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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Charan Newton Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Legends of the Red Sun Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187607
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An ice age strikes a chain of islands, and thousands come to seek sanctuary at the gates of Villjamur: a city of ancient spires and bridges, a place where banshees wail the deceased, cultists use forgotten technology for their own gain, and where, further out, the dead have been seen walking across the tundra. When the Emperor commits suicide, his elder daughter, Rika, is brought home to lead the Jamur Empire, but the sinister Chancellor plans to get rid of her and claim the throne for himself. Meanwhile, a senior investigator in the city inquisition must solve the high-profile and savage murder of a city politician while battling evils within his own life, and a handsome and serial womanizer manipulates his way into the imperial residence with a hidden agenda. When reports are received that tens of thousands of citizens are dying in a bizarre genocide on the northern islands of the Empire, members of the elite Night Guard are sent to investigate. It seems that, in this land under a red sun, the long winter is bringing more than just snow. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Newton handles his multilayered world and diverse cast of characters with the assurance of an experienced author and balances his fantasy tropes with elements of horror and political commentary in vividly descriptive, compelling prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • [An] impressive debut…. Newton handles his multilayered world and diverse cast of characters with the assurance of an experienced author. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 2/11/2014

    " Listened to the audio book from Audible. For some reason this one just didn't grab me. I appreciated the world building and the ending was enjoyable, but for the most part I just didn't enjoy it. Maybe I'm just spoiled with so much great epic fantasy around lately (see the Acacia series). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 2/9/2014

    " Since this is the author's first novel, I can forgive some of the wandering plot lines and will continue reading the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 2/1/2014

    " tropes on top of tropes. The British english doesn't work with the setting, neither does the American english that it is mixed with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cal | 1/16/2014

    " Pretty solid fantasy entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tudor Ciocarlie | 1/1/2014

    " Great start to what promises to be a great fantasy series. I like its freshness and its inventiveness. The world and characters feel like something China Mieville would write if he would try his hand in the epic fantasy genre. I can't wait to read the next installment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 12/31/2013

    " This story was simply not good, pretty bad actually. Damn amateur. ask Mark.....he's right "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Lonberg | 12/14/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminded me of a mix between Abercrombie's Third Law books and a China Meiville novel, but less creepy. Looking forward to the rest in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 12/13/2013

    " Great epic fantasy, on the darker side of the genre for sure. The author does an amazing job of describing the city. Villjamur is certainly a living breathing entity and a fully realized character in this book. Definitely will be picking up the second book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 12/11/2013

    " Starts slowly building up characters then comes together brilliantly making you yearn to read the entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/24/2012

    " cant remeber it maybe i didnt finish it, i will go back and find it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Gow | 12/30/2011

    " Just arrived from Amazon - never read this author before but apparently my enjoyment of Joe Abercrombie's works make this an Amazon recommend. So, I'm giving it a go "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this first book in the series and can't wait to see what happens next. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 5/28/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well-crafted parallel plot lines, sinister political intrigue, and none of the usual formulaic fantasy writing. Excellent first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 3/29/2011

    " this took me ages to read, but was actually a really good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 3/17/2011

    " ok, can get interesting. I probably would not have picked it up if I knew it was to be a series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hawk | 1/8/2011

    " Did Not Finish. Reads as if written by a teen age boy. Very distracting. A bit of maturity would have added some creditability, lack of same sent it to the DNF pile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Splash Of Our Worlds | 12/12/2010

    " I find it boring and mostly confusing so far so i stopped around 100 pages.
    I will give it another try later when i don't have something else to read. :/ "

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About the Author
Author Mark Charan Newton

Mark Charan Newton has worked as an editor for the imprint Black Flame and helped create Solaris, a mass market, original science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint. He lives in Nottingham, UK, and Nights of Villjamur is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.