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The Book of Transformations: Legends of the Red Sun: Book Three [Kindle Edition]

Mark Charan Newton
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A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur. But when the stranger Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror become the rule.

Emperor Urtica calls upon cultists to help construct a group to eliminate those involved with the uprising, and calm the populace. But there’s more to these Villjamur Knights than just phenomenal skills and abilities - each have a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything they represent.

Investigator Fulcrom of the Villjamur Inquisition is given the unenviable task of managing the Knights’, but his own skills are tested when a mysterious priest, who has travelled from beyond the Empire’s edge, seeks his help. The priest’s existence threatens the church, and his quest promises to unweave the fabric of the world. Then in a distant corner of the Empire, the enigmatic cultist Dartun Súr steps back into this world, having witnessed horrors beyond his imagination. Broken, altered, he and the remnants of his cultist order are heading back to Villjamur. All eyes turn to the Sanctuary City, for Villjamur’s ancient legends are about to be shattered.

Praise for the Legends of the Red Sun series: ‘Newton combines strange and vivid creations with very real and pressing concerns … estimable commitment and passion’ China Mieville, ‘Fantasy with vast scope and ambition’ Guardian, ‘A deft melding of murder mystery, gang warfare, corrupt politics and full-blown war’ SFX



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'Newton's skills lifts the story beyond what might, in the hands of lesser fabulists, have been merely a string of clichés... The Book of Transformations is a dark and original vision.'
--Guardian

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A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur. But when the stranger Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror become the rule. Emperor Urtica calls upon cultists to help construct a group to eliminate those involved with the uprising, and calm the populace. But there’s more to these Villjamur Knights than just phenomenal skills and abilities - each have a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything they represent. Investigator Fulcrom of the Villjamur Inquisition is given the unenviable task of managing the Knights’, but his own skills are tested when a mysterious priest, who has travelled from beyond the Empire’s edge, seeks his help. The priest’s existence threatens the church, and his quest promises to unweave the fabric of the world. Then in a distant corner of the Empire, the enigmatic cultist Dartun Súr steps back into this world, having witnessed horrors beyond his imagination. Broken, altered, he and the remnants of his cultist order are heading back to Villjamur. All eyes turn to the Sanctuary City, for Villjamur’s ancient legends are about to be shattered. Praise for the Legends of the Red Sun series: ‘Newton combines strange and vivid creations with very real and pressing concerns … estimable commitment and passion’ China Mieville, ‘Fantasy with vast scope and ambition’ Guardian, ‘A deft melding of murder mystery, gang warfare, corrupt politics and full-blown war’ SFX

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2518 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230750060
  • Publisher: Tor (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050CJNEC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into editorial positions at imprints covering science fiction and fantasy. He has written for a variety of non-fiction publications including The Ecologist and The Huffington Post, as well as science fiction for BBC Radio 4.

He currently lives and works in Nottingham. You can find him online at markcnewton.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superhero/Fantasy crossover 11 Sept. 2011
Format:Hardcover
The third installment of the "legends of the red sun" is the most unique so far with a focus on superheroes as a political tool. While this idea is well explored in the realms of comic, I haven't really seen it done in fantasy before. The motivations behind these "heroes" are, oddly enough, more realistic than in modern set comics. It also explores the "good people doing bad things" in a mature way and also highlights that people are often powerless against the system - something I'm sure Mark was intentionally doing.
Some people may find it distracting that only one character from the previous books appears here but to be honest that shouldn't be too much of a worry as the new cast are all quite likeable. Another aspect of Mark's writing which may be "love or hate" is that while he clearly has an epic storyline taking place the focus is, more often than not, more concerned with the immediate personal problems of his characters. I found this frustrating in places but at the same time realise this is a more honest form of telling the story.
An aspect of the story that may also generate controversy is the transgender character, although I think she is handled expertly and rather than take a sensationalist approach to her, Mark uses her as one of many links that fit into the books title. There are some scenes in the book that are worrying in the sense that I sadly fear that's how people in our own world would respond.
It's also worth pointing out that Mark is often at his best when writing scenes that should be utterly ridiculous but often turn out to be the most heartfelt eg being caught "cheating" by your dead partner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sun Novels 2 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Adore this writer. Very well written, terrific imagination. Can't put it down, which wears out the battery on my phone!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This was no time to be a hero." 7 Jun. 2011
Format:Hardcover
With The Book of Transformations Mr. Newton returns to Villjamur, the towering city (and Imperial capital) that dominated the first book in the series. There have been changes. An apocalyptic new ice age is still looming on the horizon. Alien crab people are leering at the world from a hostile dimension. The Empire is aggressively at war with its neighbours, seeking to stockpile resources and grab new land. At home, things are no more peaceful. The Emperor Urtica has brought about a regime of haves and have-nots, building extravagent new markets for rich merchants while driving the poor and the refugees into a subterranean undercity. It's land war overseas and class war at home.

