Original Title: The Redemption of Althalus
Published by: Ballantine Books, Inc
Year Published: 2001
Number of pages: 791
First Sentence: “Now before the Beginning, there was no Time, and all was Chaos and Darkness.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Plot (taken from Goodreads):
Althalus is a young thief and occasional killer known for his skill and incredible luck. A number of capers end without much monetary reward for him, until he stumbles into a shrine built to the fertility goddess Dweia. Soon afterward he meets with the wizard Ghend, who hires him to steal the Book, a magical tome that can be found in the bizarre House at the End of the World. There, Althalus discovers Dweia in the form of a black cat and learns that she has chosen him to aid her in a war against Ghend and her evil brother, the destroyer god Daeva. Together Althalus and Dweia use the power of the Book and gather together a small team of questionable heroes who must battle Ghend’s supernatural forces and armies. The thief Althalus can only hope his luck holds out for this one last task, since the very fate of humanity is at stake.
I loved David & Leigh Eddings as a child and their two series about Belgarion (The Belgariad and The Mallorean) were the first long fantasy series I ever read. Me and a friend realised we both loved the series and she demanded that I read The Redemption of Althalus and I do not regret that. It is a good fantasy book with many great twists and turns.
We get to tag along with the thief Althalus, as he after finding himself extremely unlucky in his endeavours of thieving takes a quest of finding and retreiving a book. We meet several other amazing characters such as Eliar, Andine, Bheid, Leitha and Gher. The dynamic between all of these is really great and its fun to read.
The negative thing I have to say about this book is that it is quite slow from time to time, This means that sections of the book actually get quite boring which in turn meant that it took a lot longer getting through then I first thought. Overall though, it is a good book well worth reading if you like fantasy books.
Do I recommend it?
Yes I do, especially if you already like David and Leigh Eddings. However, if you have never read their works before then I would recommend that you start with The Belgariad.