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Chris A. Jackson
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13 Aug 2010
The Shattered Isles are at peace. Or so it seems. The vile pirate lord, Bloodwind, has been vanquished, and Cynthia Flaxal has everything she always dreamed of: the mystical powers of a seamage, a successful shipyard, the love of a great man, and a child on the way. But trouble roils both above and below the waves. A school of vengeful merfolk harbors a secret and terrible agenda. An empire perceives Cynthia's growing fleet as a threat. A small band of surviving pirates hatches a devious plot to regain supremacy in the Shattered Isles. A favor to an old friend leaves Cynthia with a powerful but undisciplined young pyromage on her hands. And as all these forces converge, the Seamage of the Shattered Isles finds herself and her unborn child caught right in the middle.

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (13 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897492170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897492178
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.3 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Chris A. Jackson fell in love with the sea the first time he set eyes on those majestic rolling waves. As a youth, he spent summers working on his father's fishing boat in Oregon. Trained as a marine biologist, he became sidetracked by a career in biomedical research, but regained his heart and soul in 2009 when he and his wife Anne left the dock aboard a 45-foot sailboat to cruise the Caribbean and write full time. His acclaimed Scimitar Seas nautical fantasies won three consecutive Gold Medals in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards. In addition to his sea tales, his repertoire includes six more award-winning fantasy novels, as well as several short stories published in anthologies. Shooting from the sea to the stars, Chris now has a triad of science fiction/humor novellas available in both ebook and audiobook formats.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good 5 Dec 2013
By Huge
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I initially thought this was a bit childish but I love adventure stories and this turned into a really good one. It is clever and different but in a very good way. I think teenagers will love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Sequel 17 Dec 2010
By James K Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Following in the wake of his award-winning Scimitar Moon, (2009 ForeWord Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book of the Year), author Chris A. Jackson offers up a new Scimitar Seas tale in the rousing Scimitar Sun. This latest novel continues the adventures of Cynthia Flaxal, the Seamage of the Shattered Isles, and makes one wonder if Scimitar Sun is a sequel, or if Scimitar Moon is more accurately a prequel to the real adventures Mr. Jackson has in store for his readers. In Scimitar Sun, Mr. Jackson takes that timeworn catchphrase "just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water," breathes new life into it, and proves quite handily that it's not only big sharks one has to watch out for.

Life in the Shattered Isles is good for Cynthia Flaxal. She has found love and purpose, and holds great hope for that same peaceful life for her unborn child. The shipyard and docks are flourishing, and the seas are at last safe from the predations of Captain Bloodwind, legendary pirate and scourge of the Scimitar Seas. But the unfounded fears of the empire, the vengeful ire of merfolk, and the boundless greed of pirates set into motion events that threaten to plunge the Shattered Isles into chaos and shatter the tranquility in Cynthia's life. As much as she might wish otherwise, Cynthia finds herself drawn into the unrest as surely as a riptide can pull even the strongest swimmer to a watery grave. Even more factors complicate Cynthia's situation--that matter of a volcano and an untried pyromage, for instance. But, dear readers, perhaps I should keep some secrets and allow you to set sail on your own voyage of discovery.

The unique world Mr. Jackson presents for our reading pleasure may bear some slight resemblance to a mature and carefully blended mixture of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Harry Potter", with a dash of old Errol Flynn movies tossed in for good measure. But make no mistake; the story, setting, and characters are as fresh and dynamic as any fantasy creations on the market today, and the author's judicious balance of drama and humor lends variety. If there is one bit of caution I might forward, it might be "Landlubbers beware!" for Mr. Jackson is no stranger to sailing, and this clearly shows in the vocabulary of his work. If one is uncomfortable with nautical terminology, be sure to keep a dictionary handy. That being said, one shouldn't consider this a flaw in the writing, but rather part of its charm. The language throughout doesn't detract from the novel's appeal; instead, it adds layers of accuracy, credibility, and realism.

