The Scarlet Tides (Moontide Quartet, #2)

The Scarlet Tides (Moontide Quartet, #2) The Moontide Has Come And The Leviathan Bridge Stands Open Now Thrones Will Shake And Hearts Will Be Torn Apart In A World At WarA Scarlet Tide Of Rondian Legions Is Flooding Into The East, Led By The Inquisition S Windships Flying The Sacred Heart, Bright Banner Of The Church S Darkest Sons They Are Slaughtering And Pillaging Their Way Across Antiopia In The Name Of Emperor Constant But The Emperor S Greatest Treasure, The Scytale Of Corineus, Has Slipped Through His Fingers And His Ruthless Inquisitors Must Scour Two Continents For The Artefact, The Source Of All Magical PowerAgainst Them Are The Unlikeliest Of Heroes Alaron, A Failed Mage, The Gypsy Cymbellea And Ramita, Once Just A Lowly Market Girl, Have Pledged To End The Cycle Of War And Restore Peace To UrteEast And West Have Clashed Before, But This Time, As Secret Factions And Cabals Emerge From The Shadows, The World Is About To Discover That Love, Loyalty And Truth Can Be Forged Into Weapons As Strong As Swords And Magic

David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel Young Adult Fiction section at the 2010 NZ Post Children s Book Awards The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha s Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand David is a New Zealander, who has worked primarily in financial services He has a degree in History and Classical Studies He has lived from 2007 to 2010 in New Delhi,

[Epub] ➞ The Scarlet Tides (Moontide Quartet, #2)  By David Hair –
  • Hardcover
  • 688 pages
  • The Scarlet Tides (Moontide Quartet, #2)
  • David Hair
  • English
  • 24 February 2018
  • 9781780871981

10 thoughts on “The Scarlet Tides (Moontide Quartet, #2)

  1. says:

    I loved this and there are so many reasons why A full review will be coming super soon but suffice to say it s in my top 10 of the year, very near to the top Marvellous Okay, so here is my actual review now that I have had some time overnight to process my thoughts on this pretty incredible series I don t understand why it s not talked about or loved because it s truly a rival to the hype of Game of Thrones in my eyes and I think this is better because David Hair has clearly seen what s worked for Game of Thrones and done things his way within this series that has such a comprehensive world and wonderful set of characters.My main thing about this book and the reason it s going to be one of the top I ve read this year is that I really can t fault it At no point was I bored or annoyed with anything, I was always loving all of the characters even the ones you love to hate and the pacing of the plot is great The story itself is also really engaging and there s a lot that happens in this book which I wasn t necessarily anticipating happening because it was original, modern and marvellous The main few characters from the previous book are expanded upon within this book with and of the secondary characters taking up a major important role themselves I liked this a lot as it meant that we got to see a lot of different areas and scenarios around the world through various pov s This storyline takes place right after the ending of book 1 which finishes with the start of the Moontide, an event which happens for 2 years in every 12 and allows the crossing from the continent of Antiopia to Yuros vice versa These two continents are separated at all other times by a tumultuous sea so rough it s uncrossable, and so the years leading up to Moontide are spent planning raids and campaigns and seeing political shifts and maneuvering focus of book 1 During this book we get to see this intensified even further as new races are introduced and new people with power We see friendships and relationships form and being destroyed, threats and blackmail and horrors along the way There is a lot of sexual content within this and some moments scenes which are not exactly pleasant but the story works wonderfully and the scenes which are included are handled really well It s just pretty much everything I want in a book rolled into one I managed to speed my way through this despite not wanting it to end and I loved it all The female characters are some of my all time favourite female characters who are written in fantasy storylines by men often women seem to write female characters better, naturally and they are all excellent in their own UNIQUE way, not just carbon copies of one another or stereotypes I loved seeing the progression of Elena, our battered and put upon mage, Cera, the young ruler who is alone and struggling, Cym, the hard eyed gypsy girl who is on a mission, and Ramita, the lady who has the potential to become one of my all time favourite characters at the rate her storyline is going Each of them is feisty yet sensitive when they need to be and shows really strong backbone and resolve for any and all the situations they are put into I can t help but to worry over or admire one or all of them at different times of their stories.I will just say that this is brilliant, and I think everyone should try this series if you like big, epic fantasy because this is a masterwork within the genre Go now and pick it up and read the first one and then come back and tell me how right I am about the magic and wonder of it I promise you, it s than good The magic and the races and the various forms and potential that we see in this book is astonishing too There s so many types of magic and so many manifestations and forms that there s an awful lot you can do, if you know how I absolutely loved some of the surprises in this and seeing our character interact with the magic was magnificent I am so excited to see what will happen next.The world within this is a kind of blend of Western Eastern cultures We see places and people who seem similar to what we know in our own reality, and yet this makes it easy to accept the magic and unrealistic elements of this world so much because we already have those familiar hand holds I think that seeing the two continents as a kind of parallel version of us, with magic, makes this even exciting to read and consider and that really worked well for me On the whole, this book is pretty exceptional and is probably around the same level as Robin Hobb for me because it s just so wonderful I am very, very excited to read book 3 4 super soon Yay It s already a completed series too, another perk and I am sure I will equally love them D 5 s of course Wonderful

