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Red Tide

(The Chronicles of the Exile #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The Rubyholt Isles is a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League. The Augerans approach the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt waters. When an Erin Elalese Guardian assassinates the Augeran commander in the Rubyholt capital, the Augerans raze ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Tor Books
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Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

With Red Tide, Marc Turner once again has exceeded all my expectations, delivering a complex, page-turning epic which not only expands on The Chronicles of the Exile universe but adds even more wrinkles to it. This novel a mesmerizing tale of old and new characters caught in a literal web of intrigue, conflict, and escalating mystery. Not only is this the best book in the series so far, but it is currently my pick for best fantasy of 2016!

Erupting days after th
Petros Triantafyllou
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Red Tide is worthy of a fantasy award. Find one and give it to Turner.

To begin with, you have to admit Turner's genius. He created his world by writing two separate stories that take place simoultaneously, but in a different place and with different characters and, as a result, not only does he provide us with eight unique POVs but he manages to avoid overcrowding his novels. Add to this number the two newest POVs from Red Tide, and you now have ten different characters to tell you a story (or m
Stefan Bach
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Betrayal is such an emotive word. And so ripe with hypocrisy.”

With his third novel in The Chronicle of the Exile series Marc Turner continues to impress with yet another brilliant, high paced and blood boiling sequel.
With convergence of the characters from first book When the Heavens Fall as well as second Dragon Hunters, and successfully intertwining their fates without overshadowing their personal stories, he manages to close this particular chapter, while prep
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the great pleasure of being a beta reader for Red Tide, the third book of The Chronicles of the Exile, and I can honestly say it is Marc Turner's best book yet.

Taking place almost immediately on the heels of Dragon Hunters, this is a story that reaches back to connect with some of the characters and stories of When the Heavens Fall. It's the book in the series where everything begins to come together, and where we begin to see hints of the bigger picture into which all the pieces will even
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3*
Book 2: 3.25*
Book 3: 3.5*

The series continues to get a little bit better each book.

The world is vibrant and multicultured offering a lot of different perspectives and players in the game. The storyline continues to widen and the end of the book convergence gets better every book. The issue I have which keeps this series from being a 5* effort is the characters. It's not that they're bad it's that I don't have an affinity for any of them. I can really like a evil character but all of th
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[DNF at 54% - No Rating]

I didn’t put this book down because it was a bad read. I put it down because it was taking me well over two weeks to get to just the 50% mark and I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to get into it knowing that it’s meant to be a six book series and there’s not a single peep that the author’s even working on the next book (for more of a reference, all 3 of the released titles came out between May 2015 and September 2016 and it doesn’t look as though he’s shared any updat
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I think maybe I have a new favorite on-going Fantasy series. Can't you how amazing this book is. And damn! that ending! Woo-hoo! Y'all have got to read The Chronicle of the Exile! You're going to love this one!

I keep thinking about this one. It's a perfect fantasy book to my tastes. Much like Steven Erickson but without all those negatives in the Malazan books. Turner's like a jacked-up, fat-free, muscular, page-turning, thriller, lucid and crisp version of Erickson. Erickson's Malazan seri
Marc Turner
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I liked this so much that I decided to put my name to it. No, really.

Red Tide is my favourite book of the series to date. It’s also the book where I start weaving together the storylines from When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters. It features some returning characters from both novels, along with two new main characters, Amerel and Galantas.

Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite:

The guard who had punched the assassin shook his hand out. The others, even the ones who’d played no part in
Adrian Collins
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Tideis Marc Turner’s third entry in his debut seriesThe Chronicles of the Exile, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. The plots and characters of the first two stand-alone novels, When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters, are woven together to provide the first glimpse of a far-reaching fantasy epic in the vein of the Malazan series. Built upon the solid foundations of the first two books, Red Tide truly shines as a masterwork of fantasy. It’s also particularly grimdark with plenty of moral amb ...more
Laura Hughes
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don't even know what to say. Eugh. Bloody amazing. Review coming up on Fantasy-Faction in the next couple of weeks. If you haven't started this series GET ON IT right now. Seriously.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 Stars

Red Tide took a little while to get going, but once it did…wow. After reading three books in Marc Turner’s Chronicles of the Exile series, I can safely say that it is one of my favorite series I’ve read in the last decade.

For the first time, we get a fairly direct continuation of the plot from the previous book. The Sabian League is reeling from the events of Dragon Day, which appear to have implications not just for the League but for Erin Elal as well. A new player in the form of the
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I have recently finished Red Tide by Marc Turner and what a fantastic novel it is! For those who follow my blog or on social media, you will know of my fanatical support of Marc and his writing! Red Tide is the eagerly awaited third book in the Chronicles of the Exile, here is brief excerpt about the novel...

The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide. The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book of the series. I liked the world building as always; I was happy to see new and old characters interacting and being integral part of the story.

I also cannot believe this is the last book. It seems there will be more!
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really amazed.
After reading When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters, both great books, especially the first one, this third chapter of the Chronicles of the Exile, where the 2 storylines are converging, is even better.

