Crimson & Cream

Crimson Cream Alternate cover for B XBGBAGHounded by watchmen trolls goblins and a relentless bounty hunter year old Jetsam dreams of the day he ll no longer have to run for his life In the mountain city o

  • Title: Crimson & Cream
  • Author: C.M. Skiera
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  • Page: 130
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  • Alternate cover for B008XBGBAGHounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13 year old Jetsam dreams of the day he ll no longer have to run for his life.In the mountain city of Dwim Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city s revered School of Magic When the new king outlawed magic, the boys parents were murdered Their deAlternate cover for B008XBGBAGHounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13 year old Jetsam dreams of the day he ll no longer have to run for his life.In the mountain city of Dwim Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city s revered School of Magic When the new king outlawed magic, the boys parents were murdered Their deaths forfeited the twins magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives.Rescued by an orphan gang, the fleeing twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern Now the boys are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.Crimson Cream recounts Jetsam s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels his tortured past while securing his tenuous future.

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    1. C.M. Skiera

      C M Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer He and his wife are devoted dog lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas Crimson Cream is C M Skiera s debut epic fantasy novel He started writing Crimson Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and the advent of online self publishing, the ebook was self published in 2012 After that, Mirrors Mist 2015 and then Warlock Wyrm 2017 followed as the second and third books of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.

    385 thoughts on “Crimson & Cream”

    1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews Crimson & Cream is a fantasy tale that focuses on 13-year-old twins Eadriel and Elvar, who have fallen on hard times and are desperately trying to unravel their tortured past and create a magic future. While following the familiar coming-of-age trope, the book is an engaging YA novel that will quickly win over lovers of that genre.Born to teachers at the revered school of magic at Dwim-Halloe, these twins seemed to have a wonderful future before the [...]

    2. Danger, conflict and an adventurous search for answers in a world filled with fantastical beings, kings, and magic. What better way to snag the attention of the daring inner child in all of us who dreams of living large in a world that just begs for us to conquer it? Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera is a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers.A ragtag group of orphaned boys have banded together to become a family surviving in the bleakest of times, the odds stacked against them. Twins, Je [...]

    3. Every once in a while I come across a book that completely takes me by surprise--in the best of ways--and I absolutely fall in love with it. CRIMSON & CREAM was one of these for me! I've admitted before that I'm a lover, not a fighter, therefore, my first loyalty lies with great romances. However, C.M. Skiera has woven a tale of such epic proportions that I was flipping pages, absorbed in the world of the story's main character, Jetsam, as he braved the harsh world in which he lives. I found [...]

    4. Thanking the author for providing me a copy and giving me the opportunity to read and review Crimson & Cream.I know it's only March and I still have about 75 books to go for my reading challenge this year, yet I dare to say this is the most surprising book I read in 2016!From the epilogue on, I was captivated and C. M. Skiera kept me under his spell. Just like the maze in the caves of trolls and dwarves, every cavern of this impressive adventure brings a new set of discoveries full of excite [...]

    5. I just received an ebook of Crimson and Cream by C. M. Skiera for free off #Tomoson. I was expecting just another one of those light fictions which are fun but all alike. However, this has just replaced Fablehaven as my new all-time fave fiction novel! It has wonderfully developed plot with thrilling twists and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. This is the first in the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, and I will be definitely buying the second, as well as the third when it comes out. If you have [...]

    6. A well-written medieval fantasy tale with a spark of magic. This is a story of an orphan boy Eadriel, nicknamed as Jetsam, and his twin brother Elvar, nicknamed as Flotsam, who flee from their home as their parents are killed by the order of the king for practising sorcery. Jetsam explores his past as he searches for his destiny and in this adventurous journey of his, he discovers his abilities, encounters many dangers and makes enemies including a bounty hunter chasing after him. Finished the f [...]

    7. This was a well-written and entertaining fantasy tale that put me in the mind of an RPG video game. This may have been due to playing a lot of Skyrim during the time I read the book, but it seemed to me to bear a lot of similarity to a fantasy RPG world: dragons, trolls, thieves, mages, goblins. The usual cast of characters are here. Yet, I was never bored, never anything less than turning the pages to find out what happens next. I will definitely read book 2.

