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The Curse of the Thrax: 11/25/14

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The Curse of the Thrax by Mark Murphy is the first of the Bloodsword Trilogy. It's a mixture of high fantasy and post apocalyptic science fiction. Jaykriss's warrior father has died while fighting a dragon, so the teenager decides to take up the cause. In the process he learns the world is not at all what he expected.

So the young warrior to be taking up his father's sword is a pretty standard start to a fantasy trilogy. Or sometimes the young warrior is in search of his parents (Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander) or young warriors in search of their offspring (The Mallorean by David Eddings). Or in the case of Adventure Time, a mixture of both.

When I started reading I was expecting something more along the lines of Lloyd Alexander and David Eddings. I wasn't expecting something that blended the far future, a modern day city, and magic. So while it doesn't involve sentient candy creatures or stretching talking dogs, it does share similar world building and certainly appealed to this rabid fan.

The world that Jaykriss has to quest through is based on a real city and for anyone familiar with the area might recognize it from the included map. For those not immediately sure, Jaykriss learns the historical name before the close of the book. I'm curious to see if in the later books more explanation is given to how the changes came about.

Four stars

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