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Scarlet Odyssey: 1 Audio CD – MP3 Audio, 1 July 2020
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"Rwizi says he based his unique science fiction and worldly tale on myths and stories he heard growing up in Swaziland...Because Rwizi combines technology, science fiction and myth, the novel is like a video game filled with action and tension...Rwizi delivers a fast-paced story with vivid images of sub-Saharan Africa, lacing Salo's epic journey with flash, violence and drama, and a love story." --Authorlink
"Rwizi's debut is noteworthy for its African-inspired setting." --Library Journal
"It's a thrilling, fanciful debut, crammed full of imaginative world-building and excellent dialogue." --RevolutionsSF
About the Author
Debut author C. T. Rwizi was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in Swaziland, finished high school in Costa Rica, and got a BA in government at Dartmouth College in the United States. He currently lives in South Africa with his family, and enjoys playing video games, taking long runs, and spending way too much time lurking on Reddit. He is a self-professed lover of synthwave.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (1 July 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799755649
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799755647
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.71 x 17.15 cm
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I do think the author fails though to properly convey his vision for the magic. It’s overly complex and I got to the end of the book and still really have little understanding of it which is frustrating as it plays a big role in the book.
Overall though the writing is beautiful, it has engaging characters and an interesting storyline. I can’t wait to read the second book.
In the editor's outline above, she mentions in the second paragraph that Mr.Rwizi wanted to write his own epic adventure peopled by those like him. He has succeeded in that goal. I look forward to the sequels to follow.
I make two recommendations here - 1. Subscribe to "First Reads" because you, the reader, will be presented with wonderful, new works each month such as this one; 2. I very highly recommend that you read this debut novel.
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This story was very well written, the characters well drawn, and there was plenty of description of the landscapes as well as the action. It is obvious that there will be a sequel, but it doesn't end on an almighty cliffhanger (much to my relief).
If you are looking for something a little different from your fantasy, this could be the novel for you.
I quickly fell in love with Salo, the apparently timid boy who is paralysed with fear when facing dangerous creatures and can’t fight all that well. Having become very familiar with the dynamic where women and girls are ostracised for wanting to move out of the domestic sphere, I found it a refreshing change that Salo is shunned for not being a warrior, instead being drawn to magic – normally the preserve of the women of the tribe.
Though this form of sorcery isn’t for the faint-hearted. Mastery of magic requires pain and sacrifice and in order to access some of the more powerful layers, lines have to be crossed. It rapidly becomes a lot darker, when the requirement becomes what you have to offer up what you love most… and no, we’re not talking about your favourite item of clothing or jewellery. I was a bit shaken at the brutal cost of it. However, I thought about my reaction and wondered why this magical system struck me as particularly violent. Because it’s not as if European fantasy is remotely cosy, either – but I’ve grown up with that dynamic and am accustomed to how it works. Ditto the stories of sand and sorcery I’ve been reading recently, such as the Daevabad trilogy – just think of Dara’s bloody backstory – but I was acclimatised to tales about djinn since I was a girl. Not so with African magic, which I know very little about. Aspects of it are bloody, coercive and thoroughly dark – like magic systems everywhere else and I think it’s the unfamiliarity of its workings that makes it seem particularly grim.
My mention of S.A. Chakrobarty’s Daevabad trilogy isn’t accidental – the immersive worldbuilding, strong characterisation and complex magical system in Scarlet Odyssey reminded me of many aspects of The City of Brass, including the long, eventful journey. The major difference is the lack of a romantic thread, which I don’t mind at all. I am so impressed with this debut novel – and I’m very much looking forward to reading the next slice of the adventure. Highly recommended for fans of epic fantasy in an African setting.