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The city of Mera is a fortress hidden from the rest of humanity, a sanctuary for the diverse group of people rescued from death by the Oraclethat rules the city. The Oracle has brought together the citizens of Merafrom every land and every time period, protecting them from the ravages oftime, death and the evil demon forces that howl outside the city at night.All that theThe city of Mera is a fortress hidden from the rest of humanity, a sanctuary for the diverse group of people rescued from death by the Oraclethat rules the city. The Oracle has brought together the citizens of Merafrom every land and every time period, protecting them from the ravages oftime, death and the evil demon forces that howl outside the city at night.All that the Oracle asks in return is a willingness to aid the rest of humanity, calling the citizens to go forth on various missions of rescue to mortals in need of aid. The Oracle sends Jerry out into the wilderness, accompanied by his ancient Greek friend, Killer, a world-famous lecher and juvenile delinquent with deadly combat skills. There they must rescue a woman named Ariadne, on the run with her children and seeking shelter. But children are not allowed in Mera, and Ariadne will not leave them, while Mera's evil demon enemies move closer and closer to Jerry's and Killer's temporary place of respite....

Title : A Rose-Red City
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ISBN : 9781585861439
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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A Rose-Red City Reviews

  •  Simply Sam ツ
    2018-11-17 19:18

    What a strange book. It took a weird turn and then another weird turn and then still another at the end. Not sure how I felt about it (hence the mid-range rating.) I will say that I listened to the audio and very much enjoyed the narration. I think the story was well crafted, producing quite a few layers for such short book, but I'm just not sure how I felt about the story or the characters or the world and what it meant, if that makes sense. It was just...odd.

  • Laura
    2018-12-06 01:17

    I first read this book when I was a teenager, and had re-read most of Duncan's stand-alone novels a couple years ago, but was confused because I swore there was one that had a scene with the Minotaur and a labyrinth. Apparently it was this one, and I had inadvertently skipped it. The story is engaging and fast paced, the character's aren't really likable, it is a bit more vulgar than I remembered it (though everything may have gone over my head before), it was different to read it as a mother, being more familiar with Greek mythology added an extra bit of understanding. I like how Duncan intertwines history and mythology throughout his books, and it has been fun to re-read them now being able to recognize the references.

  • David
    2018-12-16 01:06

    It has been so long since I've read anything by Duncan that I had forgotten what a joy he brings to the printed word. Even though, his novels dip into the realm of fantasy he never disappoints to bring a sense of realism. The character development and comments they make are not too far from the norm. Another nice feature of a Duncan novel is his knack of slipping in little twists that are skillful slices of parable and pardoy and often more than not quite profound. Rose-red City introduces a cast of characters heading to the mythic city of Mera, which sits between the realms of human, faerie and demon. It's the hero's journey with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in along the way. Fun read!

  • Steve
    2018-12-14 00:22

    As directed by the Oracle, Jerry leaves Mera, the land of eternal youth, to save an innocent soul. Nothing goes as planned, and the entire story is upended -- several times -- in suspenseful and delightful ways. Lots of fun.

  • Sean Randall
    2018-11-24 23:04

    "their tension was obvious. They didn't know coyotes and they didn't know which side of the border they were on and they could heal teeth?" This is a brilliant little debut, for I do believe it to be Duncan's first publication. It's quite interesting that he returned to a similar motif with King of Sords in 2013, though I enjoyed this one more.The whole night huddled in the cottage was electrifying, those three chapters before the huge demonic intrusion were deliciously tense, and the twelfth, in the maze, was also gripping stuff. Honestly, if you're a Duncan fan there's a lot here for you and, although some of his fantastic tropes develop later on, this is a very respectable entry in his catalogue.

  • Dee W.
    2018-11-20 19:16

    The story is about the mythical shangri-la, and all the names the idea of the perfect place has ever had. It is full of men out of their time, never aging but existing to learn and follow the order of the Oracle who sends them on rescue missions. Like Quantum Leap, save an orphan, prevent an accident, offer someone the chance to live out of time.For a first novel it is great. The writing is, as always, spectacular but the novel itself is short. About 200 pages. It's a quick one off, with some good character development and plot twists. Heavy on history and myth, so right up my alley. I'm glad I finally got my hands on it!

  • Katherine
    2018-12-07 03:23

    This is a great little book. I can't really write a review of it without doing any spoilering, but suffice to say that it was a quick read, a nice little afternoon spent in an awesome world. I have to say that this and Cursed are my favorite Dave Duncan books.

  • Aditya /
    2018-11-29 20:22

    Good writing but too much sexism, and too much character stupidity to the point of it seeming like plot holes.. The concept was good, delivered perhaps 70 or 80 percent of the way. A little bit of editing and tweaking and it would be better in my opinion opinion

  • Dave
    2018-12-18 00:08

    read when i was younger...couldn't have enjoyed it more...

  • Nuranar
    2018-11-16 19:24

    I didn't really figure out everything that was going on until the very end. A good one to read again.

  • Steve Markham
    2018-11-30 20:11

    Not the best book but not the worsed either. I thought that the story was good, but could have been better and that the ending let this book down some what.

  • Ron Judenberg
    2018-11-27 02:28

    to-read