"Scar of the Downers works with dramatic tension and visual grandeur, creating a narrative masterpiece that is thrilling, passionate and wise. The characters stay with you beyond the final chapter." -Dr. Chester Branch, Transmedia Architect
"From the action-packed beginning to the equally thrilling conclusion, Scott Keen’s Scar of the Downers grabs us by the scruff of the neck and deftly guides us through a thoroughly tactile and frightening fantasy world centered on the citizens – some freemen and others “Downers” – of a city called Ungstah. Keen is definitely a fantasy writer to watch." - J. Dennis Bounds, PhD. adjunct media studies professor, Christopher Newport Univ.
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 phantom Ash Kings while 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.