Another great review of “Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox” in general and “The Autumn Lands” in particular from Melanie Marshall:
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
I loved this story. I felt Coatsworth’s world building was amazing as was his characterization. It was so close to perfect, hurt only by the short length. It cried out for a longer novel so certain elements, which needed to be expanded, could be more fully told. The author’s use of certain standard elements pertaining to physiology in a non conventional way was unexpected and quite wonderful (no spoilers here, sorry).
And then there is the romance between Cas and Jerrith which is touching and so sweet. Almost a Romeo and Juliet or Jules if you prefer. I thought the ending was in keeping with the mythology the author had established and worked so well within the framework of the story. However, I can hear some of you now. You won’t be pleased. Sigh.