Author: Dawn McCullough White
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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. Book One in the Trilogy of the Tyrant, a stand-alone series set fifteen years after the Trilogy of Shadows.
Review: As some of you readers know, I'm more of a young adult contemporary/teen romance kind of girl. I like to read things I can relate to. When I signed up for this tour, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and try a different genre. I always like to try new things, especially when it comes to reading, and I'm glad I did.
Dawn's writing is unique, and personally, was hard to grasp at first. In each chapter, there was the possibility of two or more character's point of views being told. I'm used to books where each character gets their own chapter for their point of view, so it was surprising for me to see it done differently. Get what I'm saying? At certain parts, I had to reread a paragraph to remember what character was telling the story, but it kept me on my toes.
Was it bad that I envisioned Captain Sutton as Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time? (; I really couldn't picture him as anyone else. I found Ilka an easy character to like for her strength - she went through a lot (the death of her fiancee, waking up on a strange boat, being forced to take her savior to the gallows) all at once. The romance between Captain Sutton and Ilka made me squeal a little bit. Like I said, I'm not used to pirates. Or zombies. Or vampires. Oh my!
The story featuring Captain Sutton and Ilka isn't the only story that's going on in The Emblazoned Red. *Enter confusion.* For real, though. This vampire, Augustine, stalks girls. That's all he does. No lie. Then this zombie lady comes out of nowhere and... Yeah. It's crazy stuff. Guess you're going to have to read it yourself. (:
Extra Info: Purchase The Emblazoned Red at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about the book on Goodreads.
Author Bio: Dawn McCullough White is known for her strong female protagonists, and gritty dark fantasy. Ms. McCullough-White has lived the majority of her life in and around Rochester, NY with a brief stint in Tucson, AZ. She is pursuing a degree in psychology at R.I.T. Dawn is a history buff and was a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism for years, active as a heavy weapons fighter. She currently resides with her husband and son in a quaint neighborhood next to an old cemetery.
A big thanks to Kismet Blog Touring for letting me participate in The Emblazoned Red book tour!