Scar of the Downers by Scott Keen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****
Friends, Andevin and Forden are on their way to Ungstah on a mission for Andevin's father. On their way they are ambushed and killed.
Ungstah is the city of fire and smoke, ruled over by the Gaunt King who is manipulated by the Voice behind the throne and an ancient wicked witch.
Downers are people who are branded like cattle and owned by masters who treat them worse than dogs. Rik and Jak are two of these Downers and the central characters of this tale.
This book is peopled by fantastic creatures, the Rukmush, flesh eaters, The Dendron, wood people, The Ashes, monstrous ash and fire beings to name but a few.
The setting of the book is reminiscent of Edwardian times and the author did an amazing job of world building and the story captivated and held my interest from beginning to end and I could barely wait to dive into book 2.
My rating of 5 stars then should come as no surprise!
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