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Scarlet Odyssey Magic Is Women S Work War Is Men S But In The Coming Battle, None Of That Will MatterMen Do Not Become Mystics They Become Warriors But Eighteen Year Old Salo Has Never Been Good At Conforming To His Tribe S Expectations For As Long As He Can Remember, He Has Loved Books And Magic In A Culture Where Such Things Are Considered Unmanly Despite It Being Sacrilege, Salo Has Worked On A Magical Device In Secret That Will Awaken His Latent Magical Powers And When His Village Is Attacked By A Cruel Enchantress, Salo Knows That It Is Time To Take ActionSalo S Queen Is Surprisingly Accepting Of His Desire To Be A Mystic, But She Will Not Allow Him To Stay In The Tribe Instead, She Sends Salo On A Quest The Quest Will Take Him Thousands Of Miles North To The Jungle City, The Political Heart Of The Continent There He Must Gather Information On A Growing Threat To His TribeOn The Way To The City, He Is Joined By Three Fellow Outcasts A Shunned Female Warrior, A Mysterious Nomad, And A Deadly Assassin But They Re Being Hunted By The Same Enchantress Who Attacked Salo S Village She May Hold The Key To Salo S Awakening And His Redemption


10 thoughts on “Scarlet Odyssey

  1. says:

    Scarlet Odyssey is a young adult epic fantasy set in Africa written by debut author, C.T Rwizi, and I was here for it I like to mix a fantasy book in every once in a while to keep things fresh.Scarlet Odyssey is a journey odyssey in the title is fitting There is lots of world building, which was fantastic because I was able to live right among the group, I could see it all so well There are interesting characters to get to know and lots of action This was the first fantasy novel I ve rea Scarlet Odyssey is a young adult epic fantasy set in Africa written by debut author, C.T Rwizi, and I was here for it I like to mix a fantasy book in every once in a while to keep things fresh.Scarlet Odyssey is a journey odyssey in the title is fitting There is lots of world building, which was fantastic because I was able to live right among the group, I could see it all so well There are interesting characters to get to know and lots of action This was the first fantasy novel I ve read that is set in Africa, and that made it evenfascinating for me to have a different location.Scarlet Odyssey is filled with surprises, magic, and action, and though it took my full concentration to keep up, especially with the magic itself, I felt the storytelling and building were masterful, and I was grateful the cast of characters were introduced slowly, so I could savor the rich detail.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  2. says:

    Review from a very early advance copy This is a heroic quest story with a ragtag group of misfits, which is the best kind of misfit group It s the launch of a series by young African writer C T Rwizi, and the world here is inspired by cultures and myths of sub saharan Africa according to the book s PR information It s a thrilling, fanciful debut, crammed full of imaginative world building and excellent dialogue You can tell that the author had a very fun time writing the book the imag Review from a very early advance copy This is a heroic quest story with a ragtag group of misfits, which is the best kind of misfit group It s the launch of a series by young African writer C T Rwizi, and the world here is inspired by cultures and myths of sub saharan Africa according to the book s PR information It s a thrilling, fanciful debut, crammed full of imaginative world building and excellent dialogue You can tell that the author had a very fun time writing the book the imagination positively leaps off the page I look forward to seeing what s next But in the meantime, this one is worth re reading


  3. says:

    I am adding this to my did not finish pile I appreciate the publisher sending me an early copy of the book In all honesty, I think this book could be really great but unfortunately it s just not hooking me.There s a lot of terminology used without much definition which throws my head for a spin whether it s nouns, or places, or groups of people I find it hard to follow the storyline, as evenpoints of views are added on, and others dropped off I m just not as gripped or engaged as I am adding this to my did not finish pile I appreciate the publisher sending me an early copy of the book In all honesty, I think this book could be really great but unfortunately it s just not hooking me.There s a lot of terminology used without much definition which throws my head for a spin whether it s nouns, or places, or groups of people I find it hard to follow the storyline, as evenpoints of views are added on, and others dropped off I m just not as gripped or engaged as I would have expected after about 120 pages, and if a 600 page book doesn t grip me after that, I probably won t enjoy the rest Nevertheless I DO think this book could be someone s next favorite, and I encourage readers to give it a try


