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A War in Crimson Embers (The Crimson Empire)

by Alex Marshall

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"The final book in Alex Marshall's Crimson Empire trilogy, which began with A Crown for Cold Silver, an outstanding, game-changing fantasy epic featuring an unforgettable warrior. Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this - her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin. General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends...if anyone lives to tell it"--… (more)

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Flawed heroes, unexpected outcomes, insane magical battles and the words - oh my god the words, or maybe I should say "the sentences", because anyone can say a word, it's the stringing them together that seems to be the hard part.

Another crazy thing about these books. The cast seems to be "pan sexual" with one character having 2 dads, 1 character having a mom who's a man, characters of the same sex who were formerly straight deciding to experiment, bisexual characters, characters into S&M etc... . Okay so that's not so crazy BUT the crazy thing is that NONE of it is extra fluff to sell books. Every word of it adds to the story. There are no ripped bodices and penetrating manhood going on here. It's character development, it's part of what makes the characters more real.

So this is definitely one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, though it's a "different" kind of fantasy. It's definitely not "high fantasy" none of the usual LotR's stuff. it's too much fun to be "grim dark". It's like "grit fantasy" or maybe "High Def Fantasy" because there are heroes, but you're seeing every pimple, blemish and varicose vein on these characters, and though they do win their fair share of battles, they end up getting the shit kicked out of them more often than not.

Last note, if you're into audiobooks, I highly suggest listening to these. The narrator is absolutely amazing. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 9, 2019 |
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