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Fresh, original and just what the fantasy genre needs !,
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This review is from: Nights of Villjamur: Legends of the Red Sun: Book One (Paperback)
It really baffles me why people have given this book a bad review?
The fantasy genre has been becoming so stale and tired of late that almost every book has the same generic blue print. Young boy or girl who is poor, gets involved in a huge plot and becomes the unlikely hero, on the journey they meet a wizard, elf and dwarf who help them in some way to fulfil their quest. Its been done so many times before and quite frankly I am sick of it.
I stopped reading fantasy a while ago as I was so tired of the same old twists and plots, but recently decided to read 'Nights of Villjamur' after seeing reviews about Mark Charan Newton, a new fresh British author who's books were getting very mixed and interesting write ups. I have to say that 'Nights of Villjamur', along with 'City of Ruin' and 'Book of Transformations' are three of the best fantasy books I have ever read.
All three books in the series are in sequence but can be read as stand alone novels. The places, history and plots are so fresh and new, that they are simply fantastic, and it is nothing like I have read before (and I have read a lot of fantasy), there is so much going on that it keeps you hooked to the very end of the novel. Its just what the fantasy genre needed and please dont compare this book to 'Lord of the Rings' or 'Game of Thrones', like people always do, its like comparing yoghurt to meat and potato pie. Fantasy has to move on otherwise it would get boring, and Mark Charan Newton has certainly done this as far as I am concerned.
Nights of Villjamur and the other books in the Red Sun Series have revitalized my love of fantasy and its an amazing ripping yarn. Just give it a go and keep your mind open. If you really fancy reading new fantasy with fresh ideas and are bored of the same generic stories, I urge you to give this book a go - simply fantastic !