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Nights of Villjamur,
This review is from: Nights of Villjamur: Legends of the Red Sun: Book One (Paperback)
In Nights of Villjamur, Mark Newton has managed to combine several threads in one compelling story. Part Day after Tomorrow, part Kim, it is a fantasy tale that melds ideas from the east and west. Boiled down to its basic components, a boy tries to find a necromancer to keep his mother from dying. In doing so, he must get help from one of the local cults to find a Necromancer. The backdrop of this is a planet whose sun is dying - causing a long winter to set in. There is a dynastic change, political intrigue and undead armies - but not your run of the mill undead because there are golems and zombies working against each other.
Even then all is not as it necessarily appears. A prime minister is seeking to kill-off the current dynasty and replace them. Refugees are being systematically killed, as well as the inhabitants of an island which the dynasty is at war with, yet...
There are signs that this seemly fantasy novel is not all fantasy. Action quickly escalates as horrible murders are discovered inside the city and on the frontiers. Something is brewing and the inspector, Rumex Jeryd will find out what not matter what it costs him.
Mr Newton has done a good job building a world and teasing information out of his characters to tell you about it. The characters are ones which you either like or hate, but all of them will be approached with caution. It has the feel of a medieval town in the Far East, but there is always something brewing just below the surface and he does his best to keep you guessing. No one escapes this story unscathed and you feel like the scars may last, but it seems like we have to wait to second book for more answers.