Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Redemption's Blade (After The War, #1)” as Want to Read:
Redemption's Blade (After The War, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Redemption's Blade

(After The War #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  481 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Ten years ago, the renegade demigod known as the Kinslayer returned. His armies of monsters issued from the pits of the earth, spearheaded by his brutal Yorughan soldiers. He won every battle, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell as he drove all before him. And then he died. A handful of lucky heroes and some traitors amongst his own, ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Solaris (first published July 24th 2018)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Redemption's Blade, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Santi Yes, it definitely stands alone well, it is the first one in the series with a "satisfying" ending (but also very likely to be continued). I enjoyed…moreYes, it definitely stands alone well, it is the first one in the series with a "satisfying" ending (but also very likely to be continued). I enjoyed it quite a bit, starting the second one now, from a different author as you mentioned, which normally makes me suspicious but I want to see what happens next!(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.93  · 
Rating details
 ·  481 ratings  ·  87 reviews

Sort order
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a truly epic fantasy but with the best twist... the story was told after the war was won!

I grew attached the the eclectic group of characters and loved how well developed they were.

With every book by Tchaikovsky, I fall in love with his writing more and more.

I'll be picking up more of his books ASAP!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about ‘what comes after’. After the big battles and the world shaking events, when life is supposed to go back to normal, whatever that is or can be once the land is drenched in blood and everywhere death stands triumphant. Celestaine played the biggest of roles in that ‘before’ time, her sword raised against dragons and even the Kinslayer himself. Now, lost in a meaningless life, she seeks a cause to fight for, one which can bring back hope to a whole race de-winged by the cruel ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, look - a way to write a fantasy hero story without beating me over the head with certain things. For that alone I would have enjoyed this story even if it didn't featured the not so good band of characters.
Celestaine feels guilty and restless after the war that left the land completely ruined, to put it mildly. They are yet to witness the horrors the Kinslayer left behind. And you get some of it, in detail. She and her two Yorughan friends are after a very powerful item to restore at least
Nick T. Borrelli
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5

Click here for full review:

I first discovered British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky about ten years ago when I had the pleasure of stumbling across his excellent Fantasy series Shadows of the Apt. It was such a fresh and well-written Fantasy series and as a result I immediately became a huge fan of his, purchasing everything that I could get my hands on as soon as it was released. Another amazing read from him is his stand-alone Science-Fiction nov
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was not exactly disappointed by Redemption’s Blade, but having gotten a sense of what Adrian Tchaikovsky is capable of, I think I might have expected a little more from this one. It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a bad book or even a mediocre one. However, by its very nature, the novel’s premise does not lend itself well to being something to get all that excited about.

For you see, Redemption’s Blade is ver
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*

This book is simply put one of the best books I've read this year!

As only my second read by this author I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with Redemption's Blade, I mean the idea of the book sounded fantastic, showing the aftermath of a war instead of the usual lead up and during the war encounters we get in fantasy. I was reeled in by the idea but as said I ha no idea what I was actually going to get.

So what did I get? Well, what I got was the most fabulous and entirely gripping fantasy
The war is over. The demigod Kinslayer has been defeated. His shattered army of monsters is left aimless, the land is in ruins, and slowly, tentatively, people are starting to rebuild.

And this, right here, is going to be a deal-breaker for some people. They want to see the moment the hero Celestaine infiltrated the Kinslayer's fortress, took her magic sword and ended him. They want to see the battles, the sieges, a pain-crazed dragon wading into the fray and destroying friend and foe alike, obje
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publishing Date: July 2018

Publisher: Solaris


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.3/5

Publisher’s Description: Ten years ago, the Kinslayer returned from the darkness. His brutal Yorughan armies issued from the pits of the earth, crushing all resistance, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell. And then he died. Celestaine – one of the heroes that destroyed him – has tasked herself with correcting the worst excesses of the Kinslayer’s brief reign, bringing l
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Redemption’s Blade is an absolutely thrilling sword and fantasy tale. What Tchaikovsky does is set his story in the aftermath of the Great War and its consequences. And that makes for very interesting storytelling and a backstory of considerable depth. Just imagine a world where the Dark Lord of Mordor has been defeated after years of terrifying battles against all manner of fell creatures, but the evil things haven’t faded into the earth and there isn’t one King of Gondor to unite everyone. And ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
I had to put this down and restart it several times. It was a slog from start to finish. My previous two books from AT Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time were both 5* efforts making this even more of a disappointment.

