The Swords of the Six by Scott Appleton is a Christian Fantasy novel for teenage to young adult readers. Scott will have you flipping pages, eagerly trying to figure out what will happen to the characters.
The book opens at the birth of the six main characters, daughters of the Great Dragon, Albino. Six sisters are born from dragon eggs, in the form of humans. The youngest is Dantress, who is the most important main character. They each receive a special sword, one of the Swords of the Six, a group of six valiant men who fought for the good alongside Albino the dragon. The six blades were stained with the blood of the innocent, because the Six was not a perfect union. After receiving the swords, the six sisters embark on a quest, but they know not the mission. When they arrive at a cottage of which they had been told, they learn that one of the Six, who betrayed the Six, was living in a nearby ruin. It is up to them to ask him if he would repent of his evils, and if not, they must kill him. After that task is complete, their father hides them in a cave to insure the safety of his daughters, particularly Dantress.
At that point we are introduced to the character Ilfedo. Ilfedo becomes a mighty hunter, who hunts with a sword, and who killed all wild bears in his homeland. He ascends to great power, and travels to kill mighty sea serpents. After risking his life to save a village at a sea port, he returns to his home where he continues his normal life, or at least that is what he thinks. On a hunting trip he leaves his group to pursue a dream of his. When he reaches his destination he almost sees his death, but he ends up finding his true love, Dantress. The two are married, and eventually she bears Ilfedo a daughter.
I was slightly confused about some aspects, particularly how allegorical, if at all, the book was. I wondered if Albino, Shepard, and Specter might be representations or allegorical to the trinity, but I could not tell if that was Appleton’s intention. At some parts this would work, but at other points it wouldn’t. God is mentioned in the book, but there is no mention of the other members of the Trinity. One thing that bothered me was that the source of magic was not mentioned. There was evil and good magic, but neither one had a clear background.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a page turner, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to the characters, and what their fate might be. The plot was original, and well written. However, I did pick up some errors in the script, as if it weren’t the complete and final draft. They are merely small errors though, and a fast reader likely would not have noticed. I think the good parts of it far outweigh the downfalls (which any book will have, except the Bible). I recommend this book to anybody who enjoyed Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia and are looking for more.
Published on 17 July, 2011. Last updated on