The River of Shadows (Chathrand Voyage Series #3)

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In the gripping sequel to Robert V. S. Redick’s acclaimed epic fantasy novels The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea, the crew of the vast, ancient ship Chathrand have reached the shores of the legendary southern empire of Bali Adro. Many have died in the crossing, and the alliance of rebels, led by the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the warrior Thasha Isiq, has faced death, betrayal, and darkest magic. But nothing has prepared them for the radically altered face of humanity in...

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Overview

In the gripping sequel to Robert V. S. Redick’s acclaimed epic fantasy novels The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea, the crew of the vast, ancient ship Chathrand have reached the shores of the legendary southern empire of Bali Adro. Many have died in the crossing, and the alliance of rebels, led by the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the warrior Thasha Isiq, has faced death, betrayal, and darkest magic. But nothing has prepared them for the radically altered face of humanity in the South.

They have little time to recover from the shock, however. For with landfall, the battle between the rebels and centuries-old sorcerer Arunis enters its final phase. At stake is control of the Nilstone, a cursed relic that promises unlimited power to whoever unlocks the secrets of its use—but death to those who fail. And no one is closer to mastering the Stone than Arunis.

Desperate to stop him, Pazel and Thasha must join forces with their enemies, including the depraved Captain Rose and the imperial assassin Sandor Ott. But when a suspicious young crewmember turns his attentions to Thasha, it is the young lovers themselves who are divided—most conveniently for Arunis. As the mage’s triumph draws near, the allies face a terrible choice: to break their oaths and run for safety, or to hunt the world’s most dangerous sorcerer through the strange and deadly dream kingdom known as the River of Shadows, and to face him a last time among the traps and horrors of his lair.

Brimming with high adventure, dark enchantment, and unforgettable characters, The River of Shadows deftly secures Redick’s place in the ranks of epic fantasy’s most original and enthralling storytellers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR ROBERT V. S. REDICK
 
“Robert Redick is an extraordinary talent.”—New York Times bestselling author Karen Miller
 
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
 
“This is one terrific read. . . . I can’t remember when I’ve been more enthralled.”—Terry Brooks
 
“Masterful storytelling . . . a delight.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“With comparisons to George R. R. Martin and Philip Pullman, this is highly recommended for all fantasy collections.”—Library Journal (starred review)

The Ruling Sea
 
“Exciting . . . enough plot twists and double-crosses to satisfy the most demanding lovers of suspense . . . Redick’s brilliant depiction of the microcosmic world aboard the Chathrand will captivate readers.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“This high-seas adventure has all the ingredients for a good read: a large and diverse cast of characters, magic, deceit, betrayal and unexpected twists.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Easily one of the best fantasy novels of the year.”—Fantasy Book Critic

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British critic and editor David Pringle has a very interesting literary theory. He maintains that much of the last century of popular fiction has been consciously or unconsciously following a smallish stock of narrative templates and methods brilliantly codified during the late Victorian/early Edwardian period, or what Pringle dubs "The Age of Storytellers." Kipling, Stevenson, Verne, Wells, Doyle, Haggard: these writers and others were such powerful, popular storytellers that their influential signature patterns of fiction writing continue to determine the kind of tales that get fashioned and sold right down into the twenty-first century. In this light, later inspirations and role models such as Tolkien pale in comparison, and fantasy writers seeking to return to the ur-source would do well to leap backward a generation deeper than many shallow scavengers currently do.

Pringle's theory certainly receives a boost from the inspired work of Robert Redick, whose quartet of novels known as "The Chathrand Voyage" reaches its penultimate stage with The River of Shadows. Redick has succeeded in creating a Kidnapped or Treasure Island for contemporary times, which reads at once like some timeless fable and also like a knowing postmodern artifact (a mysterious editor intervenes at times with pronouncements that break the fourth wall). This work manages to be both sophisticated and naïve, direct and cunning, heartfelt and cerebral. The adventure is nonstop, the characters powerfully endearing, and the world-building meticulous, generous, fresh, and surprising: the term "widescreen baroque," coined by SF Grandmaster Brian Aldiss, proves a particularly apt tag for this example of what The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction defines as "a subgenre of science fiction characterized by larger-than-life characters, violence, intrigue, extravagant settings or actions, and fast-paced plotting."

