River of Shadows (The Chathrand Voyage #3)
Let me start off that I highly recommend this incredibly fun fantasy that is both imaginative and beautiful to behold. I love the way that Redick as an Author has matured through out these long novels. The cast is large, likable, and well developed after nearly 2000 pages of writing. There are numerous bad ass antagonists and a deep plot that unfolds over the course.
This book unfortunately, is the weakest of the series, even though it is probably the best written. I loved the clever cha ...more
Beside great characters the other appeal of the ...more
It was only in this volume that I realised that the entire series is a children's adventure tale written for adults. Yes, most of the central protagonists are teenagers, but it is not a YA book. Yes, it has ...more
The last book The Night of the Swarm hopefully will put the exclamation mark on this superbly entertaining series, but you can read these 3 for a complete experience.
Exuberant, crazy, inventiveness, g ...more
The magic bones of the dragon-like things that I can't remember how to spell (egraungs?) was a neat idea, and played out interestingly. I wish it could have been developed a little more dramatically, though. We kind of were dropped in at the end of this unique period of history whe ...more
The whole series is a very large adventure with lots of places, people, and different species. It really does feel more like an adventure than a fantasy novel.
I would have given 5 stars, but I felt like the end was an info dump to close all the loose ends.
I will definitely read the ...more
Did all the missing pieces click into place, the misunderstandings, the questions, the hidden glances, and strange occurrences finally make sense?
I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It felt like such an empty, hastily thrown together type of closure. Though I enjoyed the journey (for the most part) that ending just soured my taste for this book. It was like the author had set down his pen smack dab in the middle of the story.
I understand that a 4th bo ...more
I read the first instalment some years ago and absolutely loved it. The sweeping adventures on the high seas, the world building, Pazel's gift and curse, the shady dealings and multiple agendas — all bound within the ancient timbers of the Chathrand — were a thrill to read. Novel, exciting, swashbuckling fantasy with characters you felt you already knew, nuanced in ways that ...more
A great premise, and then the worst evil imaginable is also resident as well as lovable characters too. The author then tried to expa ...more
The third book in Redick's series, The River of Shadows, takes us further into the South and into new lands. We've crossed The Ruling Sea and now we have some very interesting issues to deal with. In fact, there's a lot more action in this book than the others - things begin to move forward, plots unravel, and Pazel becomes dumb and useless.
I'm not certain what happened in this novel. Previously, in book 1 and book 2, Pazel was always the thinker, using his brain before anythi ...more
The Chathrand, the greatest ship of the Aquarli Empire, has finally crossed the Ruling Sea – being the first to do so in hundreds of years. Its crew had envisioned welcome; help from a people that is sorely need as their thirst for water begins to tear them apart. But the shores they find are inhospitable, being full of violence as the empire of Bali Adro seeks control of the south. Strangeness is everywhere and revelations are forced on the crew that are ...more
This is a superbly crafted story, in an incredibly detailed world, filled with real characters with a plot that carries you with it from beginning to end. Loved, loved, loved it.
The world of Alifros is fully developed with great c ...more
PRAISE FOR ROBERT V. S. REDICK
“Robert Redick is an extraordinary talent.”_—New York Times_ bestselling author Karen Miller
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
“This is one terrific read. . . . I can’t remember when I’ve been more enthralled.”—Terry Brooks
“Masterful storytelling . . . a delight.”—_Los Angeles Times_
“With comparisons to George R. R. Martin and Philip Pullman, this is highly recommended for all fantasy collections.”—_Library Journal _(starred review)
The Ruling Sea
All of the bad guys were intangible. Arunis was hardly in it at all, and a new big baddie, Macadra, was introduced, who was only actually visible for 3 or 4 pages. Instead, there was a lot of our group of heroes talking about how the end of the world was nigh and how gee we'd better do something about it but SIGH life is hard.
Not nearly enough Chathrand. They sailed...I dunno...maybe 50 miles all told in this book. From about the hal ...more
The action is fast without overw ...more
The river of shadows continues the hunt for the mad sorcerer Arunis, as the conspiracy around the nilstone and those that want to use it expands and becomes much more complex. Pazel, Thasha, Neeps, Hercol and others continue their chase chase to finally catch and kill Arunis with success. However Arunis successfully releases the swarm as Thasha realizes that a great power has been hiding within her since her birth. There is a lot more that takes places but that would spoil the book fo ...more
This one felt like like it should of ended perhaps a little sooner but you don't mind so much due to the really compelling adventure, characters you really care about and the imaginative settings.
My favorite authors are ones that describe so well and in just the right way that you see the movie in your head in vivid detail. That is true for Robert V. S. Redick as for very few authors alive today.
Finally, an real ending, and something actually got accomplished.