Texas, 1853. Thirteen-year-old Nigel Blackthorn is the spoiled son of a Protestant preacher. When his missionary family falls victim to a brutal Comanche attack, his easy childhood crumbles in an instant. While he narrowly escapes the death that claimed his loved ones, the preacher’s son finds himself alone and struggling to survive on the wild frontier.
When Pascal, a mule-train driver, stumbles upon Nigel, the muleteer offers the boy a ride in exchange for hard labor in an apprenticeship. Nigel accepts years of training to gain food and shelter. Spurred by his desire to avenge his murdered family, he endures grueling days and countless painful lessons. With the vision of his dead parents in mind, can he survive long enough to find justice for them or will the Wild West claim yet another victim?
The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn is the first dramatic story in the Nigel Blackthorn series of gritty westerns. If you like rich descriptions, multidimensional characters, and tales bringing history to life, then you’ll love Frank Kelso’s coming-of-age novel!