By David and Leigh Eddings | Published by Voyager Books in 2000 | 693-pages
Plot Summary: Despite his incredible luck, Althalus, a young thief and occasional killer, his capers are not having their usual results. Until, that is, the wizard Ghend hires him to steal a book of magic found in the bizarre ‘House at the End of the World’. There, Althalus discovers Deiwos, a Goddess in the shape of a talking cat, who explains that she is at war with her evil brother, Daeva, who has joined Ghend. With a band of unlikely anti-heroes, Althalus and Deiwos must battle to defeat the wizard’s supernatural forces.
What they said: “An engaging departure for the authors” and “bursting with all the daring escapades their multitude of fans expect.”
Good Reads wrote that a single-volume fantasy was a rarity these days of trilogies and thought this concept should be used more often. It then summed up the novel: “Althalus is well-polished and smoothly constructed with real story-telling muscle and a gratifying finale.”
Here, the un-named reviewer admitted up front that they had not read many of David and Leigh Eddings’ canon, but they had consulted with friends who have. “The story revolves around a supposedly wicked man… and his efforts to save the world, mankind, and life as we know it.” … “The writing is witty, and it did elicit more than a few chuckles.” While Althalus “became a thoroughly likeable character” there was one, “I despised was the you boy, Gher” who was “totally unbelievable.” His sole purpose was to generate wry laughs by being constantly hungry.
The reviewer concluded that while he (or she, let’s not be sexist) would recommend The Redemption of Althalus, it was perhaps, for confirmed for dedicated fans.
Science Fiction Review
“Plenty of daring do spices up the first two-thirds of this jolly romp, and some zingy flashes of wit home in neatly on stuffy human institutions. Unfortunately, the Eddingses can’t resist a lengthy time-travelling reprise, which drags the story down into so-so conventionality.” It goes on: “this circle of would-be faerie has been trodden so often that here it yields very little deep rooted literary greenery to munch on, or savour, still less to ruminate upon.”
Where to buy: available from Something to… from Amazon.co.uk