    8. This is a very interesting book filled with fantasy, conflict and adventure. It keep you bound to it till the very end. A book which grabs your attention from the start and makes you read more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.I received this copy from C.M. Skiera in exchange for my honest review.

    9. I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.First things first: this book's target feels definitely YA to me, even though the back-cover blurb is not very specific about it. I wish I had known or better understood this beforehand, because I'm a few decades past the optimal age to appreciate this specific sub-genre, so this is bound to color my point of view on the story.Crimson and Cream is both a hero's journey and a coming-of-age tale, following the adventures of you [...]

    10. Crimson and Cream, apparently the debut novel by C. M. Skiera, could be summed up by a single simple sentence:“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 imp [...]

    11. REVIEW ORIGINALLY WRITTEN 8/20/2014 AND REWRITTEN 3/13/2015.When the author of Crimson & Cream asked me if I was interested in reading the second book in The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I jumped at the chance, having loved the first book. Since it had been seven months since I had read the first book, Crimson & Cream, I decided to read it again so the story would be fresh in my mind before moving on to the second book.Re-reading this story, I remember how much I loved it, and yet the second r [...]

    12. Crimson and Cream is the debut fantasy novel from author, C.M. Skiera, and a wonderful beginning to what promises to be an exciting series. 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 procu [...]

    13. Review to come soon.Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book during a book tour in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the description of this book, I was eager to read it. I grew up on Tolkien: Dad spoonfed it to me beginning with The Hobbit until he deemed me ready for my own set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was 12. And so, thanks to my dad, I adore fantasy novels. And when they're told well? *squeaks in joy* Heck, yes! CM Skiera's CRIMSON & CREAM is o [...]

    14. I received this book in exchange for a honest review from Lovers of the Paranormal.My thoughts whilst reading this book flip-flopped between 'cracking read' and 'is there much more of this?' It was that jarring in tone. At times the main character and the antagonist were great to read and I sped through their chapters. At other times, I struggled with the cast and situations.For example, we get an introduction to the main love interest, but she's so bland and her dialogue sounds so generic high [...]

    15. "Always darkest before the dawn."Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera is a gripping tale filled with drama, excitement and uncertainty. The author weaves a compelling, emotional fantasy that kept me in suspense and allowed for me to escape my everyday life. An adventure that plays out realistically and yet in the most unusual ways. This is a story of survival that is full of heart and humanity. The turns left me breathless and curious at the same time. I love stories, any kind of stories that hav [...]

    16. Jetsam has lost everything; his family has been murdered and his birthright to attend the School of Magic has been revoked. To survive he has joined a gang of orphans who scour the tunnels under the city for food and supplies. His new life is riddled with dangers ranging from creatures that also live in the tunnels to the city guards who have no patience for orphaned kids. Even with all of the adversity the children face they have managed to create a happy home for themselves until further trage [...]

    17. I received this free from LibraryThing for an honest review.Jetsam is a 13 year old orphan that loses his twin brother to a troll attack. He is then wrongfully accused of murder and that sends him on the run to escape punishment. His adventures lead him to run from a bounty hunter and straight into the arms of a not so innocent gang of a knight, wizard, and squire. After joining this unlikely crew, he begins to learn magic, has his mind controlled, meets a talking dragon, fights goblins, and mee [...]

    18. So we have Flotsam and Jetsam, two people who were saved after their parents were killed. So just there, you already have all these questions and want to know how it will all unfold. You see, their parents could do magic because they were sorcerers. The only problem is that magic has been outlawed and they were caught and killed. Yeah, that was tough on the twins, but things aren't going to get any easier. Soon they will be on the chase of their lives. You just don't go into the castle to take f [...]

    19. Amazing and wonderful fantasy story full of adventures and journeys! C.M. Skiera is a brilliant writer who brings his audience to the edge of their seats with this heroic tale of orphan twins who have to grow up fast to face the chaotic and magical world around them. I couldn't get enough of this story and I am sure you won't either as the twins nicknamed, Jetsam and Flotsam set out to right the wrong of their parents death. They encounter many obstacles in their way but even in the darkest of t [...]

