Something Red

Something Red

Book - 2012
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From debut author Douglas Nicholas comes a haunting story of love, murder, and sorcery.

During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated--or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters--shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights--where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2012, c©2010
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451660074
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 24 cm.

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stevebe25
Jul 19, 2016

Ok, not great. Long periods of nothing happening other than descriptions and details of medieval castles, inns and forests. Everything comes to a head quickly at the end and the cliffhanger is easily spotted about halfway through the book.

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BWilsoned
Feb 24, 2016

When a bloodthirsty shape-changing demon is terrorizing your region, who ya gonna call? Maeve, of course. Known locally in England as Molly, Maeve and her granddaughter, Nemain, deal in music and healing tinctures as well as the odd demon-slaying. I really love some kick-ass Irish lasses!

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BarfleBagBill
Sep 28, 2015

This is the first in a so far 3 novel set. The characters grow during all three novels.I was drawn into the mystery,by the use of magic,the use of ancient languages,and in particular an enemy that is both mysterious and dangerous.Excellently done.

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axeman
May 08, 2015

Hard to put this into a category. It was a bit of a mystery/thriller with a historical setting and an element of myth and supernatural to it. Very good.

Cdnbookworm Dec 15, 2012

This first novel by the award-winning poet Nicholas is set in medieval times and follows the journey of young Hob, a boy just becoming a man as he travel through northern England with his Irish mistress Molly (Maeve), her granddaughter Nemain, and the man Jack. As the story begins they are travelling through a mountain pass, one protected by the warrior monks of a monastery set in the pass, as winter approaches. They feel the presence of something evil, and are glad to reach the protection of the monastery.
As they continue their trip, visiting an inn, and travelling along with a group of pilgrims, they find the evil follows them and Maeve must call on all her skills to defeat it. They encounter many travellers, as well as old friends as they travel. Besides the pilgrims, other travellers include a group of masons, men escorting a number of horses to a castle, and an old woman from foreign lands with her retinue.
Hob is learning a lot, about the nature of evil, about the ways of magic, and men and women, and about himself. Nemain is also growing into her skills and he finds her both changed and familiar to him during this time. As they take shelter in a well-protected castle from a vicious winter storm, they find that the evil has also taken shelter and they must draw on all resources to face it.
This is a story of coming of age, of magic, of good and evil and of destiny.
An enchanting tale of a vanished world.

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