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The Scarlet Tides The Moontide has come and the Leviathan Bridge stands open now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at warA scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition s windships flying the Sacred Heart, bright banner of the Church s darkest sons They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant But the emperor s greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical powerAgainst them are the unlikeliest of heroes Alaron, a failed mage, the gypsy Cymbellea and Ramita, once just a lowly market girl, have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to UrteEast and West have clashed before, but this time, as secret factions and cabals emerge from the shadows, the world is about to discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as strong as swords and magic The best climax I have read since Words of Radiance So goodso good 4.5 5 starsWow Scarlet Tides is an awesome sequel My gratitude goes to Kitty G for recommending this super underrated series.The Moontide has come, and the clash between East and West begins again Scarlet Tides is the second book in The Moontide Quartet by David Hair, and it provided a significantly improved reading experience compared to Mage s Blood I m not saying that Mage s Blood was a weak installment as I said in my review of the novel, it had a pacing problem caused by tons of info d 4.5 5 starsWow Scarlet Tides is an awesome sequel My gratitude goes to Kitty G for recommending this super underrated series.The Moontide has come, and the clash between East and West begins again Scarlet Tides is the second book in The Moontide Quartet by David Hair, and it provided a significantly improved reading experience compared to Mage s Blood I m not saying that Mage s Blood was a weak installment as I said in my review of the novel, it had a pacing problem caused by tons of info dump sections in the first half but the second half was engaging In my opinion, Scarlet Tides was as engaging as the second half of Mage s Blood andfor almost the entirety of the novel the info dump sections that plagued the first book has vanished, and Hair was able to progress the plot and characters The second book of a trilogy quartet has an infamous reputation for being treated as a mere platform to make the next book shine rest assured that this simply wasn t the case here I mean it, the social commentary, the deadly fanaticism on religions, and the internal conflicts and characterizations of the large cast of characters were terrifically put on the pages of this huge bookOur own people live in fear of us There has to be another way I thought the shihad would be pure, but it s been corrupted It s not holy anymaybe it never was How can you find paradise by killing innocent peopleIt s been months since I ve read a sprawling epic fantasy series on this scale there are many characters, the world building despite it being similar to our real world is very detailed However, what I found to be the most impressive in Hair s storytelling within this series lies in the compelling characters and their dialogues Every main character, in a way, has their fates intertwined with one another I still have two books left in the series to read, and SO MUCH life changing events have occurred to them already None of the characters behaved or stayed at the place where their story began It s just incredible I won t categorize this series as grimdark, but none of them except for very few characters are thoroughly good people most of them have their respective hidden agendas to execute Scarlet Tides truly deepened the characterizations of the main characters through their genuine chemistry, engaging banter, and dialogues that display palpable tension The clash of civilizations, culture, religions, and the character s shifting loyalties was so well written I can t help but found myself hooked by the narrativeWe are men of principle, and a principle holds true whether writ large or scrowled in a margin Our word is our bond If a man cannot be trusted, he is no manIt s a bit unfortunate that I failed to click with one of the new main POV characters Ramon s I personally think that the last two chapters aside, Ramon s POV was comparatively uninteresting because his chapters mainly dealt with marching and interacting with newly introduced characters Thankfully, this was a small thing in the grander scheme of plotlines the greatness of the other characters definitely made me feel safe to overlook this minor issue.The maps in this series were very helpful in increasing my immersion in the world of Urte The cast of characters contained inhabitants from both Yuros and Atiopia, and they constantly moved location knowing where they re at and how far they are from each other was beneficial to my reading experience Here s a reminder that unlike Mage s Blood, Scarlet Tides have a glossary section at the end of the novel If you ve read the first book, you ll know that this series rightfully receive the Game of Thrones comparison advertisement