Riding the Red Tide - A review of Red Tide by Marc Turner

Hello all!

How is everyone? I have recently finished Red Tide by Marc Turner and what a fantastic novel it is! For those who follow my blog or on social media, you will know of my fanatical support of Marc and his writing! Red Tide is the eagerly awaited third book in the Chronicles of the Exile, here is brief excerpt about the novel...

The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide. The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League, a region even dragons fear to trespass. The Augerans beseech the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt territory. But they are sailing into troubled waters. Their enemies have sent agents to destroy the Augeran fleet by any means necessary. The emperor of Erin Elal seeks to forge an alliance with the Storm Lords, hoping to repulse the Augerans with a united front. But the battle lines are not as clearly drawn as it first appears, for the Emira of the Storm Isles mistrusts the Erin Elalese as much as she does their common enemy. And the Augerans might just be planning a little sabotage of their own. But nothing in the realm of mortals escapes the notice of their meddling gods; every step they take is shadowed; and every choice they make is ensnared in a web so subtle and vast, its true shape may be fathomed only when it is far, far too late.

I will start by saying that this is best novel I have read this year! This is a wonderful continuation of a series that was preceded by the epic Dragon Hunters. The action picks up not too long after the events of Dragon Day and Dragon Hunters and moves the story along some very unexpected ways. We have a familiar cast of characters re introduced to us as well some new ones! My absolute favorites where Amerel (a female guardian) and Galantas (a Machiavellian Pirate). Amerel has been described as a female version of Jorg Ancrath, I would not disagree with this statement as she is unhinged and dangerous (for reasons you will find out if you dare..) Galantas is a man looking to achieve greatness and uses the coming of the Augerans as a springboard to achieve this.

In this book, you will see more of why the book is called the Chronicles of the Exile (NO SPOILERS!) and some plot threads coming together laid down in the first book When The Heavens Fall and book two Dragon Hunters will come together in ways that will just excite you. A grand epic story is being penned here and I for one cannot wait for the next chapter in this epic story. Marc's wonderful descriptive writing is on full display here and describes a world so intricately detailed that it is hard not to realise that it is a secondary world that the story is set in.

This is epic fantasy for the modern age, the first half of this series is completed and I eagerly await the next half of one of my favorite modern fantasy series being written at the moment! Marc, you are a wonderful writer please keep the world full of your wonderful stories!

If anyone else has read this epic story or is going to then please leave a comment below and we can discuss this wonderful series.

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