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5 StarsI am not sure why these first two books in this series do not garnerpraise and press I have been swept away by wonderful, fantastical voyage that this series has been Where the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy is all about the adventure, about the voyage, and the mystery, this book The Rats and the Ruling Sea, is focusedon the characters If you combined the first two novels into one very long one, I would have rated it 5 stars Each book makes the other better.
The chara 4.
5 StarsI am not sure why these first two books in this series do not garnerpraise and press I have been swept away by wonderful, fantastical voyage that this series has been Where the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy is all about the adventure, about the voyage, and the mystery, this book The Rats and the Ruling Sea, is focusedon the characters If you combined the first two novels into one very long one, I would have rated it 5 stars Each book makes the other better.
The character development in this book made it work for me I already was interested in many of the characters, both good guys and bad guys from the first book, I just never really felt attached with them In this book Redick adds quite a bit of backstory, and chapters devoted to sole development of the heroes and the villains The chapters that were letters written by Nilus and Isiq added a great deal of insight into the other POV s Although this is a long novel, there is a great deal of action, tension, and twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.
It really is quite incredible to me the transformation and honing of the writing between these first two books in the series Where the first book worked because it was just so damn fun and breathtaking This book adds the depth, the human touch, and the emotional involvement needed to keeps us interested for over 1000 pages that tally only half the series Redick adds a few new characters but really makes development a priority I have grown attached to Pazel, Thasha, Hercol, and Neeps Ott, Rose, Arunis, Taliktrum, and Oggosk make for a really diverse bunch of antagonists Hercol and Dri add emotion to this story Pazel and Thasha shed the little remaining childhood that they possess as they go through their trials and tribulations.
I loved this book and never felt that it was too long I did not find chapters to be wasted as many reviewers seem to be touting I will go on to book three and eagerly anticipate the fourth and final installment I highly recommend this blast of a fantasy series that would also be appropriate for the YA reader as well A fun voyage The Ruling Sea Begins Where Robert V S Redick S Acclaimed The Red Wolf Conspiracy Ended Thasha S Wedding Is Hours Away It Is A Wedding That Will Both Fulfill The Promise Of A Mad God S Return And See Her Murdered Pazel Has Thwarted The Sorcerer Who Would Bring Back The God But Both Sides Now Face Deadlock Can Thasha Be Saved Can The War Between Two Empires Be Stopped The Ruling Sea Is, Once Again, Focused On The Giant Ancient Ship Chathrand, But Now She Must Brave The Terrors Of The Uncharted Seas The Massive Storms And The Ship Swallowing Whirlpools And Explore Lands Forgotten By The Northern World, All The Time Maintaining A Vicious Running Battle With A Ship Half Her Size But Nearly Her Match A Masterpiece Of Plotting And Adventure, Redick S New Novel Takes The Listener Further Into The Labyrinthine Plots And Betrayals That Have Underscored The Trilogy From The Beginning We Learn About The Ixchel As They Fight For Survival Against The Chathrand S Rats, Discover About The True Motives Of Conspirators, Live With Thasha And Pazel As They Face Death And Deceit, And Watch As The Chathrand Sails Into The Infamous Ruling Sea Ok how to do this here it goes when I read the Red Wolf Conspiracy back when it first came out Robert V.
S Reddick and his series went to the top of my must read radar Then The Rats and the Ruling Sea or just The Ruling Sea as it s known in most of its releases, which makes sense since the Rats don t really play that big of a part in the story and the Ruling Sea aka Nelluroq well I ll get to that came out and my enthusiasm waned Over the years since I ve often wanted to go back a Ok how to do this here it goes when I read the Red Wolf Conspiracy back when it first came out Robert V.
S Reddick and his series went to the top of my must read radar Then The Rats and the Ruling Sea or just The Ruling Sea as it s known in most of its releases, which makes sense since the Rats don t really play that big of a part in the story and the Ruling Sea aka Nelluroq well I ll get to that came out and my enthusiasm waned Over the years since I ve often wanted to go back and finish this series, as the awesomeness of The Red Wolf Conspiracy stuck with me even after I largely forgot why The Rats and the Ruling Sea left me well, at sea In that regard, my reread of the series has helped to remind me why I lost interest and yet still hoped to finish the series if an author annoys me or starts churning out mediocre books, I generally say done , sell their books back to half price books, and move on, as I have with Rick Riordan, Simon R Green, Charles Stross, and Kevin Hearne, but with Robert V.