If Scimitar Sun is your first exposure to Mr. Jackson's writing, he will not disappoint. Likewise, returning fans will also find good reason to applaud. Over several years, I have come to trust this author's sense of pace and to expect vivid descriptions and delightful characters, while often wondering when these talents would fail him. After all the pirates, magic, merfolk, swashbuckling, sprites, warships, and intrigue of Scimitar Sun, Mr. Jackson leaves me to happily consider the possibility he will never fail to deliver. Though this voyage has ended, I find myself looking forward to joining him yet again on whatever further adventures he decides to share with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scimitar Sun - another captivating novel from Chris A. Jackson 18 Nov 2010
By publisher@thecruisinglife.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once again Chris Jackson entertains with this captivating fantasy full of engaging characters and a well-woven tale filled with surprises. Scimitar Sun, the sequel to Scimitar Moon and the second of four books in the Scimitar Seas novels, begins with peace in the Shattered Isles. The pirates who once ruled these islands with their horrific ways have been vanquished, and their leader, the dreadful Bloodwind, is dead.

Ship designer Cynthia Flaxal heads a successful shipyard in what once was the pirates' secret lair. Her dreams have come true as she's now a powerful seamage, as her father before her was. Her mystical powers allow her to command the sea and interact with the merfolk.

But trouble brews all around.

While the few remaining pirates plan revenge on Cynthia, the emperor begins to feel threatened as he sees the growing fleet of ships and innovative designs coming from Cynthia's successful shipyard. Will she try to rule the seas as the pirates before her did?

Cynthia finds herself helping an apprentice pyromage through his rite of ascension as a favor to an old friend. But when it appears this young man lacks the maturity and good judgment for such power, Cynthia questions the wisdom of her decision.

Underwater there is unrest among the mer. And the secret they keep could change the course of history and render untold pain on Cynthia and her unborn child, the seamage's heir.

Scimitar Sun is every bit a page turner as Scimitar Moon, which recently won the Foreword Magazine Gold Medal Book of the Year Award in the science fiction/fantasy category and made the finalist list for the USA Book News, Best Books 2010 Awards.

Chris Jackson proves once again why he's an award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. And when you have a tale this good, filled with sailing, ship building and high seas adventure (and a couple of mischievous sprites), it's easy to recommend it. This one belongs on your reading list!

Barbara Theisen
Editor
Seven Seas Cruising Association
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sequel 26 Nov 2012
By L. Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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Another wonderful book from Chris Jackson. This is an exciting sequel to SCIMITAR MOON. I really liked the development of the characters from MOON. I also enjoyed the new characters. My heart ached for the children that were used by Bloodwind. I wanted to cry for them. Which shows the depth that Chris puts into his characters.
Cynthia is coming into her powers as a seamage and the person who is in charge of the former pirate hide out. Her relationship with Feldrin is coming along nicely. In fact, so nicely, that she becomes pregnant. LOL The merfolk are happy about this, as are Cynthia and Feldrin. You would think this would be a happily ever after story. However, there is treachery and deceit abounding in all parts of this world....and the pirates have not gone away either.
This is a well written and crafted story. However, when I got to the end I wanted to kill Chris! I highly recommend this book and series to anyone looking for a well written adult fantasy adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris will not let you down! 6 Nov 2011
By Sky Oram - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After finishing Scimitar Moon, I immediately went to pick up Scimitar Sun and began reading. Chris has a very captivating and intricate adventure that he is putting to paper.. and he will not let you down. He is very thorough with the details of the ships and sailing, which enriches the reading with creditably, and his characters continue to grow and come to life. The action and conflicts really begin to escalate and get serious in this second addition to his series as the plot develops. But Chris has a VERY impressive balance between the fears and anxiety, and the comedy that gives you a laughing break.

He even caught me completely off guard with the ending of this novel, which I found interesting, considering I was able to pin point most of his foreshadowing pretty distinctly, although I do not mean that with any negative connotation. I was going to just read a chapter or two before bed.. and I ended up staying awake until 5am NEEDING to finish the story before I could even think about sleep! I went from tears of happiness, to laughing, to being in shock, to anxiety..I seriously couldn't put it down! If you were impressed by the first novel, Scimitar Moon, don't hesitate to start reading this one too. Scimitar Sun is completely captivating and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in Fantasy!
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