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The Scarlet Tides

(The Moontide Quartet #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The Moontide has come and the Leviathan Bridge stands open: now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at war.

A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition’s windships flying the Sacred Heart, bright banner of the Church’s darkest sons. They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Em
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Benjamin Devaney Yes there are maps in the front of the book. Maybe you could get them through like google images or something.

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Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Wow. Scarlet Tides is an awesome sequel. My gratitude goes to Kitty G for recommending this super underrated series.

The Moontide has come, and the clash between East and West begins again. Scarlet Tides is the second book in The Moontide Quartet by David Hair, and it provided a significantly improved reading experience compared to Mage’s Blood. I’m not saying that Mage’s Blood was a weak installment; as I said in my review of the novel, it had a pacing problem caused by tons of info-d
Mayim de Vries
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
“It is only a question of what we achieve in life, and how we meet our end.”

If you want to know why this series is worth your time, just read my review of the previous instalment. The only thing I can add here without going into the details is that Mr Hair manages to avoid all the second book syndromes, maladies, and shortcomings and that he takes the story to an altogether new level.

With going into the details, I can offer you a more meaningful review. “The Scarlet Tides” broadens and deepens t
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is intense! This is a very much of a transitional book, so I think it would be almost impossible for me to judge it on its own merit. The majority of the characters are going through hell, giving them plenty of opportunities to make mistakes and either learned and grew from them, or stubbornly dug their heels in and stayed stagnantly the same, something that in this author's world seems to mostly happen to the bad guys. They tend to be a bit simplistic in their evilness, but this is my ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this and there are so many reasons why. A full review will be coming super soon but suffice to say it's in my top 10 of the year, very near to the top!!!! Marvellous!


Okay, so here is my actual review now that I have had some time overnight to process my thoughts on this pretty incredible series. I don't understand why it's not more 'talked-about' or loved because it's truly a rival to the hype of Game of Thrones in my eyes and I think this is better because David Hair has clearly
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Open up The Scarlet Tides and the first things you’ll see are several gorgeously illustrated maps depicting the world of the Moontide Quartet. Needless to say, the maps became indispensable to me while I was reading. I’ve never come across a fantasy series with such a comprehensive and detailed approach to world-building. David Hair goes well beyond simply describing the different peoples and places — what he’s created h
Scott  Hitchcock
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75*'s which is what I gave book one. I do love the historical fiction side of this story building in elements of the crusades along with politics, religious zeal and intrigue with the magic which in itself has a historical fiction origin.
I expected to really enjoy The Scarlet Tides as Mage's Blood grew on me quite a lot as time passed, but I did not expect the awesome novel it was, so much so that at least temporarily it jumped to my #1 sff spot of the year and #2 overall - of course time will tell if it will stay there, but The Scarlet Tides has really everything you want in fantasy: excellent world building, superb adventures, hair rising escapes, great characters, very intriguing storylines, narrative momentum, an almost perf ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly powerful.
It is action packed, which never hurts. It had character development (finally characters I did not care too much for are important to me); it has plenty of twists.
The story is extremely well written and explained. It is powerful really; it kept my attention locked in.

It is also worth noticing that the audiobook is incredibly good.

I should have started this series a long time ago!
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Long but rarely boring, a 200 page climax, and improving on everything that made Mage's Blood so good.

It’s no secret to anyone that follows me that I really enjoyed David Hair’s first adult fantasy novel, Mage’s Blood. In fact, I’m pretty sure I read the entire 700-page doorstopper in about 2 days. Hair began what is now one of my favorite (and one of the more underrated) current fantasy series by completely immersing us in a world so similar yet so new t
Charles Bronson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best climax I have read since Words of Radiance. So good...
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I enjoyed this but having seen reviews for the next two books I'm also super nervous to carry on...
David Firmage
Compared to the first book I found this a struggle to read and was quite dull in places. Hopefully book three is better.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Scarlet Tides, second book of the Moontide Quartet by David Hair, fairly non-surprisingly picks up where the first in the series left off. This is both completely obvious and slightly telling; you see I found the second half of the first outing infinitely better than the first. So picking up from that point is obvious from a narrative angle; and also a major plus from the enjoyment side.

The setup is a very familiar one. Pseudo –Europe goes on a crusade against a pseudo-Mid
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A much better book than the first book. While some elements that I disliked from the first book are still present (namely : the inauthentic cultures, idiotic characters, and the need to explain minutes details of the cultures), I learn to just accept them and try not to let those elements bother me too much.

As I’ve written previously, the only reason I decided to continue with this book was because I appreciated that the author wasn’t afraid to kill off or seriously challenge the protagonists. A
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It would be a sad day if the second book was any lesser than the first. It is not in this case. Indeed, it took a step up in quality!! Which you would expect, but it isn't always so. Not always to the detriment either.