    20. Crimson and Cream starts a trilogy of stories set in the Oxbow Kingdom named for a range of mountains in the centre of the country. The hero is young Jetsam (brother of Flotsam) and we first meet him in the city of Dwim-Halloe where orphans and magic users are equally despised and mistreated. Jetsam is an orphan living with others below ground (and much of the book takes place underground).He becomes the focus of attention after he scavenges in the grounds of a castle, falls into a well and is f [...]

    21. I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal.I honestly didn't think I would like this book because it's not the type I normally read (kings, knights, kingdoms, etc.). I don't love the book or even the authors writing style but the story is almost good. It has great characters and a wonderful adventure. I said it is almost good because although I like to able to guess some of what happens in a story, I don't want to be able to guess it all. I wasn't able to [...]

    22. The action in this novel was written with a sense of urgency that invests the reader in the plot. Skiera did not shy away from character death and when it happened, I sobbed. The death was vivid from one character dragging the other while running and not realizing he was dead to the actual injury that killed the character. The anguish of those around him in a world where people die all the time was so well done that I, as the reader, felt the loss of these young people are near a personal loss. [...]

    23. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that is saying something because I do not usually like these types of novels! When I was offered the chance to read this book, the timing was perfect because I had just finished another book and was trying to decide what to read next. So I got this book and started to read it hesitantly, not sure what to expect. I breezed through it in 3 days because it was just that good! I couldn't put it down, even when I was exhausted. Most nights I fell asleep with my kin [...]

    24. There's everything from trolls, dwarven artifacts, nymphs and fobbing mages!Seryn Varden becomes the target for both the orphan Jetsam and ruthless bounty hunter, Yduk, but their reasonings couldn't be more opposite. To find the man who created history, Jetsam and Yduk will have to fight the cruel elements C.M. Skiera's world and each other.There's plenty of action to keep you entertained. The fight scenes are well done and create a sense of desperation and suspense. I had to force myself not to [...]

    25. Yduk is a successful bounty hunter. He tracks poachers, sorcerers, bandits, and runaway orphans, but he has a "bigger fish to fry.” His sights are set on finding the most wanted fugitive in all the Freelands, Seryn, the murderer of the former king. When Yduk runs across Jetsam, an orphan hiding underground in Dwim-Halloe, he doesn’t realize that catching the young boy may be more of a challenge than he’s prepared for. Crimson and Cream is an exciting fantasy story with trolls, dragons, wiz [...]

    26. I received this eBook for free in return for my honest review. l love to read fantasy books, and until today, the Door Within and Fablehaven were my favorite book series. The writer has a wonderful style and keeps the reader enthralled with his words. After I started this book I couldn't put it down until I finished. The overview of the book gives a nice summary, and what I read in the book matches the overview perfectly. Can't wait to read the second and third book of this awesome trilogy! To b [...]

    27. This book is a great addition to the YA genre. The characters are relatable and the story is easy to read. I like the ebb and flow of the dialogue and really feel the emotions coming off the pages. As Jetsom goes though the loss of his twin and his rebirth as a singleton, I feel the determination and strength. The story is not perfect, but it is enjoyable and definitely worth a shot.Full disclosure, I received this for free in exchange for my honest review.

    28. An adventurous tale of orphans fighting for survival and one young man courage to find the truth. Crimson & Cream will keep you on the edge of your seat as you become a part of the story, visualizing Jetsam as he struggles to find answers revolving around his parents’ death. Now with his faithful companion a terrier name Tramp, Jetsam and the dog searches on for answers as their adventure intensifies. A story well played out to the end and will leaving you wanting more from this author.

    29. First, I would like to thank the author C.M. Skiera for giving me this book for an honest review. I love this book. The world building is great. The story-line is very good. The characters are well developed and written. C.M. Skiera did an awesome job writing this Epic Fantasy. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    30. I really enjoyed following Jetsam during his journey through The Oxbows. This story comes packed with trolls, goblins, sorcery and even a dragon. Yet what I love the most is C.M. Skiera's ability to breathe life into his characters and turn this fantasy story into something we can harmonize with. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.

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