Thursday 17 December 2015

Book Review - The Red Wraith by Nick Wisseman

Title: The Red Wraith
Author: Nick Wisseman
Publisher: Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
Publication Date: 7 September 2015
Pages: 279
Format: eBook EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Author

 As magic awakens in Early America, Naysin, a child of the Lepane nation, manifests talents that cause him to defile his tribe’s harvest ceremony. His punishment is exile. In the years that follow, Naysin’s spirit fathers keep goading him into misusing his abilities. On the island of Bimshire, he inspires a slave rebellion before abandoning it; near his former home, he marches European settlers to their deaths; and in the forests of Edgeland, he ends a battle by massacring both sides. Such acts cause much of the New World to see him as the Red Wraith, an indigenous monster who delights in butchering white innocents. The infamy is well-earned, but that’s not who he wants to be. And when he encounters a group of fellow magic-users, Naysin realizes how he can set everything right. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I found The Red Wraith an entertaining read. I cannot speak for any historical or cultural accuracy, knowing little of the era and native beliefs myself, but it was certainly a well-paced and interesting story, filled with memorable characters. The plot caught my attention right from the opening chapter, and I was always keen to see what would happen next. My only small gripe was a formatting issue, as I believe it was a mistake to underline the hand-speech. Underlining in anything electronic is synonymous with a link, and it is hard on the eyes. Italics would have been a far better choice; although, that may have been a publisher decision and not something the author advocated. Overall, I recommend this book to fantasy readers looking for an action-packed story with an original and fresh idea as its basis.

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