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The Redemption of Althalus [Kindle Edition]

David Eddings , Leigh Eddings
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat--a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess.

She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other.


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From Publishers Weekly

As the first stand-alone one-volume epic fantasy by the popular Eddings team (whose series include The Belgariad; The Malloreon and The Elenium), this hefty saga about Good trouncing Evil plumps an engaging young reprobate hero into the arms of aDliterallyDdivine feline heroine. A professional thief and occasional murderer, Althalus accepts a commission to steal a supernatural tome known as the Book. When he arrives at the mysterious House at the End of the World, a lissome black cat with emerald eyes turns out to be the fertility goddess Dweia. Together they enlist a Mission Improbable team to out-sorcel the assorted villains marshaled by the sorcerer Ghend, who is bent on converting this medieval-like world from the worship of Dweia's good god-brother, Deiwos, to awful servitude under their wicked sibling Daeva. Plenty of derring-do spices up the first two-thirds of this jolly romp, and some zingy flashes of wit home in neatly on stuffy human institutions like overorganized religion and landed aristocracies. Unfortunately, the Eddingses can't resist a lengthy time-traveling reprise, which drags the story down into so-so conventionality. Though the Eddingses' multitudinous fans will likely feel right at home here in their safely magical realm of good-natured fun, this circle of would-be faerie has been trodden so often that here it yields very little deep-rooted literary greenery to munch on or to savor, still less to ruminate upon.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The Eddings, whose fantasies usually sprawl for several volumes, had to cram to get their latest adventure into a mere 700 pages (768 in galley form). The first section, covering more than 2,000 years, sets up the premise: a talented thief, Althalus, is hired to steal the Book from the House at the End of the World. Althalus, who doesn't know a book when he sees one, gamely enters the house, is trapped there by a talking cat, and remains for 2,500 years, learning to harness the Book's powers. The talking cat, Emmy, is in fact Dweia, one of three sibling gods who rule the world. Her brothers, Dewois (the creator) and Daeva (the destroyer), are choosing up sides and preparing for battle. Dweia enlists Althalus' aid to obtain a knife covered with runes that can be read only by those companions chosen to join the fight on the side of good. Althalus, traveling with Dewois as the cat Emmy, seeks and enlists the help of several unlikely accomplices, including a young boy, a priest, a witch, a warrior, and a princess. Once the companions are gathered, the Eddings hit their stride, and the story takes off. The interactions between characters, straightforward plotting, and doses of wry humor keep the tale humming. Judging by the popularity of their other books, this is a sure purchase for fantasy collections. Candace Smith
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 742 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345440773
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (January 23, 2001)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCTN9Q
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... December 11, 2000
Format:Hardcover
When I first read "The Seeress of Kell", I was so involved in it that, at one of the climactic moments, I actually exclaimed out loud in the middle of a crowded pizza parlor "Don't do it!". (I won't spoil that book for you, but if you've read it you probably know what I'm talking about) When "Cyradis was weeping" in a poetic section of the climax, I was with her. That set the bar for me with David and Leigh's work, and I've mostly been pleased with their books since then. I have to say, though, that based on that level of what I know them to be capable of, this book was a disappointment.
I cannot think of a single character, outside of the poorly developed "villains" of the work, who is not a slightly altered version of a Belgariad or Elenium character. There are several catchphrases among the main characters that were pulled directly from their previous work ("Be Nice", for instance), which, in combination with the retread characters, made it seem as if the cast of the Belgariad and the Elenium were doing a community theater production called "The Redemption of Althalus".
Another thing that bothered me was that too much was telegraphed. I knew *exactly* what was going to happen to Ghend, for example, about mid-way through the book. There was only one event that truly surprised me, and that was not revealed until very, very late in the game.
The book also jumped from location to location and event to event much, much quicker than in their previous work. It seemed as though they were trying to cram a trilogy into one book, and the edges show.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mixture As before, But Denser June 3, 2001
Format:Hardcover
If you've read the Eddings' work before, then you know if you liked or didn't like it.
And whichever way you may have felt about the Belgarion books or the Sparhawk books you'll probably feel about this book.
