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The Curse of the Thrax (Bloodsword Trilogy, Book 1)

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Jaykriss is a typical teenager. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t even know he’s alive, and he and his mother disagree—a lot.

Not everything is typical in Jaykriss’s life, however. Glyndich the Great, Jaykriss’s warrior father, died fighting a dragon—and in doing so lost the Bloodsword, a treasured heirloom that is the family’s symbol of power.

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Paperback, First, 317 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by CreateSpace
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Mark Murphy
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
How can one trust a review from a book's author? Well, you can't--it's inherently subjective and biased. But then again, all reviews are subjective and biased, aren't they? So I guess my bias is as good as anybody else's.

This is a book that I wrote to see if I could change genres effectively to a novel geared towards Young Adults. I've always loved the best YA novels, from "The Once and Future King" to the entire Harry Potter series. Trying my hand at this sort of thing after my last novel (a pr
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mr. Murphy took me on a fun, magical journey. This book was a pleasure to read. So much so that I was already about a third of the way in before I came up for air. Jaykriss, Marda, Sola, Zamarcus, the Dark King, and Thrax made up quite the eccentric cast of characters. Which in turn made the story come alive and kept it interesting. There was so much happening in the story that it made reading it a breeze. Jaykriss is cool and I did like him but a favorite of mine was Sola. She was the strong, f ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The Curse of the Thrax: Mark Murphy
What would happen if all of the information you received were what others wanted you to know? What would happen if you did not have access to computers, books, advanced technology and you were not exposed to the sciences and math in school? What would happen if your life centered on the rules and regulations that those who ran your world forced you to adhere to? What would happen if two young cousins both smart, strong and energetic find themselves face to fac
Jolene Dretzka
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amy Dutcher
I recieved this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, thank you!

If I had to describe this book in one sentence I might say this, " The Curse of the Thrax is an original, smartly paced, YA Dystopian Fantasy & I want more". Thankfully, I have more than enough room here to go into more detail than that.

Mark Murphy has created a fun new world that I will bravely say is in the same league as Hogwarts. The genre it's written in is a fascinating combination of Fantasy & Dystopian, something I'
Jalynn Patterson
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Jaykriss is a typical teenager. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t even know he’s alive, and he and his mother disagree—a lot.

Not everything is typical in Jaykriss’s life, however. Glyndich the Great, Jaykriss’s warrior father, died fighting a dragon—and in doing so lost the Bloodsword, a treasured heirloom that is the family’s symbol of power.

Jaykriss lives in the Godswood,a tiny village deep in the forest near the ancient Priestbain, the fortress home of the Godsw
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Jaykriss and Marda start off in what seems to be a traditional fantasy novel...and then things get turned around!

If you are looking for a book for boys (or girls who particularly love action and adventure), then The Curse of the Thrax will tick every box. There's hunting, fishing, warriors, monsters, thugs, sailing, science, myth, kidnappings, a Dark King, a Queen of a Dead City, swordplay, archery, batt
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The author was nice enough to send me a copy of the book to review. I will update this when i'm finished. :)


Why this book?

I was searching though Netgalley and this one caught my eye

What I thought

First off thanks so much to Mark Murphy for sending me a signed copy of this book I don't know how long it would've took me to get this the book otherwise. Now what I thought it was good didn't love it but I liked it. The Curse of the Thrax was a interesting story an
Kim Dyer
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
While I (shamefully) admit that I found the cover of this novel to be a little off-putting, I was pleasantly surprised by its content. The story showed just how effective a genre flip could be, seamlessly intertwining the high fantasy and science fiction elements. It was well-written and fast paced, never losing my attention and holding my curiosity throughout.

The characters within the story - particularly Jaykriss, Marda and Zamarcus - were all very well developed and highly memorable. My only
Bernadette Robinson
Firstly, thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Secondly, my apologies to the Publishers and NetGalley for the length of time taken to read and review this. I ended up getting a copyf of this from Amazon due to the title being archived before I got round to reading it. Unfortunately, events last year in my life took over and this was one of a few titles that got left behind and unreviewed.

Anyway, back to the review now. I gave this a 3.5 s
Jessica Tauber
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Jaykriss’s father Glynditch, great warrior chief of the Godswood, is killed by the mythical Thrax, a dragon-like monster with iron-like scales and sword-like teeth. Jaykriss’s entire world changes–his mother is depressed, his father’s Bloodsword is missing, and, as he soon discovers, nothing is as he grew up believing it to be.

A hunting trip in the woods with his best friend Marda brings him face-to-face with the Thrax, chasing him into the hidden home of Zamarcus, an outlaw wi
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
DNF - no rating

Where I stopped reading: . . . about halfway through . . .

Why I stopped reading: So I’m stuck in a hotel room with my two-year-old for the next few days, which means he’s watching a lot of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood while I binge read. It also means I’ve got very little patience for, well, anything. So, about halfway through the book (when my patience and the size of our hotel room seemed to be shrinking by the minute) I realized that although I LOVE the concept (it’s a post-apoc
Lia Burres
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A typical teenage boy, board with school and invisible. He’s always arguing with his mother, as most teens do. Jaykriss is the son of a great warrior that died fighting a dragon. When his father passed on, the family heirloom was lost. It was called the Bloodsword.

