Scarlet Tides is the
second instalment in the Moontide Quartet and continues the tales of Alaron,
Ramita, Elena and Cera. As is to be expected the story strands start to get closer
entwined as the characters move closer together.
Alaron is on the trail of his friend and erstwhile love Cymbellea, who has
made off with an important artefact. In steadily hotter pursuit is a group of inquisitors,
powerful magi in their own right, intent on regaining the artefact and asking, with
extreme prejudice, Alaron some very pointed questions. Ramita has made joint company with
her daughter-in-law Justina and is trying to escape the attentions of the forces intent on
using her to their own ends. Meanwhile, Justina must train her in magic craft as
Ramitas pregnancy is inducing sorcerous ability. Elena has escaped Gurvon
Gyles cluches, leaving Cera to face the music when another plot of Gurvons
unfolds around her.
Mr Hair enlivens the story by bringing other viewpoint characters most
notably Ramon, a school friend of Alaron, and now posted to the logistics and support
company of a Rondian legion and learning war-craft in Antiopia. Also, the author is not
shy of killing off his characters with more than one personality who starts this book
failing to survive to the final page.
Each character has grown and moved on from book one as they each have to
deal with the troubles, big and small, that life throws their way. As to be expected, each
character is facing a new crisis to be resolved in book three (if they didnt would
you want to read book three?) and none of them are safe even the villains are
imperilled. No one has the upper hand and any advantage in their struggles feels decidedly
This is a very worthy sequel to book one in the quartet and I look forward
most keenly to book three where I am certain further mayhem will ensue (goody).