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Las Ratas y el Mar que Gobierna (The Chathrand Voyage #2)

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El legendario buque Chathrand, un verdadero mundo flotante, que zarpó en una misión para poner término a siglos de guerra, en realidad ha sido un instrumento de la conspiración de Arunis, que quiere acabar con el universo de Alifros. Thasha, Pazel y sus amigos —entre los que están la reina de los diminutos ixchels y una rata casi humana— han de afrontar el terror del Mar q ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published May 2011 by Alianza (first published 2009)
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Dec 31, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
4.5 Stars

I am not sure why these first two books in this series do not garner more praise and press. I have been swept away by wonderful, fantastical voyage that this series has been. Where the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy is all about the adventure, about the voyage, and the mystery, this book The Rats and the Ruling Sea, is focused more on the characters. If you combined the first two novels into one very long one, I would have rated it 5 stars. Each book makes the other better.

The chara
Oct 02, 2013 Dragana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, magic
If you are following my ramblings reviews, you have probably read how much I liked The Red Wolf Conspiracy, first part of Chathrand Voyages. Not even a rough start with too much jumping between characters could dampen my enthusiasm.

But, as often happens to me when I like the first part in series so much, I delayed reading The Ruling Sea. Will it be as awesome? Maybe it was a fluke? Will Robert V.S. Redick disappoint me or earn a place in a hall of my all-time-favorites? Finally I have gathered e
May 26, 2014 Lissibith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novel
How is it that in the space of a little over a month, I got two book 2s in different series that did not want to admit on the cover that they were actually book 2's?

"The Ruling Sea" at least managed to introduce me to characters I really cared about and liked, a plot that I could follow and only a few plot threads from the first book that they didn't explain very well. In fact, there was only one major detail of the setting and story that I didn't really understand. The main characters are livi
I am not going to rate this book in that I never actually finished it. The book stinks on so many levels. On the surface its about good guys, bad guys, pirates and secrets. Which usually means cool.

1. The Author is not descriptive enough...or my knowledge of ship terminology is under developed. The rats are as far as the Orlop....everyone is having a sword fight with the rats does this mean people are standing on solid wooden surfaces fighting like you would dance in haphazard circle? Or does t
Jun 07, 2015 RuthAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulthood
The twists and turns continue in the second installment of The Chathrand Voyage.

Robert Redick had the petal to the floor from the first chapter and never let up. It seemed like there was a new revelation each chapter, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

I also find myself really enjoying reading the letters from Captain Rose to his father and Fiffengurt to his son. They add a fresh perspective to the story and also a bridge between events when much time passes.

I am buddy reading thi
Jan 11, 2017 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call the exterminator. "The Ruling Sea" wasn't titled "The Rats and the Ruling Sea" outside America for nothing. The foul unleashing of a horde of sentient rats grown to many times their size and running amok on the gigantic ship Chathrand is part of the fun goings-on in the second volume of Robert V.S. Redick's nifty Chathrand Voyage quartet.

"The Ruling Sea" kicks off about where "The Red Wolf Conspiracy" left off, opening with young Thasha Isiq's marriage, whose arrangers hope will lead to a m
Dec 29, 2016 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first one, but still liked it. Ready for the last one!
Taylor P. Davidson
The Rats and the Ruling Sea, Robert V.S. Redick

The Nilstone still hasn't been destroyed and the evil sorcerer Arunis has his eyes fixed on it as a prize. Before he can claim it as his own, however, and use its mysterious power to unleash the ageless Swarm unto the world, he must work out who the spell keeper is to restore the Shaggat Ness to flesh and blood.

The revered mage Ramachni, Pazel Pathkendle, the young lady Thasha Isiq and the rest of their companions are determined that this will not h
Jan 27, 2014 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I vacillated between 2 and 3 stars with about a 2.5 star rating and settled on 3.

It took me about 50 pages to get into the second book in this series, mainly because I read the first one a while back and it didn't stick very well with me. even after that, the story was slow-going. And yet, there were SOME times when I thought I just might want to get the third book.
No, I don't.

I read one review here that said there was too much time at sea. There was that and just too MUCH going on. Some of the
Jul 14, 2010 Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rats & the Ruling Sea is Mr. Redick's sophomore effort, and it shows in both good and bad ways.