I happen to enjoy Eddings books, even though, objectively, i can see a number of flaws in them.
There's a certain progression in size here, from the ten-plus-two-point-5 volumes of the Belgarion stories to the six volumes of the Sparhawk stories to this single volume. But there's really about the same amount of story from series to series -- which means that things have to happen faster and closer together to get it all in.
Which means things can get a little crowded, muddled or confusing, which means periodically one of the charcters explains things to another character -- entertainingly, but it's still an expository lump.
The standard Eddings characters are all here -- Althalus, the thief, recruited as a sort of disciple by Dweia, one of three sibling gods whose conflicts are the basis for the story, is amazingly similar to what you'd get if Silk had Belgarath's's sorcerous abilities. Eliar is Garion or Berit -- the eager young man who has to learn some lessons the hard way.
And so on -- just as most Heinlein novels, Eddings books are stocked with pleasantly familiar characters constructed out of the Very Finest Cardboard, who make their way through various horrific but not particularly frightening (to the reader, anyway) adventures until, after some sacrifices, they arrive at the happy ending. Along the way, they exchange clever/flippant/dry/cynical badinage and make jokes about their adventures and the way in which the young girl-type people (to use this books rather arch term) pursue the young boy-type people with marriage on their minds.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Severely disappointing December 31, 2000
Format:Hardcover
David Eddings has always been a favorite of mine, although lately it seemed to me that he was running out of ideas. With his creation of a new world and characters for this new book, I had the highest hopes, but was let down very quickly. The most important thing that made his first two series so addictive (Belgariad and Elenium) so addictive was his deep, real characters. They developed over the course of the story, growing, changing, and interacting realistically. The stories, both successes and failures, were intensely character driven. Unfortunately, none of that was present here. The characters are vaguely interesting, but they never feel particularly real. They certainly never change much. The greatest loss was that all the decisions were made by Fate and the Gods, not the characters. It's a really weak way to drive a story. Worse, the individual abilities of the characters are fairly unimportant. Success is based on their ability to come up with new and interesting ways to use almost godlike resources (gee, who COULDN'T win a war with what amounts to a teleporter, a time machine, and an infinite supply of gold?) The romance is forced, cliched, and far too convinient. Finally, the ending is largely a rehashing of the beginning, with only minor changes. I suppose that's a problem with time travel, but again, death for a book. I know this sounds like an unforgiving review, but I really was THAT disappointed. If you've never read Eddings, go back and read "The Belgariad." If you have, go back and read "The Belgariad" again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Uninteresting. Only for those who are die hard fans of...
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Published 14 days ago by Ashley M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written... read it at least ...
Very well written. ..read it at least 4 times. I think a sequel is in order- "Child of Althalus"
Published 21 days ago by Richard Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An awesome read!
Published 1 month ago by glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars I also loved the fact that once they brought the characters together
I first read this book back in 2001 when my boss gave it to my for my birthday. I was struck by how the entire time I was reading it I was in the moment of "then" instead... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah E. N. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always loved this book and having it in digital format only helps.
Published 2 months ago by Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of Eddings in one book
Always wanted him to do a sequel though. Lots of plot ideas left to work from. If you like this book then I suggest you read his other fantasy series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terrance Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I know it has the same themes and devices as their other stories, but the characters are new and original, as is the story. I'll read it again and again, just like the others!
Published 2 months ago by MB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of those books you just can't put down :)
Published 3 months ago by John Barry Pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn.
Great stand-alone story from Eddings, however it can definitely get bogged down in mundane details of battle strategy, a lot of which is irrelevant to the overall story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Jhagroo
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly entertaining
Enjoyable read, easy to follow while the characters and dialogue are relaxed and humorous. Look forward to more of his works
Published 5 months ago by TomN
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