City of Ruin

City of Ruin Villiren a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and barely human gangs fight turf wars for control of the streets Amidst this chaos Commander

  • Title: City of Ruin
  • Author: Mark Charan Newton
  • ISBN: 9780230712591
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Villiren a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and barely human gangs fight turf wars for control of the streets.Amidst this chaos, Commander Brynd Lathraea, commander of the Night Guard, must plan the defence of Villiren against a race that has broken through from some other realm and already slaughtered hundredsVilliren a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and barely human gangs fight turf wars for control of the streets.Amidst this chaos, Commander Brynd Lathraea, commander of the Night Guard, must plan the defence of Villiren against a race that has broken through from some other realm and already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of the Empire s people.When a Night Guard soldier goes missing, Brynd requests help from the recently arrived Inqusitor Jeryd He discovers this is not the only disapearance the streets of Villiren It seems that a serial killer of the most horrific kind is on the loose, taking hundreds of people from their own homes A killer that cannot possibly be human.The entire population of Villiren must unite to face an impossible surge of violent and unnatural enemies or the city will fall But how can anyone save a city that is already a ruin

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    1. 4.5 to 5.0 stars. This is a fantastic sequel to the excellent Nights of Villjamur. Mr. Newton's world of Villjamur gets bigger and stranger, the fantasy/science fiction elements get even more interesting (reminding me at times of Jack Vance and China Mieville, which is high praise indeed), and the story explodes exponentially. All of the components that were great in the first book are even better here, including some really well thought out ideas and characters.I can not wait for the next insta [...]

    2. This review was originally published on A Dribble of InkThe New Weird. It’s that strange little literary movement that, according to Mark Charan Newton, is dead. And yet, he’s flying that mantle high, telling anyone who’ll listen that City of Ruin, the second volume of his Legends of the Red Sun series, has been let of its leash by virtue of a four book publishing deal; it’s going to be weirder, more true to Newton’s original vision of the sun-deprived Boreal Archipelago. Nights of Vil [...]

    3. Newton’s Nights of Villjamur was a somber moody success, almost like a fantasy novel that read like a Scandinavian crime novel. The second entry is louder, more packed with grotesquerie and invention, and more emotional. Gang wars, bizarre technology, dystopian politics, inter-dimensional war, weird ancient technology, mutant animal/human hybrids, religious fanaticism, homophobia, and vampires are packed in with the somber mood retained from the first book, in this wonderful revitalization of [...]

    4. I'd enjoyed Nights of Villjamur but had issues with it.  A very good debut novel and a book I'm happy to recommend to people despite my slight issues with dialogue.  I was looking forward to City of Ruin.  If Newton could build and improve on Nights, then City of Ruin could prove to be a very good book.  At Eastercon, there was a group of us chatting about various novels and giving our honest opinion on them, outside the earshot of writers (although to be honest, no-one said anything there, [...]

    5. 5Stars It is a rare find to have a second novel eclipse that of the first, but that is exactly what Mark Charan Newton has done with the City of Ruin. I love the New Weird and when it is done well by the greats like China Mieville and Jeff Vandermeer, it can be the most memorable of the fantasy genre. Mark Charan Newton has now put himself along the masters and added his own unique twists to it, kind of funny since he himself feels that the genre is dead. This book starts out very fast and has e [...]

    6. Mark Charan Newton continues to infuse the Epic/High-Fantasy genre with New-Weird sensibilities in an excellent sequel to the Nights of Villjamur. And in its weirdness, City of Ruin almost becomes a post-singularity SF novel in the type of Ilium/Olympos by Dan Simmons.

    7. hshafbfskjffjdfjfjf ugh just stayed up way too long to finish this, but that's what you do when your favorite character brushes with death about 2 dozen times

    8. Formell ist Villiren Teil des Imperiums Jamur. In der Realität feiert die Stadt ihre Unabhängigkeit und funktioniert nach eigenen Regeln und Gesetzen. Jeder Hunger, jede Perversion kann befriedigt werden. Diesen Sündenpfuhl muss Brynd Lathraea, Kommandant der Nachtgarde, gegen eine brutale Invasion verteidigen. Nach der Entdeckung der fremdartigen, feindlichen Okun obliegt es Brynd, Villiren auf ihren Angriff vorzubereiten. Verzweifelt versucht er, Autoritäten und Bevölkerung von der Gefahr [...]

