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Red Tide: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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"Love, revenge, devious gods, legions of undead, great sacrifice-this one has it all! Good old-fashioned swords and sorcery, turned up a notch." - Ed Greenwood, creator and author of the Forgotten Realms series
"Turner has created a powerful fantasy where mystery and magic pervade each character, each quest, each corner of a vast and vibrant world.... The battles and betrayals that fill the pages ofWhen the Heavens Fallare truly epic in their scope and impact." - Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades
"Beautifully imagined and complex...Gritty and dark, the scope of Turner's world will keep readers rapt and nervous--which is the hallmark of great worldbuilding." - Elizabeth Haydon, USA Today bestselling author of The Symphony of Ages
"A classic epic fantasy, with a complex world, interesting characters, and plenty of action." - Gail Z. Martin, author of Reign of Ash
About the Author
MARC TURNER was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Law, and subsequently worked at a top-ten law firm in London. After more than ten years in the legal profession he gave in to his lifelong writing addiction and is a full-time writer. His other novels are When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters.
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For what it's worth, don't start with this book. You really do need to go back to book one and read all the way through, or a whole lot of stuff won't make sense. Each book has a beginning, middle, and end, but characters, peoples/nations, and overall story arcs overlap throughout the series.
After reading the first and second books, and then starting this one, I was puzzled about how the events of the first book tied in to the second and third. Book one involved different characters in a different part of the world. Well, they are starting to connect up here, and some of the foreshadowing for future volumes ties in even more. So if you liked the plot line and characters from book one, you do see some of them here, and you can expect to see more of them in future volumes (or so I would guess). I am starting to think the whole series is more cohesive and planned out than originally thought, and that surprises me in a good way!
Some things I appreciate about the book:
*There are unexpected betrayals and character deaths peppered throughout various parts of the book. I do get the sense that the author has his favorite characters and may not be killing those specific characters off, but even they are not Mary Sues -- they are vulnerable to attack, to being duped (especially in times of emotional distress), etc. And you really don't know until it happens that someone is going to die (which seems more realistic to me, honestly).
*Following along with the "not Mary Sues" concept from above, characters have appropriate limitations and sometimes have to solve their problems with cleverness rather than brute force (of the physical or the sorcerous kind). I never felt the author was reaching here, though.
*Shifting alliances, doubts, and political manipulation are done pretty well. Some characters are trying to outmaneuver others, some are just trying to get by, some are watching and waiting, and some are frantically searching for loved ones. All these competing motivations are believable, and I'm glad that not everyone has the same goal.
*On balance, I would say the characters are sympathetic, especially the viewpoint characters (well, most of them). You want them to succeed, to escape dangerous situations, etc. And they definitely do encounter dangerous situations -- you do worry for them.
*The author is pretty good at building to a climax. I didn't feel there were a lot of wasted scenes here, but action definitely picked up in the latter part of the book.
Some things I think could use a little work:
*You can kind of guess if a viewpoint character is going to be one who dies. There is a pattern among certain characters where they lose everything, including their last remaining family members, and then they kick the bucket. (This pattern was established during book two.)
*Expression of emotions. I get, for example, that Ebon (remember him from book one?) was desperately looking for loved ones. And he did some dumb things in his eagerness to find them -- which makes sense. If you are emotionally fragile, you might make decisions that you wouldn't make if you were in your right mind. But I had to think about his situation to realize this, it didn't just roll off the page with the words used. I had a similar feeling about Senar Sol and his relationship with the Emperor. There's just a little *something* lacking in this area. It is not enough to turn me off of the book, and I clearly get the author's intent with just a little bit of analysis and consideration.
The writing style was all right. It wasn't lyrical and maybe it could have been invested with more emotion, as discussed previously, but it didn't interfere with actually *reading* the story either. It conveyed action and it was clear and descriptive without getting in the way. The author didn't try to impress all of us with his cleverness or large vocabulary but focused on telling the story, which is appreciated (at least from my perspective).
The world building has promise. Politics and internal conflicts are definitely well thought out, especially for the protagonists. Even though there are two "countries" of islands and seafaring folks now, they are clearly different from one another in a lot of ways. There have been a few glimpses of the mysterious past thus far. I might like a bit more of that, but maybe we will get there in a future book. The more recent past (say, the past decade or two) haunts the characters more, especially Guardians like Senar Sol and Amerel.
Overall, I thought this book did a lot of things right, and it made me realize that a lot more planning went into this series than I initially thought. I like how the author is slowly weaving things from book one back in, and I also think his technique and style have improved over the course of the series. By the way, this series is best for people who like something long and immersive. None of these books were quick reads.
Red Tide weaves the plot threads of the previous two books, adds a few new characters, and introduces a brand new area of the world. The novel is ambitious but never overwhelming. Marc Turner continues to craft arguably the best series out right now. I enjoyed the plot, characters, worldbuilding and all the many twists the book took me on. This series reminds me a lot of the early malazan books by Erikson (before the heavy philosophical bits).
In conclusion I highly recommend this book, and series. I have very high hopes for the next book as I am loving this series. I have seen where this series is a throw back to 80’s – 90’s Fantasy and even compared to Malazan! I can see both points but this book was unique in it’s own right even with these favorable comparisons. I can’t wait to read and review the next book of this series, whenever we might get one. Marc Turner has provided a stunning new fantasy series, and I am a big fan.
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
4.5/5 STARS - Mighty Thor JRS
A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
Given the length of this book, and the complex plots of “When the Heavens Fall” and “Dragon Hunters,” which barely intersected at all, any kind of synopsis is pretty much impossible. Note, however, that we have a strong magician who’s the disciple of an unusual goddess, another strong magician who’s a trying-to-do-good prince seeking his lost love, an unprincipled barbarian warrior, more powerful magicians, emperors, nearly invincible invaders … well, you get the picture.
All in all, I’ve enjoyed the series, and of course you have to start at the start, but don’t dream it’s over. Clearly, a volume four is on the way.