Many more timelines of various characters get crossed in this one, some unexpectedly so! There is tremendous growth for some and some severe backtracking for others, the journey taking so many sharp twists and turns, it's hard to fathom how in the world things are going to get to w
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Don't want to spoil here.
Strong second entry that picks up where book one left off, continuing the characters story, as they go through more cliffhanging twists, and introduce some new characters and further deepening others and their back stories.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I though this one was excellent. We continue the 3rd Crusade and the main characters from book 1 as we learn about the horrors of the Urte history and current affairs.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing sequel with the maximum intensity till the end! Not sure why I put off reading this installment. Love and hate the many likable and unlikeable characters. Ramon Sensini bless his heart, I always look forward to his narratives. Engrossing...unputdownable...fascinating battle sequences!
Stretch's Books
"The Scarlet Tides" by David Hair is a fantastic romp in fantasy fiction. Magic, betrayal, conquering kingdoms, falling kingdoms, assassinations, moral conflict, lack of morals, and flying carpets. One cannot go wrong when they add a flying carpet to their story.

While "Mage's Blood" was very slow in getting to the meat of the story David Hair was wanting to tell, by the end of the book the story became an engrossing page turning tale of conspiracies, murder, failure and redemption. "The Scarle
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, there was a ton of graphic sex in this sequel, so that was weird. I would think that one book would be pretty much like the other, but it's kind of funny to picture this author reading a bunch of criticism "Sure wish he'd spice it up with some sex scenes!" and the author taking it as a challenge: "You want sex scenes? I'll show you sex scenes!!" because there was such a stark difference in that aspect of the two books. Other than that, um, pretty much the same. Actually, not too much happe ...more
Praveen Xavier
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am new to adult fantasy. But this series is turning to be a good choice. The first book opened the series surprisingly well. This one rocked my world. Good twists and keeps you always on the edge ;almost making you panic at the safety of you favorite character. :)

It carries the same blood & gore of the "Song of Fire & Ice" series. Ramon Sensini is my favorite character in this book. He has grown so much from the first book.

Eagerly awaiting the next book.
Sarah Wynker
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

Great book! However, I couldn't care less about Ramon's chapter and while I loved Cera in the 1st book, in this one, I couldn't stand her hypocrisy and as a result her storyline too. I don't know how I feel about Kazim and Elena's relationship, but oh well. Everything else is amazing and that ending!

For some reasons, I keep wishing that Malevorn turn good whatever that mean in this series!
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 well earned >///< ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Mueller
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This is a book that I would put in the good but not great category. I enjoyed it for the most part, especially toward the end, but there were some sections throughout that dragged a bit. I also feel like the author is at times gratuitous with sex scenes.

There is a lot of good action toward the end and a little bit of it sprinkled throughout. But there are also some tedious sections of training with little plot development. I had similar issues with the first book. I liked it, but with reservatio
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!

"Scarlet Tides" picked up where the first book, "Mage's Blood," ended. The first book left me hanging on a few characters that grew on me when it became a cliffhanger and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book to see what happened. I was hoping that it won't be like a certain series where all the characters I have been attached to died...although there were deaths of characters I liked within the first book. It was a slower start
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Good Story Continues

As in the 1st book of the series, the 2nd one finds the protagonists caught up in action, intrigue and nail biting moments. The three major storylines expand to five which leaves no opportunity to nap or face the consequence of being lost. And, I embarrassingly realized that the books take place on two different continents. This is a big deal. The major plot element of the series is that one continent invades the other every 12 years when the sea separating the two lands re
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an improvement from the first book. I mean really. Ramon's chapters were a little slow for me. I can't say I really enjoyed them but I understood their overall necessity to the plot. I understand now that the first book was really just a set up for the other ones because the amount of growth and developments that the characters go through, that the plot took. It really was just freaking fantastic. I will, for sure, be picking up the third book soon. In a way, I'm kind of glad I got to t ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, fantasy
4.25 Stars, Nick Podehl continues to be a great narrator. I enjoyed this one much more than the first book which was mostly set up. Here we got to explore more of the Gnosis and the different factions on a more personal level. Characters I use to hate grew on me (with one big notable exception *sneezekazimsneeze* ) and ones that I only liked before I now love. Word of warning this book and the previous one too really is rife with sex, both consensual and non-consensual so keep that in mind befor ...more
Zurlo Enrico
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really a great book! The author definitely knows how to write a war. I liked the romances too. And the deaths...and the fights.....and the worldbuilding....yeah i liked almost everything. It had been a while since i had a read so engrossing. I recommend the Moontide Quartet to all those who likes a well written adult fantasy book. Can't wait to read the next book and luckily i won't have to wait too long.
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David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel (Young Adult Fiction section) at the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha's Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand. David is a New Zealander, who has worked primarily in financial services. He has a degree in History and Classical Studies. He has lived from 2007 to 2010 in New Delhi, ...more

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