Redick's series began in 2008 with The Red Wolf Conspiracy. A panoply of Dickensian characters were set loose in a largely maritime world, all abroil in conflict, intrigue, and passionate plots. Chief among the large cast were "tarboy" Pazel Pathkendle, exiled by war from a cozy home to the lowest stratum of sailors; and Thasha Isiq, an admiral's daughter about to be sacrificed in a loveless diplomatic marriage. Aboard the humongous warship Chathrand, these youngsters find each other and fall in love, in the midst of intricate dangers, both natural and supernatural. Pazel and Thasha each exhibit growing magical talents which wreak dramatic penalties on the hapless users. Strewing the path of the main struggle -- will an evil conjurer named Arunis Wytterscorm gain the most potent magical device in the whole world? -- are a hundred other obstacles and difficulties, to be transcended only by love, courage, friendship, and faith.

By the end of the second book, The Ruling Sea -- an installment that gifted us with a plague of mutant rats, tiny mannikin warriors, ninjas turned were-whales, good old cannon-fire between warships, and lost civilizations of tropical isles -- the battered vessel and its equally battered crew had landed on terra incognita only to find that everything they assumed about their destination was wrong.

River of Shadows picks up precisely at this point. With some Swiftian satire (humans in the southern hemisphere are mindless beasts, and the dominant race are golliwogs), Redick propels Pazel and Thasha in search of a way to stop Arunis, who continues to lurk in the labyrinth of the Chathrand. Time-slips and evil sentient swords complicate matters, before a Pyrrhic victory is attained, setting us up for a future, final confrontation.

Besides his intelligent emulation of the techniques of Old Masters -- Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard come to mind -- Redick is not above paying homage to such twentieth-century luminaries as Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His world of Alifros has the mix of red-blooded barbarism and decadent court life that marked Howard's Hyborian Age, or Burroughs's ancient Mars. In fact, Alifros features such a thick, ripe history that, as in the best fantasies, the exotic milieu itself becomes a character. And the giant ship stirs up echoes of Peake's Gormenghast.

But what ultimately ensnares the reader in this fantasy (and in all great fantasies, I think) is, paradoxically, its verisimilitude, its shock-of-recognition intersections with the consensus reality we inhabit, sensory and emotional touchstones both small and large. The stifling smell of a cramped grog-locker; Thasha's salt-stiffened hair; the sore mangled paw of an intelligent rat; the desire to reconnect with lost family. Redick exhibits such a winning sensitivity toward and engagement with life's many common vicissitudes ("How many times could the world change, before there was nothing left you could recognize?"), its sweetness and gall, that the fantastical elements seem at times secondary to the very human losses and triumphs he so ably crafts for our enjoyment.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345523822
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Chathrand Voyage Series, #3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 338,196
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The War That Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This epic fantasy continues the exhilarating adventures of the crew of the Chathrand Voyage

    The ancient ship Chathrand has finally crossed the Ruling Sea and reached the southern tip of Bali Adro where they hope to form an alliance with the humans. The trek was dangerous for the crew as many died mostly due to attacks of dark magic and supply shortages. However, the rebel alliance led by Pazel "the Tarboy" Pathkendle and the admiral's daughter Thasha Isiq feel combat ready for anything.

    They quickly realize how wrong they are when the meet those from the empire. The final battle between the rebel alliance and the ancient sorcerer Arunis for control of the powerful Nilstone relic has begun. Even if one possesses the arcane stone, it does not mean victory as failing to deploy properly leads to a horrific death. As Arunis gets closer to success, Pazel and Thasha unite with their enemies in a desperate ploy to prevent the sorcerer from winning. However, a crewmember flirts with Thasha dividing her from Pazel and enabling Arunis to close in on the ultimate victory.

    This epic fantasy continues the exhilarating adventures of the crew of the Chathrand Voyage (see The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea) and like its predecessors does not allow readers a respite as the action keeps on coming. All that seafaring escapades and land battles are two edged swords as the excitement is immense, but the cast is so numerous few come across beyond what was previously developed. Still fans will relish the third Voyage of the Chathrand while newcomers need to read the previous entries to understand what motivates the prime players to act as they do.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 31, 2015

    Sunblaze and stormysky bio

    Name:sunblaze

    Looks: like a campfire with green eyes

    Gender: female

    Personality: fun, silly, but also serious at times.