First off--if you were a fan of the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy, by all means purchase and read this second volume. You won't be disappointed.

Redick has created a fascinating world in his two novels, and a welcome one free of the ubiquitous elves (or elf-like creatures), dwarves, goblins, etc. Redick's world is a fantasy in the best sense--a world that feels "realistic" in the fact it fo
Kess Broekman-dattner
It's been about 6 weeks since I finished this, and the details, characters and plot have already begun fading from memory.

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
Jan 12, 2013 Tedric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA begins where THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY ended; Thasha's wedding is hours away. It is a wedding that will both fulfil the promise of a mad god's return and see her murdered. Pazel has thwarted the sorcerer who would bring back the

From Publishers Weekly

This exciting follow-up to 2009's The Red Wolf Conspiracy features enough plot twists and double-crosses to satisfy the most demanding lover of suspense. The powerful Nilstone, most recently held by a living statue who wa

Jan 01, 2012 Ronald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Has some spoilers***

In "The Ruling Sea" we return to Pazel and his gang of misfits. Things in this book get complicated, with twists and turns at every corner. Everyone is plotting against everyone else, with Pazel caught in the center.

There are some reviews here that said they had difficulty following everything that was going on in this book. To be honest, I found it quite easy since I actually payed attention to the story and characters. I didn't find anything confusing about it.

Now, I ca
Jun 05, 2011 D.w. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
This book is 644 pages long. It is the second book in a very complex series.

The first book, the Red Wolf Conspiracy was tremendous. One that I thought had great potential for rereads. Of course a first book in a series, if you are going to reread it, means that the rest of the series is going to have to be as good.

Here is where I find that Robert Redick should be spending more time thinking of where he is taking us then just writing. I mentioned the length of the book because this one took som
Aaron Jensen
Mar 02, 2013 Aaron Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend "The Chatrand Voyage" quartet highly enough. It is my new favorite fantasy series. (Previous favorites include "The Belgariad" by David Eddings, "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" by Terry Brooks, and the Thomas Covenant books by Stephen R Donaldson.)

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
Adam Veeser-Johnston
"The Ruling Sea" by Robert Redick.

The setting takes place in Alifros, the current name of the planet. In Alifros, Young Pazel and his old tutors' friends are looking for allies on the island Bramian. Here they are to find the followers of the Old Faith and subjects of the 'God-King' Ness. When nearing the end of their voyage, rats grew to gigantic sizes and attacked the crew. After the battle with the rats, everyone had a hard time staying awake as the remaining six hundred ixchel overtook the s
Aug 23, 2016 Nadja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This second installment took a lot of time to get going (I'd say roughly 2/3 of the way through is when it started to feel "worth it"). The biggest complaints I have after finishing is the narrative style and the forced moments that are not explained (at least not in this book). The so-called Editor jumps in quite a bit, detracting from the immediacy of the action and the conspiracies in the story. We also read large portions from characters' letters and logs--some of what would have been the mo ...more
There were moments while reading this book, that I felt like quitting. There were just so many conspiracies, and cackling in darkened corners, with nothing really being accomplished.
But then, jusssst when I was about to slam the book closed in agitation, something exciting and crucial would happen!

Every. Single. Time.

This is a very thick read. And our Good Guys don't really accomplish anything, except towards the very very end. For the majority of the book, the Bad Guys have the upper hand (fo
I finished Rats and the Ruling Sea by R. Redick (co-rv with Robert on FBC in mid October)

To my surprise I did not like it as much as I expected - Red Wolf Conspiracy was excellent except for the ending which was a bit too prolonged, but that does not matter once the second book is out -

Here the Chartrand voyage continues and there are so many twists and turns that a lot is turned upside down, and I am really curious where it goes next especially after the stunning ending (for once !)

However I th
Mar 19, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ruling Sea, from Net Galley and Random House-Del Rey Spectra, continues the saga Redick began in The Red Wolf Conspiracy.

Pazel, Thasha, Hercol, Neeps, Feldthrup and others continue their fight to stop the wicked mage Arunis from accomplishing his goal. Arunis is not the groups only antagonist, however, and so the group must fight on several fronts and overcome obstacle after obstacle.