  2. says:

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum up The Scarlet Tides and the first things you ll see are several gorgeously illustrated maps depicting the world of the Moontide Quartet Needless to say, the maps became indispensable to me while I was reading I ve never come across a fantasy series with such a comprehensive and detailed approach to world building David Hair goes well beyond simply describing the different peoples and places what he s created here actually feels like a living, breathing system These books take place across two huge continents following about half a dozen characters of different creeds and cultures, with the alliances and conflicts that arise between nations forming the basis for multiple threads of the story and driving the plot forward.Middle books of a series can also be mighty tricky I ve had enough disappointing experiences with sequels myself, which makes me understand why some readers would be nervous when approaching them However, I jumped into The Scarlet Tides with no reservations whatsoever This series has grown on me, as I stated in my review of the preceding volume, Mage s Blood The first book may have been slightly encumbered by a lengthy introduction and a slow build up as Hair established the players and set the stage, but it all culminated into one explosive climax and conclusion And I knew we were going to be heading right into the action with book two.In this sequel, the Moontide is at hand and the mighty Leviathan Bridge now stands open, creating a corridor between the two continents Yuros and Antiopia, which are normally separated by a vast ocean The last two Moontides have involved lofty ambitions and crusades of conquest, and this one is no different Rondion legions and the Inquisition s windships waste no time storming their way across Antiopia, but very few know of a troubling secret eating at the heart of their empire A very powerful and valuable artifact called the Scytale of Corineus has slipped through Emperor Constant s fingers, and he has tasked his inquisitors to scour the world searching for the ones who have absconded with it.Enter Alaron Mercer, a failed mage who had the Scytale in his hands, then lost it to the girl of his dreams who stole the artifact along with his heart Cymbellea, who believes she knows the best use for the Scytale, has taken it with the intention of delivering it to Antonin Meiros, the most powerful mage in the world Little does she know, Meiros is dead, leaving his pregnant widow Ramita on the run from his killers Several story arcs run in tandem, including the one which follows Ramita s former lover Kazim, who ends up with the mercenary Elena Anborn after a botched attack on Emperor Constant s pureblood mages Polar opposites in political sides and backgrounds, both nevertheless come to realize they may have a common enemy in Gurvon Gyle, the empire s spymaster Some comic relief is also provided by Alaron s former classmate Ramon, whose storyline involves him running a pyramid scheme, all while his legion marches towards battle Amusing as this is, Ramon s point of view also gives readers a boots on the ground view of looming war.Everything and everyone is connected, the vast distances between the some of the characters and the spheres of conflict notwithstanding And yet, despite of the sheer scale of it, David Hair manages to make his characters and their stories feel deeply intimate and personal It s another reason why this world feels so alive, with all its elements working in tune with one another Nations and their diverse populations are woven into an intricate web of magic and religion, which are two sides of the same coin Both play a huge part in nearly all the societies, and as factions emerge from the shadows we see how much complex the situation can get.As things heat up, the net tightens and gradually we are starting to see events converge, bringing the various players closer together We have betrayals, shifting loyalties, unlikely friendships, and even love With a dramatis personae so large, it s inevitable some characters will emerge as my favorites In Mage s Blood, the top spot went to Ramita, whose touching yet complicated relationship with Antonin Meiros made me enjoy reading her perspective the most In this book, however, I came to relish the chapters that follow Kazim and Elena It s probably not a coincidence that my favorite storyline yet again involves two people from disparate backgrounds who begin at odds with each other, with the hostility turning to understanding, understanding turning to respect, and the respect eventually turning into love David Hair has an incredible talent for writing these types of dynamic relationships, making them engaging to read without resorting to clich s and cloying platitudes.He also does a good job giving each perspective character the attention they deserve Every one of them has an important role to play, and nobody feels left behind or parked while something exciting happens elsewhere I learned about the world from each person, whether it be through meeting Ramon s new friends from faraway lands, or from Alaron s encounter with a new race of sentient beings with an astounding origin And before I could fret myself over how everything will come together, the climax converges most of these storylines, serving up a conclusion and epilogue that tie things up quite nicely.Overall, an excellent follow up to the first novel, continuing the tradition of vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building The intriguing storylines kept me glued to the pages I honestly found it hard to put down, which was how I ended up reading all 700 pages of this in a little than three days Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series.

