When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he's just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world. Where he's dying of a mysterious plague.
In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father. As Dante and Blays quest for a cure - beset by strange beasts, angry spirits, and violent coastal raiders known as the Tauren - Dante falls sick, too. To save his father and himself, he'll have to rediscover the island's long-lost magic. But the hunt for its secrets leads Dante on a crash course with the Tauren - and island-wide civil war. And as he's away, an old threat begins to move against his homeland.
Set in a USA Today best-selling world, The Red Sea is the first in a trilogy of warfare, sorcery, and friendship through the darkest times.
©2015 Edward W. Robertson (P)2016 Podium Publishing
After all the adventures we shared with Dante and Blaze I was excited to see what they'd do next.
My one gripe with this book is that we got a lot less from Blaze. In the last book we got a lot of character development from him and got to see things from his point of view and I really think he could have written some of the chapters from Blazes point of view.
Also Dante seems to have forgotten that he can perform elisions with the neither.
Overall this was a great book and I look forwards to the next instalment. As always the chemistry between the two main characters was absolutely great and I really liked all the new bad guys as well.
The best from the last 4 or five
Only picked it up because I saw TGR narrated it, have never been let down for the 4 or five different series so far
After a few duds words can't describe I happy I was when 20 mins into this book I realised it was a follow on from the cycle of Arawn. Enjoyed every second.
After reading The cycle of Arawyn I was really excited to find out that there was another trilogy in the making.
Continuing the story of Dante and Blays this book did not disappoint.
The narrator was excellent and I'm glad that he was the same narrator that narrated The cycle of Arawyn.
Can't wait for the next books to finish off this trilogy.
A good story but don't concentrate too much on the dialogue.
This is one of the few audio books I've listened to where terrible writing has actually made completing the book something of a chore. Much of the dialogue is a horrible mashup of modern and faux medieval "english" and the characters keep contradicting themselves or the narrator. Dante apparently has "never even heard of the Plague Islands" which is I find totally peculiar given who he is and after chiding a monk for not studying. Said monk is also described as looking past someone as if he could not wait to get back to "monk business". Seriously? "Monk business"! Perhaps it's just me being curmudgeonly but that phrase really grated. Anyway ... the story is a good one but the character dialogue was just awful. People "drink", they don't "quaff" - if an author is going to use that word, I'd expect the rest of the dialogue to come close to matching it and not be liberally sprinkled with 21st century idioms.
"Fantastic Sequel to The Cycle of Arawn!"
Some months ago, I was introduced to Mr. Robertson's work via a one-credit download of The Cycle of Arawn. My initial elation from having downloaded over 60 hours of programming for a single credit was swiftly overtaken by the joy of having found a new favorite author/story/world of which to go on and on about to my friends.
The Red Sea continues in glorious fashion, much to my immense satisfaction! The Cycle of Galand is shaping up to be a wondrously exciting epic in its own right!
"Excellent continuation of the series."
One of my favorites. After going through all 65 hours of the Cycle of Arawn I was left wanting more. This is the perfect follow up and I can't wait for the next book to come to Audible. This takes Dante and Blays off to new lands with lots of new characters and so many twists and turns it makes the story fly by.
The final battle was great but it's really the back and forth between Blays and Dante that makes these stories great. Whatever situation they get in its always great to see what type of plans they come up with to try and make it work no matter what.
He has mastered these characters and this world. His narration is superb and draws you into the story. Between this and The Cycle of Arawn I've spent 80 plus hours listing and Tim always keeps your attention with his narration. I'm looking forward to the next book and couldn't imagine it with him as the narrator.
You can never leave your past behind.
I don't think you need to read or listen to The Cycle of Arawn first to enjoy this book but I'd really recommend it. For an audible title The Cycle of Arawn is one of the best values in their library. 65 hours for one credit that left me wanting more. The Cycle of Galand delivers, it's so nice not to be let down by a sequel. To me this was on of the best of the series and I can't wait for the next book.
picked up right from the previous book! great story and wonderfully performed! keep them coming!
"Suspenseful, riveting, great story!"
What a great book! I had recently re-listened to Cycle of Arawn and was reacquainted with Dante Galand and Blaze Buckler. This story transitions smoothly from the previous trilogy to a completely new adventure that stands alone, but I would recommend listening to the previous trilogy first. Off the two go to find Dante's long lost father in parts unknown. The relationship between Dante and Blaze continues to evolve and is actually one of the highlights of this story. The storyline is tight, suspenseful, and brought to life with the sensational reading by Tim Gerard Reynolds, one of my favorites. As much as I enjoyed the Cycle of Arawn, this story is even better. The climax is extremely suspenseful with surprising twists, and sets up nicely for the next chapter of the Cycle of Galand. I can hardly wait.
"Great author with great characters"
I usually do not write reviews but i was impressed with the quality of the book, I want to know more about the characters and what is next on the next book. Audible has the 3 previous books bundled together, i recommend you use 1 credit to download the first trilogy then listen to this book.
Great reader, he brings the characters to life
"The perfect continuation"
Dante and Blaze are back for another war, this time featuring jungles, plagues, spur of the moment piracy and snails. 10/10
Amazing read (or listen) great story line and I like how the main characters don't stumble into trap after trap and survive by some outrageous miracle. Definitely will be following Mr Robertson from now on. I've already added the rest of his books to my wish list!!
"Wonderful addition to an amazing preceding trilogy"
The story remains as engaging as the first trilogy. As before the narration by Tim Reynolds is astounding and perfect for Robertson's story. I'm excited about buying the physical copies of this and the three other books while waiting for the rest of the series.
"Once again, totally enthralled!"
The continuation of The Cycle of Arawn does not disappoint! Ranks right up there with the Red Rising trilogy. Narration is superb. Storyline excellent! Read this book! 👍 👍
"Find the thing!"
Firstly, can we acknowledge that Tim Gerard Reynolds is a Gold Standard of Fantasy voice talent?
Secondly, you'll need to find the thing.
The book's plot is a little repetitive for my taste as it became: Find a ship, find a cure, find your father, find another cure, find your captured friend, find a new boat, find a new cure, no really find one, find a way to a new island, find some seeds, find a way to grow them, EPIC BATTLE and find your father's ghost.
I enjoyed it, but it felt like I was playing Zelda.
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