A terrific fantasy read. Anthony brings to life an amazing set of characters whose struggle for freedom becomes your own. This novel begins by dropping you into the middle of the action, with the main character Mia. The pace of the novel keeps up throughout, but the you are never left confused as Anthony is quite adept at keeping the reader informed without adding in unnecessary fluff. Red Smoke Rising was a fun read that kept this reader engaged until the very end. A great book from a first time author. I can't wait to see more of his work!