I enjoyed this book as well, but must mention a couple of points:

- the transition from Book 1 to Book 2 is ro
Clay Kallam
Jan 28, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Robert V. S. Redick’s “The Ruling Sea” (Ballantine, $27, 616 pages) sat on my to-read shelf for a long time. First came the preview copy, and then the hardback, but neither hefty tome tempted me to take the plunge. I’d read the first book in the series, “The Red Wolf Conspiracy”, and liked it OK, but for some reason I just wasn’t ready to dive back into a fairly dark fantasy involving some truly evil magicians, outnumbered heroes and a sea voyage (with cannon) that seemed destined for disaster u ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay. i would've given it three and a half if i could but alas it is not to be. anyways it is rather slow-paced without much action and it is definitely not for the those looking for a thriller or sword action. My main complaint however is that that extremely large cast of characters: there's just to many. It's far to hard to keep track of them and they seem to disappear without a trace and reappear in the middle of the action right when they're needed only to disappear when the author ha ...more
Lee Dunning
Sep 15, 2013 Lee Dunning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of surprises in this volume. Mr. Redick has managed to create a fantasy novel that follows a storyline much different than the norm. "The Ruling Sea" is a highs seas adventure, where heroes and villains alike are trapped on the same ship, attacking when they can and holing up to lick their wounds afterwards.

I'm not usually fond of talking animals, but the "awakened animal" idea in the story works. It has extra meaning by the time you get to the end of the story. I don't want to spoil the s
Kiel Van Horn
Feb 09, 2011 Kiel Van Horn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 11, 2014 Farseer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 of the Chathrand Voyage tetralogy. It continues right where the first book ended, and they need to be read in order to appreciate the story.

As already happened in The Red Wolf Conspiracy (TRWC), the worldbuilding is masterful, the characters appealing and the story epic in scope and filled with powerful magic and terrible revelations. The plot is tighter and more linear here than in the first book. That is probably for the better, since TRWC sometimes felt a bit scattered.

I'm giv
Sue Smith
You know, I expect more from a sequel. More cohesion. More character development. More plot. Especially plot. There's nothing I detest more than a book that is merely an 'in-between'. Especially a 650 page book that is merely an 'in-between'. I just can't help feeling it's a waste of time somehow. Especially with such a lack of focus - other than going between point A and point B. And I don't think that needed to carry over so many pages. I feel alittle affronted and used. And because of it I do ...more
Stretch's Books
So I just finished the second book in The Chathrand Voyage quartet, and I am happy to say that I enjoyed every one of the just over 600 pages. It seems that Pazel, Thasha, Neeps and the gang are on quite the adventure. The swashbuckling, the fighting, and the level of magic most certainly bring to life a great fantasy story.

To me it seems that Robert V.S. Redick. unraveled just enough of the story, while also leaving just the right amount of unanswered questions. Throw in a massive shock concern
Courtney Lake
Feb 06, 2015 Courtney Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
A very good sequel to a very good book.

I love the concept of the Chathrand as this ancient and mystical ship with so many forgotten secrets and stories. Its my favorite part of the entire world of Alifros.

I will admit, that I sort of lost the origional plot over the whole arch of the series. I honestly had to go back and look up what exactly the plan had been with the Shaggat and the war and the entire wedding thing. There were perhaps a few too many layers of plot and story lines in this seri
Jan 22, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ruling Sea was great, I loved it even more than The Red Wolf Conspiracy, which was also great. The world of Alifros is rich and wonderfully illustrated with words by the author. It gets set in your mind very well, as are the main characters. Some of the characters that do things important enough that you should have a better picture of them do not seem to get their due impression though. That is one of the few flaws in my opinion.

Besides the awesome world which began building in the first bo
Kelly B
Jul 11, 2013 Kelly B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I had to work a little bit to get through this one. There's soooooo much time spent on this ship that the reader even starts to experience cabin fever. I felt excited after finishing the first book, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, and parts of this story were exciting and fun, but a lot of it felt like waiting around for something to happen. And THEN it finally gets really interesting at the VERY end, and leaves you with a cliffhanger! I was so pissed! There were not enough small intermittent payo ...more
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Robert V.S. Redick is in his thirties and works as the editor for the Spanish and French websites of Oxfam America and as an instructor in the International Development and Social Change program at Clark University. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, he lives in rural western Massachusetts. While his unpublished novel Conquistadors was a finalist for the 2002 AWP/Thomas Dunne Novel Awar ...more
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