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Scarlet Tides (The Moontide Quartet Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Hair
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Book Description

The Moontide has come, and a scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, slaughtering and pillaging in the name of Emperor Constant. But the Scytale of Corineus, the source of ultimate magical power, has slipped through the emperor's fingers. His ruthless Inquisitors are desperately seeking the artefact, before it falls into the hands of those who would bring down the Empire.

But there are some who have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to Urte. They are the unlikeliest of heroes: a failed mage, a gypsy and a lowly market-girl.

As East and West clash more violently than ever before, Urte will discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as deadly as swords and magic.

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'The Scarlet Tides represents modern epic fantasy at its best.' Fantasy Book Critic.

'Hair plays it right ... this could turn into a must read series in a hurry. 4/5' Fantasy Review Barn.

'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. Read. This. Series' A Bitter Draft.

'Hair spins a satisfying fantasy that [...] is a sort of mashup of J.R.R. Tolkien and Henry Kissinger' Kirkus.

'An excellent follow up to the first novel, continuing the tradition of vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building ... Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series. 4.5/5' The BiblioSanctum.

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The Moontide has come and the Leviathan Bridge stands open: now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at war. A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition's windships flying the Sacred Heart, the 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 power. Against 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 t6o Urte. East 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3245 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi, I'm a New Zealander, raised in sunny Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island. I was lucky enough to have my first novel accepted for publication by HarperCollins New Zealand. It is a YA (young adult) fantasy set in New Zealand, called 'The Bone Tiki', which subsequently won Best First Book at the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. It is first in what has become the Aotearoa Series. Two sequels have followed it: 'The Taniwha's Tear', 2010; and 'The Lost Tohunga', 2011. They blend the mythology and history of New Zealand, with modern day fantasy adventure. They're available through several New Zealand/Australian based websites, if you're interested.

I've also written a four book YA fantasy series set in India, through Penguin India. Entitled The Return of Ravana, the series comprises 'Pyre of Queens', and the forthcoming sequels 'The Ghost Bride' [Note in India this book is entitled 'Swayamvara'], 'Souls In Exile' and 'King of Lanka', all through Penguin Books. The series blends myth, history, past lives, and echoes of the famous Indian epic, 'The Ramayana'.

My latest project is the Moontide Quartet, an adult epic fantasy set in a world called Urte, where an east-meets-west conflict is escalating into an apocalyptic struggle for supremacy. The first book, 'Mage's Blood' is now out, and the second; 'Scarlet Tides' is to be released later in 2013.

As you'll note from the above, I like to ground my writing in mythology and history, both of which I've studied at university. I've lived in India and the UK, as well as travelled in South East Asia, Europe and America.

Away from writing, I love football, movies, wine, travel, obscure music, and being with my wife and children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Solved all issues from the original book 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I had some complaints about the first book specifically it was filled with unnecessary amounts of explanation in developing the world and moved at a snails pace. I was glad that the pacing in the second installment was far superior, the story more interesting. This mixed with the action and character development meant I could not put the book down.

I cannot wait to see how the story further develops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripe fantasy 18 Jan. 2014
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I read it twice and will probably read it again. A gripping set of stories running through a dark and realistic tale. I hope very much that my favourite character will survive (Elena Anborn) she is very different from almost all female heroes I have ever read about: a fascinating character. I hope to meet her someday although I may not survive the encounter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 11 Feb. 2015
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Excellent read, full of unexpected twists and turns. A thoroughly engrossing story set in a world fit to rival game of thrones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read. 14 May 2014
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Fast paced with good characters that evolve as events challenge and test them.
Good work David, I look forward to the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 9 Jun. 2015
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wonderful, action packed and beautifully painted epic. The author has something of GRR Martin's ruthlessness with his characters, which makes for a great read
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