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The Night of the Swarm (The Chathrand Voyage #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  767 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
The mighty centuries old ship, Chathrand, is long gone...

At the centre of an infernal forest there is clearing. Above it looms a seven hundred foot tall fragment of a vast tower. At its base, a group of friends. Exhausted, terrified. They stand around the body of a sorcerer, Arunis. In his wizened hand lies the Nilstone.

The Nilstone. An ancient artifact that has unleashed
Paperback, 825 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 09, 2015 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013

The Imperial Great Ship Chathrand, also known as the Wind-Palace, carrying more than 800 souls under the command of Captain Nilus Rose, has finally reached the end of its travels across the turbulent seas of Alifros. After four books, I found it incredible when I came acoss a comment by Felthrup, the woken rat, that only one astronomical year has passed since its departure from the Etherhorde docks. So much has happened, so many friends I have made aboard and beyond this great ship, that I am l
Dec 16, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
5 Stars

The overall series warrants 5 stars as well.

This was an amazing adventure and wonderful series. Non-stop action, epic adventure, and wonders and mystery to discover are all here waiting for you to discover as you embark on these voyages of the Chathrand. I loved every one of these books including this final installment. The epitomize the adventure story and I got lost in the world created by Robert V.S. Redick. The Night of the Swarm is the fourth and final book in the series that starts
read some 100+ pages and on the one hand the book moves well and I enjoy reading about Pazel, Tasha and the rest, but on the other the whole "doom time and we are the saviors' subject makes taking it seriously a bit hard

I finished The Night of the Swarm and the one thing I want to emphasize for now is that the ending may be the best ever to a fantasy series I've read; the book itself moves well and *a lot* happens - would not do to spoil as there are a ton of wow moments, however its general the
Jul 13, 2013 Dks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-vs-redick
The Night of the Swarm, as a book alone, deserves 5 stars. The Chathrand Quartet deserves 5+ stars and warrants any fan of fantasy fiction to read, absorb and radiate in awe to the talent of author Robert VS Redick. I cannot recommend these books anymore than to say this is a MUST read.
The books weave a roller coaster story. The environment is detailed beautifully. Fast action scenes. Great characterisation and characters you really care for and probably one of the best endings to any series. I
The Nilstone has released the Night of the Swarm. This cloud of darkness will destroy the world of Alifros. The only hope for survival is removing the Nilstone from Alifros. To do this, the friends must band together and take the perilous journey on the River of Shadows. Not only must the friends face the River of Shadows but they are being hunted by the Sorceress Macadra, she will stop at nothing to possess the Nilstone.

The Night of the Swarm is a nail biting, non-stop action adventure that wou
Feb 15, 2016 Rbette1299 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Fantastic ending to a great fantasy story. Scary as hell monsters, surprise deaths, strange ending. I read the epilogue several times because my first take on it was dissatisfaction but it was somewhat more palatable with extra readings. I am still not happy about the fate of the primary character in the epilogue. I kept saying "You need to wait, just wait a while longer!" The Night of the Swarm is a gripping read. Mr. Redick is so wonderfully skilled at character development. I found myself car ...more
WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED. I mean, it ended, I can't deny that. But what the hell, man.

Things to say, I'll come back tomorrow.


I have a lot of emotions about this right now.

On the one hand, there are so many great characters in this series of books. Most of them felt 3-dimensional and varied and complicated. However, there got to be a lot of characters introduced that DIDN'T feel that way, especially any that were introduced from book 3 or book 4. I don't know why, but the B
Feb 26, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The tetralogy is concluded and we lay to rest Pazel and Thasha, Neeps and Mirila, Hercol and Neda and dozens of other well developed characters. Some we set aside, this story has concluded but their lives are unfinished and others we lay to rest in the ‘proverbial’ (Felthrup disapproves of this usage) sense of the word. In four books so well written in the parting from such distinct and unique personalities there is the feeling of having developed a rich relationship and then having to say goodb ...more
Raymond Just
Mar 16, 2013 Raymond Just rated it liked it
I love Mr. Redick's writing, and I have loved the inventiveness and depth and vibrance of the world of Alifros over the course of the Cathrand Voyage Quartet. But I would be lying if I said I enjoyed this final installment as much as The Red Wolf Conspiracy or The Ruling Sea. Many of the facets of the story that drew me into Pazel and Thasha's world have been a bit lacking in the last two volumes, The River of Shadows and The Night of the Swarm. The grand sea voyage aboard the great and venerabl ...more
Nathan Washor
Mar 15, 2013 Nathan Washor rated it it was amazing

OUTSTANDING! A review is forthcoming!

Not a review (yet - I will write one after I read it) but I had to share some sad news...

I’m ticked. I just found out that Victor Gollancz Publishing (@gollancz on twitter) has cancelled the hardback edition of the last book of a series I have been reading and patiently awaiting to complete my collection of. The Night of the Swarm by Robert V. S. Redick promises to be an awesome culmination to an epic fantasy series, but Gollancz/The Orion Group has de
Jan 20, 2013 Maxine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thee Night of the Swarm is the the fourth and final book in RV Redick's epic fantasy series, The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, and what a fitting end to a brilliant series. This will be a short review because I don't want to give anything away except to say most of the characters have survived the long voyage but what has happened so far is child's play to what is coming and it's coming fast.

