The Redemption of Althalus is the first stand alone, single volume high fantasy saga written by the bestselling husband and wife team of David and Leigh Eddings Their previous beloved series include the Belgariad, the Malloreon, and the Elenium, and although Althalus is bursting with all the daring escapades their multitude of fans expect, it is also an engaging departureThe Redemption of Althalus is the first stand alone, single volume high fantasy saga written by the bestselling husband and wife team of David and Leigh Eddings Their previous beloved series include the Belgariad, the Malloreon, and the Elenium, and although Althalus is bursting with all the daring escapades their multitude of fans expect, it is also an engaging departure for the authors Althalus is a grand adventure that is bound to enthrall readers of the authors previous, multivolume epics, but it features a precision of plot and language that can be achieved only by having an actual resolution Althalus is a young thief and occasional killer known for his skill and incredible luck A number of capers end without much monetary reward for him, until he stumbles into a shrine built to the fertility goddess Dweia Soon afterward he meets with the wizard Ghend, who hires him to steal the Book, a magical tome that can be found in the bizarre House at the End of the World There, Althalus discovers Dweia in the form of a black cat and learns that she has chosen him to aid her in a war against Ghend and her evil brother, the destroyer god Daeva Together Althalus and Dweia use the power of the Book and gather together a small team of questionable heroes who must battle Ghend s supernatural forces and armies The thief Althalus can only hope his luck holds out for this one last task, since the very fate of humanity is at stake.A stand alone epic fantasy is a rarity in the modern day publishing world and a concept that should be embraced often The Redemption of Althalus gives us all the action, sorcery, humor, and soaring imagination of a grand series but doesn t leave any loose threads, fractured subplots, or loss of momentum A great deal of fun action and generally good natured exploits are punctuated by the authors usual satire on religion and high society In one clever turn, Althalus enters a city where the wealthy are forced to hide their riches and live even worse than the poor in order to avoid taxation Althalus is well polished and smoothly constructed, with real storytelling muscle and a gratifying finale The Eddingses should be praised for their willingness to put a cap on this particular story in an effort to offer other wonderfully developed worlds to their readers.
The Redemption of Althalus The Redemption of Althalus is the first stand alone single volume high fantasy saga written by the bestselling husband and wife team of David and Leigh Eddings Their previous beloved series include t
Let me start by saying I am a huge David Eddings fan His Belgariad series is one of my favorite fantasy series in some ways so than even the holy The Lord of the Rings trilogy That being said, I couldn t stand this book He reused, recycled and regurgitated his characters and story lines from his successful works and threw them slapdash into this altogether uninspired and uninspiring book.If you want to read something good no, fantastic from Eddings, read the Belgariad, a five book fantasy seri [...]
I read fantasy stories because I like to see epic stories of love and evil played out I like to think that evil may win, and that good sometimes doesn t have a chance against overwhelming odds I like to read grand battles where thingsyou knowhappen I like the evil side to be just as intelligent as the good side an even match so you question the ending.If you like these things, don t read this book.It s predictable from start to finish The bad guys as they so often refer to them are, well, stupid [...]
I wasn t really that impressed with this book, which is a shame because I love the other series that I ve read by David and Leigh Eddings This is 800 pages of everybody congratulating each other on how clever they ve been They defeat the enemy at every turn with very little effort, almost like a kid killing ants with a magnifying glass The lack of real conflict in this book makes it feel sort of like a historical account rather than a fantasy novel The greatest tragedy to me are the characters T [...]
Cheesy, but fantastic.The Redemption of Althalus is, to me, David Eddings summed up in a single book His characters are witty and lovable, the plot is engaging and epic in scale whilst still being simple and easygoing This book was one of a few that got me into fantasy when I was younger, and while it s probably not the greatest book of all time it s still a good story well told, if slightly lacking in depth.As a standalone novel, it s perfect for the job everything is all tidied up and resolved [...]
Redemption of Althalus is all of Eddings worst tendencies condescend into one novel I wouldn t go so far as to say that the book is horrible, but there s no spark to the story, and no life to the characters One of the big problems with The Redemption of Althalus and with Eddings novels in general is how convenient everything is for the heroes The heroes just happen to stumble across the very person they need to recruit the heroes just happen to overhear the villains discussing vital military mat [...]
