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The Red Wolf Conspiracy: The Chathrand Voyage

The Red Wolf Conspiracy: The Chathrand Voyage [Kindle Edition]

Robert V. S. Redick
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"What can I say about a book as exciting and fresh as The Red Wolf Conspiracy? I can't remember when I've been so enthralled. Maybe when I first read Philip Pullman. This is one terrific read."--Terry Brooks"Wonderfully inventive-Robert Redick is an extraordinary talent."--Karen Miller, author of "The Innocent Mage""[An] outstanding debut . . . With its colourful cast of inhabitants, which include a band of tiny, Lilliputian-style warriors, sentient rats and archetypal ancient evil the Shaggat Ness, the Chathrand brings to mind The Scar's fantastical floating city."--"SFX" magazine"Redick joins the ranks of writers challenging the fantasy genre and making it exciting again."--"New York Review of Science Fiction""A wondrous creation . . . an entertaining, fast-paced saga of high-seas adventure that is part fantasy quest, part political intrigue, and part coming-of-age tale."--"Fantasy Book Critic"

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A wonderully exciting debut fantasy that recalls both Philip Pullman and Scott Lynch.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575081783
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising but flawed debut 11 Jun. 2009
Gollancz have an impressive track record over the last couple of years; first they snapped up Scott Lynch and watched the hype reach a crescendo, then they repeated the trick with Joe Abercrombie and enjoyed similar results. Both Abercrombie and Lynch delivered debuts that generally garnered much critical acclaim. When Gollancz announced they had tied up a deal with first-time American fantasy author Robert V. S. Redick, the question was on everyone's lips: could they do it again?

Although it was only released in January 2008 in the UK, Redick's The Red Wolf Conspiracy has already caused a bit of a stir, including - whisper it softly - more than one prediction that it could be the debut novel of the year, and that Redick could be -whisper it even more softly - the Next Big Thing. Big words, but hype is a double-edged sword. While it helps sales, it can make it harder for the book to meet expectations. So, the key question: does Red Wolf deliver? Read on to find out...

Straight away it is clear that this is not your typical fantasy novel. As the story progresses however, it becomes obvious that there are more familiar fantasy elements involved than were first made apparent, however the setting is not so standard. Red Wolf follows the voyage of the great ship Chathrand, a 600-year-old behemoth of a vessel that is the last of its kind. The ship is on a mission of peace, to strike a truce between two mighty empires. At least that is what everyone is meant to believe. The truth is far different, and may instead plunge the world into war.

From what I'd read in advance, I was expecting something resembling a political thriller at sea.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable debut fantasy 3 Nov. 2009
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Since starting to read more fantasy this year there have been a few novels that get good recommendations from sources I trust. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by debut author Robert V.S.Redick is one that falls into this category and has come to my attention now because of the release of the sequel, The Rats and the Ruling Sea. Whenever a series gets a new addition talk of the previous books comes up and I was pleased to hear what I did - enough to make sure that I had the first book read and ready for the sequel upon its release. Well, not quite, but almost! What I found in The Red Wolf Conspiracy was a book that gave me what I enjoy in fiction these days - interesting characters, a great setting and world building, and a story that has a depth to it that gives the reader much to think about.

The first thing I have to talk about is the setting, and specifically the Chathrand - look at the cover above and it will give you an idea of the sheer size of this thing. The Chathrand is a character in its own right and is the last of the Great Ships. The descriptions that Robert VS Redick uses when talking of the Chathrand are superb and bring some great visualisations, although he does not bog down the story with unnecessary passages, everything we read has a purpose and we learn about the ships along with the characters.

With the Chathrand used for a supposed voyage of peace between two empires - Mzithrin and Arqual - that have a long and bloodied history, we have many different characters and races on board for the journey. Among these is Captain Rose, the former captainchosen once again to run the ship, although to the disdain of many people due to his violent history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut novel 12 July 2008
The world of Alifros is dominated by two mighty nations. The Empire of the Mzithrin lies in the west, unified under the rule of its five kings and in the worship of the religion of the Black Casket.
In the east, proud Arqual extends its powers over vast regions of land and sea. Forty years have passed since the last, bloody war between these two superpowers and an uneasy peace lingers between them, whilst the small, independent kingdoms of the Crownless Lands lie between them as buffers.

It is a time of great change, however. His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Arqual, has decreed that a lasting peace shall be forged between Mzithrin and Arqual and his greatest military commander, Admiral Isiq, has agreed to give up his only daughter, Thasha, in marriage to a royal prince of the Mzithrin. It is only fitting that the greatest ship in the Arquali navy, and the most infamous ship in the world, should be given this task. The I.M.S. Chathrand is the last of the Great Ships, heavily armed and crewed by a thousand souls, the only ship capable of crossing the vast Ruling Sea. But on this mission the Chathrand takes a strange assortment of passengers and crew, from the delusional Captain Nilus Rose to Pazel Pathkendle, a tarboy with many secrets, and from the sickly Admiral Isiq and his proud daughter to the dimunitive ixchel or crawlies, the little people whose presence on ships is taken as a sign of doom. As ancient secrets are revealed and dark conspiracies are unmasked, the crew and passengers of the Chathrand come to realise that they are at the centre of events that will reshape their world.

The Red Wolf Conspiracy is the opening volume of The Chathrand Voyage, a fantasy trilogy by debut author Robert V.S. Redick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not sure I'd want to read anymore although some curiosity about a character or two.
Published 3 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fantasy series
If you love fantasy - real, 'build a world and people it with entrancing characters and great conflicts' type fantasy, the Chathrand Voyage has to be one of the most original in a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary L
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Good quality book, as advertised, and delivered promptly. All this for a very low price. Don't know how they can afford to do it, but am pleased they can
Published 14 months ago by N. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Wolf Conspiracy Book One
This is the first in a series; I really loved this book. Pazel Pathkendle's world was turned upside down when the Arquali invaded (or `rescued', depending on whether you were on... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Keen Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too much like hard work
This is a fantastic premise that should have been very good, but ends up as a bit of a mess. Cantered on a giant ship, The Chathrand, we have the mix of a mad captain, talking... Read more
Published on 13 Nov. 2012 by Nick Brett
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing
Sorry, not my cup of tea. I bought this book thinking it was something good for adult fantasy readers, but I was wrong. The plot is childish, full of one-dimensional characters. Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2012 by Chima
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy
Although this book is hard to get into at first once you get the story line you will not put it down. Read more
Published on 23 Oct. 2010 by Huge
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get out of the harbour, but then......
It is said much of Tolkien's writing was inspired by his serving in the first world war. I wonder if Redick's 'The Red wolf Conspiracy' is inspired by him living through the cold... Read more
Published on 3 Mar. 2009 by Mr. A. I. Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Everything and nothing
Sorry, can't agree with some of the hype here and quite honestly, gave up on it about half way through. Too many names, couldn't get it clear in my head who was with/against who. Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2008 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars a new classic
We're a family that likes to read together so I'm always in search of the kinds of books that will suit everyone - sophisticated and well-written enough to please two picky adults... Read more
Published on 11 April 2008 by H. L. Nelson
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