Often, in long epics like this (this last book alone is over 700 pages), the author loses focus somewhere in
Martyn F
Nov 04, 2015 Martyn F rated it really liked it
I have finished the last book. And with it came the parting of some characters that had become friends for a while. It feels a bit like I lost something. But I will probably get over it. :)

If you have read the other 3 books, you will definitely read this one. If you have not read the other three books yet, you had better get started. :)

This last part of the series is just as good as part three. Enough adventures and emotions. And a fitting end. I have enjoyed reading this series.

Steven Burke
Feb 18, 2013 Steven Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to fantasy I have a tendency to rate books higher since I am an epic fantasy author myself. I started this book with the mind set of being as critical as I could be. I quickly found a problem, I simply loved it. The pacing is just right and the story in engaging. I found myself unable to put this book down at times. What a great finish to a great series.
Jun 29, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great final book to a great series. I'm not a big fan of books that take place on ships or are about ships but this series doesn't get bogged down with a lot of nautical terms. It focuses mainly on the great cast of characters. Underrated series that I recommend to everyone.
Nov 01, 2013 Tom rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this series, but I guess my rose colored glasses always expect a happy ending. Well.... it was not my choice for an ending and sort of ruined all the reading of 4 books to get to such a poor ending.
Mar 26, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Loved it and wished it would continue since I really got attached to the characters. The ending really pissed me off though and I thought that it was a horrid ending. It rather confused me too. Felt like the author didn't want to write more so just did a quick weird wrap up.
Wanda Colar
Jul 08, 2016 Wanda Colar rated it it was amazing
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Apr 13, 2013 Ruby rated it it was amazing

"I'm still speechless over the unexpected ending of final book in the series. Probably the best book of the four and I'm sad to see the story end. "
Stretch's Books
When I began to pick up reading as hobby that would eventually turn into an obsession "The Chathrand Voyage" Quartet is one of the first series of books I began reading. Burning through books 1,2 & 3 as if there was a pot of gold waiting for me upon completion of "The River of Shadows". There wasn't.

The series is also the very first series of books I ever obtained signed/lined/dated copies of. The disappointed I felt when I discovered that "The Night of the Swarm" hardcover was canceled a
Sep 08, 2013 Ronald rated it liked it
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Taylor P. Davidson
The Night of the Swarm, Robert V.S. Redick

Rather sadly, The Night of the Swarm is the last instalment of Robert V. S. Redick's Chathrand Voyage Quartet – one of my favourite series ever! It continues the epic adventure of Lady Thasha Isiq, Pazel Pathkendle and the rest of their brave companions as they continue their quest to cast the Nilstone out of Alifros once and for all.

Their adventure is now more dangerous than ever before as they were unable to prevent the evil sorcerer Arunis from unleas
Nov 03, 2014 Farseer rated it really liked it
And we are done. The final book of the Chathrand Voyages tetralogy is over and I am left with a bittersweet taste, as befits the ending. Mr. Redick is a ruthless narrator, perhaps too much so. Not because he is not afraid to kill important characters, but because he often does not feel the need to close the circle of their personal stories and give us readers a sense of closure. Whether this works is a matter of taste. It is not fully satisfactory, but perhaps it gives us a sense of realism not ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic, series
Night of the Swarm is the fourth and final book in Robert V. S. Redick’s Chathrand Voyage Quartet. The Quartet is a long and complex tale of intrigue, deception, love, travel, and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, and have eagerly devoured each of the subsequent books. The Chathrand is a huge, ancient ship, basically a floating city, with many secrets of her own, and much of the action takes place aboard her.

I like to see character development, and there is ple
Jan 14, 2017 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific but the journey didn’t end with the real lovers meeting
Kess Broekman-dattner
Jun 28, 2014 Kess Broekman-dattner rated it it was ok
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
Kiel Van Horn
Oct 30, 2015 Kiel Van Horn rated it really liked it
I love Mr. Redick's imagination. There is such fun detail to his books. He clearly loves his characters, though he's not afraid to kill them off, either, in keeping with current trends in fantasy/spec-fic literature (I blame Martin for this).

I love the rampant use of magic. The Nilstone's effects echoing through time were fascinating. The rules of magic are a little randomly implemented it seems. Not clear why there aren't more witches like the main character's mother, or why she doesn't use he
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
Aug 28, 2016 Ashley rated it it was ok
The Night of the Swarm concludes the far flung, high seas adventures of the Chathrand series as our heroes Pazel Pathkendel and Thasha Isiq are led from one time-bomb to another in this mad dash to save their world. Although they have finally killed the fell sorcerer Arunis, they were unable to prevent the release of the Night Swarm, that seething cloud of pestilence meant to guard the realms of the living from those that walk between life and death. Thrust into a world teeming with death and de ...more
Courtney Lake
... Huh?

I mean seriously: What just happened?

I have rarely met a book with a less satisfying ending in my entire reading life. I feel robbed. I want an extra three chapters or a epilogue or something. POOR FREAKING PAZEL!!!! Dude does everything (well, almost everything) right and what does he get? NOTHING. Sheesh.

This whole new idea of the protagonist suffering at the end of the series *cough*HungerGames*Cough*Divegent*cough* is NOT my favorite trend in fiction. I don't want to read about su
Jun 10, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series had a bittersweet ending and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It left me unsatisfied for sure but also so grateful Redick didn't resort to the typical heroic/happy ending. Overall, the series is quite good, entertaining, and enjoyable. The thing that caused me to become emotionally invested in the series was the characters. The first two volumes were character-driven stories. Pazel and Neeps are terrific literary characters in a group of terrific characters (Thasha, Hercol, Di ...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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The Chathrand Voyage (4 books)
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy (The Chathrand Voyage, #1)
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