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As the story progresses, readers are immersed in the protagonists struggle to find his purpose in life. In fact, I believe the book does an excellent job in portraying the main character's, Naysin's, pursuit of happiness. His banishment from his tribe and the discovery of his hidden talents bring him to confront various events where he needs to decide if he wants to be seen as a God or as the Devil. The author does an excellent job into astutely showing readers the benefits and the actions of the protagonist throughout this historical fiction. I truly believe that the inner conflict lived by Naysin was the forte of this novel. Reading about Naysin and his fight with his inner demons was intriguing from start to finish. Seeing him struggle between light and darkness was definitely fascinating, especially when you take into consideration the historical events as well as the beautiful fantasy twist of the novel.
The magic concept in this novel is definitely innovative. The use of "kug" and "mir" was captivating and brilliant. It managed to blend with reality seamlessly and always brought something new to the story. In fact, the whole idea was as much a learning experience for the protagonist than for readers, and that served as a great hook for readers. However, towards the ending, the use of this concept drastically became enormous and almost overwhelming. It felt like a huge leap and that the story could've benefited with a little more foreshadowing to help readers see the action scenes to come. Although the story was essentially a long journey through various historical events and a search for purpose, the plot still seemed close to messy. Aside from the brilliant exploration of the disease that ate away numerous native Americans, the repercussions of this infection and the search for answers for the protagonist, several events felt almost random and irregular.
The Red Wraith is still an innovative and brilliant novel that touches upon countless ideas. It incorporates a clever magical world and blends it perfectly into this historical fiction. Nick Wisseman's way with words definitely helped create an enchanting novel.
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In addition to these realistic details, the world building and the nature of the magic are also thorough, nicely developed, internally consistent, and unique. The system of magic as described in the book seems unlike any I've read before, and as the character's skills progress along with his knowledge of how to use his abilities, we feel like we are learning right along with him. His abilities seem very founded in nature, which fits the themes and setting of the book. This unfolding of the reader's knowledge along with the character's provides an overarching flow to the book and the plot. Not too much is revealed in full up front, which keeps the book interesting and unpredictable.
Also stellar are the plot twists and changes, as the plot elements were frequently a surprise (in a pleasant way). The book is able to the character and the world without making it overly obvious where the story is going, and there are various parts to the protagonist's story that highlight his development and different areas of his story. As I am only partway through the book, I am excited to get back in to discover what will happen next.
The introductory chapter was not my favorite, as there was quite a bit of flashback that seemed confusing. This was done on purpose, I'm sure, to highlight the mystery of the story and get us intrigued right away and set the mood, but for me, as I wasn't already invested in the character, I couldn't get into it. For me, the book really took off with chapter 2. All in all, a very enjoyable read.
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Author: Nick Wisseman
Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars
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