Mark Murphy is a nationally recognized physician and award-winning writer whose first novel, The Shadow Man, was published in 2012. He has been selected for membership in “America’s Top Doctors” every year since 2003, and has been voted as “Savannah’s Best Gastroenterologist” by the readers of Savannah magazine every year that award has been given. Dr. Murphy writes a regular Op-Ed column in the Savannah Morning News, has been a student at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival a number of years, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the acclaimed Savannah Book Festival.
Jaykriss is fourteen. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t know he’s alive, and his father, Glyndich the Great, is dead.
Jaykriss’s life is a mess.
When the Thrax, a fearsome dragon, thundered back into the Godswood after many decades, Glyndich was called upon to defend his people. But even the powerful Glyndich was no match for the ferocious dragon—and when he died, the legendary Bloodsword, a family heirloom, was lost forever. Now, Jaykriss, his mother and his sister are forced to face life without Glyndich. And it’s a hard life, with constant threats from the half-human Geshans, the cunning High Priest Harros, and the Thrax itself.
But one day changes all that.
On a routine hunting trip, Jaykriss and his best friend Marda are attacked by the Thrax itself. They seek refuge in a cave and there they meet Zamarcus, a hermit hiding from the evil Dark King. Zamarcus, whose home is filled with innumerable relics from the ancient times,helps Jaykriss to understand that all is not as it seems in his troubled world. Ultimately, through a journey that takes him to the mysterious Dead City and beyond, Jaykriss realizes that he must confront his fears—dragons and all--to fulfill his true destiny.