Rise of the Branded
(Scar of the Downers, #2)
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.
Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.
To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 REVIEW by Julie
When I first started this book I wasn’t so sure about the continution of the storyline. As I continued reading, I couldn’t put Rise of the Branded down. This book had me completely blind to anything else around me. I was that engrossed in this book. It was full of action and adventure. A great action packed read. To fully understand the storyline you are encouraged to read the first book, Scar of the Downers.
As the Downers escape from Ungstah, Crik, Jak and the Downers are faced with more trouble. Members of the Downers are captured. What a dramatic rescue that left me sitting on the edge of my seat. There is so much more going on in this book. It was fantastic. RofB is a type of book that every page, every word can’t be missed. Why? Because if you read to fast, surely you will miss something going on.
Scott grew up in Black River, NY, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn’t want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing – he became a writer. Now, many years later with an MFA in script and screenwriting, he is married with four daughters, two of whom he home schools.