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    I see I m a girl who wants to be a ranger, and you re a boy who wants to be a clan mystic, so let s be friends Finished Done Phew Don t get me wrong it was good 3.5 s It would have rated it higher had I been 100% sure of what was actually happening Salo, or Musalodi, is a chieftain s son who defies convention and works to become a clan mystic And yet, despite the exceptional circumstances that lead him to be accepted for the role, his clan is not happy Magic is the purview of women, I see I m a girl who wants to be a ranger, and you re a boy who wants to be a clan mystic, so let s be friends Finished Done Phew Don t get me wrong it was good 3.5 s It would have rated it higher had I been 100% sure of what was actually happening Salo, or Musalodi, is a chieftain s son who defies convention and works to become a clan mystic And yet, despite the exceptional circumstances that lead him to be accepted for the role, his clan is not happy Magic is the purview of women, after all Yet Salo has discovered some extremely powerful magic and the Queen decides to use this to her advantage, sending Salo across the continent on a pilgrimage spy mission Along the way he meets Ilapara, a female warrior who also defied convention to become what she is, and Tuk, a mysterious traveller from foreign shores Set in an African inspired setting, I enjoyed discovering kraals traditional African hut villages surrounded by a fence , kitenges and kufis traditional African garb I can now also tell you that a Inkanyamba is a mythical African serpent, a kudu is an antelope, a zebroid is a zebra cross with an equine, and a kongamato is a made up dragon like creature Success It certainly made a refreshing change from the classic mediaeval Europe you see in a lot of fantasy books.By far the best thing about Scarlet Odyssey was its characters I might have stopped reading had I not like them as much as I did Salo for doing what was right no matter convention Ilapara for being able to do what s necessary without being blinded by it and Tuk for searching for , for searching to beMy problem with the book was two fold Firstly, the plot We had so many different sides playing out their grand schemes for one thing or another that I got lost This ties to the second part of the problem Rwizi s magic system On the one hand I loved it It was novel and I thought it s sci fi undertones of computer coding were inventive On the other hand, it was beyond complicated Not only do we have sun magic and moon magic, but within moon magic we have six seven different strands of magic Each tribe then also has an ancestral talent that affects their interaction with magic For example, one tribe can boost their magical abilities through geography, another can share their magical abilities with non magical people Each tribe also has magical tricks and trinkets such as Salo s talisman Honest to god I had to make myself a glossary just to keep it all straight I have included some of it below for those who need help TRIBAL MAGICAL ABILITIESYerezi Tribe inc Salo s High mystic title Queen Ancestral talent the ability to share with the non magical a portion of their magical power, giving them either mental or physical magical abilities Tricks talismansUmadi Tribe inc Kelafelo s High mystic title War Lord Ancestral talent their magical power grows with the size of territory under their control, and theimportant their territory is perceived to be, the greater the power it provides Tricks soul charmsKiYonte Tribe inc Isa s High mystic title Gods on Earth Faros of the Shirika Ancestral talent the ability to share Axioms with other mystics their acolytes a process that makes thempowerful with every new recruit.Faraswa Tribe Ancestral talent have essence rich blood, tensor appendages and eyes that can see magic.Tuanu Tribe Ancestral talent the ability for the non magical to replicate magical spells.Empire of Light Uses solar magic and forbids the use of lunar magic.All in all, I enjoyed the book, though oddly felt it would have made a better board game I ll keep an eye out for the sequel but won t be jumping up and down to buy it


  5. says:

    Initial thoughts like a 3.5 Phew, this was A JOURNEY it was ling but also really interesting but also a little confusing but in a good ish way


  6. says:

    Scarlet Odyssey , a debut novel by C T Rwizi, scheduled for publication on 1st July, is an epic fantasy that twists the classic quest trope into something new and exciting C T Rwizi, who comes from Zimbabwe originally is another exciting writer adding to the growing body of African Science Fiction think Rosewater and Binti Scarlet Odyssey is an epic fantasy with world building on a huge scale, spectacular new magic systems, warlords who use black magic that feeds off human sacrifice Scarlet Odyssey , a debut novel by C T Rwizi, scheduled for publication on 1st July, is an epic fantasy that twists the classic quest trope into something new and exciting C T Rwizi, who comes from Zimbabwe originally is another exciting writer adding to the growing body of African Science Fiction think Rosewater and Binti Scarlet Odyssey is an epic fantasy with world building on a huge scale, spectacular new magic systems, warlords who use black magic that feeds off human sacrifice and complex political and tribal systems that are under covert attack from external forces who are fomenting division and violence.C T Rwizi manages to keep all this spinning and still have a story that is mostly character driven and which is fast paced enough that the 559 pages flew by and left me wanting .The plot folds five main storylines together, each focused on a character who have in common only that they face challenges that require them to reshape themselves, often in painful ways The paths of these fives stories spiral in towards one another as the plot unfolds.The dominant story is about Salo who comes from a tribe where men are fierce warriors and women become magic wielding mystics As a chief s son, he should be a warrior but he has failed to pass the necessary tests of courage He is also secretly practising magic and, when the tribe is in danger, risks becoming an outcast by going through a ritual to become a mystic Salo is then immediately sent on a quest to the Kingdom of the Yontai, the political centre of their region, that provides the frame for the rest of the novel.Then we get the story of Ilapara, a young woman from Salo s tribe who has left their land to pursue a career as a mercenary in the neighbouring, warlord ridden Umadiland Being a mercenary is not what she hoped it might be and she sometimes finds herself doing things she does not think are right so when she meets Salo in Umadiland she accepts a post as his muscle for the rest of his journey.The third story tells of The Maidservant a powerful mystic who is a lieutenant known as Disciples to the most powerful Warlord in Umadiland and who pursues and attacks Silo on his quest The Maidservant s story is told in the current timeline, intercut with scenes that show why and how she came into her power and the heavy price she paid for it.In the Kingdom of the Yontai, we follow the story of Isa Andaiye Saire, a young princess in the ruling clan who is about to have her life torn apart and find herself with responsibilities that she has not been trained for.The external attempt to destabilise the tribes is being driven by the fifth character, a mysterious woman known as The Enchantress We only get parts of her backstory but her view on the world is very different from any of the other characters.Although Scarlet Odyssey takes place on an alien world with two suns and seems to be in the far future, it has a distinctly African feel to it that distinguishes it from all those kinda sorta Medieval Europe only with magic fantasy books that I ve seen so many of It s not just that all the clothes and names and some of the tribal systems and symbols are African, it s in the mindset that accepts that pain is inevitable, that we all fail, and the world is often cruel and or indifferent All of the characters in the five main storylines carry scars and all are trying to force transformations that are likely to require sacrifice.At one point Salo and The Maidservant clash and in the process learn a great deal about one another In aAnglo book, one of them would be good and the other would be evil In this book, they both discover that they have done terrible things in their past, unforgivable things, to get them the power they now have I liked that, instead of discussing guilt, or shame or atonement, Salo says that the only freedom they have is to choose a different future.I also liked what happened when Salo is confronted with the reality of slavery Ilapara, who has grown used to having the stench of slavery in her nostrils, initially thinks Salo s response is dangerous, naive and ultimately futile All of which is probably true Yet Ilapara recognises that Salo has broughtchange in a day than she has seen in years.I don t know how many books there will be in this series but I hope they keep coming at a pace By the end of the book, all five characters are in the Kingdom of the Yontai and the stage is set for major change I m engaged with the characters I can t see a simple way forward I know there are many things I don t yet understand about this world So I need the next book as soon as possible, please


  7. says:

    Its fantasy, but broadly African fantasy and there are enough hints in here that it was Earth all along might be on the cards , but this is aiming high A broad multicharacter canvas where the lead character comes of age, steps into his power and then is sent on a journey the Odyssey of the title is earned.This has no pretence of being a done in one from the beginning though I believe the author is only looking at two books in the set , and therefore takes its time as it jumps around its ch Its fantasy, but broadly African fantasy and there are enough hints in here that it was Earth all along might be on the cards , but this is aiming high A broad multicharacter canvas where the lead character comes of age, steps into his power and then is sent on a journey the Odyssey of the title is earned.This has no pretence of being a done in one from the beginning though I believe the author is only looking at two books in the set , and therefore takes its time as it jumps around its characters This means that it takes a while to gather momentum, the journey itself only really starts halfway through and the party only comes together in the last quarter This does allow for a lot of mythology and world building to be done, with an interesting blend of technology and magic the comparisons on some of that to Jemisin Broken Earth books is not unfavourable though the appearance of Tronic as a clear shortening of electronic for the metallic beasties was a groaner And whilst it deals with a lot of fantasy staples, there are flavours of twists on them not least two central gender rule breakers and an attempt to soften and understand the villain of this piece without undermining her power and evil But moving around five or six central characters means it takes a while to coalesce I would recommend sticking with it however, as once it all comes together it earns its almost breathless last passages, whilst setting up palace intrigue, hidden agendas and a lead who might accidentally destroy the world I ll read on


