by C.M. Skiera
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy - Book 1
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: C.M. Skiera
Genre: Fantasy, ALL Ages
Print Length: 247 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, thirteen-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he'll no longer have to run for his life. A victim of circumstance burdened with a stubborn unlucky streak, each sunrise ushers in more difficulty for the resilient adolescent. An avalanche of life-changing events forces him to boldly decide his future.
In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city's revered School of Sorcery. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys' parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the siblings' magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives.
Rescued by an orphan gang, the water-logged 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 brothers 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 the tangled mysteries his tortured past while securing his tenuous future.
Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera
My Rating: 5 Stars
Danger, conflict and an adventurous search for answers in a world filled with fantastical beings, kings, and magic. What better way to snag the attention of the daring inner child in all of us who dreams of living large in a world that just begs for us to conquer it? Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera is a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers.
A ragtag group of orphaned boys have banded together to become a family surviving in the bleakest of times, the odds stacked against them. Twins, Jetsam and Flotsam think and act like one, but a moment of hesitation will forever shatter their bond and force Jetsam to grow into the leader and adventurer he was meant to be. Jetsam begins a quest to discover the answers to his parents’ deaths, and discover his true heritage. With his sidekick, a stray terrier named Tramp, Jetsam sets out on the adventure of his life through a land both beautiful and deadly.
C.M. Skiera holds nothing back as he builds his fantasy world from the caves on up as he pulls the reader through the rabbit hole and we fall into his tale. Unafraid to color darkness and pain into his story, Mr. Skiera has created a realm of possibility, daring and heroic characters that one would be proud to call a friend. He writes with a crisp style and vivid detail, until one smells the dank tunnels and gropes blindly through the dark along with his characters. Evil is evil, ominous and larger than life, but Jetsam and his “family” demonstrate that loyalty and love go a long way. Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy!
I received this copy from C.M. Skiera in exchange for my honest review.