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The Redemption of Althalus (original 2000; edition 2001)

by David Eddings

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Title:The Redemption of Althalus
Authors:David Eddings
Info:Del Rey (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 800 pages
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The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings (2000)

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Unlike most of Eddings' previous works, 'The Redemption of Althalus' takes place in its own world, though the basic plot isn't dissimilar to the various books featuring Garion and his companions.

Althalus is definitely *not* a nice man, brought up to be a liar and thief until the time when he's approached by a stranger who wanted him to steal a book. No problem Althalus thought, well, except - what's a book? the untutored Althalus wanted to know. A box contained bits of paper, he's told and he didn't see a problem with taking that, especially as the book was supposed to be in an empty house. The location was a bit strange: The House at the End of the World! But there was a lot of money involved and Althalus was always interested in money, especially if there was lots of it involved.. Althalus' source's information was a bit out of date though; the House was not deserted; there was a cat with the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. Over time, Althalus is educated in the way of the Book and of the conflict he has been promoted to lead.

Again, there is no way that this could be described as a sophisticated book but it's fun and interesting in its own fashion and it is a bit more sophisticated than his earlier series books. ( )
  JohnFair | Feb 26, 2017 |
Started out strong, and gradually lost me. Finally put it down about 3/4 of the way through, at which point the plot had devolved into tactical nonsense interspersed with arch banter between the main characters, and I realized I really didn't care what happened next. The first third of the book was pretty good. ( )
  jeddak | Jan 27, 2017 |
Eddings are now too predictable. story was not very original ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Entertaining enough, but a bit confusing to anyone who has read the Belgariad, Elenium, Tamuli, and Malloreon series'. Its like the author took personality traits from characters in those series' and mixed them in a hat and assigned them to new characters. It gives a weird feeling of having read this before. ( )
  Darth-Heather | May 31, 2016 |
Doesn't matter how many times I read this I still love it! A perfect fantasy novel. ( )
  Rogue-Phoenix | Feb 12, 2016 |
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Seit dem großen Erfolg seiner fünfbändigen Belgariad-Saga gehört David Eddings zu den beliebtesten Autoren der modernen Fantasy. Galt es bisher als sein Markenzeichen, keine Serie unter drei bis fünf Bänden zu schreiben, überrascht er seine Fans jetzt mit einem in sich abgeschlossenen Roman aus einer neuen Welt mit einer ungewöhnlichen Hauptfigur.

Althalus ist ein Dieb und Schurke, der zu allem bereit ist. Als er einmal wieder dringend Geld benötigt, nimmt er den Auftrag an, ein Buch zu stehlen -- ein Buch, das so selten ist, dass er zuvor noch nie etwas von ihm gehört hat. Er findet es im Haus am Ende der Welt und muss sich von einer sprechenden Katze erklären lassen, wovon es handelt: von der Schöpfung aller Dinge. Als Althalus das Haus schließlich verlässt, hat er seine Meinung hinsichtlich seiner ursprünglichen Auftraggeber geändert. Mit grimmiger Entschlossenheit versammelt er eine Reihe von Gefährten um sich, um den Kampf zur Rettung der Welt aufzunehmen.

Wie die bisherigen Romane von David Eddings handelt Althalus in erster Linie von zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen. Dabei erinnern Althalus und seine Kampfgenossen etwas zu sehr an die Figuren der Belgariad-Saga. Der theologische Rahmen ist nicht ganz so differenziert ausgearbeitet, wie man es gewohnt ist. Statt der Vielzahl von Göttern in früheren Werken müssen die Leser jetzt mit nur dreien Vorlieb nehmen. Dem entspricht auch der Mangel an ernsthaften Konflikten: Allzu leicht überwinden die Helden auch die schwierigsten Hindernisse, die Schurken scheinen von geradezu peinlicher Einfallslosigkeit.

Wer bisher noch nichts von David Eddings gelesen hat, sollte es auf jeden Fall erst einmal mit Kind der Prophezeiung probieren. Seine Fans sollten ihm Althalus nicht allzu übel nehmen und auf den Beginn einer neuen Serie hoffen.
 

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Eddings, Leighmain authorall editionsconfirmed
John Jude PalencarCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, HollyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In defense of Althalus, it should be noted that he was in very tight financial circumstances and more than a little tipsy when he agreed to undertake the theft of the Book.
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Althalus the thief spent ten days on the road down out of the mountains of Kagwher to reach the imperial city of Deika.
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Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Readers 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 reading and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

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Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Readers 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 reading and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.… (more)

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