Title: The Red Sun
Author: Alane Adams
Series: Legends of Orkney
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology
Publishing Date: August 4, 2015
After meeting a strange dwarf in his garage and finding out his substitute English teacher is a witch, twelve-year-old Sam Baron travels through a stonefire to the magical realm of Orkney where he finally learns the truth about his past: his mother is a witch and his father is a descendant of the Norse god, Odin.
“The Red Sun” is the first book in The Legends of Orkney, the spellbinding series of adventure fantasy novels by Alane Adams. It follows Sam to the realm of Orkney where witches, wraiths, and other menacing creatures cause serious peril to the unsuspecting Sam. Now, it’s up to him to save his friends and all of Orkney from a cursed red sun. Can a young witch girl named Mavery help him?
Drawing on Norse mythology, this fantastical story will enthrall middle grade and tween readers with a taste for adventure. As Sam grapples with dark and dangerous elements from his past and confronts his own simmering anger over long ago events, “The Red Sun” sears with wild imagination and breathtaking moments. Follow “The Red Sun” for the high-flying magical ride of your life.
“You can’t blame yourself … that’s just the way it is … You cant change that, only accept it and figure out what it mean to you.”
Disclaimer: I receive a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in anyway.
The Red Sun is the first book in the Legends of Orkney Series written by the amazing author Alane Adams. It is a very fast paced, action packed, adventurous and exciting fantasy book that anyone at any age would love. It revolves around our main character, Sam Baron, a 12 year old boy who has two destinies. He either will be the one to save the lands of Orkney or lead them to its destruction. What would he choose?
In general, it is like any other fantasy series out there where our main character didn’t know his own identity and suddenly magical or mystical creatures suddenly pops up in his life which will become the turning point in his not so exciting existence. With that being said, Legends of Orkney still stands strong on its own for it emphasized Norse Mythology which is not really tackled on most fantasy books compared to greek mythology.
As for myself, I am not really familiar with Norse gods and creatures and it was really fun to gain new knowledge just by reading a book. This is what books should be. It should not only entertain you but also lets you learn new things. As a middle grade book, it is a great way for kids to learn Norse Mythology.
This book is very well written. I really admire how beautiful and yet understandable Alane Adams writing style is. From the start up to the end, her use of words are simple but still captivates her readers. Her writing style is definitely a perfect fit for this book.
For the characters, they were really different from each other. Our main character, Sam, was a character I didn’t like that much and up to the end, I didn’t connect to. He was very short tempered and stubborn. He also makes a lot of bad decisions and acts in a whim without even thinking about what the result will be. But in the end, he was able to redeem himself and became this strong and a little bit more mature character. For his friends, I really admire how they are always there for Sam eventhough he always makes this crazy decisions that can endanger them all. They are the epitome of what friends should be. Through ups and downs, they never leave each others side and do everything just to save each other. Lastly, I really liked our main antagonist, Endera. Eventhough she was supposed to be the evil one in this book, I did like her personality. She was smart and clever which really stands out to other book villains.
The only problem is that it is hard to believe that 12 year old kids can fight and survive with only their friends around. Plus they built a raft which I think kids like their age can’t make. It is a bit unbelievable for me but with that being said, it is a fantasy book and anything can happen.
To sum it all up, this is really a great middle grade book that I know everyone will love. I still certainly advise for parents out there to check out the book first before letting your kids read it.
If you love fantasy and adventure, I highly recommend you to read this book.
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My Rating: 4/5
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