  3. says:

    I expected to really enjoy The Scarlet Tides as Mage s Blood grew on me quite a lot as time passed, but I did not expect the awesome novel it was, so much so that at least temporarily it jumped to my 1 sff spot of the year and 2 overall of course time will tell if it will stay there, but The Scarlet Tides has really everything you want in fantasy excellent world building, superb adventures, hair rising escapes, great characters, very intriguing storylines, narrative momentum, an almost perfect place to end all the 4 main arcs and there were some pages that were so funny that i couldn t stop laughing out loud for a few minutes overall the book is darkish but adventure style than new gritty All the main characters shine here though I would say that Ramon s war mage persona so the view of the crusade from the ground up arc, as of course he is assigned as supporting mage to the worst legion of the army and there to the lowest of the low company, namely the supply one where of course he corrupts the commanding tribune and they start running a perfect Ponzi scheme with all the army s gold and much , while he gets as fellow mages, the incompetent, the stupid, the vain and the ones that annoyed powerful people so Can we count on them in a fight Ramon asked.Prenton snorted amiably A fight Dear Kore, this is a Crusade, lad, not a war There ll be no fighting, only endless days of marching around from ruin to empty ruin There may be a bit of looting and pillaging thrown in, if we re lucky The Keshi don t fight back They run and hide He pulled a face The biggest risk is their God awful food while we readers know that this time, well you know what and Gurvon Gyle s Javon story where his cynicism and you gotta be realistic persona are staple new gritty done pitch perfect, were the most directly compelling arcs, but Alaron s saga with quite a few surprises not least having Malevorn part of the Inquisition posse after him and meeting some strange people in his flight had its great moments as had the storylines of Ramita, Kazim or Elena as of course one knew beforehand that she wouldn t remain chained for long Here is one quote that illustrates the action part If we can find Gyle, we will kill him before they march, Gatoz put in How will we find him Jamil asked I will find him, Magister Sindon put in, his usually mild voice vehement I know Gyle, believe me I have used his services before, and he trusts me Sindon turned and made a sign, and the door from which he d emerged opened again, allowing hooded figures to enter the courtyard, fanning out as they came Magister Gyle, we re so grateful, Sindon said, offering his hand.Sordell saw Gyle go to take the offered hand, when he abruptly froze Sindon s pupils went wider The game is up, those eyes said.It is Gyle swore softly And I have too few pieces on the board There are a lot of twists and turns too including double crosses, strange allies, unexpected connections and I really do not want to spoil the book, so I will just emphasize again that while Mage s Blood takes a while to get going and understand what s what, The Scarlet Tides is how modern epic fantasy should be from the first page and raises the series to the top level of the genre.One quote from one of Alaron s close encounters with the Inquistion There was nowhere to hide and nowhere to run He d landed near a narrow channel that wound from the waterfall above towards the ocean miles to the east, but it was only a few feet deep He d dropped his sword as he fell and couldn t see it anywhere Brilliant Fatalism filled him There was no way a lowly quarter blood like him could get out of this He tried to summon mental images of the people he loved his parents, Cym, Ramon Anise thank Kore I didn t tell her to wait and that was about it, really Not so many to farewellThe venator topped the cliffs and spiralled towards him He watched it land heavily above Prancer s body Its beak dipped and ripped, tearing still warm flesh from the corpse The Inquisitor unstrapped his harness, left his lance in its cup and slid to ground Alaron Mercer, I presume, he said ironically He looked like he might be in his mid twenties a half blood, Alaron guessed, on the basis that he d not already been overwhelmed He d not last much longer though He had nothing left now, not even a weapon.He backed away, and the Inquisitor followed him at a leisurely pace The Crozier wants a word with you, he said conversationally, drawing his sword Kore s blood, you ve been a nuisance, the Inquisitor said, but I ve got you now Mage fire blossomed from his left hand and blasted into Alaron s midriff His shields failed and his wet clothing sizzled as the energy jolted through him He curled up, stricken, trying to breathe The Inquisitor put the sword point to his throat Alaron looked along the straight steel blade and wished only to die I, Acolyte Seldon of the Eighteenth Fist, arrest you in the name of the Inquisition Seldon s call resounded through the aether and Malevorn rolled his eyes as he followed the call back to the east Damn Muttered curses echoed dimly through the aether as the Fist s mental links conveyed the mix of relief at the finding of their quarry and annoyance at losing the wager As Alaron stared along Seldon s blade, watching gnosis energy crackle along the steel, a dark shape rose behind the Inquisitor

