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Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun (Paperback)) Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Added into the mix here we have a scheming chancellor, various weird religions, cultists who use ancient technology and the loyal Night Guard there to act as the Empire's special forces.
And there's the trouble really, there is almost too much going on and what could have been a truly fascinating world and premise is bogged down by complexity, too many characters and a strange writing style. By strange writing style I mean that it veers from the good to the cliché and from the flowing prose to the stilted with far too much regularity. With the exception of the head of the Guards, you actually fail to connect with almost any of the characters and while the second half of the book is an improvement, overall it just about makes 3 stars. But, it has to be said, the pace and plot really picks up in the second half and it is a shame that this is not matched in the first 200 pages as the author's focus is on the world building rather then getting the reader absorbed in the plot.
It is a real shame, because there are some great ideas in here. I feel the author would have benefited from a more critical and guiding editor who might have helped shape and tighten the book. It does leave a lot of open plot lines to be picked up in the next book, but I think I shall wait for the reviews before deciding to pick it up or not.
With Nights of Villjamur Charan has landed and brought his unique insights and clear, distinctive voice to the world with a skill that belies his age. Nights of Villjamur is the first book in the Legends of the Red Sun series by Newton, which has been lauded quite well in the UK since it came out there last year. This is Charan's US debut, although his UK debut was The Reef from a small press that can be a bit hard to find. I've seen reviews that make Nights of Villjamur out to be a cross of Vance's Dying Earth and Mieville's early work, which is definitely on the spot. However, in many ways I found the writing and characters more approachable than in any of the Dying Earth books I've read to date.
Villjamur the titular city is the largest in the world, alluded to be a far future Earth. Villjamur is a character of its own few other fictional cities can be compare to. It is dark and moody, but shows signs of love and selflessness albeit with plenty of venom and conspiracy down dark alleys. Great and wonderful things happen in Villjamur, but even more dastardly and vile actions, people, and plenty else are a foot.
This is not a land of heroes, but of survivors. As the ice encroaches in on civilization people from all over are traveling to the largest cities of the world with Villjamur being the goal for the majority since it is the capital.Read more ›
As the book starts, the Empire is facing a slew of problems, both external and internal. The entire archipelago is being threatened by an impending ice age and refugees are threatening to overwhelm the capital. The Emperor is at best paranoid and at worst utterly crazy. Chancellor Urtica is plotting to usurp the emperor's title for himself, as well as rid the city of all the refuges camped outside. A top cultist, Dartun, who had thought himself nearly immortal finds out it isn't near enough, and along with experimenting with raising the dead is seeking the rumored gates into other realms where he might find life-extending technology/magic (and is not particularly concerned about what might come through from the other side). There are rumors of strange creatures and mass killings on outer islands, an underground and bloody religious cult is rearing its ugly head, and a manufactured war is about to begin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’m going to get positively gushy about Nights of Villjamur. So consider yourself warned; employ slickers if you have to, drool may fly. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Gamma Mouse
While what follows will include a fair amount of nitpicking, let me just say at the outset that I did enjoy the book (and the sequel) fairly well.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Nights of Villjamur and the beginning of the Legends of the Red Sun series. I thought it was highly original and kept me enthralled throughout the whole book.Published on June 9, 2013 by M. Paulen
Some books you can just tell that you like from the very beginning. This was one such book. The world-building was creative, the prose was good, the characters varied and... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Ahi
Nights of Villjamur is part political intrigue and part mystery. There are two separate story lines that intertwine in the universe. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Pauline
Perhaps I'm being overly harsh, reviewing this book having only managed to force myself through the first 30 pages of it. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Nights of Villjamur
Series: Legends of the Red Sun (Book 1)
Mark Charan Newton
ISBN-13: 978-0345520852... Read more
This took me a few chapters to get into, but when it gets going it is a really enjoyable read. The various plot threads (detective mystery, love story, politics, creepy culty... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by HeartShaped
I couldn't get into this book at all, although based on its plot description it should have been my cup of tea. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by A. Badus