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Review of "Scribes' Descent" by Dylan West

"Scribes' Descent" by Dylan West is a remarkable work of science fiction that effortlessly blends elements of mystery, spirituality, and thrilling exploration.

This science fiction adventure follows the journey of Mallory, a young girl living on a planet plagued by devastating earthquakes. When an unexpected quake kills thousands, including Mallory's parents, she becomes determined to uncover the truth behind these unprecedented natural disasters. Joining forces with her best friend's father, who also mysteriously disappears during his investigation, Mallory embarks on a mission that takes her deep beneath the surface of her adopted planet, Daishon. As she explores this subterranean world, Mallory encounters strange creatures, unearths long-forgotten secrets, and discovers that her destiny is intertwined with a universal war that defies science and logic. With each step of her journey, Mallory evolves from a fearful young girl into a strong and determined woman, making "Scribes' Descent" a captivating tale of courage, exploration, and self-discovery.


As a geophysicist with a background in earthquake studies, I found myself not only immersed but also pleasantly surprised by the scientific accuracy that Dylan West brings to the table. While "Scribes' Descent" ventures into the realm of science fiction set on a different planet, the author's meticulous attention to detail and the logical flow of events make the earthquakes in the story feel convincingly real, albeit on an otherworldly scale. West's ability to create a believable seismic world showcases a profound understanding of the subject matter, and I couldn't help but appreciate the science included in the realm of sci-fi without ever coming across as educational.


Mallory, the central character of Scribes' Descent, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story. Initially introduced as a young girl living in constant fear of earthquakes, she evolves into a strong and determined young woman. She navigates the challenges of her journey with unwavering resolve. Mallory's growth is both inspiring and relatable, making her a character readers can't help but root for.

Mallory, in particular, stands out as a brilliant and likable young woman who embodies the essence of resilience and determination. Her journey not only serves as the driving force behind the narrative but also as a source of inspiration for readers. Mallory's character development is a testament to the author's ability to create relatable and multifaceted individuals who resonate with the audience.


Here are a few quotes that capture the tone of the characters and their ambitious goals without spoiling anything.

  • Her eyes were made for easy smiles.

  • So new you can smell it.

  • Three wickets in, and we haven't blown off course even once!

  • Solve one problem, create another. Too bad we have to explore with drones…

  • Who am I kidding? I'm no rugged explorer. Unless you count exploring libraries.


Scribes' Descent is a stellar work of science fiction that captivates readers with its blend of science, spirituality, and adventure. I commend the scientific accuracy, even when extended to the sci-fi realm of another planet. My only lament is the absence of an audiobook version, a format that would undoubtedly enhance the accessibility of this exceptional novel.


  • Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This five-star rating reflects the exceptional quality of "Scribes' Descent" and its status as a must-read for fans of science fiction and adventure. Dylan West's imaginative world-building, coupled with the realistic and relatable characters, make this novel a standout in the genre. Mallory's journey from fear to courage serves as an inspiring narrative that resonates with readers of all ages. While I eagerly await an audiobook adaptation, I wholeheartedly recommend diving into the pages of "Scribes' Descent" for an unforgettable literary experience.


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