Title: Scar of the Downers
Author: Scott Keen
Published: February 27, 2015
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Branded on the slaves in the Northern Reaches beyond Ungstah, the scar marks each one as a Downer. It is who they are. There is no escaping this world. Still, strange things are stirring.
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.
To call this unique and original would hardly do it justice. In <i>Scar of the Downers</i> Scott Keen brings readers a well-developed and rich world with a storied past, a challenging present, and a potentially changing future. It is very easy to become immersed in this story due to Keen’s descriptive writing, smooth flow of plot, and character development. And there are certainly enough twists and turns here to keep you wondering how things are going to turn out, even right through the ending.
Highly recommended for fans of fantasy–both those who particularly enjoy young adult and even those who don’t. This strikes me as one that would appeal to a broad audience, and I’ll certainly be recommending it to a few specific individuals in my reading circles.
Personally, I’m anxiously awaiting more…
The author is giving away a signed copy of Scar of the Downers as part of this blog tour. Enter here by July 2nd.