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.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting, and so my first foray into writing stories was through screenplays and plays. So a couple of the “authors” were playwrights, and it was their plays that influenced me in the earliest stages.
1. J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Walter Wangerin Jr.
3. Victor Hugo
4. Charles Dickens
5. C.S. Lewis
6. J.K. Rowling
7. George MacDonald
8. Arthur Miller
9. Lois Lowry
10. Eugene O’Neill
About the Author
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 homeschools.
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