Las Ratas y el Mar que Gobierna (The Chathrand Voyage #2)
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 theFrom 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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Besides the awesome world which began building in the first bo ...more