Series: Oxbow Kingdom Book 1
Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life.
In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Magic. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the twins' magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives.
Rescued by an orphan gang, the fleeing twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly. Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the boys are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.
Crimson & Cream recounts Jetsam’s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels his tortured past while securing his tenuous future.
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There's everything from trolls, dwarven artifacts, nymphs and fobbing mages! Because of the detail in the new curse word, setting and the traditional use of some of our favorite legends this gains an easy 5x5 in Fantasy.
There's plenty of action to keep you entertained. The fight scenes are well done and create a sense of desperation and suspense. I had to force myself not to skim because the heart-pounding suspense had me wanting to know the outcome. The author has an excellent grasp of suspense.
He also created Jetsam, a likable character that I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. He suffers a great lose, but in that finds out a lot about himself and we're along for the ride.
The bounty hunter, Yduk is definitely a jerk but the author paints the villain in human colors. He's not all evil, but has chosen a lifestyle that demands a lot of cold decisions.
About the Author:
I started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after lots of twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and the advent of online self-publishing, it's finally here.
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