Review: Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi

Scarlet OdysseyAuthor: C.T. Rwizi
Series: Scarlet Odyssey #1
Publisher: 47 North
Released: July 1st, 2020
Received: Review Request
Warnings: Animal death, rape, graphic eye injury
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Scarlet Odyssey in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Scarlet Odyssey is simultaneously the debut novel of C.T. Rwizi, and the first novel in a series of the same name. It is a world full of wonders, magic, expansive characters, and the dangers that can come with power.

This is a tale of heroes and mystics. Of misfits and rulers. Featuring four unique and diverse characters, Scarlet Odyssey introduces us to a world that is wonderfully complex and fantastical. In this world, it is the women who handle magic, while the men handle everything pertaining to war.

There are always exceptions to the rules. Salo has always craved to become a mystic, even if the rest of his village considers him deviant and a coward because of it. Likewise, Ilapara left her village in order to give herself a chance at becoming the warrior her heart always knew she could be.

Isa is a princess, one who never imaged she’d be put in charge of her entire people someday. But life has other plans, and thanks to the scheming of others, she’s all her people have left. Now she must stave off disaster.

Kelafelo is the last character to discuss, and her story is one of mystery. And pain. Hers is a journey vital to this story, and yet there’s no hiding from the bloodshed or pain she experienced.

“Not one minute inside the krall, and I’m already wishing I could run off.”

Spoiler Warning

Warnings: Scarlet Odyssey is a tale of mystics and magic, but also of war and pain. There are elements of this novel that can get quite difficult to read, at times. In this novel, you can find the death of a child, animal death, graphic eye injuries, and rape (not discussed in detail).

Scarlet Odyssey is a brilliant, intense, and beautiful tale. This group of misfits are set to change the world – and the best part is that they don’t even know it. Not yet, but soon they will. And we get to be alongside them for that journey.

Honestly, if you handed me this book with no description, I never in a million years would have guessed that it was a debut novel. It is so delightfully complex and intricate. The magical system is fascinating, yet fluid and complex. I would have given anything to see more of it.

Likewise, I simply want to see more of the world that C.T. Rwizi has introduced us to here. There were secondary characters in this novel that caught my attention alongside the main characters, making the world feel so vibrant and alive.

I think what I love best of all is that I sincerely cannot predict what path each of the characters will end up taking. I do not know how this series will end, or who will be there to end it. And yet I have faith that it will be done beautifully.

Having the perspective split into multiple parts was a brilliant move, as it allowed us to see and understand a greater part of the world. There are plots in motion that would not make sense if it was to all come from one character. Personally, I’m looking forward to the moment when it all comes together.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a novel quite like Scarlet Odyssey. It was so beautiful yet haunting, creative, and bold. I’m already finding myself missing this world, and thus I’m going to be eagerly looking forward to any and all news I can get my hands on about the second novel.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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