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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Robert V. S. Redick"Masterful storytelling . . . a delight."--"Los Angeles Times, " on "The Red Wolf Conspiracy""Exciting . . . enough plot twists and double-crosses to satisfy the most demanding lovers of suspense."--"Publishers Weekly, " on "The Ruling Sea""Fantasy at its best . . . crazily inventive with great characters . . . superb action."--Fantasy Book Critic, on "The River of Shadows"

About the Author

Robert V.S. Redick worked most recently for the anti-poverty organization Oxfam. His epic fantasy series, The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, began with The Red Wolf Conspiracy, which was a finalist for the 2008 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was one of the top ten science fiction and fantasy releases of the year in the SFX magazine poll. Book two in the series, The Rats and the Ruling Sea, was rated the #1 fantasy novel of 2009 by Fantasy Book Critic. Redick has also worked as an international development researcher in Argentina, baker, horse handler and drama critic. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575097787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575097780
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert V.S. Redick is the author of the forthcoming epic fantasy THE NIGHT OF THE SWARM, which concludes THE CHATHRAND VOYAGE QUARTET. The other three books, in order, are THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY, THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA (U.S. title, THE RULING SEA) and THE RIVER OF SHADOWS.


I have two beloved home towns: Charlottesville, Virginia, and Iowa City, Iowa. I've been writing since I could hold a pen, and began my first novel, about purple monsters invading a Chicago apartment complex, when I was twelve. I studied literature and Russian at the University of Virginia, tropical conservation and development at the University of Florida, and fiction writing in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Among my wonderful former mentors are Jim Shepard, John Casey, Wilton Barnhardt, Judith Grossman, David Haynes and Chuck Wachtel.

I've had the good fortune to live and travel extensively in Latin America. In Cali, Colombia, I worked with a human rights foundation and taught in a bilingual school. In Argentina I interviewed park rangers, park administrators, superintendents and biologists across the country and wrote an in-depth study of ranger training in Argentina and elsewhere. My first (serious) novel, Conquistadors, is set during the Argentinian dictatorship of the late 1970s. The book was a finalist for the 2002 AWP/Thomas Dunne Novel Award.

For four years I worked as a stage critic for two New England newspapers--a nice job to have if you're dating. I've also worked as a baker, translator, Paso Fino horse handler and lab technician in an acid rain study.

For more information please visit my blog:

I live in rural western Massachusetts with my compañera, Kiran Asher, and an assortment of mammals and reptiles.

Customer Reviews

One of the best series of fantasy I have ever read.
Night of the Swarm is the fourth and final book in Robert V. S. Redick's Chathrand Voyage Quartet.
Jane Easterly
The plot is complex, the characters well developed and this new world was brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul C Baumann on March 29, 2013
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I enjoyed the first books in this series, but this last one exceeded even those expectations. Constant dramatic action, great personal interplay among characters, the crucial use of seemingly insignificant events presented in the previous stories (long range planning), and the consistency of sticking with the universe as formed (no strange Gods appearing in the final moments) put this book (and the author) among the very best, such as Robin Hobb, C.J. Cherryh, and (dare I say it) J.R.R.Tolkien.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By grandsultan on April 15, 2013
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I didn't much care for this series for the first several chapters of the Red Wolf Conspiracy, but it grew on me and ever since I've been trying to determine how much I really like this series. Now that it's concluded, I can say that I like it, but I don't love it.

There are a LOT of characters in this series, most of which are developed characters that really become a part of the story. However, there are so many that I found it very difficult to remember who everyone was or why they were important (there was quite a gap between the release of this book and the previous one). Redick must have predicted this because there is actually a compendium of characters in the back of this book. More notably, in Night of the Swarm, I even had a bit of difficulty keeping the new characters in this book straight, especially amongst the Selk race. Overall, I liked having such a varied cast of characters, but I think these books would have benefited from a slightly more narrow focus: a few less plot lines, a few less characters.

The standout setting of this series (the ancient and gigantic tallship Chathrand) has always been what made these books unique to me. Otherwise it would just be another magical adventure through exotic lands (albeit a well written one with interesting characters). So, I was disappointed to find so little of the plot taking place at sea. A large portion of the story surrounding the main protagonists plays out on land; not that this section of the book was dull, but it was too familiar, and I found myself wishing they would return to the ship sooner rather than later (they didn't).

And then the ending (I won't spoil it)...Redick seems to have no sense of justice for his characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJIT PHADKE on March 5, 2015
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I thought this was fantastic. It was a nice conclusion to a really terrific debut series. The characters were fresh and believable, with warts and all, and the world-building was truly extraordinary. If this was another author (Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan), I would settle back comfortably and wait for the next 30 or so novels in this universe. There are backstories for minor characters as well as major, and places which look fascinating on the accompanying maps which no one ever visited. I don't know if Redick will go back to this world, but I'd buy that book.

Two words of caution, and also of disagreement with some of the other reviews... (1) These are meaty books, so don't expect to have a Riordan-esque tromp from plot point to plot point. Yes, there are technical descriptions of some sailing issues, and lots of world history, but I've read Moby Dick, and nothing else will come close to the technical details in that. I found the Chathrand info to be readable and interesting. (2) I thought the ending was really brilliant, and I loved that not every subplot got wrapped up in the same 10 pages. There was a great climax, a nice coda, and a very fresh way to keep the epilogue plausible. It wasn't just a literary montage of what happened to each character, which I appreciated. Rather, it was more like how things happen in real life. You know, some friends drift apart, others do well and get together, and still others plot fiendish revenge on the free world. It's just life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Jensen on March 2, 2013
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I can't recommend "The Chatrand Voyage" quartet highly enough. It is my new favorite fantasy series. (Previous favorites include "The Belgariad" by David Eddings, "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" by Terry Brooks, and the Thomas Covenant books by Stephen R Donaldson.)

This is a superbly crafted story, in an incredibly detailed world, filled with real characters with a plot that carries you with it from beginning to end. Loved, loved, loved it.

The world of Alifros is fully developed with great care and craftsmanship. There are races, countries and creatures that all have their own deep and detailed history, culture, and traditions, of which we only get to see the surface. This gives the books authenticity, like the author is from Alifros and has somehow managed to move into ours. Alifros, its peoples and creatures, is one of the more important characters. The author's blood, sweat, and tears in capturing, creating, realizing, and crafting this world are on every page.

The characters get the same dedication. Each is unique, with distinct personalities, emotions, and lives. Again, they are authentic and real. What happens to them, happened to me. I quickly fell in love with the heroes, and was emotionally invested in their entire journey. They feel like friends and I miss them. The effects of their journey still emotionally resonate with me.

Even though the series is comprised of four not-short books, the plot was never slow. It was paced very well, and it was hard to put the books down. The plot, too, is authentic and real. I think this is partially because the characters were so well crafted that I cared about them, and wanted to know what was going to happen to them next. There aren't any plot holes or continuity problems. Events progress orderly, naturally, logically, and sensibly.
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