The Curse of the Thrax

Young Adult - General
324 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2014
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Author Biography

Mark Murphy is a Savannah native. He's had a lot of jobs in his life: fast food worker, student marine biologist, orderly, and--most recently--gastroenterologist. He's met a lot of interesting folks in those occupations, from aging sitcom stars, disgraced tele-evangelists and political kingmakers to serial killers. He once even saw a man eat his mattress in a locked psychiatric ward. And when he's not working at his "day job" doing endoscopy, he's reading (a lot) and writing (not enough--but it's never enough). He pens a regular column for the Savannah Morning News, has published a few short stories, and has been a contributor to Savannah magazine. "The Shadow Man," an award-winning thriller, was his first novel; "The Curse of the Thrax," the first novel in his Young Adult trilogy, is his second. And it is quite a ride...

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

A huge beast lunges at you. It has red eyes, a thousand fangs, and black scales. This is the Thrax that all people fear in Godswood. Mark Murphy presents a clever, sympathetic young hero in The Curse Of The Thrax. Jaykriss is 14 and he mourns the death of his father who was killed by the beast. Jaykriss has a little sister who can still find joy, but his once-proud mother is a shell of grief. The teenager goes on a routine hunt with his best friend Marda. The beauty of the forest is intoxicating and Jaykriss declares that it is a great day to be alive. But soon the hunters become the hunted. The bloodthirsty Thrax suddenly appears. Jaykriss finds a hiding spot in a cave behind a mighty waterfall. He also finds unexpected help in fighting the beast. But he is without the most important weapon which is his birthright. The shining, awesome power of the Bloodsword has been lost, along with his father's life.

Mark Murphy creates an adventurous, coming-of-age tale without relying on tired stereotypes or formulas. The descriptions of nature and the intricate plot are masterfully written. But the character Jaycriss is the center of the story. He will become a man and the head of his family. When Jaycriss hunts in the forest, "Every step contained an echo of his father." The Curse Of The Thrax by Mark Murphy is set in a beautiful but dangerous land where a young man will find his strength and his purpose.