this applied to world building, a huge list of characters, and Hair s ruthlessness towards his characters I haven t mentioned character s names except for Ramon in this review to avoid spoilers Hair is seriously not afraid to torture or kill off his characters if it s necessary for the plot, and I loved it The action scenes were already brutal, vicious, violent, and well written feeling that no characters are safe from dangers undoubtedly heightened the immense pressure that the characters felt to meMen surround themselves with illusions Most find reality just too hard Only the great are prepared to deal with what truly isI have no idea where the story will go from here Everything is unpredictable, and I m both excited and scared once again to find out the next ordeals that will visit the surviving characters of this series Scarlet Tides was impelling and filled with superbly written morally ambiguous characters I m halfway through the series now, and I m surprised that this series hasn t received the attention it deserves I m keeping my fingers crossed that the remaining two books will be as good as this one, or maybe even better.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing My Patrons Alfred, Devin, Hamad, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas. It is only a question of what we achieve in life, and how we meet our end If you want to know why this series is worth your time, just read my review of the previous instalment The only thing I can add here without going into the details is that Mr Hair manages to avoid all the second book syndromes, maladies, and shortcomings and that he takes the story to an altogether new level.With going into the details, I can offer you ameaningful review The Scarlet Tides broadens and deepens tIt is only a question of what we achieve in life, and how we meet our end If you want to know why this series is worth your time, just read my review of the previous instalment The only thing I can add here without going into the details is that Mr Hair manages to avoid all the second book syndromes, maladies, and shortcomings and that he takes the story to an altogether new level.With going into the details, I can offer you ameaningful review The Scarlet Tides broadens and deepens the story that started so promisingly in Mage s Blood We have both, new protagonists, and new undercurrents of the existing plots Already in the prologue, the author is able to flip several things upside down with one masterful stroke oh, how I liked that Among the old friends you will see Alaron Mercer, a failed mage banned from practicing the gnosis that is magic pursues a girl who had broken his heart and then stolen the greatest magical artefact in the world Cymbellea also has a couple of appearances but I do not count her voice as a meaningful one, at least not in this book He needs to confront his own limitations and fears, he becomes a Milkson to some seriously dangerous creatures, he matures a bit, and becomes stronger but not an overstated hero Mr Hair achieved great character development here Ramita Meiros, young widow of the world s greatest mage, pregnant and overwhelmed both by her new enemies and her new powers view spoiler was I the only person who thought her a stupid cow for sparing Hamid even though knows she has the gnosis which only means trouble in the books to come hide spoiler Ramita is my absolute, unquestionable favourite of the whole series with Elena Anborn also a separate POV, you ll be relieved to know coming second in this competition and with each entry, she only grows as a very promising heroine She is unprepossessing and steadfast at the same time And despite being only 16, Ramita is anything but young adult female lead you d normally expect How very refreshing Kazim Makani, a hadishah soldier sworn into the holy war of shihad against the incoming crusade, also gains in The Scarlet Tides You will remember that I hated his guts Now, as a Souldrinker feeding his magic by devouring other people s souls he gains unexpected dramatism that his love stricken ventures sorely lacked Inner tensions bring darker shades to Kazim and as he facesanddifficult choices his conveniently black and white world gainshues than he would like It surprised me how much I have actually enjoyed this journey There are also some new perspectives enriching the tale And while we know these protagonists, it is nice to hear their voices Among the main ones, Ramon Sensini assigned as a battle mage to a non combat unit of the Third Crusade is the most fun Think a Sicilian mafia representative in the logistic hub of the army, the lucky thirteenth lol What can possibly go wrong with that, eh Ramon is the character that gains the most depth because he is a stark contrast to the nearly caricatural stereotype from the previous book With his mystery lineage and family drama hidden behind the devil may care facade, Ramon becomes a man with a plan While a big fat promise of a misfit band of wonders, failed to deliver, this POV was farinteresting than I thought it would be Malevorn