A tear slid down her cheek.
“Now, now, then, lass. Don’t cry fer me.” ~ Captain Nathaniel Sutton
Once, in another world—a dark world, the world of Faetta—there lived paladins and pirates, tyrants and scallywags, vampires and the undead. In this world a revolution is brewing. The royalty of Sieunes are in chains, and those priests and paladins who follow the holy word of the gods are under attack. In the west, the kingdom of Kellerhald receives the fleeing priests in their temples of the paladins of Silvius, god of the Sky.
Here, a young woman has just passed her tests to become a paladin. A pirate crew raids along the Azez Sea. An undead creature, wielding great power, roams the graveyard of Yetta. And a lost soul, crying out from beyond the veil, seeks out a pure hearted warrior to hear its plea.
Amid the turmoil of the revolution, Ilka’s mettle is tested. Rescued by pirates, she ends up with an unlikely ally: the pirate captain himself. The newly trained paladin finds herself collaborating with the undead, working with a vampire, and worst of all, longing for revenge against the man who has ignited the revolution in Sieunes: Francois Mond...
Death of an Innocent. Rise of a Paladin.
Where to buy: Emblazoned Red by Dawn McCullough-White
As much as I wanted to postpone half of the book (you know due to the need to sleep and eat), The Emblazoned Red is that kind of reading that will not just let you have a break until you finish it. But the good thing is that it’s fast placed, full of adventure and you can easily finish it in a couple of hours. It is a balanced story, having an equal amount of adventure and romance, beautifully combining mythical creatures with history, therefor creating a completely new world.
I loved the amount of strong female characters; Ilka is a paladin of the Temple of Silvius and slayer of the undead and as much as she acts like a soldier she is still feminine, a quality that often lacks in now days heroines. She is strong and well trained, often conflicted about her missions. Killing lets a scar on her soul no matter if the one she kills is human or not. I liked how she would never forget, a killing, a loss or newly found feelings.
Captain Nathaniel Sutton was a surprising character. He was surrounded by mystery at the beginning, but slowly confide in Ilka as soon as he could. I must admit something; it was hard for me to follow the dialogue when he or the other pirates spoke, but even with all the struggle I appreciated that specific part. It showed that there was a certain educational difference between paladins, royalty and pirates. I am glad that the author gave him depth, a past and a motivation for every action he made. Also it’s hard to get accustomed to his relationship with Ilka, because I saw him as his savior, a friend and confident.
The Emblazoned Red has it all: vampires, ghosts, zombies and some new creatures, at least for me, called draughr. At first I thought it would be weird to read about so many kinds of creatures in just one book, but there were not that many. There was only one vampire, Augustine Aupsburg, whose attitude I loved because he actually acted like a real vampire on a killing spree. On the other hand, zombies were ruled by another creature, they were slaves of her and ghosts were…well ghosts asking for help.
Emblazoned Red was fast placed, full of action and perfectly balanced with likable characters and even likable antagonists.
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