Red Right Hand

A Post-Apocalyptic Superhero Novel (The Murder of Crows Book 2)

Fiction - Dystopia
422 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Red Right Hand is a work of fiction in the post-apocalyptic, dystopian, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Chris Tullbane. Written as the second novel in The Murder of Crows series, this work is suitable for mature audiences owing to the presence of gore, violence, scenes of a sexual nature, and the use of explicit language throughout. Back at the Academy of Heroes, loner Damian is determined to explore his murky past under a new identity. But as he works towards discovery and survival, this unusual superhero soon realizes that he may need more than a solo mission to complete his goals this time around.

Author Chris Tullbane blew the superhero genre out of the water with See These Bones, and this follow-up novel elevates the series and amps up the action once more. Sci-fi and superhero fans will love the fact that the work is conceptually tight, delivering an academy where the danger feels genuine and there is no perfect solution to life’s problems just because you have superpowers. Damian has always been a flawed hero, and I very much enjoyed his growth in this novel as the young man comes to terms with some difficult questions of identity, which will certainly resonate with readers and add emotive realism to this exciting science fiction and fantasy premise. Overall, I would highly recommend Red Right Hand to fans of book one, and the series in general to readers seeking accomplished writing, sleek action, and bold new thinking in the superhero genre.

Vincent Dublado

Chris Tullbane’s second installment does not disappoint. Following the events from See These Bones, Book Two in the Murder of Crows Series, Red Right Hand brings back Damian, a.k.a. Walker, who continues to navigate his way back to the Academy of Heroes where he is given a second chance after leaving. Here we learn that he is a potential Cape, a distinction that most of the students dream of; their one-way ticket to stardom and riches. Damian is still haunted by the demons of his past. With a new name and a new reputation, his festering past will conjure up more questions that will push him to find the answers. At the same time, the growing demands of Academy life are testing his mettle to the core. If he is to find answers about his past, he must find a way to survive another year at the Academy.

Dead professors and schoolmates, crows, madness, and revenge--this is merely icing on the dangerous path that Damian has chosen to tread. This series will strike you as Harry Potter on steroids. Sure, there are similarities of a school that is not conducive to student safety as well as faculty members and students who have questionable mental states. But are we not all falling into an oddball spectrum in one way or another? Chris Tullbane magnifies this in a story where the protagonist, despite wielding bizarre powers, still comes out as relatable. Red Right Hand pulls no punches in its first-person narration. Cuss words are aplenty that reflect Damian as a young rebel with his own cause. He operates in a world where he fights formidable enemies with their own gifts, and it gives you that lingering curiosity if Damian and any of his allies will survive in the last installment. With that, Red Right Hand becomes part of a series that is enjoyable to follow.

Rabia Tanveer

Red Right Hand: A Post-Apocalyptic Superhero Novel is the second novel in The Murder of Crows series by Chris Tullbane. Living in a black and white world is not easy, and nobody knows it better than Damian. He learns early on he has to fight for everything he wants. He wants to be nothing like his father, and getting back to the Academy of Heroes is his only chance to have the life he wants. Now that he has a new name and a better reputation, he has to survive the new year at the Academy. But his next hurdle is bigger than anything he has ever faced before. He needs to find answers about his past, he needs to play nice with the other heroes at the Academy, and he needs to better himself to survive. Can he do that? Is there a chance for him?

Red Right Hand is a hearty dystopian story that will be much loved by readers of the genre. This novel is my introduction to author Chris Tullbane, and I am blown away by his writing style. Damian is the quintessential protagonist who wants to survive and prove himself. He lives under the shadow of his father; he has a past in the orphanage, and he has the determination to live a better life. Being a Crow is a stigma that Damian cannot shake off, but I think he does a great job at recreating his identity to live the way he wants to. He is vulnerable yet he is smart too. He fights harder than most, he tries his best to stand out but not stand apart. It is a perfect story to become a movie or a Netflix series. Entertaining and packed full of action. I loved this book.