Review: Nights of Villjamur – Mark Charan Newton

Series: Legends of the red sun #1
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 497
Published: 2009
Publisher: TOR
Source: Bought

Beneath a dying red sun sits the proud and ancient city of Villjamur, capital of a mighty empire that now sits powerless against an encroaching ice age. As throngs of refugees gather outside the city gates, a fierce debate rages within the walls about the fate of these desperate souls. Then tragedy strikes—and the Emperor’s elder daughter, Jamur Rika, is summoned to serve as queen. Joined by her younger sister, Jamur Eir, the queen comes to sympathize with the hardships of the common people, thanks in part to her dashing teacher Randur Estevu, a man who is not what he seems. 

Meanwhile, the grisly murder of a councillor draws the attention of Inspector Rumex Jeryd. Jeryd is a rumel, a species of nonhuman that can live for hundreds of years and shares the city with humans, birdlike garuda, and the eerie banshees whose forlorn cries herald death. Jeryd’s investigation will lead him into a web of corruption—and to an obscene conspiracy that threatens the lives of Rika and Eir, and the future of Villjamur itself. 

But in the far north, where the drawn-out winter has already begun, an even greater threat appears, against which all the empire’s military and magical power may well prove useless—a threat from another world.

I am gonna do this in the 3 reasons review format because honestly I got nothing to say at all. (well nothing nice at least).


1.) Reasons you chose this book 
It sounded good. An ice age is coming, the dead are walking, intrigues and an interesting sounding world. 

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book 
*I disliked it because I could not connect with anyone, I did not care if they lived or died. 

*It bored me, it had so much potential but for some reason it never sucked me in. I noticed it already on page 20 but I soldiered on. I am a sucker for punishment and well I had a free evening when I was home alone. So I finished the book, but I do admit to skimming a lot. 

*There was romance too, now that was really bad. One who had a relationship he hid, one couple who suddenly fell in love, no no no, please. And one guy who lusted after his ex-wife. He could have left the tension but the rest should have been skipped. It was not very well done. 

*I feel so sad now cos I can’t say anything good about it, but when you do not connect it is not easy. 

*The only reason I did like the book somewhat was that it had potential and that the end was a bit interesting. So I can give it an ok since I did skim on, it was not truly bad thanks to the hidden gems. 

3.) Reasons you are recommending this book 
Sadly I can’t since I was bored by it, but if it sounds interesting then get it from the library and have a go at it. 


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33 thoughts on “Review: Nights of Villjamur – Mark Charan Newton

  1. Mel says:

    Oh, dear you really didn't like this did you? I have to admit it sounded a bit too heavy for me – I haven't tried a 'serious' fantasy book for a while and I don't think I'll be starting with this one!

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    MichelleI do hate it 😦 So sad, I hate when I do not fall for fantasy books. it is the time it really breaks me down.CaroleI tried to say something nice and I did manage somewhat, but, yes it fell so short for meMelI would not exactly call it serious though. I read this other review that kind of nailed it, it said he built up a great place but did not explore it or the characters more

  3. Cherry says:

    I read this book because a review copy was sent to me for free. And the only good recommendation I could give it is, if you suffer insomnia, this book is a good cure! I wholeheartedly agree with Blodeuedd that this book is boring!

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    AbsentSadly a true let-down :/There was something about it, just not something for meCarrieYeah…it does show ;)CherryYay I am not alone, oh I am evil, but I do not like being alone. So now I have a partner in crime, this book was boring.ChrisOh…well I did leave a few recs 😉

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    ElysiumAnd I bought it and all from a real bookstore, arghh, which made it double as expensive and it all fell flatAnaIt is the hardest thing in the world, woe me

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaIt was fantasy, sure I have dfned some but not my own books. and it was a bit ok in parts of it :(MysticaLuckily I had a whole evening free that i got waste on this book

  7. Jenny says:

    It's really hard when you can't connect to a book on any level, makes reading a challenge instead of a fun, relaxing activity:) So sorry this one was a bit of a fail for you, hope the next book you pick up blows you away!

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    MarkI feel so bad for not liking it, but I do know that there are two kinds of fantasy for me. Those I like, and those that does not work at all for me even though I am fascinated by the world

  9. Aarti says:

    Oh, no! It's so tough with fantasy, I feel, to really strike a balance that works for many people. It's a pretty tight-knit genre, especially epic fantasy. Sorry this one didn't work out for you. I've never read it, but I remember it was all over blogosphere when it came out.

  10. Aurian says:

    Sorry you disliked it, but if you cannot connect with the main characters, it is very hard. I had the same problem yesterday, and I so wanted to like this series, and author.

  11. Staci says:

    That's too bad…but this is your first dud in a long time. I felt that way once about book 8 or 9 in the Wheel of Time series…I didn't care if they all were obliterated…that's when I knew that I'd had enough of that series.

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    RyanI just read the blurb for the 2nd book and it sounds so good, but yes I know it us not for meStaciLol, hey, I love those books! Even if they bored me at times when they just went on and on..and on. Still love 😉

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