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The Red Sun

(Legends of Orkney #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  81 reviews
After meeting a strange dwarf in his garage and finding out his substitute English teacher is a witch, twelve-year-old Sam Baron travels through a stonefire to the magical realm of Orkney where he finally learns the truth about his past: his mother is a witch and his father is a descendant of the Norse god, Odin.

"The Red Sun" is the first book in The Legends of Orkney, the
Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Sparkpress (first published June 11th 2014)
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Asteropê I did a quick look on the previews for two editions with different covers and they text appears to be the same. So, not sure what's going on?
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I did a quick look on the previews for two editions with different covers and they text appears to be the same. So, not sure what's going on?
One edition was released in 2014, the other in 2015. Perhaps there was minor editing before the second release. Not sure.
Could you provide quotes of the differences?

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Chris Burton
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book. What happens when a curse is broken and another is started. What happens when a boy has not one but two destinies and must choose between them. This book is a great read for all those who like magic and adventure with a little comedy thrown in and some fast paced action for flavor. This is the first in the series and I am eagerly anticipating the second. Was too good to put down and finished it in one session.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.25/5 Stars!!

This book was really awesome! I'll be posting my full review soon! :))

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✨ "back to their pathetic life of grammar lessons and homework..."
If even witches from another realm think this, then who are you to disagree? This is the reason why aliens will never visit us! (lol okay, now that that's out of the way, let's continue)

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Erick James
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review: Legends Of Orkney: The Red Sun by Alane Adams
5.0 stars

I really love this book, It was cinematic to read. Fast-paced and full of revelations. Though it's children fiction story but I do believe it's something young adult could relate on, like decision making in life kind of realizations .
The story follows a 12-year-old kid from Pilot Rock,Oregon named Sam Baron. He happened to be the son of Lord Robert Barconian(who fall in love
Suze Lavender
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sam has a regular human life and while he's always been quite strong he doesn't think there's anything extraordinary about him. This changes when his new substitute teacher isn't who she says she is. Sam thinks she's scary and he discovers that she really changed his regular English teacher into a lizard. She did this just to get near Sam, which is even creepier. When Sam finds out he's actually originally from Orkney and that they need his help there, his best friends Keely and Howie have alrea ...more
Angela Holtz
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
From: Lilac Wolf and Stuff

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

A book along the lines of Percy Jackson, but with Norse mythology. Sounds great, right?

I hated it. Now please temper that with the fact that my 9 year old says he loved it and won't let me give away the book. It was torture for me, and I couldn't wait to finish. I felt the main character was unlikable, as he seemed to go out of his way to make the worst possible decision. The other characters weren't de
Jessica Medved
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked this book up at Denver Comic Con.
The Author is so sweet and so kind! She wrote this book for her son - so they could go on the journey together. And I would say it is a great book for a middle grader.
It is a fun adventure to go on with Sam as he gets pulled into an alternate world he never knew he was a part of. He fight foes and makes mistakes, learns lessons and really grows.

However for an adult, it would not be my top recommendation. The plot and story line has a lot of similaritie
When a dwarf appears in 12-year-old Sam's garage, Sam hardly knows what to make of his story. Witches are after him? His own mother is a witch, who left Orkney once to protect him? His father is a descendant of Odin? And now that this dwarf has found Sam, they have to travel back to this strange otherworld to break the curse of the Red Sun that's choking out all life in Orkney villages? None of this makes much sense to Sam, but it's clear that he's in the middle of something big, and doubly so w ...more
Deborah Kilduff
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Before I picked up this book I was expecting just another adventure book that would not really grip me, given it was written with adolescents, particularly boys, in mind. As a retired middle school teacher, I have read many stories meant to grab reluctant readers, particularly boys. Most miss the mark. This book was right on track. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning. I found the characters well developed and the storyline gripping. The suspense built, making this a true page-tur
Lauri Heaton
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a magical book weaving the journey of young Sam learning about himself while taking us to the land of Orkney. Mythical creatures, wonderful adventures, twists and turns abound in this first novel by Alane Adams. I can't wait to see where Sam is headed in the 2nd book of the series. A great read! ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. My son is the one who read this book and here is his review of it...

I really enjoyed reading this book. Has a lot of interesting characters, especially Sam. I thought it was a very creative and well written story. I can't wait for the next book in the series, The Moon Pearl.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“You can’t blame yourself … that’s just the way it is … You cant change that, only accept it and figure out what it mean to you.”

The Red Sun is the first book in the Legends of Orkney Series written by the amazing author Alane Adams. It is a very fast paced, action packed, adventurous and exciting fantasy book that
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually picked up this whole trilogy when I met the author at the OC Children's Book Festival in Fall 2017. She's very sweet and loved my enthusiasm for her books. She also gave me a notepad, pen, and character cards to go with my signed book set. What a great person and a fun series that I anticipated reading.

On the cover, the book claims "Percy Jackson meets Norse Mythology," and I'm, Magnus Chase? But both of these books were published around the same time. While Magnus Chase del
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book perfect for a middle grade classroom. It's plot-driven with the Norse mythology similar to Riordan's books, and it has a magical element which reminds me of Cinda Williams Chima books. If you like either of these authors, I think you'll like Alane Adams. ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a physical review copy from the author but it will not affect my thoughts and opinions.

The book is utterly magic. The concept is really good which is the reason why I got hooked with it. The Red Sun is very mesmerizing because of the Norse Mythology and Percy Jackson combination. In this present time it is somewhat alike with Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard. Continuous flipping occured to me like wanting for more and more. It is like riding a boat and the flow of the r
Philippa (Tea in the Treetops)
I’ve been struggling a little bit with middle grade reads of late and this one was no exception. While it took me quite awhile to get into the story after getting through a hefty chunk of the book I was quite intrigued to see how this one went and finished it off quite quickly.