Andevarion, a newly drafted acolyte of the Inquisition, an ugly rotten soul in a handsome packing is hunting Alaron his hated former classmate He knows what is at stake and sees his mission as a springboard from greatness All his POVs are disgusting and repulsive, and if you yearn for formidable antagonists, from his very first entrance, you will love to hate Malevorn In general, you should brace yourself for a quite emotional read Mr Hair is very skilled at viewing in anger, fear, disgust, love, and laughter You will be clutching your pearls and grinding your teeth, and biting your nails being anxious, exasperated and in love with what is happening in this book Story lines are progressing rapidly, but the connections are not where we would have anticipated them to go view spoiler like the Kazim and Elena team up hide spoiler with the protagonists meeting together only to be split again in edge of a cliff sequences and scenes I had serious fun in addition to constant heartache, exasperation, and fear that something bad will happen any moment despite a couple of issues with, not pacing precisely, but the timing of individual arcs view spoiler While I understand the need to sequester Ramita safely due to her pregnancy, Elena being hidden for 4 months as if she had all the time in the world to kill Gyle, was just too bizarre to be plausible And then, she is surprised imagine the shock, lol that things have progressed in the meantime I understand the need for her getting all lovey dovey but honestly, this was clumsily done hide spoiler In this regard, Cera Nesti is the weakest point of the book Already in the previous instalment, she morphed form a promising mind into a total idiot already Now this mutation continues as the girl discovers her own carnality which basically reduces her arc to moping around and lusting around While previously, she was ruling Brochena like a king, shown dedication and intelligence, it all vanished overnight and we ended up with an insecure, silly chit so gullible that everything what happens to her is well deserved I expect this has been done on purpose, so that we may have a spectacular YA failure who will rise in shine in the books to come Nonetheless, the comparison with what she used to be, questions plausibility of this scheme For me Cera is unbearably jarring, especially when compared with Alaron who is arguably her male counterpart of a loser turned hero we should hope as the hero part is not exactly here yet To the contrary, I relished Guvron Gyle s POV and although it is overbloated with pathos in the end I must say that the wildest theories flown through the Fantasy Buddy Reads discussions of the book view spoiler including the one that Gyle and Guile are not that far apart and maybe the antagonist will prove to be a double agent in the end hide spoiler His last minute rescue made me snort because all this talk about not being used to non transactional relationships belied everything that was between him and Elena and a large portion of the book was build on this premise and exploited precisely this dynamic including his infatuation with Cera so the sudden omg people do care about me and are my friends revelation rang false Still, Guvron Gyle and his machinations are fun to read provided that you do not mind dirty tricks like bringing to life things that should be dead view spoiler Is that not so, Yvette hide spoiler Despite it being a huge brick of a book, The Scarlett Tides only whetted my appetites I am dying to continue the adventure I want to knowabout the princess Natia and I hope she will make an appearance soon I want to see the Scytale in action Simultaneously, I cannot help but notice that in the moment of writing this, the most popular review of this novel has 30 likes If that is not an underrated gem then I will eat my hardback copy Also in the series 1 Mage s Blood 3 Unholy War 4 Ascendant s Rite The story is intense This is a very much of a transitional book, so I think it would be almost impossible for me to judge it on its own merit The majority of the characters are going through hell, giving them plenty of opportunities to make mistakes and either learned and grew from them, or stubbornly dug their heels in and stayed stagnantly the same, something that in this author s world seems to mostly happen to the bad guys They tend to be a bit simplistic in their evilness, but this is my The story is intense This is a very much of a transitional book, so I think it would be almost impossible for me to judge it on its own merit The majority of the characters are going through hell, giving them plenty of opportunities to make mistakes and either learned and grew from them, or stubbornly dug their heels in and stayed stagnantly the same, something that in this author s world seems to mostly happen to the bad guys They tend to be a bit simplistic in their evilness, but this is my primary problem with the books and in the context of the story, it really doesn t bother me that much Can t wait to see where we go from here

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