  4. says:

    3.75 s which is what I gave book one I do love the historical fiction side of this story building in elements of the crusades along with politics, religious zeal and intrigue with the magic which in itself has a historical fiction origin.

  5. says:

    Long but rarely boring, a 200 page climax, and improving on everything that made Mage s Blood so good s no secret to anyone that follows me that I really enjoyed David Hair s first adult fantasy novel, Mage s Blood In fact, I m pretty sure I read the entire 700 page doorstopper in about 2 days Hair began what is now one of my favorite and one of the underrated current fantasy series by completely immersing us in a world so similar yet so new that I can t help but be impressed with The Scarlet Tides The world of Urte is strikingly similar to our Earth in the Middle Ages specifically the crusading era.The western continent of Yuros meets the eastern Antiopia at the Leviathan Bridge, erected by the supremely powerful Ordo Costruo mage Antonin Meiros The Bridge rises every dozen years during the Moontide, and continuing in the traditions of its last two Moontides, the Rondians of the west amass their legions and embark on a great crusade to the east in the hopes that, like the previous two crusades, they ll return to Yuros rich if they return at all only this time, the Antiopians are gathering an army to oppose the Rondians in a shihad East and west clash as our heroes are naturally caught in the middle of it all.If you ve read Mage s Blood, you know where our heroes left off Ramon is a battlemage in the Thirteenth legion and marching to war in the crusading army, Alaron is on the run and chasing Cymbella, Gurvon s up to his old politicking tricks, Ramita finds herself in way deeper than she had originally thought, and many new and recurring characters Hair continues to excel in worldbuilding, and the gnosis continues to dazzle with its depth and particularly stars in the battles between gnosis wielders.An issue that some readers had with Mage s Blood the fact that the two continents are so similar in many ways despite having been separated prior to the Leviathan Bridge s construction is explained very aptly, and if I remember correctly someone asks the exact question Not only does Hair explore cultural diversities and similarities, but he also explores the harsh realities of war and the crusades in particular A quote that I found rather poignant was spoken by Kazim Makani How can you find paradise by killing innocent people The original thought or purpose of the crusades was to fight the infidel for God in order to be accepted into paradise, regardless of which side you were on In reality, the crusades ended up being opportunities for nobles to gain land, money, and power, often heedless of what got in their way Innocents were killed, villages burned, and lives ruined all in the name of God Hair delves into this issue with Kazim, who is an assassin fighting for the shihad that begins to question his morals and those of the other shihadists and crusaders who are lost to zeal and greed or some combination of both Is killing really the way into paradise Hair s The 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 oomph to it I cannot wait to start Unholy War.Read This Series.

