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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
In her Author’s note at the beginning of Phoenix of Scarlet, Ellie Raine declares: “If you have made it this far in the Reaper’s adventures, you are my favorite reader!” Well, that would be me, and I am happy and honored to have been along for this fantastic ride in the imagination of a genius of fantasy and mayhem. George R.R. Martin has his fans for sure, but in my humble opinion, nothing compares to the Necroseam Chronicles. The prologue was the scariest look into the mind of a mad genius I have ever read. It gave me chills because it was so well written that it convinced me there are people out there like that, and they could be anyone, even your brother. Phoenix of Scarlet is a masterpiece of medieval mayhem and feudal machinations. The politics are as potent and convoluted as the gods and creatures playing the game.
I am so impressed by so many elements in Phoenix of Scarlet that it is difficult to know where to begin. But I think I have to acknowledge the magnificent world building first. There is so much knowledge and nuance involved that I could write a thesis on it, and scholars probably will at some point in the future. I won’t even attempt to tell you how well this fantasy world is realized but if you want to get an idea of how vast, beautiful, and complicated it is, or how much work Ellie Raine has put into it, look at the maps at the beginning of the book. The characters, major and minor, that inhabit these realms are just as complex and just as fantastic as this awesome world that Ellie Raine has created.