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Monday, August 20, 2012

Review worth reading!

Every now and again I enjoy pointing out a great review from a new reader.

Today I'd like to direct your attention to a review that popped up on Amazon. This reviewer understood the message of my story very well. Thank you to everyone who has posted a review online!
This review is from: Swords of the Six (Paperback)
Having read Donita K. Paul and Bryan Davis (both Christian authors who write stories about dragons), I discovered Swords of the Six and couldn't resist that beautiful white dragon on the cover. Fortunately, my local library had a copy and I picked it up.

The story itself is exciting, creative, and well-thought-out. Characters are appealing and the descriptions are gorgeous, allowing an open-widowed-view of this fictional world. Despite being aimed at a Christian crowd, Swords of the Six could easily appeal to fans of secular authors, such as R. A. Salvatore and J. K. Rowling. Swords of the Six is much different from such secular authors, however, in that it steers clear of language, sex, and portraying the occult in a positive light. Positive themes--such as forgiving one's enemies, being true to your friends and family, the sanctity of marriage, and the sacredness of human life--abound.

The biggest difference between Appleton's stories and those of Davis or Paul is the maturity level. The opening chapter, and chapters further into the story, have very adult themes of death, and many characters meet their untimely end. Violence is detailed in some instances, such as a scene where the great white dragon, Albino, bites a man in half and his guts drip from the dragon's jaws. While violence in Swords of the Six is never without cause (such as defending an innocent, self-defense, battling evil, etc.), it may be a bit too graphic for the younger members of the family. For a young adult crowd, or those comfortable enough with the mature nature of the story, however, this is a riveting tale of good and evil that you can sink your dragon-sized teeth into.

Kudos, Mr. Appleton! I look forward to reading the rest of your series. :D

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"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.