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The story begins with Flotsam and Jetsam, twin orphans nicknamed for the water they were pulled from after fleeing from the men who killed their parents. Their parents had been killed for being sorcerers after the king outlawed magic. On their birthday, they sneak onto the grounds of the king's castle at the behest of the headstrong Jetsam, in hopes to procure fruit from the abundant orchard there. After being spotted, the twins are sent into a dangerous chase, one that serves as a catalyst for the adventure to follow.
This seemingly innocuous beginning turns into a quest to discover the secrets of the twins' past while being hunted by a bounty hunter whose sole motivation is to cement his legacy, no matter the cost. Intense battles with trolls, being abducted by a group of men with questionable motivations, fleeing from a vicious bounty hunter, and encountering a massive beast out of legend are just a few of the exciting situations we find the unlikely protagonist thrust into. And let me tell you, it's an intense, fast-paced ride until the end.
One thing that really struck me with Crimson and Cream is the massively emotional whack over the head that C.M. Skiera introduces fairly early into the story(sorry, not going to spoil anything here). Although the story doesn't quite reach the same level of emotional impact afterwards, the scene is bold, and is plays a pivotal role in character growth throughout the book.
The story is very well written and plotted. C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting. The story introduces several original concepts, though also treads familiar fantasy ground, mostly in Tolkienesque fashion(completely meant as a compliment). Though having Book One included in the title of this book, you can't help but be a little disappointed as the last page ends, leaving many unanswered questions. Hopefully we won't have to wait long for the answers!
“Well written coming of age/epic fantasy novel by an inspired new author.”
But that wouldn’t be doing the book, nor the author, proper justice – you see, I generally despise coming of age tales and read so much fantasy that the genre itself often tends to be mildly bland to me…and I am very picky about new authors. So read on and you’ll begin to understand exactly just how impressed I am with C.M. Skiera’s ‘Crimson and Cream’
C.M.Skiera, is a new name among writers to this jaded, 3 to 5 book a week, reader but it is a name I will be paying attention to in the future because however you chose to define ‘It’, C. M. Skiera possesses ‘It’ in abundance. He has the ability to write characters I love and characters I love to hate (Which is a very good thing for a writer to be able to do). The man has the ability to make me sad and, during dramatic scenes, make my pulse race. Mr. Skiera can also write in several styles in the same book and get away with it – the bland, pragmatic writing style used for a certain bounty hunter versus the descriptive, thought provoking style used for the other characters – he can mix it up and, in C. M. Skiera’s case, it Works.
The book itself is so good that I find myself hesitant to go into any detail on the plot – I don’t wish to spoil it for anyone and I believe if you read it, you Will enjoy it. Contained within it are Trolls, Kings, Wizards, Forest Nymphs and Orphans destined for greatness. It may even have an extremely large lizard or two. It is a book that will make you feel emotion when you read of the love between brothers and will excite you with epic scenes of violence – just as it will shock you with sudden death. I’ve actually seen where some people have felt this book is targeted at Young Adults but I don’t think so – I think it is targeted for just about anyone who enjoys a good, well written, finely crafted fantasy story.
Ultimately I would like to say:
Congratulations to Mr. Skiera on words finely wrought and on stepping forth to the number of writers gathered in the very front of my ‘to read’ list. I’ll be looking forward to more works from you in the future!
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A great fantasy/adventure that gets you interested and has a developed plot and world building. Loads of action, adventure, plot twists and turns.Read more
Crimson and Cream was one of those great rare finds for me. I was expecting a Y.A.Read more
Jetsam is a 13 year old orphan that loses his twin brother to a troll attack.Read more