The bigger picture begins to be slightly clearer, very slightly, and we also know a little more of the infamous stone-skins, which are quite scary and seem unstoppable.
We discover also a little more of the world where the series is placed and of the history behind this impend
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book , but this is an honest review. Number one I don't generally read fantasy and i can't even give a reason why I love fantasy movies and tv shows. Secondly the first thing i noticed about this book was it was very well written and had a very good flow. My only issue I was a bit lost with all the different characters and their backgrounds (very thankful there was a list of characters); that being said me being lost with who was who wasn't because of the way the book was wr ...more
James Schmidt
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My review today is for:

Red Tide: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three

by Marc Turner

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Now I must say I was completely into the first two books in this series. They had complexed characters, a vast universe, and mythos that I was immersed in. This book takes it to a new level. Most of my favorite characters were back and mingling with the new characters that are great. Everything comes together in this
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No spoilers here.
This final book in the Chronicles of Exile trilogy, combines some characters (alive and previously dead) from the first two books.
The Augerans are old enemies of The Erin Elalese, who were driven out centuries ago. Now they return with an invasion fleet. Standing in the fleet's way is the Rubyholt Isles, occupied by pirates, who the Augerans try to bribe.
The action starts right off in the beginning pages, and never lets up.
Turner leaves with some setup for a further sequel.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always my fellow bookish people this review can also be found on my blog: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Red Tide is the third book in Marc Turner’s most excellent The Chronicles of The Exile series, following on from the previous two books, Dragon Hunters and his debut When The Heavens Fall.

Red Tide starts mere days after the events at the conclusion of the previous book Dragon Hunters. Th
Thomas Stacey
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious. That is all.

...just kidding. 4.5 stars rounded up after that shocking moment near the end that made me realise how invested I am in this story.

If you’re looking for a slightly condensed version of Malazan with the wit and dry humour of First Law then this series is perfect for you. If you want to see just how sharp some of Turner’s prose is, then check out some of my updates for this book. Honestly, some of the quotes are absolutely hilarious and had me frequently in stitches.

This is
Steven Poore
Marc Turner continues his series with what is by now a trademark blistering pace, threading his POV characters through an intense and Machiavellian invasion plot, and testing them to possible destruction in the process. The world is more assured now, and the stakes are even higher - and Turner has some nasty surprises in store for characters you thought might just escape by the skin of their teeth...
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Before I get to my thoughts on Red Tide I want to point out this is the third in a series, so read the previous two books first. It doesn't matter the order: If you want to read about necromancers, legions of the undead and dark forests then start with book 1. If you want to read about Water mages, sea dragons and port cities then start with book 2.

Red Tide weaves the plot threads of the previous two books, adds a few new characters, and introduces a brand new area of the world. The novel is amb
Jon Dodsley
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always difficult to read a third book in a series when you have not read the other two, particularly when there is no sort of synopsis and the plots and characters are so entwined and complex, but having read this I will be investing for sure in the first two books. Turner writes in a style that reminds me of Steven Erikson in the complexity of the character relationships and plot lines but once I had found my way around the core characters I found the plot itself extremely entertaining and ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2016: FWFTB: pirates, dragons, Will, sharks, Stone-skins. A coming together of some old characters and some new ones which seems to be a trend in the Chronicles. I do wish there was a what has gone before though. It took me forever to get myself orientated and it hadn't been that long ago that I had read the 2nd book. The great world building continues and the magic and mystery doubles. Looking forward to the next one! I'm hoping that all will come together and that I will finally remember all ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I sincerely hope Marc Turner will continue this series one day, because The Chronicles of the Exile has become one of my favourite book series ever. The world building is just phenomenal, each culture and characters are super detailed but rather than being written in a dumping info kind of way, it's done bit by bit, giving these novels a very slow burn atmosphere. Everything is just incredible rich and diverse with a real originality and complexity to it.
I love the way he plotted each book,
Garrett Daum
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know what you're thinking "Man Garrett always rates 4 stars.." well, this is true, but its normally because I round up 3.5 stars.

this book was so close to getting the 5th and final star which I usually reserve for my all-time favorites.

Simply put this was a great book and pulled elements from both the 1st and 2nd book in the series which were parallel to each other until now. It's been awhile since I started reading a book I was reluctant to put done...however this book was one of them :-)
Jimmy Poore
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was gonna love this book before I opened the cover and it didn't disappoint! Simply amazing series so far. If you love A song of Ice and Fire, Malazan, The wheel of time , then you gotta read this. If the author keeps it up, when this series is finished it will be able to go toe-to-toe with previously mentioned heavyweights!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great to read the next step in the story. I admit it wasn't as gripping as the first two but definitely got more into it as I moved through the book. I can't wait for the next part of the story!
Craig Munro
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the strongest book in the series so far - I absolutely loved it.
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I will preface this by saying, anyone who likes epic fantasy should buy Chronicles of the Exile. buy them all, but ESPECIALLY Red Tide. The series was planned to be 5 books long, but it appears to be stuck in publishing hell, so BUY THIS BOOK, so that there's a greater chance we will get to read the rest. The book ends at a good point, concluding the "story arc" from "Dragon Hunters" in an organic fashion, and it does not seem an abrupt or cliffhanger ending; But the story is clearly not resolve ...more
Vinay Badri
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
What a bloody brilliant ambitious book and series. Marc Turner's the Chronicles of the Exile series could be the modern day Malazan. Given the set up through the previous 2 disparate books, he draws the strings together here by bringing back some of the characters from each of the previous books while introducing new ones and at the same time finally revealing the emperor who has pulling the strings silently in the background

Picking up almost immediately where book 2 ends (some might even say bo
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