Book Review Offspring by Scott Appleton


About the Book:

Summary from the publisher

The Hemmed Land is changing...and so is the daughter born out of the ultimate sacrifice...

With Ilfedo's beloved wife buried, the Hemmed Land is destined to change, as is he. The sea serpents have again invaded the land and Ilfedo must discover the power behind the sword of the dragon, even as he accepts his people's call to become their Lord Warrior. His daughter grows into a beautiful young woman whose wisdom and love endears her to the people, and sets her on a journey to find a race of unique and powerful creatures. But far to the north an evil long ago stirred, and Letrias's workings soon threaten everything Ilfedo holds dear.

About the Author:

Scott Appleton is a Christian freelance fiction writer living in northeast Connecticut.

He was homeschooled through high school. He developed a love for reading and writing from his mother, and a love for science from his father. In high school he became involved with an astronomy group out of North Scituate, Rhode Island. His first published piece was a theoretical article for their newsletter. Upon graduating from high school at seventeen he traveled to Thailand as a student missionary and stayed for three months.

Upon his return to the United States he studied Math and English at a community college and later obtained a certificate in Creative Editing through an online course.

Over the course of several years he created The Sword of the Dragon series and published multiple news articles, as well as works of poetry, and short fiction. Currently he divides his time between writing his novels, and spending time with his wife and son.


Offspring is packed with action, adventure, and suspense.  The author uses rich language to describe the classic struggle of good and evil.  His creation of the Megatraths and the mysterious entity trying to control Ilfedo adds to the adventure and suspense.

My twelve year old son was very impressed by the story line, characters, and the action-packed plot.  Though we both agree that it would have been a little easier to follow the characters if we had the background from the first book.  We plan on going back and reading the first book soon.

I was pleasantly surprised that this book kept my son occupied for at least two full weeks.  He usually devours books in a couple of days.  But the complicated twists and turns of this novel (we don't want to give away any spoilers) slowed him down and made him really think about what was going on in the story.  (It takes mom a lot longer to read a book of that size with a tot at home)

Although this is written with a Christian perspective, it is not preachy and is subtle in its subtext.  I recommend this for older kids 12+ due to the vocabulary level.    

Definitely a must read for fantasy fans who enjoy a great story with well-described characters that feel like they are right there with you.

Where to Buy It:

You can purchase Offspring on Amazon 

Connect With The Author:

Scott Appleton's Blog

Scott Appleton's Facebook Page

Disclaimer: Thank you Scott Appleton for providing me with a copy to review.

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