Book Review: ‘Scarlet Tides’ by David Hair

Posted: 26 May 2016 in Book reviews
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In book 2 of The Moontide Quartet, we find our heroes alive, but by no means well. Ramita’s mage husband, Antonin Meiros, is dead and soul consumed by her ex-fiance Kazim. She is then kept captive by Emir Rashid. She uses her growing gnosis to contact her step-daughter Justina who rescues her and takes her to the Isle of Glass. There, she is trained and the truth behind her marriage is revealed. It isn’t as Antonin had told her. Their refuge is compromised when Justina’s daughter contacts her.

After Alaron’s mother’s funeral, he and Jeris leave Norostein and head south to try and find Cym. They are heading south, pursued by Inquisitors, deducing that Cym is searching for her mother. After meeting up with Cym’s father and clan, they are attacked and Jeris is killed. Alaron escapes and is almost captured, but is saved by an impossible being. With their help, he guides them towards their promised land. En route, they find and rescue Cym. Eventually, the group arrives on the coast of Javon where Cym contacts her mother. Unbeknownst to them, Cym’s call was heard by both the Inquisitors and the Soul-drinkers who are searching for Ramita. They arrive at the Isle of Glass and are attacked days later.

Elena is still alive, but possessed by the scarab-embodied soul of Rutt Sordell. She makes it just as unpleasant for him until she is freed from the necromancer when an attack by Kazim and members of the hadishah causes him to flee out of her. Now free, she captures Kazim and takes him to her secret hiding place. They have little interaction, but over time their attitudes change and they start training together. They even form a blood oath despite Kazim’s reluctance. Kazim secretly sends a message to his Brothers to rescue him to which they arrive in the middle of the night. With Elena chain-runed and in the dungeon, Kazim now sees things for how they really are and makes a choice.

All of this is going on while Ramon deals with the growing war, and Cera deals with the consequences of her choices. While there for a couple reasons, Ramon has to deal with much more than he ever realised. Then, events lead to him being put in a position he never imagined being in. Cera feels guilt for betraying Elena. Especially now that she has to allow the Dorobon monarchy back onto the throne. But she learns some things about herself that she never expected.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in this series. As I said before, this series was not something I intentionally started reading. I chose it as it seemed the most interesting of all the uninteresting sounding books on the library shelf. A good sign that book descriptions do not always do a book justice.

The story worried me for a minute at one point. There are many different story-lines across this book like the first one. More so in this one I believe. The main three are there, but now there is also Ramon and Cera, along with Gyle and Kazim’s continuing points-of-view. This wasn’t so much an issue. The problem was that at one point, certain characters were kind of boring. For a while. It worried me. But thankfully it didn’t last long and the pace picked back up and all was well. In regards to the plot, I liked it. I liked that despite so much it wasn’t overwhelming or exhausting to read. I want to pick a favourite story-line, but can’t as each had elements I liked.

As for characters, the only new ones are Ramon and Cera. They aren’t really new, but in this book they now have bigger roles. Cera isn’t the strongest of people. It’s clear she is doing this to save her and her brother, but she doesn’t have the strength of character to do what is right. She is easily manipulated. She at least has her pride that enables her to endure the consequences of her actions. I hope that in the next book she starts to evolve. Ramon is a fairly moral person, but he is not above doing what is necessary to do what is right. He isn’t the most physically/gnostically strong person, but he knows how to work people to get what he wants.

Like the first one, the writing is very good. The dialogue is fluid and the description is just enough to give you the opportunity to imagine it. It is a medium difficult read, which is great. You can still read it quickly, but not too quickly.

It you have read the first one, you will definitely not be disappointed with the sequel. If you haven’t read the first one, read it and then read this one. Enjoy 😉

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