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Book Title: The Curse of the Thrax (Bloodsword Trilogy, Book 1)|
The author of the book: Mark Murphy
Date of issue: June 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9781491276365
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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.
Jaykriss lives in the Godswood,a tiny village deep in the forest near the ancient Priestbain, the fortress home of the Godswood priests. The priests rule the Godswood through their close relationship with the all-powerful Dark King. Jaykriss and the rest of the villagers just barely get by, surviving day-to-day despite nefarious plots by the priests, constant threats by groups of half-human mutants—and, of late, by the Thrax itself, an enormous dragon once thought to be extinct.
But one day, all of that changes.
On a routine hunting trip, Jaykriss and his best friend are chased by the Thrax. Terrified, they seek refuge in a forest cave hidden behind a waterfall. The cave shelters an eccentric hermit, a refugee from the Dark King, whose home is filled with books and devices from ancient times. The hermit teaches Jaykriss that all is not as it seems in his world. The mutants and dragons are actually relics of a biological disaster that ravaged the planet years before. The Dark King, revered as a god, is a vicious ruler who will do anything to stay in power. Jaykriss realizes that although he is not a warrior like his father, he can use his instincts and intellect to confront the Thrax, recover the Bloodsword and save his family. He may, in fact, be The One who Leads, prophesied to save the entire human race. But is Jaykriss ready for his destiny--or will it consume him?
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Read information about the authorMark Murphy has been a doctor since 1988.
He has been a writer his entire life.
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 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 continued to write. He 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. Alas, those attempts went nowhere, rarely making it beyond the first chapter--or the next call from his girlfriend, who was far more interesting than anything he could write about.
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.
Mark changed majors to Zoology with plans of becoming a marine biologist, like Jacques Cousteau. He even spent the better part of a year doing marine biology research. A good bit of that time involved tossing about on the Atlantic in a converted shrimp trawler that had once been used as a drug-smuggling boat, a leaky vessel that stank of diesel and dead fish. It was this experience that made him realize that he did not want to be the next Jacques Cousteau (or the first Jacques Cousteau, for that matter). Instead, he dedided to follow in his father's footsteps and go to medical school.
After graduating from the University of Georgia as a First Honor Graduate, with a 4.0 GPA, Mark enrolled at the Medical College of Georgia. After receiving his M.D., he moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to begin his residency training in Internal Medicine. Mark's training at UNC was filled with interesting experiences; he took care of a dying sitcom star, a fallen tele-evangelist, several corrupt politicians and a serial killer while in Chapel Hill. He began to realize that medicine afforded physicians with a unique perspective into peoples' lives --an observation that would serve him well later.
Continuing his training in Chapel Hill as a Fellow in gastroenterology, Mark wrote several book chapters and academic articles--but his creative writing muse had withered away to nothing.
In 1994, Mark returned to his home town of Savannah, Georgia to start the practice that would ultimately become the largest gastroenterology group in South Georgia.
The untimely death of Mark's friend Lisa Erickson led him to write a short story, The Funeral, as a gift for her husband. This story was published in a collection of short stories in 2004. Returning to creative writing, Mark attended the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and began writing short stories once again. Two years ago, he started writing a well-received regular opinion column in his hometown newspaper, the Savannah Morning News.
Recently, Mark decided to tackle trying to write a novel once more.
It turned out better this time.
Mark lives in Savannah and is married to Daphne, his high school sweetheart, who remains a very pleasant distraction. They have two grown children.
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