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The Scarlet Tides

(Moontide Quartet #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,305 ratings  ·  117 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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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
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
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.
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
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!
Reggie Kray
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best climax I have read since Words of Radiance. So good...
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
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
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
Praveen Kumar
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.
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
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.
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
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
Eco Imp
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Another exciting adventure with a pinch of historical fiction. The characters face and overcome not just physical or mental challenges but also social prejudices. The complex court intrigues and machinations keep the story moving. There were a few shockers that made me dislike the way the chapters jump between character lines but that is only because I hate waiting to find out. Another reason I tend not to read series when only the first book is available. Book three is on request.
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.
Cristal Punnett
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns as we follow the characters in this exciting fanasty novel. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. My only criticism is that it's very long (670 pgs), the story could have been condensed. Plus the difference between Mage's Blood and this novel the sex scenes have certainly ramp up which spoilt it some what.

Elizabeth Fantham
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These books are AMAZING!

Bahhhh! You never know who is going to die in these books! It's like WHAM there goes one of my favs! Dead, Kaput, seeya!

The world building, magic all absolutely fantastic.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series - so much going on all the time. Can't wait for the next one.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Scarlet Tides, the second book in the Moontide Quartet by David Hair picks up where the first book left off. The Moontide has arrived, the Leviathan bridge has appeared and War is about to begin. Not too quickly though, we still have 600 pages to go before any of that stuff happens.

I first read Mage’s Blood last year and, to be honest, I’ve forgotten most of what happened in that book so I spent quite a while trying to remember who the hell everyone was and what the hell was going on. I sh
This review is for the entire series and will be posted to each book. I flipped between the Kindle and audiobooks for each book, depending on my circumstances, but the audiobook narration was so good that sometimes I’d listen even if I was in a position to read. I really loved this series and wish it had and was getting more press. Hey you word of mouth folks! Talk about this series! As an avid fantasy reader, I’m a bit embarrassed that this series has been around since 2012 and I hadn’t read it ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a tad more than the first one. I feel the characters got more defined here, which was a plus. Most of my critique about the vocabulary/writing style from book 1 still stands (nothing really changed, there were quite a few typos in here as well, in some places strange words were used which only seemed to be there to achieve a bit of variety, yet there were also sentences where 'dreadfully' (and other adjectives) was used twice within the same sentence...).

I also still think t
Richard Radgoski
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, fantasy, war
Book 2 of the Moontide Quartet started with many of the characters from book 1 in new and perilous situations. When things finally shake out, many of the characters are no longer with folks they were with in book one, but now are with other characters, often in curious ways. It is from this point Book 2 moves forward. And I didn't think I was going to like it as much as the first book. I was wrong. If book one was about setting the stage - introducing the players of this quartet and establishing ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Much improved.
There's a lot less fat to get through here and Scarlet Tides benefits from not having to stumble through the world-building that was condensed into Mage's Blood. The pacing is infinitely smoother and things actually happen at a decent clip, but Hair still can't quite juggle so many points of view smoothly. In Tides we have a flip and the more interesting characters in Blood become the least interesting (or at least the most sedentary) in Tides. Ramita, who was responsible for keepi
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sandra Kennett
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent second book in the series. Listened to it on Audible and the narrator, Nick Podel was fantastic. Will be downloading the next book shortly as want to find out what happens next. However, will be “cleansing” my listening palate with something other than fantasy as The Scarlet Tides was very blood thirsty with lots of battles, lots of sexual themes (rape and lesbianism) but some great magic. Loved the different fantastic beasts and hope they continue in the next books too. What an imagin ...more
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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

Other books in the series

Moontide Quartet (4 books)
  • Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet, #1)
  • Unholy War (Moontide Quartet, #3)
  • Ascendant's Rite (Moontide Quartet, #4)