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Primeval Fire (Scarlet Odyssey) Hardcover – July 26, 2022
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In the final riveting installment of C. T. Rwizi’s Scarlet Odyssey series, Salo’s death leaves his friends reeling―and a magical world in turmoil.
Salo is dead―and the world he left behind is at war.
In the midst of their grief, Salo’s closest clan members begin to experience strange phenomena: visions visit one, while seizures plague another. The clan’s new mystic divines that an arcane signal from the far west is calling, so they set out toward the desert―and encounter a caravan of travelers following the same mysterious call.
Meanwhile, Salo’s loyal allies Ilapara and Tuk embark on a bold mission to raise Salo from the dead. And their sorcery works…or seems to. While the resurrected Salo ignores his friends’ warnings and forms dark alliances, Ilapara and Tuk struggle with their growing unease, even as they follow Salo westward on a quest in which the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
With magic spiraling into mayhem, is this the end of Salo’s saga―or an epic new beginning?
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About the 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 : 47North (July 26, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 620 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542037115
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542037112
- Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 2 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #284,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is hard -- really hard -- to write a book from the perspective of multiple characters and for it not to feel boring or like you're just dragging through one chapter to get back to another character, but Rwizi masterfully draws you into each character's story in such a way that none of the chapters feel boring. Loved the character growth and the way Rwizi tied everything together in the end, though this book did feel more mature than previous books (which, I suppose comes with the character and relationship development).
And the worldbuilding! THE WORLDBUILDING!!! I love that Rwizi is expanding the universe from the first two books, where we mostly stayed in the Redlands. Rwizi has previously said in an interview that he would love to see the series made into a video game, and I can definitely see that influence in his writing, with a myriad of characters, moralities, and ethical choices that characters make throughout the series that completely change its course.
I would recommend reading these close together, because reading this one made me wish I'd reread the first two to get caught up/refreshed on the magic system. While this series was previously supposed to be a duology, we are all lucky that Rwizi decided to expand the story into a trilogy. Really great close to a series that I love.
Primeval Fire is the last book in the Scarlet Odyssey trilogy and beautifully wraps up the story. The first half was a little slow and introduced a whole host of new characters, so I was concerned the ending would be rushed, and a rushed ending was the last thing this gorgeous trilogy deserved. Fortunately, I needn’t have feared. The second half read like a dream, working hard to conclude the story and wrap up the characters’ story lines. It was all heartbreakingly beautiful, and just reinforced how much I love the characters.
It’s all about the characters for me. The world is incredibly amazing and perfectly detailed, but the characters steal the show for me every time. After the heart stopping end to the second book, I was terrified of what I would find in the last book, and where on earth it could possibly go. But it was perfect, absolutely perfect. I felt that this third book belonged more to Ilapara than Salo, and I loved that it felt like most of the story was told by her. She’s amazing, teetering on the edges of the world of men and the world of women and just perfectly blending them to be perfectly her. I wished for Tuk’s perspective, but seeing him through Ilapara’s eyes was so much fun. Salo, well, he has this incredible story that broke my heart and put it back together. This book just reinforced how much I love him. He’s incredible, almost too good to be true, but I couldn’t imagine him being any other way, because his good heart has always been his downfall throughout the story. I also loved the new characters. I was apprehensive about them showing up, but, by the end, because this book is not small, I adored them and couldn’t imagine the end of the story without them. The characters really stole the show here. They were all perfectly imagined and executed, and I loved getting to know them better. There is also a really sweet romance that had been hinted at throughout the whole series, but it really came out strong here. It was a little off putting at first, as it felt like it came out of nowhere, but, by the end, it just made me melt.
The world deserves some attention. It perfectly blends magic and technology. Ilapara and Tuk get the opportunity to travel beyond the Redlands (Africa) and enter a strange new land (to Ilapara) that really came off strongly as steampunk. I’m not a big fan of steampunk, but this book just perfectly couched it so it felt like steampunk as well as its own thing. The careful balance of magic and technology and how they all worked together has amazed me throughout the series, and Primeval Fire just proved what a feat it is. I loved this world, loved how everything blended so well. It’s an exceptionally well-executed balancing act.
There’s more I’d love to say about Primeval Fire, but, as the third book in the series, and especially after how the second book ended, saying too much would be too revealing. Suffice to say I loved just about everything. The beginning was a little slow and the back and forth in time was a little disorienting, but it all really does come together by the end. The end is note perfect. Primeval Fire is a beautiful conclusion to the trilogy, neatly wrapping up all the story lines and offering new things, people, and places to explore in an incredibly manageable way.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.