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Red Shadow by Zoltán Pósfai
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it was amazing
Recommended for: young adult/adult

I found this book while looking for witch hunting books. It looked different and the summary also hinted a different story than I was looking for. I read it eventually and that was a good choice.

It's not a generic fantasy witch hunting story, but about a single man. In the first few chapters I got a glimpse about how he sacrifices everything to his goal. Kill every witch. The goal is not gore, but efficiency. The way he does it is closer to a doctor removing a tumor than a killer. The book starts to become interesting where he faces a few strange things (trying to avoid spoilers here) and surprise turns into indecision and doubts.

The story starts in our own world (few years from now maybe), but acquires classic fantasy elements too. Still, it won't turn into your usual fantasy book.

What I liked: Good character evolution. Interesting new world. A realistic mixture of fantasy and reality as we see it. Working new alternative explanation to a lot of historic events and myths. It contains gore, but only to a degree needed to show how he works. I liked the poem in the epilogue.

What I didn't like: Starts out a bit slow. I understand the setting for later parts, but those deciding after the first 2-3 chapters might put down the book.

All in all, I recommend this book to those who want some deeper content and not a fantasy tale. It's not a children's book.

The book clearly leaves some issues open. I'm looking forward to read the next book.
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Zoltán Pósfai
“Cooperation can make you stronger. If you are strong enough to cooperate.” /Loki/”
Zoltán Pósfai, Red Shadow


Reading Progress

Started Reading
September 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
January 10, 2016 – Shelved

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Zoltán Thanks for the extensive review.
I am aware it starts out slowly. Even though I left out an entire chapter to shorten the slow paced section, it's still far from a book starting with a chase. In the end I decided to finish the book like this for two reasons:
1) Those who prefer action packed stories only, will probably not like it that much anyway.
2) I really do need the change in pace and style. It's an integral part of the story.

But again... thanks for the review and the rating!


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