The Immortal Tree

Fiction - Science Fiction
156 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2023
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

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.

Sarah Stuart

The Immortal Tree, Vivat, has roots that spread for miles throughout a beautiful garden and its apples have magical powers. Many animals live near the tree, and the greatest of all, the Dragon King, is a wise and kindly ruler who is much loved. One day, he comes across a human woman struggling to give birth, and he gives her a magic apple to eat. In exchange for her life and the safe delivery of her son, she promises to help the Dragon King’s own son when he asks for a favor. However, the Dragon King is so huge, none could bear his child, so he sheds his skin and uses his ribs in an attempt to create a queen. The Immortal Tree by Scott Devon recounts the dragon’s tale of success... or failure!

The Immortal Tree is a science fiction fantasy cleverly built on the biblical story of creation. “God”, as he comes to believe himself to be, is a fabulous dragon who rules the animals that live in a garden paradise. But the chronicle of Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel, is turned upside-down. The firstborn son is a gentle musician. It is the second who is warlike and hunts the animals in paradise, so how will this sci-fi fantasy “Eve”, his mother, fare when she is called upon to keep a promise made to the Dragon King? The setting is vividly described, and Scott Devon holds his readers in suspense in this intriguingly different story. The Immortal Tree by Scott Devon is a captivating, unique sci-fi tale.

Pikasho Deka

Human-dragon hybrids, talking dinosaurs and owls, and an ancient tree of life possibly containing the secrets to immortality; if these things tickle your imagination, then grab a copy of The Immortal Tree, a mythological fantasy novel by author Scott Devon. In a mythical land, the Dragon King guards the immortal Tree known as Vivar, an ethereal entity responsible for the creation of the rich and vibrant animal kingdom. Meanwhile, the faraway kingdom of humans known as Noche remains perpetually plagued by war and ruled by the cruel and ruthless Kahn and his descendants. Trouble arises when the descendants of Kahn set out to conquer and pillage other lands. Will the Dragon King and his grandson Anamor be able to save the Immortal Tree and their kingdom? Will they survive?

The Immortal Tree is a whimsical journey into a fantasy world where mythical creatures come alive to create a fascinating reading experience. Author Scott Devon seems to have drawn some interesting parallels from the story of Cain and Abel and incorporated them flawlessly into the book. The Immortal Tree perfectly encapsulates how animals, even with their wild instincts, can sometimes become far more capable of love and kindness than their human counterparts. My favorite characters in the book were the Dragon King and the owl, both non-humans. Scott Devon's novel also showcases the lengths to which humans can go to quench their thirst for violence and bloodshed. I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to fans of mythical stories.

Michael Gardner

The Immortal Tree by Scott Devon offers us a reimagining of the creation myth, with strong overtones of Genesis, Paradise Lost, and various Bible stories. It’s an interpretation that presents a world with a primal nature god, which is personified as The Immortal Tree, a variation on the mythical archetype of the Tree of Life. In this prehistory paradise, the world is governed by the Dragon King, a powerful but benevolent ruler. We follow his life as he creates and takes a wife, has a child, and protects his peaceful world from danger. This comes in the form of the worst aspects of humanity, which predominantly stems from one tribe, Khan and his descendants. Despite having many familiar aspects, The Immortal Tree is its own story. Ultimately, it’s a story about the war between love and hate.

The writing style and narrative mode have a very biblical tone, but Scott Devon uses more simplified language and breaks the story down into many very short chapters. The time-strapped modern reader will appreciate how it’s very easy to sneak in a few chapters while having a ten-minute coffee break. I think this style of storytelling also makes the book accessible to teen readers, as it doesn’t go into detail over some of the stronger topics covered, particularly the way the Khan tribe treats its women and other atrocities. The moral messages of the book make it a worthy read too, not only for the social commentary about human nature but also for the themes about protecting the environment.