Mr. Newton cheekily opens The Book of Transformations with "This was no time to be a hero." The rest of the text explores the meaning of that sentence - why does heroism fail? Or, more accurately, superheroism. The core conceit in epic fantasy is that the hero is actually better than everyone else. He's the best swordsman; she's the most powerful wizard or the preternaturally clever thief; he's the child of prophecy; she's the chosen one. Not only are they more important in the Great Scheme of Destiny, they're actually more talented. Be this via exhaustive training (and who doesn't love a fantasy training montage?) or just as the result of an innate power, the hero is superhuman.

Mr. Newton explores this difference in his post-modern look at fantasy heroics. Many of the main characters in The Book of Transformations are also superheroic - in possession of powers way outside the ken of the average bloke.

The Villjamur Knights, the "recruited" team of three heroes intended to protect the city, are the headline examples.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Book of Transformations - Mark Charan Newton - book 3 of 4.

What a fantastic book. I'll sum up my review. BUY THIS BOOK :)

That was easy. The book can be read as a standalone novel, as with the previous couple of books he has slightly changed his style, In this book and we are back in the stunning city of Villjamur the site of the first book in the series. The city is surrounded by refugees, Emperor Urtica has now taken over control of the city and is determined to hold on to it come hell or high water. The big freeze is inching closer and the world is holding it's breath.

The city has all sorts of problems the refugees outside, and the oppressed minorities within the city who have a strange rebel leader. So what can the slightly mad emporer come up with... Obvious of course! Create a group of superheroes to save the city. How could anything go wrong with that idea.

So he gets an old ex hero, a self indulgent weener, and a seriously sexy kick arse transsexual together and improves them to save the city.

We have a bit of a mad monk arrive around now, who among other things seems to have the ability to bring the dead back as ghosts....

Nothing can go wrong with Urtica's plans ;)

The slight fly in the ointment is the scary group of cultists marching back to the city to pass on some ultimatum from alien Invaders. Well by now the title really really becomes accurate and everything around the city is transforming.

Then chaos is let loose within the city, grab this book and find out what happens.

I've reviewed this for another site and said it's the best book / new series / new author that I have read in a very long time. The writing and pace of the book is fantastic. Your never quite sure what is going to happen next.

If there is one author you must add this year to your list of must have authors make it Mark Charan Newton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Bought for the husband for his birthday, he thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be buying the next book in the series.
Published 15 months ago by rafi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing
I recently bought a copy of this book. I am only half-way through reading the book but I think it is refreshing and unique in some ways. Read more
Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by Kevin Castillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Genre defiant series doubles down on "Weird."
This aptly named book takes the Red Sun series to new and unexpected places.

It's not perfect, and at times the prose feels first drafty. Read more
Published on 26 Sept. 2012 by Ahimsa Kerp
3.0 out of 5 stars Sets the stage for what should be a good 4th volume
The Book of Transformations is the third installment in the Legends of the Red Sun series, sequel to Nights of Villjamur and City of Ruin. Read more
Published on 19 Aug. 2012 by Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great ideas weakened by a flat ending
Emperor Urtica rules over a nation threatened from within and without. Hordes of invading creatures are threatening the northern islands, where the city of Villiren is commanded to... Read more
Published on 6 Sept. 2011 by A. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging read
Summary: go and read the book, it's flipping awesome. It has all of the best things from Newton's previous novels (great characters, great setting, weird stuff you'd never imagine,... Read more
Published on 4 Sept. 2011 by HeartShaped
1.0 out of 5 stars How to destroy a perfectly good series
I must have a different edition to all the other reviewers , i havnt had to drag myself through a book in a series that i liked for quite some time or a least i can usually pretend... Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2011 by Mongoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great third novel, shows continued growth of style & skill from...
In the third novel of his Legends of the Red Sun series, Mark Newton takes the reader back to Villjamur, and gives us an atmospheric, thought-provoking fantasy to sink our teeth... Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2011 by Stefan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
An excellent series, fulfilling the promise of "The Reef" - if you enjoy a good entertaining fantasy and can live with the interminable wait for the next installment, this one's... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Steve S., South Wales
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'll be brief. This book is a fantastic read every beautifully crafted page of the way. Pure enjoyment, this was such a rewarding read.... Read more
Published on 26 Jun. 2011 by Pepeparla
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