Things are after the epic battle to end all battles and they keep flashing back to them as a telling. It would have been better to show the battles.
Antonio Diaz
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tchaikovsky ha demostrado que se puede escribir una novela de fantasía épica que innove, con un worldbuilding alucinante e ingenioso, con personajes que jueguen con los estereotipos y, por si fuera poco autoconclusiva, en 100.000 palabras o menos.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was hoping to read something by this author from some time, now. I heard good things about his books and he writes fantasy, not only them but most of his books are of this genre, so, obviously I wanted to try them! And when I saw this title on NetGalley I had to request it. I know that I said that I would have tried to not add new requests, but come on! I’m justified, right?
Anyway… I requeste
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Redemption’s Blade follows a band of characters after the epic war has been fought and won. The main character, Celestaine, is on a mission to right the wrongs of the war while wrestling with her own transgressions, guilt, and desires. Redemption’s Blade has a lot of interesting and well-written characters, but Tchaikovsky’s choice to inform the reader of significant world building information in a piecemeal fashion left much to be desired.

Incredibly fascinating and compelling characters surroun
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, adventure, epic, fantasy
This is a really cool, intriguing project.

It takes the style and tropes of "light," jovial epic fantasy, but sets the whole thing after The Horrible Dark One has been defeated -- and now, what needs to be done is much less fighting monsters or riding into battle, and much more rebuilding society from the ground up. (And, not letting everybody else rip it apart.)

Possibly most representativve is when the protagonist, Celeste, comes to some traders and goes, "Hi, I'm one of the reknowned Slayers. I
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: llegits-2018
Como acostumbra a pasar, Tchaikovsky propone cosas originales en esta entretenida novela, sobre todo su inicio y algunos de los personajes. Parece el segundo libro de una trilogía y al principio tienes la sensación de que te has perdido algo. Pero ni que haya un esfuerzo importante para innovar, algunos de los tópicos habituales del género continúan estando presentes. Que difícil es escribir fantasía épica...
Quintin Zimmermann
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
A high altitude free fall into a world of events so far past the present that you are literally left behind before you have even landed.

Deploy that parachute and crash land Terra Nova without a map, without any point of reference.

A whole trilogy has occurred and all we have is now, the calamitous leftovers.

Redemption's Blade is like Sandra Bullock arriving on the scene of Speed after the bus exploded, like John McClane entering the Nakatomi high-rise days after Christmas. Sarah Connor is dead an
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
reasonably good and engaging but kind of far from the awesome Apt series - the characters and world building paled compared to the ones in the Apt series though they were interesting enough to keep me reading till the end, the tone was sort of ironic, let's throw in all the fantasy tropes and add some sfnal one with no real rules, so at any moment anything could happen kind which again can work if done well but it lessened the tension and stakes as basically the magic mcguffin/supernatural being ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we forget why we do something. What we enjoyed about it. Our reasons for giving up large chunks of our leisure time to a fantasy world, an odyssey, a book series without a visible end in sight and many strange names and places to assimilate along the way. So forgive me this indulgent review of Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It isn’t a nuts and bolts analysis of the plot, world building and execution of words and sentences in any semblance of a formulaic review. It’s about wh ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. We have a standard different race fantasy story ( they arent elfs dwarves etc) but more so the standard d and d classes. However, the evil villain has been disposed, and the world needs to pick up the pieces. Led by the female warrior who defeated this character, they head on a mission through previous enemy territory discovering towns and races who are also moving on from this defeat. They have all have motives dependant on which sided they were on. The world building is ...more
Rituranjan Gogoi
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book, and it was quite an excellent reading experience. I liked the story, I liked the characters, and was fascinated by the brilliant worldbuilding. This isn't a happy story, the sense of fear and gloom pervades throughout the novel, but, the author doesn't make it overly grim and dark. This is a story about the aftermath of war, the sense of loss and bitter memories of a world wrecked by fire, blood, and destruction. Tchaikovsky adequately captures the brut ...more
Caroline Mersey
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Adrian Tchaikovsky has knocked it out the park once again with Redemption's Blade (review copy from Solaris). This is the post-Dark Lord novel I have been waiting for all my life.