After a quick prologue in Orkney to set the scene of what is to come, you are introduced to our main character Sam;- a typical 12 year old boy battling some anger issues, or so he thinks. The first quarter of the book intr
Arnild Aldepolla
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alane Adams introduced us into a magical ride adventure of Sam, (a descendant of Odin) in Orkney.

This book is a children’s fiction but still it did entertain me (but if I was younger, I will surely really enjoy the book)

I really don’t have any idea about Norse Mythology, that’s why I enjoyed it even if it’s for kiddos.

4 stars is not enough, so I gave it perfect 5 stars because I highly recommend this for young audience ..

First of all, the physical book is so treasurable (is that even a word? Lol
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sam quickly finds out he’s not who he thought he was. Just a normal pre-teen from Pilot Rock, not so much. We end up on a journey with Sam from the mortal world into the ninth realm of Orkney. There his past begins to unfold. As Sam learns not only of himself and his family heritage he’s also given a mission… save Orkney from the cursed Red Sun. The biggest question is will he be able to save Orkney from the Red Su
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Author sent me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.*

First of all, let me tell you that I love the cover so much. It is just so beautiful and I love the little details. The cover looks magical enough.

I like the author's writing style. I got hooked in the first few chapters. For me, there was no boring part in this book! This book is a really exciting read. I also like how each chapter ends. It makes you want to read the next chapters and find out what will happen next.

There were times th
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the YA fantasy novel, The Red Sun, Sam suddenly finds his normal life turned upside down. Sam’s English teacher is missing, and his substitute is seriously weird, like magically turn a lizard into a giant monster weird. Through a series of increasingly odd events, Sam finds himself thrown into another world, where he discovers that he needs to work against terrifying forces in order to save his friends, his parents, and himself.

I really loved the writing in the Red Sun. It’s youthful and ente
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much! I was preparing for a Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson theme in this book and that's what I definitely got - I usually hate comparing books but I mean it in a good way!

This book exceeded my expectations and I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to! I loved all the talking animals, the witches, the god's and every other mythical aspect:) However, I definitely admired the family and friends relationship focus it had as although all these crazy things
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read for the middle school, high school, and older reader! The beginning of this book grabs the reader's interest and makes for a great start.

My favorite character was Rego because of the role he played in the book as Sam's friend and mentor. I related to him because he looked out for his friends in the face of any danger they came upon. I found the human characters believable, as if their traits could be found in today's generation.

My favorite scene involved Sam using his
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an awesome read, it is filled with all sorts of creatures and tons of adventure. There are so many twists and turns it constantly keeps you guessing. "The Red Sun" was very reminiscent of Percy Jackson, Thor, and Lord of the Rings. If you enjoyed any of those movies/books you will not be disappointed with "The Red Sun". I loved the idea of the poisonous sun being intertwined with Sam's anger issues. With witches, dwarves, mythological Gods, and imps what's not to love about this bo ...more
Nice start to a new YA fantasy series with an ensemble cast with references to Norse mythology and Native American culture and folklore. There is some magic action and a couple revelation moments. But still, mysteries and questions presented that need to be addressed.

The part of the story that kept me curious was in regards to the development of the main character. Sam, the reluctant hero, is a character that is either loved or hated. It took me awhile to warm up to this character. At the midpoi
Debbie Tanner
This super exciting book is about a boy named Sam who thinks he's just a regular guy until some pretty weird things start happening. It turns out that Sam is the son of the son of Odin, the Norse god and the son of a witch, which shouldn't have happened but did. Sam gets yanked into a huge conflict with the people of the Orkney Islands. There's magic, mythology, danger, mythical beasts, and friendship. It's a terrific story, especially if you liked books like Harry Potter or the Lightning Thief. ...more
Teresa Kander
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, booksparks
A great book for fans of Harry Potter! Lots of magic and adventure, with comic interludes included. The main character faces moral dilemmas and obstacles in ways which can be applied to the obstacles of young readers as well.

If my children were still young, I can imagine us reading this (and future books in the series) the same way we did the Harry Potter series--a chapter or two together every night, then discussing what we thought might happen next.

I would recommend this to all middle grade r
Julia Stephanie
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I felt that the book was a little rushed and the character relationships a little awkward, I also thought it was an awesome adventure. A little juvenile, sure, but young adults must find that easier to relate to than I did. I also wish there had been more about the Norse legends and deities, as I really am into the lore and such. Hope the next book will go more Into that and I look forward to seeing how Sam's adventures continue! ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good read. Definitely has a Percy Jackson vibe to it. I loved the Norse mythology in this, and I really enjoyed a couple of the side characters. I also liked how difficult it was for Sam to manage his dark side and the anger that built up inside him. I feel like that's something kids can really relate to. I'll be interested to see how the game plays into this. ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read books geared towards teens but this didn't have that typical feel to it. It is well written and fast paced, and had likeable characters. I really enjoyed playing the interactive game as well. ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book, I would recommend this book to any one who wants an excellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work. ...more
Carrie Garza
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt like this was written for a young teen. It is adventure/fantasy and the hero is twelve yeArs old. It was actually very good.
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"Dear Readers: I wrote the Legends of Orkney series for my twelve-year-old son who challenged me to write something he would enjoy reading. The Red Sun is filled with exciting characters who struggle to find their true path. Sam learns so much about his past and how to overcome his anger, but will he continue to use his power for good or will he be drawn to the dark side? I hope you enjoy reading ...more

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