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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330521675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330521673
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 or www.facebook.com/markcnewton

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into publishing, working on film and media tie-in fiction, and later, science fiction and fantasy. He currently lives and works in Nottingham. For more, visit markcnewton.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil J. Pearson on 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 By linda Roberts on 2 Aug. 2013
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Stephanie on 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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