Friday, June 6, 2014

The Curse of the Thrax by Mark Murphy Blog Tour Review

The Curse of the Thrax

I received The Curse of the Thrax as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dr. Murphy, and Miss Krackau/PR by the Book for this opportunity.

About the Book:
The children of the Godswood Village grew up hearing stories about the Thrax, a fearsome dragon “with scales like iron plates and teeth as long as battle swords.” Because the Thrax had not been seen in over 100 summers, these always seemed like fairy tales to Jaykriss, the 14-year-old son of Glyndich, the powerful village War Chief.
Until the Thrax returned—and killed Jaykriss’s father. 
Jaykriss dreams of avenging his father’s death by subduing the Thrax and recovering the Bloodsword, a treasured family heirloom Glyndich lost while battling the dragon. But can he?

The Curse of the Thrax is a story about a dystopian society set in the future. It is a futuristic society that has actually reverted to the medieval time period. There is no electricity, no cars, very little science and dragons. A "Dark King" and a group of Priests are the rulers of the lands. The Priests have the authority to charge a person with a crime and sentence them right away. Anyone who defies their laws are sentenced to death. It is a society ruled by fear.
My son and I read the book together. We both enjoyed that it is a dystopian society and the way that Dr. Murphy combined the future and the past to create this exciting world. Bringing these two worlds together worked like a charm for this particular story. He wove magic and dragons into a world where they don't normally exist. The reader is carried along Jaykriss's and Marda's quest/adventure to find a way to help Jaykriss's mother and sister keep from becoming the War Chief's new family. Along the way they are introduced to science, a subject that is forbidden. They are introduced to the past and how it was full of scientific wonder. And they are introduced to a prophecy that they just may be able to fullfill.

As my son told me "It kept me wanting to read more". I couldn't agree more. The story is full of adventure, mystery, friendship, family, first love, and discovery. While the book is the first in a trilogy, it was refreshing to not be left hanging. Instead, Dr. Murphy pauses the story in a place that leaves you excited for more, but not frustrated that you will have to wait until the next book is out to get an answer.

I highly recommend The Curse of the Thrax for both YA readers and adults who like adventure.

Happy Reading!
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