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The Redemption of Althalus [Hardcover]

David and Leigh Eddings , Leigh Eddings
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3 July 2000

A fabulous brand new Eddings standalone fantasy, set in an entirely new magical world.

A bronze-age burglar, armed robber and sometime murderer, our hero Althalus is commissioned to steal a book by a mysterious cloaked stranger named Ghend. Althalus sets off to the House at the End of the World to steal it – after stealing Ghend’s cloak, as well, since winter is coming on. (Althalus is a rogue who can get away with almost anything… maybe with everything!)
At the House at the End of the World, he finds a talking cat… in the same room as the book Ghend described. What he can’t find once he’s in the house is the door by which he entered. Only 2467 years and an ice age later does Althalus re-emerge with the cat, Emmy, in the hood of his (Ghend’s) cloak. By now he can read. He’s read the book and discovered a tool mightier than the blunt instrument he once used to disable his victims. The book was written by the god Deiwos, whose evil brother Daeva is trying to unmake the world. Emmy is in fact their sister and she’s setting out to save the world with Althalus to help her.
No easy task. First there is a quest to unearth the magical knife that will enable Emmy to assemble and command her band of essential helpers: Eliar (young soldier), Andine (leader of a small country), Bheid (black-robed priest), Gher (ten-year old orphan), Leitha (telepath/witch). Their respective commands: lead, obey, illuminate, deceive, listen. Althalus is commanded by the Knife to seek.
Battles follow against Gelta the Queen of Night and the armies of Daeva involving many devious manoeuvres in and out of the House where Doors can be opened (solely by Eliar) to any place at any time. Daeva has his Doors, too. When Daeva can’t win through battle, he tries revolution. When Dweia (Emmy) can’t win any other way, Althalus will persuade her to lie, cheat and steal – reciprocating the lessons in truth, justice and morality Emmy has been giving him for some while.
The existence of the world hangs in the balance and love cannot be guaranteed to triumph in this glorious epic fantasy.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; First Edition edition (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002247542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002247542
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Althalus was just a thief, and only a good thief by the standards of the backwoods and hick towns where he spent most of his career; a trip to the big cities of the lowlands almost proved disastrous for him, because he could recognise neither real threats nor even more sophisticated forms of wealth. Hired to steal a magic book, he finds himself imprisoned by a talking cat and subjected to the extensive education that will make him leader of humanity's fight back against a death god and his cadre of thugs. Much of what is best in The Redemption of Althalus has to do with the process whereby he recruits his team--a spoiled princess, a witch rescued from the stake, a barbarian warrior and a street urchin with the brain of a great strategist; once the team is in place and their fight back against conquest and sinister magic begins, victory is more or less assured and a matter of watching a thoroughly entertaining process. It is interesting to see Eddings working on a smaller canvas than usual--there is a fundamental niceness to his books that entirely gets its head here, along with an attractive sense of humour.--Roz Kaveney


‘A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing’

‘Nobody writes modern fantasy like Eddings’