    Mate/crush/kits: none


    STOMYSKY:

    Looks: grey and black with yellow eyes

    Gender: female

    Personality: serious, down cto bisness

    Mate/crush/kits:nope

    Is sunblazes sister

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    harvest bio

    Name:harvest age: half moon looks: black fur bright green eyes other: a runt and alone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Darkmoon's bio

    Race-timberwolf I WILL EXPLAIN
    History-is trying to start new pack but is having trouble. Found shadeclan and needed hospitality so in exchange for hospitaliy i am the guardian and watch over the clan.
    Appearance-jetblack fur with grey stripe across eye yellow eyes
    Abilities-wolves have great stamina and can run for a long time. I help hunt and occasionally bring back a deer. I help to settle disputes in clan and guard the clan from all threats. 'Monsters' are an exception because those mother truckers make street pizza out of everything they hit.
    Mate-looking for she wolf.
    Anything else just ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    StarlingFlight's Autobiography

    Name: Tis' StarlingFlight <br> Nicknames: Starling, Star, Flight, whatever works for you. <br> Age: 25 moons, or 3 years old. <br> Gender: I is the great tommy kitty. <p> Appearance: StarlingFlight is a fluffy gray Maine Coon with two black paws, the right forepaw, and his left hindpaw. White splashes on his muzzle, chest, belly, over his right eye, tailtip and on his left hindleg. His eyes are a majestic royal blue, with mysterious things lurking there. <br> Personality: StarlingFlight is funny, and loves to make others smile or laugh. He is loyal, and very protective over what he cares about. <p> Crush: He has an idea of one, but undecided. <br> Mate: Hah, No. No cat loves meh!!! <br> Kits: Er........No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Crystalstar

    Name-Crystalstar<p>Gender-she-cat<p>Age-21 moons<p>Rank-leader<p>Fur-white with a black muzzle and a few silver stripes. Her tail tip is silver<p>Eyes-sharp icy blue eyes<p>Crush-Riverstone(shhhhhhh...)<p>Parents-unknown/dead<p>History-Crystalstar was foun as a kit at the edge of Streamclan territory. She joined and became the warrior Crystalmoon. The clan later fell apart. She left and created her own clan; Crystalclan. The clan became unactive. So she came here<p>Mate-none<p>Kits-none<p>Personality-meet me<p>Other-pretty feisty when provoked. she will NEVER, not EVER bafk down from a fight<p>Siggy- &star&#20812CrYstaLstaR&#20812&star<p> ~Crystalstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Autumndapples bio

    Name~Friskies! feed the senses! <p> Rank~ Derputy. <p> Mate~Starlingflight <p> Kits~ Arctickit (silver-grey tabby with blue eyes and white toes and fluffy tail) and Forestkit who lookslike autumndapple. Adopted~ snowkit and darkkit <p> Appearance~ Black, with mottled splotches of different colors and shades. Slick tail, silky fur. Yellow eyes rimmed green.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Goldenpaw

    Tom with golden fur. Likes to have fun and extremely loyal. Personality hapy. Wouldbliknto join this clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Riverstone

    Dark gray tabby tom that is 22 moons old. Feirce warrior but kindhearted an happy. No mate no kits or family. Deep blue eyes with a sharp balck tail. Ambitious and wants to be either leader or deputy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Mistycloud

    Name. Mistycloud Age. 25moons Appearance. A small light gray she cat with a white tail tip and blue eyes. Description. Is very brave and loyal. She is good at hunting and fighting. History. Her whole family was killed by a serious case of greencough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    TO ALL

    Please read my post at 'bramblestar's storm'. You are your own hero. Free spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Darksteipe bio

    Name look up as mo mate or kits has a crush and pelt color is blck with stripes and jas blue eyes abd is moonw ild and is boy7

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    Posted December 26, 2014

    Ranclaw

    Name.-_- age..........description:ginger she cat with a tan muzzle ears and a few tan stripes here and there she also has deep blue eyes.any thing eles ask her

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    None of the reviews below seem to make sense. Anyways, I thought

    None of the reviews below seem to make sense. Anyways, I thought this
    was a fantastic novel. Thank you, Mr. Redick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Mithos to fallenstreak

    Where does the star clan currently reside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Dawnpaw

    Im back after sherching fir mt charger im finLly back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Shadowblaze

    6:00 am i think. The sun is rising and the moon is setting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Six ovlock

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    Posted June 23, 2012

    to lilywhisper

    rip her throat and disappears

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Fallenstreak

    I dont know sorry... hey do u by chance have a hamburger on u?

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