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    I liked this book and didn t like it So much violence And cruelty Also quite original, interesting, and well written with good world development, good plotting, and good characters Some reviews have mentioned difficulty with the names or words, but that didn t bother me I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and am used to having to learn new worlds and systems for labeling things and to reading names that look and sound foreign to me And it was fun to have a tale drawing from non E I liked this book and didn t like it So much violence And cruelty Also quite original, interesting, and well written with good world development, good plotting, and good characters Some reviews have mentioned difficulty with the names or words, but that didn t bother me I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and am used to having to learn new worlds and systems for labeling things and to reading names that look and sound foreign to me And it was fun to have a tale drawing from non European folklore I found myself wondering how I would relate to this story differently if I were familiar with the mythology and folklore of the African countries the author has lived in Sometimes I would imagine parts of this book as if they were myths or fables or faerie tales being handed down through generations I also reminded myself that the originals of European faerie tales and most myths I am familiar with are farcruel and violent than the watered down, sometimes Disney fied versions we feed our children now Another reviewer noted the acceptance of pain as part of life is part of African culture and is reflected in this book I don t disagree, though I m hardly an expert on African culturesI just found myself wondering if that quality used to be common in European cultures as well and was list over time, or if there has always been a difference Or if both are true And part of me wishes it didn t bother me the violence and pain and cruelty and acceptance of all these things I want to be open to other cultures and all the gifts and beauty and valuable life lessons they have to offer It did bother me, though I was anxious about getting too attached to any of the characters Both because I never knew what might befall them, and possibly worse I was never certain what they might do, or be capable of doing, themselves.And, it doesn t really have an ending It just stops I ve read books that don t have sequels and don t have endings before I m not sure why some authors make that choice, and they re not my favorite books to read But I guess, now that I m thinking about it, I respect those authors and that choicethan I respect authors who are writing sequels who don t bother to bring their books to some sort of conclusion Even there it doesn t bother me too much if the next book is already out and I can dive straight into it, provided I want to read the next book I think it s bothering me now because I m not sure I want to read anyof this tale It s well written and original enough that what s going to happen next tugs at me a bit, but wow, the violence and the crueltythese make it intermittently difficult to read


  9. says:

    Review originally published at Fantasy Literature Scarlet Odyssey 2020 is the debut novel by C.T Rwizi and the beginning of a new series, RED PLAINS It s an epic fantasy set in a world based on sub Saharan Africa, featuring a group of young people who might have the chance to stop an evil plan or might unwittingly put it in motion instead.The central point of view characters are Musalodi Salo , a young man who wants to learn magic even though his people forbid that study to men Ilapara, Review originally published at Fantasy Literature Scarlet Odyssey 2020 is the debut novel by C.T Rwizi and the beginning of a new series, RED PLAINS It s an epic fantasy set in a world based on sub Saharan Africa, featuring a group of young people who might have the chance to stop an evil plan or might unwittingly put it in motion instead.The central point of view characters are Musalodi Salo , a young man who wants to learn magic even though his people forbid that study to men Ilapara, a young woman who rebelled in the inverse way, by becoming a female warrior, and starts the novel working as a mercenary Kelafelo, a woman whose village is destroyed by a brutal warlord, and who apprentices in sorcery in the hopes of taking vengeance on him and Isa, a spoiled princess who will have responsibility thrust upon her unexpectedly Also among the POVs are several shadowy characters who go only by titles rather than names, and about whom we learnas the novel progresses.The easy comparison here is to George R.R Martin s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, which similarly alternates among multiple third person narrators, each of whom has their own character arc while also giving the reader a look at what s going on in their part of the map Rwizi also employs a Martinesque level of violence, so you have been warned The magic is interesting and has a futuristic bent to it Some aspects of the system seem like straight up magic, while others appear to belike computer programming, and there are tronic animals that are part machine, whose origin hasn t been explained yet.The multiple POVs and the magical terminology are a lot to take in at first, especially since the POVs don t intersect until later and the connection between them is not immediately apparent There s a learning curve to it, and it can be confusing in the early going, but ultimately rewarding And some of the things that seem mysterious are that way on purpose There were a few plot points I was sure I just didn t get, and was pleasantly surprised when twists and reveals late in the book made them fall into place.There s a fair amount of setup at the beginning which is probably for the best, considering all the info that s coming at you but once Salo is sent on a journey and leaves home, Scarlet Odyssey becomes difficult to put down Danger is everywhere, and Salo will need to learnabout himself and his magic on the fly.The main plot is left to be resolved in a future book or books, but Scarlet Odyssey finishes strong nonetheless, with a couple of big Wow moments that make the end satisfying even though it s not the end I will definitely be reading the sequel RED PLAINS is a promising new series by a promising new author


  10. says:

    group of misfits on a quest ermmm GIMME


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