    9. People: An elite military commander who is albino and secretly gay, a rumel (reptilian humanoid) detective hiding out in a new city, on the trail of a killer, a half vampire gang lord having marriage trouble, his wife a cultist (user of ancient technology), a suspicious second in command conferring with a priest who condemns homosexuality, a psychopathic doctor who creates human/animal hybrids, a giant spider, crustacean warriors intent on attacking the city, a princess on the run from the evil [...]

    10. Finally, just a warning to those tempted to read “Nights of Villjamur” or “City of Ruin” (Bantam Spectra) by Mark Charan Newton: Though these are the first two books in a tetralogy, Bantam did not pick up the option for the last two, so the only way to finish the series is to order them from Great Britain.And though the first two are reasonably good – a struggling society set on a world where the environment is collapsing – I don’t think they’re good enough to go to the trouble o [...]

    11. City of Ruin picks up where Nights of Villjamur leaves off. The city of Villien and the planet that it is on is being invaded. This novel is part steam-punk, part-fantasy and part Sci-Fi rolled into an entertaining story. Humans, reptile beings called “Rummels” and a bird-like race share the world that is faced with threats from these unknown invaders and a mysterious killer within the city. The plot consists of several story arcs interwoven into one overall story, that come closer together [...]

    12. This is a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I rank it as one my all-time favourite reads. MarkCN has again written about strong male and female characters, who are complex and interesting. I like the way he brings in ideas from other genres to mix with fantasy. He has created a very imaginative, multi-layered world full of different histories, societies and all sorts of creatures. I am really looking forward to the next book!!!

    13. The Jamur Empire is riven by internal turmoil and the threat of external invasion. Chancellor Urtica has usurped the throne and seized control of the capital, Villjamur, but the rightful empress, Rika, has fled the city with her sister Eir and their protector, the redoubtable swordsman and con-artist Randur. They decide to head for the far northern city of Villiren, where their potential ally Commander Brynd Lathraea of the Night Guard and his loyal troops have been dispatched, but the journey i [...]

    14. The ice age that loomed over Nights of Villjamur has begun and with it a new, and unprecedented threat has arrived at the empire’s edges. Dispatched to the crumbling city of Villiren Commander Brynd, the albino leader of the elite Night Guard, must unite the Jamur military with the desperate, destitute, and shady citizens of the titular City of Ruins in order to stave off the coming invasion. As if things weren’t bad enough something stalks the people of Villiren and it is up to the hardwork [...]

    15. Mark was awesome enough to send me a PDF copy of City of Ruin, and although it took me a while to read it (about 3 weeks), I’m really glad I did; not only is it an excellent sequel to Nights of Villjamur, it’s also capable of standing on it’s own as an excellent Epic Fantasy / New Weird novel. :-)Nights of Villjamur took us to the central city of the Jamur Empire, showing us a world and characters having to contend with a coming Ice Age and much more besides. This book had an incredible at [...]

    16. Well, this has a pretty cover. Mark Newton's City of Ruin is the second book of Legends of the Red Sun. I reviewed the first book, Nights of Villjamur, couple of days ago and gave it 3. I hoped that that the second book would have gotten rid of couple of annoying factors, but while it did so it also added a considerable number of new ones. City of Ruin is about the same length as it's prdecessor, 467 pages.The storytelling is better than in the first book and at the beginning I felt that this bo [...]

    17. The second book in a series can be a tricky one, but Newton pulls it of with his effort. We pick up the story a short while after the events of Nights of Villjamur. All the main characters have relocated, and most of them is now to be found in the city of Villiren. Newton doesn't waste any time here. By the end of the first chapter we are already re-introduced to some of the main characters from book one, and have gotten our first glimpse of their new situation. Again most of the story is bound [...]

