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City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
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Aug 07, 11

really liked it

Book two of "Legends of the Red Sun" features a new city; Villiren and it makes Villjamur look like a utopia. An invasion is immenent and the first half of the book does a good job of making us question whether the city deserves to be saved. The second half is like a fantasy version of" Black Hawk Down" or "Saving Private Ryan" which despite having many "WTF?" action/monster scenes is still grounded with the devastating and often banal loss of life. This volume also starts to hint there is far more at play than the skirmishes that have occurred so far. Lots of interesting new characters with worries besides the stories plot and Mark continues to buck the current fantasy trend by filling his world with many strange and wonderful creatures. The series could go anywhere from here and i'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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