Sam Baron is about to get the shock of his life. His substitute English teacher claims to have turned his old teacher into a lizard. But that’s not the weirdest thing to happen: Sam’s life turns upside down when a strange dwarf named Rego arrives and claims Sam is from a magical realm called Orkney.
When his friends are taken prisoner, Sam embarks on a journey to Orkney through a stonefire to rescue them. But when he arrives, he discovers an ancient curse has turned the sun a poisonous red and threatens to destroy the land. With only a young witch girl to guide him, Sam must choose between saving his friends or stopping the red sun from consuming the land.
Drawing on Norse mythology, The Red Sun follows Sam’s journey to uncover the truth about his past. To save his friends and Orkney, Sam will have to overcome the simmering anger inside of him; channel his growing magical powers; and find a way to forgive the father who left him behind.
Beverly Hills Book Award Winner: Best Juvenile Fiction
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medal: Best New Voice Children’s/Young Adult
Readers Favorite Awards Children Preteen – Silver Medal Winner
The setting sun cast a farewell glow across the green and fertile countryside. Basking in the radiance, Robert Barconian watched the day’s end from a window in his new farmhouse on the outskirts of Skara Brae. At thirty-two, Robert had seen his fair share of sunsets, but they never grew old for him.
By Odin’s blood, Orkney is glorious this time of year, Robert thought.
After a difficult winter, spring was finally in the air. The days were longer now. Soon, crops would need planting and tending. The fence would need repairs to keep animals from feasting on early buds. Robert envisioned his life as a farmer with a smile. It would be a new adventure. An adventure, unlike many in his past, he could safely share with his wife and child.
This fast-moving adventure—the beginning of a trilogy—is sure to appease mythology fans who are outgrowing Percy Jackson’s antics and looking for darker, weightier storytelling. VERDICT: A great choice for middle school collections.
School Library Journal
Percy Jackson meets Norse mythology in this captivating and unique adventure.
Foreword Reviews, (4 stars out of 5)
Alane Adams weaves a rollicking tale of adventure, filled with magic and mayhem, in The Red Sun, first in the Legends of Orkney series. Adams combines elements of Norse mythology and Umatilla tradition to send her young protagonist, Sam, on a unique quest to find himself and to save the entire realm of Orkney in the process.
The Red Sun is a roller coaster ride of adventure, Norse mythology, magic and mayhem. Between Sam facing awesome villains in the magical realm of Orkney to teachers turning into lizards, I had the best time doing the voiceover for the audiobook. Don’t miss out on this terrific story!
Karan Brar, actor on Disney’s “Jessie” and “Bunk’d”
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, this is the new series you want to start.
This novel may appeal to young readers who have enjoyed other “chosen one” fantasy stories: It moves along at a speedy clip, and preteens will likely identify with Sam’s anger and frustration with the world.
The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams is a book that will take children on a roller coaster ride of adventure and fantasy where whimsical and menacing creatures and witches will enthrall readers.
Readers’ Favorite, (5 stars out of 5)
Adams’ knowledge of the Norse myths lends itself to an intricate story full of legend and mysticism… For Percy Jackson fans