The Redemption of Althalus
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 23rd 2001
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 768
Edition language: English
Series: The Redemption of Althalus (#1)
For a story by a “fantasy master,” this was incredibly disappointing…Publisher’s Weekly calls the main protagonist an “engaging young reprobate hero.” I found him irritating, inconsistent, repetitious, full of himself with no good cause, and frequently stupid. Face it, he couldn’t have been very sma...
Fairly obvious readable eddings standalone novel. Characters are par for eddings and situations fairly telegraphed.
[Full Review to Follow shortly]Re-reading this book for review purposes.
David Eddings may not be the best author in the world, but David Eddings is the best author in the world... In this one, he tries to condense one of his multi-book fantasy epics into one book.
I had rated this one star, but that is unfair, as I never actually finished it... I may have another go some day. Basically, I read the first page in the store and thought it was wonderful! I bought it and took it home to read. And after the first chapter, things went downhill. I was a big Eddings f...