If you like Stephen King's The Gunslinger...
Maynard Trigg and The Creature Beneath The Veil
Maynard Trigg lives carefree in the muddied slums of Carthage Skyport making mischief at the expense of his loving father, his friends, and teachers.
But when a skypirate appears, claiming to have been sent to protect Maynard from a murderous creature, he is thrust into a life of magic, theft, and deceit..
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