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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  14,586 ratings  ·  486 reviews
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 departure ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Del Rey (first published 2000)
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May 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Eddings fanatics only
Shelves: fantasy
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 more 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 more 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
Adam Reinwald
Sep 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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 know...happen. 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,
M.J.W. Harrington
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Venus Smurf
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
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Freya Marske
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Tove Selenius
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ah, well. Somewhere in some private dimension, a sad twelve-year-old that was once me is content. It was worth it for that, I guess.
Allison Hurd
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, man-author
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.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, ebook
“I don’t want to contaminate a good story with truth. That’d be a violation of my artistic integrity.”

A fun read. Sort of a tongue-in-cheek parody of epic fantasy. World’s great thief (he thinks), competitive divine siblings, threats to end reality. Faint echoes of Star Wars. Didn’t notice much redemption of Althalus, but who cares?

“It’s not the writing that changes, pet. It’s the reading.” “Wait a minute. Doesn’t the writing mean the same to everybody?” “Of course it doesn’t. Everybody reads
Gareth Otton
As it was with the Belgariad and the Malloreon, so it shall be with the Redemption of Althalus as well...

I 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,
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Eddings was always a comfort-read for me in my teens. It was something about the epic scope, the moral pragmatism and the supportive, close-knit team of friends and family -- the recurring tropes of his books are just easy, familiar tones. Althalus is the one-book Eddings experience, which I pick up again now after having several times used it as the poster for Eddings' other work. Enough time has passed that I've forgotten most of the plot detail, so it's about as close to a fresh read as I can ...more
Marsha Ramnanan
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was such a strange little traipse through a world in which 3 Gods fought (or passively sat by) over the future of reality. Characters were quirky and original and the story itself was a good one.
To be fair - I don't know why it didn't appeal to me more.
Maybe it was because Althalus himself went from being such a rogue to being an extension of Dweia - even while trying to have his own voice, or maybe it was the neat pairings off that was a little too...well - neat. Or it could be that evil
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Alexander Draganov
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Charming story about a thief who becomes the saviour of the world. The main character is a very likable one, as well as the support cast and as usually Eddings blends his story with a lot of magic and mythology. If you like light, funny fantasy stories, this is a book for you.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gods
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.
Jessica Meyer
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I love this book very much!! I have read it multiple times!
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People looking for a reason to commit suicide
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Geoffery Crescent
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Redemption of Althalus is a great standalone fantasy story by David Eddings. It is an endearing story about a thief who becomes a hero who saves the day.
As expected from Mr. Eddings, the story is full of wit, adventure, magic, and mythology. So, if like me you like light-hearted, humorous fantasy stories- then this definitely is the book for you.

Happy Reading!
Veronica Strachan
A good comfy read. You know you'll get a great story, characters and world setting with the Eddings. Throw in a dash of magic, some time travel and there you have it.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 more than a little exasperation.

Eddings has some wit and fun with his world, which is more 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
Seth Swanson
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings , was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he
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