Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: The Curse of the Thrax by:Mark Murphy

The Curse of the Thrax (Bloodsword Trilogy, Book 1)
About the Book:
Jaykriss is a typical teenager. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t even know he’s alive, and he and his mother disagree—a lot.

Not everything is typical in Jaykriss’s life, however. Glyndich the Great, Jaykriss’s warrior father, died fighting a dragon—and in doing so lost the Bloodsword, a treasured heirloom that is the family’s symbol of power.

Jaykriss lives in the Godswood,a tiny village deep in the forest near the ancient Priestbain, the fortress home of the Godswood priests. The priests rule the Godswood through their close relationship with the all-powerful Dark King. Jaykriss and the rest of the villagers just barely get by, surviving day-to-day despite nefarious plots by the priests, constant threats by groups of half-human mutants—and, of late, by the Thrax itself, an enormous dragon once thought to be extinct.

But one day, all of that changes. 

About the Author:
Mark Murphy is a Savannah native. He's had a lot of jobs in his life: fast food worker, student marine biologist, orderly, and--most recently--gastroenterologist. He's met a lot of interesting folks in those occupations, from aging sitcom stars, disgraced tele-evangelists and political kingmakers to serial killers. He once even saw a man eat his mattress in a locked psychiatric ward. And when he's not working at his "day job" doing endoscopy, he's reading (a lot) and writing (not enough--but it's never enough). He pens a regular column for the Savannah Morning News, has published a few short stories, and has been a contributor to Savannah magazine. "The Shadow Man" is his first novel. And it's quite a ride...

My Review:
 Jaykriss is a 14 year old that is not your typical 14 year old kid. He has been through alot, and most of it not typical. Yes he has the usual teenage tendencies but a dragon, come on! Jaykriss lost his father to a dragon, a dragon by the name of Thrax. His ultimate goal is to seek the dragon out and kill him. And of course, he can't do this alone, he has to have friends to achieve this goal of his. You will soon see all the characters come to the aide of Jaykriss and you will also see their individual sides and natures transform.
 You learn more about the characters of this fantasy plot line. This is for young adults but an older adult that enjoys the fantasy genre can easily become immersed into the story as well. This is a coming of age type of novel perfect for teens that like fantasy and everything dark. You have exciting twists and turns that will leave you begging for more!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.