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Robert V. S. Redick has accomplished something rather extraordinary in his new fantasy adventure novel, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, the first in what I predict will be an eagerly awaited series. His accomplishment is in crafting a story that is a throwback to the days of the European Adventure story writers--Stevenson, Dumas, Scott and the like--a tale that is a gripping page-turner accessible to all ages. I seek stories like this constantly and seldom find them. Here we have a good one. The characters are memorable and fully realized, from the lowly tarboy Pazel Pashkendle to the unwilling young bride Thasha to the half-mad captain Nilus Rose to the powerful sorcerer Ramachni. As the story proceeds, we come to know and care about all of them, the good and the bad, the high and the low. We want to know their fates, and we will follow the writer to wherever we need to go to learn what they are.
It is a spirited and exciting journey. By crafting the bulk of the tale aboard the mega-ship Chathrand, the author has created what is essentially a seafaring tale that reminded me of every good seafaring tale from Moby Dick to Treasure Island to everything by Patrick O'Brian. All the necessary elements are there, and you can practically taste the salt water on your lips and feel the grit of it on the pages. I look for and expect a feeling of honesty and reality in my fiction choices, no less so in fantasy than in other forms, and I was not disappointed here. From the description of the ship and its component pieces to the intricate and dangerous relationships between the characters aboard her, it all rang true.
I don't find many books that I wish I had written, but every so often one comes along. I think the last one was Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. Here is another. I admire this book for its scope and its power, its language and its imagery, and its fine tight-rope plotting. I could not put it down. I am betting a lot of other readers won't be able to put it down either.
So trust me on this one; you won't be disappointed. Except, of course, like me you have to sit by patiently waiting for the next book. The anticipation is akin to what I experienced growing up with chapter books, when it seemed that every single installment ended in a cliffhanger, and the characters and I were all left hanging together. In an effort to minimize the damage to our fingernails, I will use whatever magic I can conjure up to prod Mr. Redick onward towards completion of book two. You have my promise.--Terry Brooks--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a great read--very hard to put down, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel!Published 4 months ago by Brett Constantine
Didn't like the idea of a naval series but with good reviews thought to give it a try. The Chathrand is like its own world!!Published 4 months ago by Andrew Elphick
I thought this was a well-written book with wide appeal. The characters were engaging and the action was non-stop. It was hard to put down.Published 10 months ago by Christina Heinzen
I'm always a fan of jumping into a series that already has two books out...that way I'm not waiting to read the next installment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patrick Calhoun
I read a lot of fantasy lately. My tastes are pretty tough and it takes a lot to get a good grade (anything 3-, 4- or 5-stars) from me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kate
Perfect length, character development strong, hate to see Pazel be such a wuss when it comes to women though. Looking forward to the next!Published 15 months ago by Chad
I read a lot of fantasy, so appreciate diverse approaches to the genre, and this book delivers on that front. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tara Innes
A talking intellectual rats, miniature people with big actions, an evil master spy, a crazy sea Captain and everything else you could want in fantasy characters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith