Cryptic Tongues: Book Two of the Red World Trilogy by V. A. Jeffrey is an epic tale of the never ending battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil; of the competition between light and darkness for the souls of men.
A complicated tale that has a cast of thousands (well, not precisely thousands, but the parade of characters is long) and that spans a vast geography of the mind. Somewhat biblical in structure, Cryptic Tongues is an interesting tale, and thankfully, the author has included a glossary at the end to help keep the clans, characters, and locales straight.
Competently crafted dialogue and a fully-formed world make this an interesting read for fantasy and sword and sorcery fans. The character development, while it could be stronger, was quite believable, and the settings reinforced the sense of doom that hangs over the inhabitants of this strange world.
I received a free review copy of Cryptic Tongues, which is the second in a trilogy about the Red World. I give it four stars.