This is easily my favorite book of all time I love David Eddings, because his characters are always so sarcastic and funny, but Althalus tops them all After all, what s not to love about an assassin and thief who spends his time arguing with goddesses Or a princess who just might be knife happy This book is clever, funny, complicated, and just plain fun to read This is the book I tell everyone to get for themselves, because even though I want the world to read it, I m much too possessive of my o [...]
For a story by a fantasy master, this was incredibly disappointing Publisher s Weekly calls the main protagonist an engaging young reprobate hero I found him irritating, inconsistent, repetitious, full of himself with no good cause, and frequently stupid Face it, he couldn t have been very smart if it took him 2500 years to get his basic education from the mysterious Book of the god Deiwos That the goddess Dweia put up with his stupidity for so long makes me doubt her intelligence which leads us [...]
I love this book, I find it a refreshing read in which cinematic battles are not the method of fixing the problem.I do however acknowledge the complaints of those who have given this book one and two stars It is the same tropes Eddings used in all of his series, simply condensed down into one book.Personally I enjoy the characters, the setting and the reality of their situation I also enjoyed the fact that their conflict is one of many in the universe, and it would only be important for the time [...]
Ridondante.Sarebbe potuto durare la met delle pagine, e gli avrei dato una stella in pi.Cos noioso, noioso, noioso.Il problema pi grande che i personaggi continuano a ripetere gli stessi dialoghi pi volte, raccontando un mucchio di volte le stesse cose.Questo all inizio non si nota molto, ma dopo la met questo difetto assume proporzioni gigantesche.Gli stessi personaggi poi, sono caratterizzati veramente poco, sia psicologicamente sia fisicamente quelli principali avrebbero delle potenzialit , m [...]
Redemption of Althalus is not something I can compare to other fantasy books This is because, generally speaking, I don t read these kind of books The epic fantasies.For the pure and simple reason that I have nothing to compare it to, I m going to say that Redemption of Althalus is a good, clean, fun book There are a sea of characters for readers to choose from, including the self proclaimed best thief in the world, Althalus, and Gher, the eight year old with the brightest ideas on the planet.Ma [...]
Probably my favorite book from David and Leigh Eddings It is a one book epic about a thief Althalus has been having a run of bad luck when he is hired to steal a book whatever that is from the House at the End of the World He thinks he has died or gone mad when he enters a room, hears a cat speak to him and notices the door no longer exists.I don t really know what to say other than I really love this book.
I dunno This story was great the first two times I read it in the Belgariad and the Mallorean But somehow, I didn t like it as much with the third set of the same but renamed characters.
Have you ever wanted to see what it s like for someone to go insane from listening to an audiobook I invite you to stick around and find out.First and foremost fuck this book It is astounding in its awfulness I consider it a crash course on how not to write a fantasy epic Secondly, I d like to suggest an alternate title The Gary Stus, the Cardboard Villain, and the Story of How the Former Repeatedly and Unerringly Curbstomped the Later at Every Turn Hence Ruining Any Sense of Narrative Heft or C [...]
Whenever anyone asks me who my favourite author is, I ll normally trot out the answer David Eddings without a second thought Sure, the Lord of the Rings is my favourite book but David, and his lesser acknowledged wife Leigh, wrote almost twenty books that I happily count among my favourites This includes the five book series The Belgariad and its sequel series The Malloreon, trilogy The Elenium and its companion series The Tamuli, as well as a bunch of prequel and stand alone novels Of course, t [...]
One of my favorites
I love this book very much I have read it multiple times
Oh boy This was a bit of a train wreck I didn t buy this book and instead swapped it, as I ve done so a lot lately, for an old book of mine that was gathering dust This is one of those that is definitely going to be swapped back It started a bit slow but somewhat promising, featuring a likable anti hero, a cat and some religious battle that lies in the hands of this anti hero However, the 800 pages did little to move things along and the characters upon characters are interchangeable at best, an [...]
