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The Immortal Tree was written by Scott Devon. On an island in the middle of the Nillway river stood a giant tree that gave life to the animals, healed illness, and improved knowledge of those who lived in the garden. The immortal tree was named Vivar by its protector and ruler of the land and great healer, The Dragon King. If the tree were to perish, The Dragon King believed all harmony in the garden would cease, animals would begin to kill one another for food and fight to become the dominant species. Meanwhile, in a nearby land, a woman named Lilith was about to give birth and begin the creation of mankind. During birth, she faces complications and certain death. The Dragon King flies to her rescue and offers her the chance to survive but in return, she must agree to a request sometime in the future. Lilith gives birth to two sons, Jaaling and Khan, and soon humanity begins to grow. The Dragon King creates his own family and everything in the garden is peaceful until a huge storm tears him from his wife and child. As the Dragon King searches for his family and Vivar, mankind led by Khan is planning to dominate and conquer the animals in the garden and take control of Vivar. The Dragon King is reunited with his family just as Khan attempts to take control of the garden. He is confronted by The Dragon King's son who foils Khan's deadly plan. Although safe for now, The Dragon King knows he will be back. Follow the battle between mankind and the animal kingdom through many generations. Will peace and harmony be shattered for mankind's need for destruction and power?
The Immortal Tree by Scott Devon is a beautifully written tale of love, relationships, and the battle to retain peace and harmony. The narrative throughout was exceptional, vivid, colorful and so descriptive. The author touches every one of your senses and emotions which draw you into the world of amazing characters. I loved the development of the relationships, especially the contrast between the parenting skills and moral compasses of The Dragon King and Khan. Khan was a vile character, filled with jealousy, hatred, and entitlement. There was an abundance of action, tension and excitement interspersed brilliantly with messages of morality. The story highlights the importance of living in harmony with nature and the destruction mankind has caused in its ignorant pursuit of control. There is also a wonderful message of living to a higher standard of kindness, generosity, and charity to others. A superb story that could spark a great deal of contemplation on our responsibility to care for each other, nature, and the environment.