HOPE AND RED

Wel­come to Par­adise

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Bri­die Ro­man

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.

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