Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....
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. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.
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Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.
They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.
Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.
- Michele Briere
Too Easy for Althalus
There seems to be no real problems for the heroes of the story. They just go along, and everything is either provided, or just works out fine. Nobody causes them any real trouble and anything they need they just get. It's all too easy and becomes boring. I unfortunately got so bored that I stopped partway through the book. Maybe it became more interesting later?
I've really enjoyed other Eddings' novels - I read through the Belgariad and the Ruby Knight series, and what I really enjoyed was how there was difficulty and then how that difficulty was overcome.
Give Althalus some problems. At least make him hunt food and cook it, or go hungy instead of just saying, "beef" and having cooked beef appear.
I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.
I didn't actually get all the way through.