HOPE AND RED
Welcome to Paradise
released OUT NOW! 512 pages | Paperback/ebook Author Jon skovron Publisher Orbit
After watching the entire population of her village die in agony at the hands of the Emperor’s biomancers, Hope is set on a path for vengeance, living first in a male-only monastery and then aboard a lively trader’s ship. Orphaned at around the same age, Red grows up in the slums, becoming a cunning thief and loveable ne’er-do-well.
Though the two only meet halfway through Hope And Red, their separate adventures don’t feel like stalling before the main event. And the main event itself, once they are united against the empire, is an action-packed riot of swordfighting, knife-throwing and, well, literal riots. There are a few moments that feel a little too convenient to be entirely believable, but those can be overlooked in the face of the compelling characters and tense action.
One thing that really stands out is the unusual slang peppered throughout the book, particularly in Red’s chapters. It feels completely natural and quickly immerses you into life in the slums of Paradise Circle; next time you’re down the pub you may struggle to keep yourself from calling good friends “old pot” or telling them they’re a “true wag”. Gripping and, most importantly, fun.
Download PDFs of the first two chapters of Hope And Red from here: http://bit.ly/hopeandred.