  6. says:

    This book was incredibly powerful It is action packed, which never hurts It had character development finally characters I did not care too much for are important to me it has plenty of twists The story is extremely well written and explained It is powerful really it kept my attention locked in It is also worth noticing that the audiobook is incredibly good I should have started this series a long time ago

  7. says:

    The best climax I have read since Words of Radiance So goodso good

  8. says:

    Fantasy Review BarnThe Scarlet Tides, second book of the Moontide Quartet by David Hair, fairly non surprisingly picks up where the first in the series left off This is both completely obvious and slightly telling you see I found the second half of the first outing infinitely better than the first So picking up from that point is obvious from a narrative angle and also a major plus from the enjoyment side.The setup is a very familiar one Pseudo Europe goes on a crusade against a pseudo Middle East Those who dislike a lot of real world parallels will not be thrilled those willing to immerse themselves in the world anyway will not be disappointed One of the things that sets this tale apart from some of the others who have borrowed the crusade theme is that it follows both sides of the struggle From there we see splits and a multitude of different cultures within the factions themselves No mindless hordes or oversimplification of the Us vs Them theme there are a lot of different motives at play all over the map A lot of cultural clashes and fights about values here, some leading to understanding and some not.A fine line between epic with a capital E and something a bit personal follows On the one hand the cast is huge and it took me a while to reconnect the different names with their story lines With the alternating PoV style it employed I didn t see any single PoV a second time until around the hundred page mark But once it got into its flow this ended up working well it isn t that the PoV cast is exceptionally large, rather we get to spend enough time with each character to actually get to know them While the background cast is huge and at times intimidating the main characters become as familiar as a person can want.For a book with a big old war in the background of everything that is going on this is surprisingly rarely a war novel another way it differs from the major titles I would want to compare it to Instead it is a nice blend of political maneuverings, double dealings, relationship building, and even the boredom of a long march Magic and its affects make the world a bit manageable but we are still dealing with a sprawling map with events taking place all over it Hair plays it right interweaving some stories with others until they all connect but without forcing improbable coincidences to force the cast into one place.Complaints are few It is a very familiar tale though the setting shows that to be by design No character is one of a kind or even all that memorable some of that comes from each of them being fairly realistic in a magic using fantasy kind of way without the over the top caricatures we almost expect from our epic fantasy any And on a personal front I find that no matter how good the story is reading seven hundred page bricks turns into a struggle after a while.The series has been a slow burn so far but some pay off is coming Obviously this is a series with a plan in place and it will take a war to settle it A possible hero of the ages has been introduced but I genuinely like the character so I am willing to wait it out And while Hair hasn t thrown too many curves at us yet I remain hopeful that the next book is just as compelling as this one For if it is, watch out, this could turn into a must read series in a hurry.4 Stars

  9. says:

    Well, there was a ton of graphic sex in this sequel, so that was weird I would think that one book would be pretty much like the other, but it s kind of funny to picture this author reading a bunch of criticism Sure wish he d spice it up with some sex scenes and the author taking it as a challenge You want sex scenes I ll show you sex scenes because there was such a stark difference in that aspect of the two books Other than that, um, pretty much the same Actually, not too much happened this book The Magical Object that is the Purpose of their Quest that they obtained at great loss of life and limb in the last book was simply shuffled around a bit Alliances were built Battles were fought Seemed like time was spent in this book humanizing some of the characters that were hard to like last book, such as Justina and Kazim, and continuing to develop Elena and Ramita The use of retreat to an isolated place to hunker down recover took a large portion of the text The only real Brand New thing was the creatures that saved Aleron They were pretty cool Anyway, I enjoyed the read, and will probably read the next two when they come out on audio if they can continue to get Nick Podehl to narrate it s a quartet.

  10. says:

    The Scarlet Tides by David Hair is a fantastic romp in fantasy fiction Magic, betrayal, conquering kingdoms, falling kingdoms, assassinations, moral conflict, lack of morals, and flying carpets One cannot go wrong when they add a flying carpet to their story 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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