hope in the everlasting.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
JOHNSON: Hamilton, no question. Even when he’s horrible, I just love him. I love him because he’s so flawed in the beginning, but there’s so much hope for him. I imagine that’s how God sees each of us – repulsed by our behavior, but absolutely in love with us. All of my main characters are deeply flawed in different ways, and I love them more even as they frustrate me.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
JOHNSON: I’ve had others say Smallville, different superhero stories like Spiderman and The Flash. There’s a stronger anime influence, too, since I loved it as a teenager (and still do).
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
JOHNSON: Belief, faith, and fear, for starters. I look around and see many people live in a fantasy world, but I take great comfort in knowing my fantasy worlds are founded on true truth. I think it’s a healthy thing to question the limits we have on ourselves and in our lives. I want people to come away with the message that there’s something greater out there for us – something that we can’t even imagine for ourselves. We spend a lot of time awake, but sometimes I have to wonder how aware people are about what goes on in their lives, the lives of others, and throughout the worlds around them.