Series: The Oxbow Kingdom #2
Jetsam fled Dwim-Halloe as a runaway orphan, escaping both a zealous bounty hunter and a dragon-obsessed fallen knight. Now, the teenager finds himself a fledgling apprentice to the infamous wizard Seryn Vardan, the Oxbow Kingdom’s most wanted fugitive. When Jetsam attempts a heroic rescue during a foray with his teacher, catastrophe strikes as Seryn is captured and slated for execution.
Jetsam vows to free Seryn from his mysterious captors before his public beheading in the city where they are both falsely accused of murder. With his canine companion, Jetsam attempts a risky homecoming by seeking aid from old friends. Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?
This book has a quicker pace than the last. Jetsam is finally in his element and is training under the "kingslayer". Jetsam still plays a primary role as he drives toward something the realm has been brainwashed to hate but I found the fascinating part of the story to be about Seryn.
Seryn's backstory with his family and how he came about to practice magic, love a woman and learn of betrayals. The betrayals part I thought I had figured out too. I definitely didn't and I liked that twist near the end.
Magic has a bigger part but it is still a bit vague. Even Jetsam admitted at one point that he didn't know how one spell worked. It seems mostly to be of incantations and perhaps force of will? But, one part was crystal clear. There is good, selfless magic and then there is the dark foreboding kind.
Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy.
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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