The River of Shadows (Chathrand Voyage Series #3)

The River of Shadows (Chathrand Voyage Series #3)

by Robert V. S. Redick

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345523822
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Chathrand Voyage Series , #3
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 793,563
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Robert V. S. Redick’s The Red Wolf Conspiracy was a Locus-recommended read and, according to SFX magazine, one of the top ten science fiction and fantasy releases of 2008. Book II of this series, The Ruling Sea, was rated the number two fantasy of 2009 by Fantasy Book Critic. A former international development researcher, Redick worked most recently for the antipoverty organization Oxfam. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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The River of Shadows (Chathrand Voyage Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
dsdmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I got this for review I thought it was going to be a stand alone book in this series. I had not read the earlier two books. I plowed in and read a little over 100 pages when I decided I would not be able to fully enjoy this without first reading the other books. It has a complex story with complex characters living in complex lands. Redick tries to fill in the blanks and bring you up to date, but it's just not possible. There is too much. Therefore, I ordered and read the first two books and started over on this one. It made a world of difference. The story and the characters were fuller, and what was going on was much easier to understand. There are also various races/species and by reading the entire series the descriptions are greater and you will have a better understanding of who is what, where they came from, and where they fit in. Others have written rather long involved reviews of the story itself, so I will not repeat it here. Suffice it to say it is a well written and full epic fantasy. There is probably more description than action, but enough of both, and there are always carrots hanging out there to lead you along, wanting to see what happens next. I do like this series and will definitely read the next volume when it is released next year.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book three, which when we first saw this trilogy was supposed to be the end. Shame that it is not. The world and the fantasy as it developed in Red Wolf (book one) showed a very complex structure and a great deal going on. The backstory alone seemed very fascinating. Our hero is thrown on the very ship where his betrayer is, where his nemesis is, and so much more. A great premise, and then the worst evil imaginable is also resident as well as lovable characters too. The author then tried to expand on that in the second book where we learn that what we thought were character motivations are stood on their ear and new background detail is revealed.Fine. Now wrap it up. But no. Redick doesn't. He wants to throw in several wrenches and the kitchen sink. Evil, well of course this evil has been around for a long time. But wait, there is worse and others around as well that we forgot to mention in the first two books. And since we are going to have a fourth or more books, why not twist and twist the plot again.That makes the whole seem amateurish. The Editor should have said at this point that the story needs to be dealt with better. To make an analogy, here we are in the midst of WWII, we find that Holocaust exists as news gets to FDR about it, and then the twist (that I am just making up and never happened) that we find that everyone in the Third Reich but Hitler has a heart of gold, or that Himmler secretly is acting like Schindler or Wallenstein. That is where we are with Redick with 180 degree reversals it feels like, or at least that we are being blindsided with new plot elements that we did not need to get us from point A to point B and finish the series.If you are not a completist, reading this should be a low priority. It does add to character development, but sacrifices world building and plot to take us there. The book feels padded, elements added for no reason that makes any sense to me, and not worth the time to read it. Now, despite how much I liked Red Wolf and put up with Ruling Sea, River has ruined any desire to reread any of the series.
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DubiumInfinity More than 1 year ago
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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