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Legend of the Red Sun Village


Worth reading 😎

In depth fantasy world with intriguing characters, but be prepared to commit!

I'm no stranger to fantasy. I've been reading fantasy my entire life, and reviewing it for several years now. So let me begin by saying that this book is not for the fantasy newbie. I'll explain.

The author is very dedicated to the world in which this novel takes place. And he does a pretty good job of world-building. But it's not as straightforward as it is in some lower level, 'casual' fantasy selections. The author has kind of erased some genre lines, and blurred others, in creating his world. And there's nothing wrong with that, but it could be confusing for someone not well-versed in fantasy. The characters are very intriguing and fairly well introduced, but again, they are complex. And some of the relationships between characters are pretty complex too. So again, not for the casual reader.

Now, as a fantasy buff, I enjoyed this book. That's not to say that it blew me away or sucked me in immediately. There were some things that bugged me, but that is true with most books. I can only think of a few books that I don't have anything to complain about. Here are some of the things that bothered me a little bit:

  • The over-arching plot seems to get a little lost in the details sometimes. Like some characters are involved in some campaign for a while and you find yourself thinking, "now, why were they doing this again?" (Keeping it real vague to avoid spoilers...)

  • Some of the cross-genre elements don't make a lot of sense in the context. Like historically they would not have existed or been possible to exist during that time period, for example.

  • A few times some of the characters seemed a little too cliche, almost like a caricature of themselves.

So, in summary, if you want to discover an interesting fantasy world with lots of genre-bending elements, this could be just the book for you. If you are more of a 'casual' fantasy reader, this may be too heavy.

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About the author

Mark Swaine was born in Blackpool, Lancashire by Glynis Lawford and Arthur Swaine in 1979. He grew up in Rochdale, Lancashire and moved to Spain when he was 19 years old. Now living in Gibraltar, he has written 5 novels (4 self published) and written one screenplay. view profile

Published on June 30, 2020

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300000+ words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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