The Redemption Of Althalus

by David Eddings

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Book 9 of 37 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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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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4 comments
Anonymous | 2015-06-29 09:05:59
Fuck yourself
Anonymous | 2015-07-08 10:34:49
Ha this is the only Eddings i have ever read and i agree its is terrible
Anonymous | 2015-08-25 10:25:57
Oh dear, this is my absolute favourite standalone fantasy book. To me it feels like the author really likes the characters and i can feel the warmth as i read it. I have been reading fantasy books for many years and i agree with quite a few of the top choices here so i was pretty mush shocked to find it on the worst fantasy books list
Anonymous | 2016-08-24 02:37:35
I remember reading The Belgariad in grade school ( I was on a High Fantasy kick having read LotRs, Narnia, and Elric already ) and thinking it was pretty cool at the time. And then I read The Malloreon ( the second cycle set a few years after the first series ended; my local library had both sets on the same shelf ) and got more and more disgusted as he literally rehashed the plot of the first series in the second. In fact I was *so* disgusted that never read anything else by him. Judging by this review I've missed nothing but more recycling.
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