Two foreigners ride through the Northern Reaches on a secret mission. An unknown cloaked figure wanders the streets of the dark city of Ungstah. What they want no one can be sure, but it all centers around a Downer named Crik.
Crik, too scared to seek freedom, spends his days working in his master's store, avoiding the spirit-eating Ash Kings, and scavenging food for himself and his best friend, Jak. Until he steals from the wrong person. When Jak is sold to satisfy the debt, Crik burns down his master's house and is sentenced to death.
To survive, Crik and his friends must leave behind their life of slavery to do what no other Downer has ever done before - escape from the city of Ungstah.
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By the time I got to the last chapters of Scar of the Downers, I was whizzing through it, I couldn't put it down without knowing what would happen. No spoilers, but you won't be disappointed! When the book starts, the stakes are laid out - there's a caste of people who are the slaves (or Downers), and there's a movement brewing to free them. Mostly the story follows Crik and Jak, two Downers who live in the city of Ungstah and have a brother-type relationship because they are both owned by Kilvar, who is cruel and corrupt. Crik is the older of the two and is definitely my favorite character. He's loyal and kind to Jak and others, but he also has his faults. His character arc through the story is clear - he must make decisions and figure out what to do. His and Jak's future depend on it. This book's not just about Crik and Jak though, there's something bigger. There's a free city, and those people have committed to helping the Downers. This storyline is where we get the bigger picture of the whole land and the fantastical creatures that make up this world. There are the Rukmush, flesh-eating goblin-like creatures who stalk some of the free men, Dendron, a whole race of people who seem like they came from the trees and Hurag, wolf/bear-like creatures. The free men (Talorc, Gabril, and Edem) make their way to Ungstah, encountering (and sometimes fighting) these creatures, trying to complete the mission given to them by the supernatural beings of the Avarah, who are a type of messenger/prophet. And, there's also another character, whose storyline is small, but very important, and that's Durgan, captain of the guard in Ungstah. He's got problems of his own, because his inner conflict regarding King Sulfus of Ungstah doesn't seem like it will end well for him. He just seems to have too much moral integrity to make it in that town. The book goes back and forth between these three storylines, until they converge into a tremendous finale that is action-packed and character-revealing. The ending is satisfying, but if you're like me, you'll be eager to read the sequel!