    18. City of Ruin is the second in Mark Charan Newton's Legends of the Red Sun series, with the first being Nights of Villjamur. I had trouble initially reading Nights of Villjamur as I found myself having trouble staying interested. This problem went away in City of Ruin, as I thought the plot drew me in much faster. However, one quibble I had with the book hampered my ability to enjoy it fully.Many reviews have mentioned the bigotry this book addresses. I admire Mark Charan Newton's willingness to [...]

    19. This is one of those rare books where the second book in the series is far better than the first. When I was browsig the shelves at the now defunct Borders, I picked up City of Ruin instead of The Nights of Villjamur not realizing it was a series. After realizing it when I got home, I went back and got the first one. City of Ruin picks up right where Nights of Villjamur left off. This time, our merry cast of detectives are relocated to Villiren, a city that is rife with racial and gang tensions. [...]

    20. Put simply it is a really good read.The world that Mark has created is really unique in its mix of magic and technology (or more correctly technology interpreted as magic), and the races that inhabit it are different from the typical fantasy fare. It is set in a frozen city on the edge of the world facing the threat of attack from a brutal yet mysterious enemy and is populated by gritty characters with their own demons and their own agenda.There are several storylines interwoven, the war, a murd [...]

    21. Interesting continuation of the series. I like that the overall plot is picking up. I would have liked to see more of the Jamur sisters than we did. The butcher was really evil and delicious as a character, very Jack the Ripper. What is really neat about sci-fi/fantasy as genres is that there is so much room to explore philosophy, ethics, religion, science, and social mores in a context that really allows questions to arise and be answered. However, in this, the author does his audience a disser [...]

    22. Part two of Newton's series is infinitely more strange than the first. Though it takes place away from the city of Villjamur, which feels somewhat strange, there is some real progress to the story, and its scope is magnified to a mindboggling degree.The influence of "New Weird" aspects is greater in this novel than in the first, and it adds a lot of interesting potential to the story. The strange enemy introduced in Nights of Villjamur represent the biggest threat, and though we are shown some m [...]

    23. Book two of "Legends of the Red Sun" features a new city; Villiren and it makes Villjamur look like a utopia. An invasion is immenent and the first half of the book does a good job of making us question whether the city deserves to be saved. The second half is like a fantasy version of" Black Hawk Down" or "Saving Private Ryan" which despite having many "WTF?" action/monster scenes is still grounded with the devastating and often banal loss of life. This volume also starts to hint there is far m [...]

    24. Villiren is a city under siege: from unknown alien armies outside and criminal gangs and mysterious killers inside. really, it is enough to give the army commander and the police inspector headaches. And the reader one as well for the first half of the book.Again, Newton provides a lively setting and then sits back and lets it do not very much for quite a while. Inspector Jeryd wanders about eating pastries and wondering about bad meat, which Commander Brynd anxiously sends scouts to the north a [...]

    25. Mark continues to take us further within his strange world where humans meet with other races. Some protagonists stay the same but the focus moves. Again its a city but this time a new, more dangerous and definitely weird city.Throughout the book the treat of off world invaders is constantly present and thankfully Mark lets most of the working out how to combat this threat come from the city inhabitants and their perserverence.The book focuses on the struggles of individuals and their ability to [...]

    26. I might be one of the few who liked the first in the series better. I enjoyed the weirdness, but it felt like it came at the expense of the pace. Especially as how the last book set up a conflict with the invading army--it seemed as though this one should start with it, but no serious confrontation happened until the very end. It felt like padding. I also think this book lacked the subtlety that Nights had. While some of the characters are quite complex, their motivations are rather blatantly to [...]

    27. Both weirder and more disturbing than Nights of Villjamur, this was a great second book in the Legends of the Red Sun series. Picking up where the first book left off, most of the action is concentrated in the city of Villiren this time, following both characters like Brynd and Jeryd whom we already know and a few interesting new additions to the cast. Definitely not for squeamish readers, but great entertainment for me. Looking forward to the next!

    28. Read final draft, currently reading first final version before last edits and it's just great; the author let's it go here to the max and the novel goes much deepr into sense of wonder; the great characters from Villjamur are back and several new ones appear; there is everything from romance (of several types for that matter), to intrigue, mysteries and of course brutal battles since the title is apt for sureWill add more as time goes but with this novel Mr. Newton shows that Nights of Villjamur [...]

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