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The Rats and the Ruling Sea (Chathrand Voyage 2) [Paperback]

Robert V.S. Redick
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14 Oct 2010 Chathrand Voyage 2

THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA begins where THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY ended; Thasha's wedding is hours away. It is a wedding that will both fulfil the promise of a mad god's return and see her murdered. Pazel has thwarted the sorcerer who would bring back the god but both sides now face deadlock. Can Thasha be saved? Can the war between two Empires be stopped?

THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA is, once again, focused on the giant ancient ship, the CHATHRAND, but now she must brave the terrors of the uncharted seas; the massive storms and the ship swallowing whirlpools and explore lands forgotten by the Northern world, all the time involved in a vicious running battle with a ship half her size but nearly her match.

Robert Redick's new novel takes the reader further into the labyrinthine plots and betrayals that have underscored the trilogy from the beginning.

Robert Redick's sequel to the acclaimed THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY is a masterpiece of plotting and adventure. As each page turns the reader shares with the characters the dawning realisation that nothing is at it seems.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081819
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling read that sets the scene enticingly for the next two parts. (Stephen Jewell SFX)

'The Rats and the Ruling Sea' possesses all of the same outstanding qualities that impressed me in 'The Red Wolf Conspiracy.' Easily one of the best fantasy novels of the year. (FANTASY BOOK CRITIC)

Robert Redick has taken [the] most hackneyed of fantasy staples and turned it into something special. The Rats and The Ruling Sea is a book that demands commitment, but its unusual setting and quirky ideas make it a rewarding and absorbing read and we look forward to the next installment. (Russ Whitfield SCI FI NOW) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The sequel to THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY takes the Chathrand across the terrors of uncharted oceans and deeper into an age-old conspiracy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rats and the Ruling Sea: Chathrand Voyage 2 2 April 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the second book in the Chathrand Voyage series, following on from The Red Wolf Conspiracy. That was a giant rollercoaster of a book, and this one is too – nearly 700 pages long. It had been a while since I read the first book (other things kept getting in the way) and I was worried that I wouldn’t remember who was who or what was going on, but within the first few pages it had all come back to me, so that was good.

The action picks up straight from the end of the first book, with Thasha about to be married as the bride destined to bring peace to the Mzithrin and Arqual Empires. But as we know, and some of the others are starting to discover, there’s an awful lot more at stake than peace between two warring Empires; old enemies are already starting to resurface and they mean to bring about the end of all unless they are stopped. For Pazel Pathkendle personally, there are secrets that he has not as yet uncovered.

This is a seafaring voyage worthy of the greats; the Chathrand, mighty in size and scope voyages south on its own mission under Captain Rose. The whole book is consumed with their voyage, and it’s a testimony to the author’s skill in narrative and characterisation that there is not one wasted word or gesture within the book. The scope is huge and ambitious, and brilliantly carried off. I look forward immensely to the next two books in the series, themselves large volumes but which promise to tell the next riveting exciting chapters of the the Chathrand voyages. Brilliant; if you’re looking for an epic saga, this is the one to look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bookworm 16 Nov 2011
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Fantastic book - can't wait for the last volume! It seems a long time to wait until April to find out what happens to all the fascinating characters. Completely enthralling story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking Adventure 21 Feb 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Bursting onto the scene last year with his first novel we get back into the thick of things with this his second novel in the series. Its dark yet also has light moments as Robert's tale wends its way to the reader rolling across the wordscape with peaks and troughs of the imaginary sea of fiction. Beautifully written its definitely improved on the original offering and whilst simplistic in certain terms does what it says on the tin with great talent and love. Whilst you could jump in to the series now with much of the world building done in the original you need the build up to get the full scope of the offering so personally I'd advise you to start on the first novel. A great tale and one that really does leave me wondering what he has planned next for the third tale.
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THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA is the second book in the Chathrand Voyage saga, and the follow-up to the Robert Redick's epic fantasy THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY. In it, we are reunited with the many characters that made up the first book in the tale: tarboys Pazel and Neeps, the admiral's daughter, Thasha Isiq, Captain Nilus Rose, Ignus Chadfellow, and the copper-eyed Ixchel, Diadrelu, to name but a few. The cast of the novels is immense.

For those unfamiliar with the first book, the story largely takes place aboard a six hundred year old ship, named the Chathrand. The vessel is monstrous in size, dwarfing all others around her. The size of the ship (with its multitude of decks and locations) gives huge scope for a number of goings on, from stowaways, to secret meetings, and a few things one might not wish to be aboard.

The story picks up immediately from where the first book ended, with the wedding of the Thasha Isiq, the Treaty Bride, to her destined prince, aimed at uniting two warring empires and cementing an ever-lasting peace between them. Things do not, however, work out as planned and the Chathrand prepares to set sail across the dangerous waters of the Ruling Sea, a journey so perilous that only she might be capable of doing so.

All the while during the crossing, a number of factions are formed, many with one goal in mind: getting to the Nilstone. Some, such as the sorcerer Arunis wish to use it for their own devious purposes, whilst others, such as Pazel, Neeps and Thasha seek a way to destroy it. Doing so, however, is far easier said than done, since the stone has the power to immediately kill anyone with fear in their heart. Which basically means anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yep read em all 6 Jun 2014
By Mary L
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to give individual reviews for each of the books in this series because it would take me too long to say what I loved about it. But it's worth reading the lot if you like great fantasy.
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