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Scarlet Tides (The Moontide Quartet (2)) Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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"A mashup of J.R.R. Tolkien and Henry Kissinger... Hair capably spins a rather elaborate storyline, or better multiple storylines, all suitably tangled, given the conspiracies and mind-scramblings that are afoot... the reader will want to keep plenty of gnostic energy on hand...fans of the series will be eager to see what comes next."―Kirkus Reviews
"David Hair's Scarlet Tides, the second novel in his Moontide Quartet series, has been compared to great fantasy epics such as A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time, and it easily earns it place amongst them... Scarlet Tides is an engaging, well-developed book."―Fanboy Comics
"Along the way, the author introduces some very unusual fantasy elements and handles them well. One such is a magical construct, the Leviathan Bridge that is underwater most of the time....this engrossing story will continue in the third episode, Unholy War."―Bookloons
"Hair's Scarlet Tides continues a fantastic epic fantasy series with a great cast, immersive world, and fascinating system of magic that builds to a stunning several-hundred page conclusion in the vein of Steven Erikson, where everything possible happens to everyone. He improved on everything that made Mage's Blood so good and added even more oomph to it. I cannot wait to start Unholy War."―A Bitter Draft
"I love the depth of Hair's magic system, as well as the wide variety of his characters...We've got two more books left in David Hair's world, and I can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeves next."―Geeksmash
"Hair takes his time with all these narrative arcs, allowing the characters lots of space within which to grow. Depth of character was a strong point in Mage's Blood and it is here as well. Many of the characters are realistically complex, few remain the same by the end of the novel, and many are thrown into situations that either reveal or create different facets of their personality."―Fantasy Literature Reviews
"A heavy tome with lots of excellent story inside of it."―Novelnaut
"One of the best epic fantasies for a long time... If you do not read any other fantasy book this year, ensure you read Scarlet Tides."―Opionator
About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1623658292
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623658298
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 2.25 x 9.33 inches
- Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books (October 7, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a big and truly epic series and each book was over 600 pages.
While there were some elements that I struggled with, for the most part these books hit me right in my epic fantasy heart. There was the coming of age, the new powers save the world thing, the quest, the evil ruler, the warrior woman, the evil church thing and other fantasy tropes, but I never felt that they were overdone. Pretty much every major character seemed like ‘real’ people to me—flaws, irritants and all. And they stayed true to who they were. While the ‘good guys’ weren’t all good—the bad guys were god-awful evil. Some right away and others with a slow and dreadful spiral into pure malevolence. I let out more than one verbal OMG and just as many laughs.
One of the things that I enjoyed was the fact that the series took place in a world that had enough shades of our own world to give the narrator and story-telling a (somewhat stereotypical) base offering the user solid frame of reference. IMO, it enabled the writer to skip long expositions of world-building. And the narrator took full advantage of that, doing a brilliant job on the Indian, Germanic, Italian another accents used—at least to my American ear.
The cast of characters was large and I had to go back and forth a couple of times to make sure I had the ‘right’ one, but it seemed like almost all of them got their HEA or just reward as appropriate. This man knows how to wrap up a series because things got REAL in the last book! It’s so enjoyable to walk away satisfied from a series end. You don’t have to love what happened to your favorite character, but you should walk away full. 😊 There may have been a couple of omissions, but I’ve filed them away in my head for my next read just in case I ‘missed’ them. Because yes, I’ll be reading this series again. For now, I’m moving to his sequel to this series—The Sunsurge Quartet (unfinished as of today, 8/2018).
The only think I could say that I didn’t enjoy in this book were the sex scenes, and I was thankful that they’d tapered to ‘not much’ by the last books in the quartet. But that may just be me. I never thought that fantasy needed sex scenes explained—I’m pretty much a fade to black girl for books and movies. The other adult aspect to note was the use of adult language, which frankly seemed realistic without being overdone.
All in all, I look forward to more from David Hair and have added him to my list of followed authors.
While "Mage's Blood" was very slow in getting to the meat of the story David Hair was wanting to tell, by the end of the book the story became an engrossing page turning tale of conspiracies, murder, failure and redemption. "The Scarlet Tides" picks up right where it left off without the slow start.
David Hair's world building is excellent. Creating a rich environment for the story to unfold in. The characters often find themselves in beautifully created environs in which to allow their magic, called gnosis, to wreak havoc. It is definitely not hard to be transported into the world Hair has created.
"The Moontide Quartet" is two books deep so far, and it is definitely shaping up as a epic fantasy tale not to be passed up on. It has everything a fantasy novel should have. Here's hoping book three maintains the momentum that David Hair has accumulated through books one and two. Check this series out while you wait for "Winds of Winter".
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If you're a fan of fantasy+magic+battles+gore with great characters and a thrilling plot then you should really read this series!
Similar series of booked I have liked (well as similar as you can get):
Riftwar Saga by Raymond E Feist
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
There's probably more but those are the ones I can think of just now :)