In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings (Lords of Creation, #2)

Jeremy Wainman is out to explore an ancient Martian city. It will be a trip filled with adventure as his life intertwines with that of the beautiful Martian mercenary Teyud za-Zhalt. An ancient artifact and a secret from Teyud’s past will change the future of both planets…

This is a story for those wanting to step into another world. Stirling paints a picture of Mars as an exotic and dangerous world. The plants and animals are different from Earth, but comparable at times, and the planet is slowly dying. The society he has inhabiting Mars is as exotic and dangerous as the planet itself: disquieting biotechnology, strategy in “The Game of Life” and a complexly expressive language. The plot is a fun read: a loyal hero and determined heroine, plotting officials, and a dash of romance and humor mixed with adventure. In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is a good choice for those wanting world building and/or a fun plot.

Want other books featuring world building and a fun read?

A civil war veteran is transported to Mars and fights to survive and develops a bond with a Martian princess in A Princess of Mars by Edward Rice Burroughs.

A misplaced Earthling must contend with dangers on a far-flung world while facing attraction to an alien space captain in Anne McCaffrey’s Freedom’s Landing.

An admiral strives to save his civilization and reunite with his wife in Karl Schroeder’s Pirate Sun.


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