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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,207 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2012
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jonuk1978" on 19 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick Smith on 31 May 2011
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ridley on 28 Feb. 2001
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"Great, a new Eddings book" - the excitement didn't last. If you've read the Belgariad/Malloreon/Elenium you're not going to find much in this book that's new except that female character is even more smug than Polgara in her "autobiography" and totally irritating. I won't go into details so as not to spoil it but for the first time in ages, finishing a book was a relief - to the charity shop it goes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am very rarely moved to put pen to paper; however, in this case I can make an exception.
Perhaps I should begin by saying that I am not sure at what age group this book is aimed; one minute it seems to be a child's book, and the next it leans towards the adult reader. With that in mind, here goes:
I, like many others, am a great fan of Eddings' earlier works. I found the Belgariad and the Malorean to be wonderfully written and absorbing books, indeed, I read both series more than once. Sadly, this latest effort does not even come close to his previous writings, I don't think I have ever read such a poor novel. I have lost count of the number of times that I have nearly dropped the book in the rubbish, but I ploughed on (much to my disappointment). The writing style and character dialogue is extremely puerile with "yes dear"s and "tenlike"s seeming to sprout out of every page. That, coupled with the vague references to the 'boy-people and girl-people' has driven me to distraction many a time. Moreover, the story line is very weak, with all of the potential paradox of time travel just ignored, and one particular element of the novel repeated in one form or another, not once but twice. How disappointing, I would give it less than one star if I could. David Eddings you could have done so much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2000
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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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