Dagril's Gold

Fiction - Science Fiction
156 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Dagril’s Gold is a work of fiction in the science fiction, adventure, and historical sub-genres, and was penned by author A. C. Phillips. In this short but jam-packed adventure, we find that our protagonists are not typical humans, but a highly advanced race that lives for many years more. The story spans a total of six centuries as these scientists find themselves stranded in Tuscany in 1347 CE, discovering the ways of these people, their cultures, and customs. But just as they settle into the way of living in this new world, the black death arrives, and everything they’ve come to know lies of the verge of pestilence, destruction, and death.

Author A. C. Phillips has crafted a fascinating science fiction adventure told from a familiar yet fresh perspective. The super-evolved humans of the story appear quite alien to us at first, but as their situation develops and we find them somewhat helpless, it becomes easier to root for them and support their endeavors. The depiction of 14th-century Tuscany is truly excellent, with highly immersive details and a really fascinating society and culture to explore. This results in an engaging and heartfelt story about real people and human fortitude, which is only made more exciting by the time jumps to near-present day and the dangers which the protagonists face as the book goes on. This well-crafted plot was very satisfying, and overall I would certainly recommend Dagril’s Gold to readers seeking immersive science fiction and historical genre-mashing.

Debjeet Mukherjee

Dagril's Gold by A.C. Phillips is a historical science fiction story with a brief modern-day mention of events. Three scientists named Alerton, Metrool, and Everin belonging to the Hamens race from a faraway planet are stranded on Earth during 1347, trying to escape their sabotaged spaceship. They were after Dagril who supposedly went rogue to establish a colony on Earth. However, these scientists soon realize his true intentions when they get stuck in medieval times in Florence as the black plague is fast approaching. Amidst public execution of witches and magic, Al, Met and Eve try to conceal their Hamen features and blend in with the local populace as wealthy people using Dagril’s gold. Since they had longer lives spanning 1000 years, part of this book is set in 2014 where their services of doing good to people, without altering major world events, are introduced in the beginning. Alerton and Marie must find a way to be together again to reinstate their century-old love while helping an orphan girl named Dana.

A.C. Phillips has woven a remarkable plot that will appeal to readers interested in both science fiction and history. I liked the concept of otherworldly civilizations inhabiting our planet and helping mankind with science, technology, and medicine. It resonates with Hollywood franchises like the Alien movie series and the protagonists have psychic powers like the Jedi in Star Wars. Many young audiences who like to play medieval empire-building computer games will find this to be of great interest since in the games players start with initial resources and go on expanding their empire. I am greatly awed at the thought process of the author who has reimagined an entire civilization in outer space, detailing their origins, journey, conflict, evolution, and biology. Dagril's Gold is a fast-paced journey of many events coupled with interesting plots where no character has a smooth journey, making it all the more interesting to read.