He, Jaykriss, lives in a tiny village called Godsword with his sister and mother. His mother worries that he’s going to try to kill the Thrax that killed his father and it would cause her to either remarry or be o
Jessica Bronder
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaykriss and Marda are teenagers in the small village of Godswood. They live like regular kids going to school, pining over girls, and hunting for game once a week to feed themselves and their families. Both boys are sons of famous warriors in their village that have met an untimely end. Jaykriss’ father was killed by the Thrax, a large dragon that also managed to take the Bloodsword, a family heirloom, with him.

While out hunting, Jaykriss and Marda run into the Thrax and escape into a cave unde
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, arc
first off id like to thanks those involved with me getting the ARC. the curse of the thrax follows a boy named jaykriss those father was killed by the thrax, and one day while him and his friend marda are out hunting they are comfronted with the tnrax and to escape they go through a waterfall where they meet an old man hinding out from the dark king. this old man, zamarcus teaches them somethings about before the dark kings rule. and jaykriss learns about this destiny and gains help from an unex ...more
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read. There is fantasy melded with science fiction, hard science, magic, right from wrong, teenage emotions and a fast moving plot. Great for teens. When we first meet the Thrax (dragon) he has Jaykriss' late father's magical sword stuck in his shoulder. Jaykriss knows he must get that back. He is now the head of the family, needing to provide for his mother and sister. The remaining pages are the adventures he and his girl side-kick get into, decisions they must make and the pluck ...more
Rachel Usher
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Murphy got me to read an advanced copy of this book to get my opinion as a seasoned YA fiction reader. This book is a wonderful addition to the genre, and it puts a unique spin on the fiction quest novel. If you read and enjoyed Harry Potter, Hunger Games, City of Ember, Eragon, etc. or some of the classics like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, this is a wonderful new series to begin. I appreciated the clean yet descriptive prose and a plot with an interesting direction. Appropriat ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got an email requesting my opinion on this book. I never hold back if I don't like a book. (authors beware)

Mr. Murphy, I hope you have already written the sequels to this this book. Your fans will be beating down your door for the next one.

This book is filled with everything fantasy fans love. It is exciting and descriptive. There is never a down moment. I am looking forward to the next book and will be recommending this to all my library friends.

The only thing to criticize is the descriptive
Bill Tillman
Often read an ARC (advanced reader copy) is a challenge. First sentences do not flow with the previous text, author's name shows up in the middle of the page. And so on, as was the case with this wonderful tale: The Curse of the Thrax. Whatever the "Curse" was I did not find it!
So all that said the book was a resounding success! I am looking forward to the next in the series (it does not say this will be so, I just hope). A coming of age story with well thought out characters, plenty of evil guy
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaycees is a 14 year old boy his father has just died fighting an dragon so he feels the need to be the man of the house. So after many warning from his mum to be careful he go's out to do some hunting. This is were the fun begins I don't want to give too much of the plot away so not going to give you any more of the story. You need to read it. It is a book that although this book is meant for a younger audience I am sure that adults would be more than happy to read this. From the beginning of t ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The plot of this book was interesting and I think it would draw in good readers aged 10 and up. However the ebook I had on kindle was really confusing because it was mixed up with random words and partial sentences all over the place. Obviously this made it very difficult to decipher but I persevered with it in the hopes that I would grasp the main outline of the book to review it fairly. I did enjoy the story but some of the star rating was lost because of the effort it took to read and make se ...more
Patrice Angeli
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is both like and unlike fantasy stories that I have read before. I think the standout part of this book is the way that science and fantasy have been used together in the world-building. I also think that this book would have been much, much more enjoyable in print - the complexity of the story and the high fantasy elements deserve to be read on proper skin-of-dead-tree.

I highly recommend this one to lovers of fantasy who don't mind a mild twist on an old genre, and to those who like to sav
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Given To Me For An Honest Review

The Curse of the Thrax was not at all what I expected. It was good but not a book for me. It is about a young boy whose father was killed by a dragon and he becomes the one who takes his father's place in their village. He has his mother and sister to care for. If he doesn't do what he should then he can lose his place and all three of them will be out of a nice home that they have. It has an interesting storyline and I am sure a YA or teen would really enjoy read
Patti Chadwick
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic fantasy book for teens. It is about a young boy whose father was killed by a dragon and he becomes the one who takes his father’s place in their village. He has his mother and sister to care for. But with that honor comes responsibility and his family is depending on him. A heavy burden for a young man. This book has an interesting storyline and the characters are well-defined and interesting and the author weaves a yarn that draws you in from the get-go.
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great high fantasy read. Review to come as soon as I have time to write reviews :)
Charlotte Chavous
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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After spending his early childhood reading anything he could get his hands on and roaming the marshes and maritime forests of coastal Georgia--where he collected myriad seashells and arrowheads and fossils and fancied himself a swashbuckler of the highest order--Mark entered the creative literary world by winning a local
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