The Curse of the Thrax: Bloodsword Trilogy Part I

The Curse of the Thrax: Bloodsword Trilogy Part I

by Mark Murphy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491276365
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Mark Murphy has been a doctor since 1988.
He has been a writer his entire life.

After spending his early childhood roaming the marshes and maritime forests of coastal Georgia --where he collected seashells and arrowheads and fancied himself a swashbuckler of the highest order-and reading anything he could get his hands on, Mark entered the creative literary world by winning a local poetry contest in the fifth grade. Later that year, he wrote, directed and starred in his own play about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and started his own self-published classroom newspaper.

It was the high-water mark for Murphy's elementary school literary career.

In high school, Mark served as Editor of the high school newspaper and won a few awards for his editorials, critical reviews, short stories and poetry. He also attempted several times to start a novel, but got nowhere.

When he enrolled at the University of Georgia as a journalism major, he seemed destined for a literary career.

But he loved science. And he missed science.

As a Zoology major, Mark planned to become the next Jacques Cousteau. However, a year or so tossing about on the Atlantic in a converted shrimp trawler, a leaky vessel that stank of diesel and dead fish, made him realize that he did not want to be the next Jacques Cousteau (or the first one, for that matter). Instead, he decided to go to medical school.

During his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia and UNC-Chapel Hill, Mark took care of a dying sitcom star, a fallen tele-evangelist, and a serial killer, among others. In doing so, he realized that medicine afforded physicians with a unique perspective into peoples' lives--an observation that would serve him well later.

In 1994, Mark returned to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia to start a medical practice that would ultimately become the largest gastroenterology group in South Georgia.

The untimely death of a close friend led him to write a short story, The Funeral, which was published in 2004. Mark then attended the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and began writing a well-received opinion column in his hometown newspaper, the Savannah Morning News. In 2012, he published his first novel, a critically-acclaimed thriller entitled "The Shadow Man."

Mark lives in Savannah and is married to Daphne, his high school sweetheart. They have two grown children and a menagerie of semi-wild animals-but no dragons. At least, not yet.

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The Curse of the Thrax: Bloodsword Trilogy Part I 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JoJoDretzka More than 1 year ago
Sent to me in exchange for an honest review. 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've never seen before. Perhaps I'm a bit naive when it comes to the whole dystopian genre, but I've never seen it combined with dragons, mythical creatures of all sorts, & "magic" that's actually more of a combination of science & mystery than what is commonly thought of as real magic. I personally would label it as Dystopian-Fantasy, perhaps it sounds a bit contradictory to some, but my label slowly reveals itself as you work your way past the first chapter or two of the book. I don't want to giveaway any spoilers, but I will try & paint a quick picture as to why you should read Mr. Murphy's first novel in what is called The Bloodsword Trilogy. It is what I would call a YA novel, but just like Ms. Rowling's books, I feel it can appeal to a much wider & older audience than just YA community. The first chapter is a bit slow, but only so Mr. Mruphy can ease you into the world he's created & introduce you to our young heroes, Jaykriss (14yrs) & Marda (16yrs). No worries though, after the introductions & everything else has been introduced to the reader the story takes flight & your feet barely touch the ground until the last page is read. I was hypnotized by the world the author created & enjoyed slowly understanding the mysteries of a world that is surprisingly familiar, and I stress the word FAMILIAR, once some of its secrets are revealed. Jayykriss & Marda live in a rough Medieval type world where the young aren't as young as the young of our world & must help provide for their family in ways that children aren't expected to in a society like ours. Not far into the book the two main characters find themselves thrust into a hero's quest or an odyssey of sorts. While the story yo-yo's from young men having troubles with school work & girls to battling dragons & looking for lost cities & weapons, I feel nothing happens without good reason & it's all done rather smoothly. The book is rather large, 317 pages, but I think it's about time authors write good meaty stories for people under the age of 21. Still, as a 36 year old, I fell in love with the characters & the world the author created. Somehow Mark Murphy found a way for me to feel for the character in ways that not many authors have done for me with their. I felt myself wanting what the character wanted & simply put, sympathizing with the character in every way. There wasn't anything Jaykriss did that I felt was out of character. Now that the story is done, all I can feel is anticipation for the next book in the trilogy. I know this is a trilogy I will read over & over & weep for when the last page of the last book is written, it's certainly a world I don't want to see the end of. Still don't take my word for it, please read it yourself see how awesome Mark Murphy's The Curse of the Thrax is.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
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-apocalyptic old-world-is-new-again type of thing), I didn’t really care for (or have time for) the plethora of dalliances Jaykriss & Marda stop for —  archery contests, fishing trips, jaunts into caves and the like.  I tried skipping ahead a few chapters to, um, “get to the good part,”  as it were, but it didn’t help.  I mostly blame my tiny hotel room (and the tiny person who is currently hiding in the closet soiling his pants) – I’d probably have been much more likely to finish the book if I had, you know, a few hundred more square feet.  Sorry, Mark Murphy.  It turns out external forces actually DO influence a person’s reading of a novel.  =( As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
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 under a waterfall. There they meet Zamarcus, a scientist that is going to open both boys’ eyes to the truth. Their world is a lot bigger and has a lot more history than they are being taught in school. The priests and the Dark King are keeping the people in the dark to maintain the power. Now Jaykriss has to decide if he is going to follow the prophecy that was foretold about him being The One Who Leads even if it says he would die a young. I loved this book. It starts out like a regular young adult fantasy story. But when you meet Zamarcus you realize that there is going to be more to this book. I felt for both Jaykriss and Marda having lost their fathers but I loved how they become young men that their fathers would
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
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 reading this book very much.  There may be adults that would really like reading it  also.