Celestaine is one of a group of heroes who managed to defeat the evil demigod known as the Kinslayer, at the end of a Lord of the Rings-style titanic conflict that managed to - briefly - unite humanity in common cause. But with the war now over, Celestaine is struggling to find purpose and meaning. Adventuring and demi
Judy Lesley
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book I kept wondering how I had missed the one that came before it. I would read more and then go and try to find out which book I had missed. It was quite distracting. It turns out I had not missed any other book, this is the first in a new series but I had to visit the author's website to figure that out. I'm still not 100% sure because even the information there leaves room for interpretation but I'm going with first-book-in-a-new-series. By this time I was about half wa ...more
Ross Thompson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
*Disclosure - I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Over the last few months I have been lucky to read three new Tchaikovsky books. As this was the first fantasy book of those three (the other two being war sci-fi) I had fingers crossed for a return to the heights of the Shadows of the Apt series. I was sadly disappointed.

The scope of this book is truly epic in every sense. The world we are thrown into has a diverse range of beings, species, citi
Daniel Garrido
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A los habituales del blog no os sorprenderé mucho si os digo que Adrian Tchaikovsky se ha convertido en uno de esos autores de la fantasía actual a los que me he vuelto completamente adicto. Cada novedad suya que se anuncia, y por suerte es tremendamente prolífico y constante, siempre tiene una propuesta inicial o un plantemiento general que atrae la atención inmediata del lector.
Este es el caso de su última obra con la que inicia la saga After the War (Trás la Guerra), un proyecto literario sur
Sherwood Smith
Jul 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Tchaikovsky gives us an entire world with PTSD.

The way I see it is, epic fantasy published in the last forty years is in some measure in conversation with Lord of the Rings, whether pretty much reflecting the structure of the story, or thumbing its nose at its themes (a lot of grimdark fantasies seem to have been inspired by this), or—in more complex books—grappling with a more contemporary view of Tolkien’s themes, while respecting the core.

This is such a book.

It takes place after the huge war
Alexander Páez
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
De lo mejorcito que he leído este año en fantasía. Me lo he pasado ¡tan bien!
Scott Firestone
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's not enough that Celestaine killed the Kinslayer--the abomination who ravaged the world. Now she feels compelled to set things right after so much wrong. She's starting with one seemingly small thing: Restore the ability for flight to a race of beings whose wings were sadistically taken from them by the Enemy.

We're dropped into this world, and portioned out background info. The people don't know how to get their lives back together. The Kinslayer's forces don't know what to do now that thei
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reviews

Redemption's Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky is a deep novel about characters navigating the aftermath of a decade-long war. It's dense, creative, and fun. Highly recommended.


Solaris provided an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. Review cross-posted at my website: PrimmLife


While stories can be solely for escape, they also ask and answer questions that are too ghastly to be explored in real life. Even though fiction asks many questions, it sticks to
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Redemptions Blade is unabashedly a quest novel, like Parsifal, but with more noble goals and more interesting, less stuffy, and less, much less misogyny. It is also as the title hints, very much about redemption, not really redemption as a goal, but as meaning - about the power of seeking redemption to change lives.

The war against the Kinslayer was over, had been for some time, but the damage wrought by this extraordinarily evil creation would take a very long time to undo. In the Kinslayer, a
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Хочется верить, что мне просто не везет с Эдрианом Чайковским, но из двух прочитанных мной его книг обе оказались очень ДнДшными, про группу фэнтези-героев, идущих к Большой Важной Цели и по пути слегка отвлекаются на сайд-квесты. Spiderlight в этом плане был гораздо очевиднее с более стереотипными героями (кроме гуманоидного паука-макгаффина), планирующими убить Злого Властелина. Redemption's Blade хотя бы начинается в более интересном месте: через
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Soul of the World (The Ascension Cycle, #1)
  • The City of Ice (The Gates of the World, #2)
  • King of the Bastards
  • Scourge (Darkhurst #1)
  • The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2)
  • The White Towers (The Rage of Kings, #2)
  • The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy #1)
  • Arrow of Death (The Rise and Fall #1)
  • The Tower of Living and Dying (Empires of Dust #2)
  • City of Lies (Poison Wars #1)
  • Black Sails, Disco Inferno
  • Empress of the Fall (Sunsurge Quartet, #1)
  • The Two of Swords, Volume One
  • Fireproof
  • Gator Bait
  • Troll Mountain: Episode II (Troll Mountain, #2)
  • To Ride Hell’s Chasm
  • Gunshine State
ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

Other books in the series

After The War (2 books)
  • Salvation's Fire