Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Swords of the Six

Swords of the Six, Scott Appleton, Sword of the Dragon, Living Ink Books, Fantasy/Allegory, 2011, 320 pages.

Synopsis: In ancient times a band of warriors escorted a young prince homeward. Only one warrior remained true. He watched helplessly as the others slew their young charge. Death seemed to claim him as well. But he awoke one thousand years later, brought back by the prophets of God to serve them once again as an invisible guardian. One of the prophets, an albino dragon, hatched human daughters out of eggs by giving them the life in his blood. The daughters sought out the traitor to bring him to repentance. Out of remorse for his sins, the traitor slew himself on a sword. Upon the daughters’ return their dragon father sent them to live in a far off forest. The youngest daughter fell in love and wed. But upon giving birth to a beautiful baby girl she gave up the life in her blood and died; making the ultimate sacrifice to bring a child of promise into the world.

My thoughts: Considering this is Mr. Appleton's first novel (though republished), it is very well written, but on one account. I will get to that in a minute. The fantastical setting was enchanting, yet full of danger. I loved his description of the creatures, and the mannerisms and attitudes of the dragon, Albino. The themes of love, betrayal, sorrow, sacrifice and regret could be found anywhere in the story, and tied you to the characters' emotions and reasoning.

The one flaw I found with this book (with the help of a friend) was that Dantress was too perfect. She never seemed to do wrong, while her sisters often argued and erred. Enough said, I think.


My rating: 4 stars

This book was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.


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3 comments:

  1. I was wondering just exactly what this book was all about. Thanks for reviewing it, Noah! I've seen two copies of the book at my work (Family Christian Store) and have been wondering if it would be a good read (and worth my buying it) or not. I guess now I'll have to read it and see, for myself won't I? ;)

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  2. Good review, and true. And you are right about Dantress. I knew there was something that was bothering me about the book, but was unable to put my finger on it. Now I understand what it was: absolutely right. Still a good read thought: I'm looking forward to the second. :)

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  3. I don't usually reply to reviews of my book, however I thought I'd put a little clarification on Dantress's character, for those who are interested. I grew up in a rather ideal situation. My parents consistently disciplined me, my sister, and my brother. I was the oldest child and I can honestly say that my sister was the angel in the family. I can remember three, maybe four times that she ever earned a spanking. My brother and I earned them aplenty for a while (-: but my sister truly lived an upright life from when she was rather young.
    I think this is why the character of Dantress came out the way she did. It is not unrealistic, it's just that only a few people that I've ever met earned that level of respect and admiration. I know a small handful of people who really seem perfect, even though I know them intimately.
    Anyway, I hope this genders some interesting conversation on this blog! Great review, Noah.

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