As it was with the Belgariad and the Malloreon, so it shall be with the Redemption of Althalus as wellI read the Rivan Codex some time ago and in it David Eddings admitted that he got into writing fantasy not out of a love of fantasy but because he found a tested formula from reading other fantasy novels that would allow him to write a good book of his own When most of my fellow fantasy readers stumble across one of Edding s books it is obvious that his formula allows him to do just that, the pr [...]
It s a little awkward when a book is recommended to you and you find yourself coming out of it with a bit of an eyeroll and than a little exasperation Eddings has some wit and fun with his world, which is than I can say for many fantasy authors who are so hell bent on mimicking Tolkien that any sort of levity is a sin Unfortunately though, that s about where my positives for the book ends I see a lot of reviews here which decry this work for having familiar Edding s tropes condensed into a pre [...]
I just read this again after getting the Kindle edition Full of fond memories I tried to get back into it making it close to my forth or fifth reading of this book In the end though, I ended up giving up I m not quite sure what it was, that made me take another look at this but I started getting annoyed by the characters and the plot line.My main complaint the last time around was that it was becoming difficult to tell one character from another All the women were given to say just about the sam [...]
Pretty crappy.This is the 3rd fantasy book I ve read in my life, and I did so at the recommendation of a friend who said that he loved it in high school I don t know enough about the genre to be able to determine the target audience for this book, so I m reviewing it from the perspective of a 30 year old guy who asked for a suggestion for some light reading.There are a lot of problems with the book, but I ll list three.First, the dialogue is awful At one point the word fairly was used at least o [...]
Consider this a lesson in Not Revisiting The Problematic Faves Of Our Youth I hadn t read this since high school, and remembered it vaguely as falling in the heist con genre which, vaguely, it does It s about a thief who gets seduced into the service of a goddess and goes around collecting a ragtag bunch of misfits, you know the drill, so that they can defeat another inexplicable bunch of misfits who are SUPER EVIL and working for EVIL and they re all ugly and primitive and insane and sometimes [...]
Wow, this was a big disappointment I read it several years ago and remembered enjoying it quite a lot Apparently my tastes have changed But this was just painful to read Between the terrible and repetitive, and explain y dialogue, the lack of any sort of tension, the lack of internal plot coherence, ridiculous situations which were supposed to seem severe but were solved within a page or two, and the supposed god who couldn t be bothered to think up the most simplistic ideas until after someone [...]
If I had never read David Eddings before, I suspect I would have found this immensely enjoyable I loved the last four series, they were excellent and the characters had superb depth.With Althalus, the story was fine, and the characters but I found myself getting very frustrated because they were identical characters to previous ones or some sort of subtle combination.It was the in jokes and language they use, little asides and retorts to each other that are pretty repetative.Its a shame, becaus [...]
One star Seriously there needs to be negative stars Without a doubt this has to be the worst, most annoying novel I have ever attempted to read Rare is it that I dont finish a book, but this one forced me to accept the fact that some stories suck so hard they dont deserve my time Boring, paper thin characters, with nonsense plot development and absolutely annoying crap happening between characters, I couldnt take it any I LOVED Eddings Belgariad , but truly this novel would have better served as [...]
In my defense, I first read this book when I was twelve, so the sense of wonderment and excitement still stay with me till today,and seeing that I still remember the title of the book, as well as most of the plot, I d say it made a pretty good impression on me when I first read it And it s the experience of immersing myself in the story rather than the fancy language and vague visuals When I finished the book I remember an especially vivid dream I had the same night, set in the world Althalus wa [...]
A really good book I like the doors and I loved every follower of Althalus and Emmy I liked the dream concept, the the old english was getting on my nerves sometime especially when it lasted long Very good book though, I m going to look for other books by these authors when I m out of reading material.If you want to read a refreshing fantasy novel, pick this one
I read this book years ago My sisters and I were big fans of David Eddings and when this book came out, we were excited While the characters are very much archetypes, I did enjoy it back then Rereading it now, I may get a little frustrated at repetitions, but it s still an enjoyable read I have favorite scenes I reread.
I read this series about 12 years ago and could not put it down The imagination, the humour and action It just had it all for me Plus it helps that David Eddings is one of my favourite fantasy authors.
This book is amazing I didn t let it go until I finished it This book is my all time favorite and I recommend that everyone who knows English VERY well to read it there are parts that are written a bit in old English.