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.
Paperback 346 pages
Published: August 4th 2015 by Sparkpress (first published June 11th 2014
Source: A paperback from author
The Red Sun is an adventurous and exciting read about a seeming normal boy, Sam, who turns out to be half witch and half god. His parent’s relationship is forbidden in their world, so, they take Sam to the mortal world. There, he grows up and not realizing the truth behind his parents. He believes that his dad left his mom and himself. Then, one day, his teacher is said to be turned into a frog, a dwarf shows up at his home and his friends are taken by a witch. This is where the story begins!
This book is the perfect bed time story! That is probably why it is labeled for middle grade and not young adult. However, I believe that even adults would enjoy and want more from this series. The book is quite suspenseful, for Sam is to make a choice that will determine the future of many. I enjoyed this book. However, at some points, there are too many fast paced moments. It gets annoying and too intense. If there were a few more quieter scenes, that would have made the book even better. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed The Red Sun. And if you are looking for a fun bed time read, this is the one for you.
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