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By owlpool
This was the first of my David/Leigh Edding book collection. I fell in love with the characters and the plot. It was/is one of those books that when you start reading it you cant put it down, Ithink it is fair to own that I read it in two days! I would have read it in one but my parents told me to stop reading for meals. The plot makes you want to read on and there is always a surprise around the corner.
When I finished it I hungered for more, so I went to see if I could get any more of the books. It was a fruitful search and I would recomend this and all their books to any reader who enjoys Fantasy, romance and mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja-Vu? 19 July 2000
Well...what can be said, not bad but not great either.Being an Eddings fan and having read the Belgariad, Mallorean Elenium and Tamuli series I wondered what direction this book would go especially as it is condensed into one novel.Unfortunatly I found myself constantly remembering characters from Eddings previous books and it seems as if all that has been changed is the characters names i.e Flute-Emmy Sparhawk-Althalus, Andine-Ehlana etc etc. If, however, you have not read any of David Eddings books before then this would probably be a good one to start on as it will seem like a fresh and innovative story. Being an Eddings fan however I will still buy his books when they come out but i feel that if he is to remain as popular as he is he<and she> need to try and put some fresh ideas into their novels to keep old and new fans alike entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone needs to put the Eddings' back on track. 12 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Things started to go wrong in Eddings' writing with The Shining Ones, and have continued to sink faster than a Russian sub.
This latest offering (insult) is just another rehash of Belgariad characters. A thief who chews his thumbnail when he's worried (like Silk); a simple yet sincere country boy, the only one who can use the knife (Garion); a spoilt princess, who becomes a better person after falling in love with the simple country boy (Ce'Nedra); a priest going through a religious crisis (Relg); a smart-alec child who understands everything in the universe (Errand/Eriond); a smart-mouth witch (Poledra); and another smart-arse, beautiful goddess, who orders everyone around, and whom everyone obeys because they all love her so much (Polgara (except for the goddess bit)).
Everyone in the book has exactly the same sarcastic sense of humour, and they all talk to each other in the same condescending tone. By the end of the 3rd or 4th chapter it's all just too tedious to bear.
At the end of the day the book finishes exactly as you'd expect, based on past Eddings' outings, and I was left wondering why they bothered; and why I bothered.
I loved The Belgariad, The Mallorian, and both preludes, The Elenium and wasn't too put off buy the Tamuli, but this book deserves to be avoided by even the most rabid Eddings fan.
Take my advice; pick it in a bookshop and read the first 10 pages. If you're still interested then buy it, but don't say I didn't warn you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first experience of Eddings 31 May 2011
I read this when I was about 9 years old and loved it. I loved the witticisms, the principle characters and the story as a whole... it has stuck with me until now, almost 10 years later. It was the first Eddings book that I had ever read and the first proper fantasy book that I had read apart from the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which may have added to its appeal as all of the plot ideas and techniques seemed wildly original to me. A definite classic that I will cherish throughout my life!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One to be missed 7 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I have been a fan of David Eddings since I read the first 4 books in the Belgariad series and then waited for the last. I also enjoyed the Mallorean and the Elenium and Tamuli series. Since that however I feel his books have gone down hill. Is it a coincidence that the poor books are the ones co-authored by his wife? There are 3 basic problems with this book. 1. As so many have pointed out in these reviews, while this story is set in a new world and the characters have new names, they do closely resemble those in the earlier books, especially The Elenium. Also they use exactly the same phrases, such as 'be nice' 2. Eddings has used the idea of The House and its Doors to allow his characters to move about and achieve everything with out any effort what so ever. This results in there never being any likelyhood of the bad guys winning. 3. The plot is linear, the action never becomes split. Either all the good guys are together or the ones not taking part in the action are safely back in the House. The confusing Time Travel ending does not make up for this and the last few chapters make it clear that even Eddings was aware of how bad the Doors idea was. I am sorry to say that this is one book to many for Eddings. If he can not quickly come up with something better, he would be better to retire and be remembered for his truely classic earlier series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When I Stopped Buying Eddings 6 Feb 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I grew up with The Belgariad, love the Mallorean and then really enjoyed Sparhawk books as well. But by this point was getting a little tired of the repetition. Polgara The Sorceress and Belgariad the Sorceror were good. But I wanted something new. So on the face of it this was a fantastic opportunity to read one of my favourite authors try something new. I haven't bought another Eddings book since. Its that bad.

Why did I hate it so much? Was it the cliches? Was it the terrible story? Was it the twist -ugh. Or was it all this and the childish way it is written? Yes that's it. Don't get me wrong I like happy endings. But more sickly sweet than a Haribo factory dipped in chocolate this makes you cringe. I haven't met a single person who read this and liked it.

This is just an awful book. If you still like Eddings then avoid this like the plague. Its made this reader never want to invest any time in his books again - except the books I grew up with and not for some time even then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Fantasy Tale.
Well-written tale of Gods and mortals in eternal fight between good and evil. Suitable reading for most ages.- no bad language and good wins in the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing
The novel itself is fantastic but the printing errors got so bad that I gave up reading half way through. What a shame Amazon do not take better care when editing
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