S Redick, I didn t just write him off I wanted to go back Explaining why is complicated This is not a bad book, it s regularly quite entertaining, but it is very and continually frustrating The story picks up directly after The Red Wolf Conspiracy Despite the victory of our heroes over the sorcerer Arunis and his scheme to recover the Nilstone an artifact of insane magical power which is essentially a manifestation of death and Sandor Ott s removal from the Chathrand, their plot to bring about a Mizithrini Civil War continues and there s very little our heroes can do to stop it except to try and find others who are willing to stand against Ott s insane ambition and Arunis s inhuman schemes even as they are forced to make a voyage across the seemingly impassable Nelluroq, a sea that is dominated by a massive eternal storm minor spoiler, it seems to be cause by singularity that s continually sucking the skies and seas of the world in must be spewing them out somewhere else on the world or it would ve gone dry and airless years ago to reach a land out of ancient legends Part of my problem with this book is that it s a middle book Almost everything goes the villains ways, subplots grow like weeds, the protagonists are continually at odds with each other, and the only resolution we get is the tragic death of a major character, who was one of my favorites up to that point, and who dies in a particularly senseless act of cruelty As with the first book, Redick uses an unusual variant of the shifting perspective style of narration, but whereas generally you would expect that each shift in perspective would let us follow up from where we left off a certain character, there is a continual forward motion, so no matter what s happening, or if a character is far from the majority of the action, we only see what is happening in one place at any point in time This is certainly a novel approach and it works most of the time, but as with the first book, there are places where important things happen off page that leave you the reader thinking Wait, WHAT Worse than all that is that Redick does three things that really annoy me First about halfway through the book, his authorial persona the woken rat Fellthrup many years after the end of our tale drops out of the narrative entirely and does a super spoiler y chapter in which he laments the fact that it all ends horribly and that humanity is extinct Remember, this is book 2 of a 4 book series and most of our protagonists are human dude, who stole my motivation That s not a good way to build reader interest Second is that he uses a really annoying blackmail plot device to create artificial tension between his hero Pazel and heroine Thasha who spend most of the book sniping at each other as a result despite the fact that they both like each other a lot and every time they try and make up random shit happens to interfere in classic forced drama fashion oh, and Thasha s going increasingly crazy due to reading a crazy magical book, which makes her parts of the story much less fun Finally, at the end, he does a world shattering rug pull along the lines of the ending of Planet of the Apes well, except that this story isn t post Apocalyptic Earth I think, there was a passing reference to what might ve been a satellite in the sky in the first book, but I digress It just comes down to the fact that there wasn t much room for fun amidst all of that Don t get me wrong, the plotting is tight, the world building is impressive and Reddick always has fascinating ideas, such as the chillingly alien, vicious, and powerful psychic predator, the Eguar , and the story is fascinating, but all the tension and doom kind of ruin the sense of adventure that the first book managed to convey I want to love this series, and I suspect that if I ever get through the whole series, it may make it all worth it, but the journey is so frustrating as this point I fear starting River of Shadows lest it end up like Deepness in the Sky, sitting on my Goodreads currently reading list until the end of time, but I also really do want to know what happens next it s a conundrum I never thought about a Fantasy story set almost entirely on a sailing vessel before This series pulls that concept off beautifully The ship is almost a separate character as well as a setting for the action Really well done characters and story line with some very interesting plot ideas and twists big book but a great read Very recommended 4.
5 StarsI am not sure why these first two books in this series do not garnerpraise and press I have been swept away by wonderful, fantastical voyage that this series has been Where the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy is all about the adventure, about the voyage, and the mystery, this book The Rats and the Ruling Sea, is focusedon the characters If you combined the first two novels into one very long one, I would have rated it 5 stars Each book makes the other better.
The chara 4.
5 StarsI am not sure why these first two books in this series do not garnerpraise and press I have been swept away by wonderful, fantastical voyage that this series has been Where the first book The Red Wolf Conspiracy is all about the adventure, about the voyage, and the mystery, this book The Rats and the Ruling Sea, is focusedon the characters If you combined the first two novels into one very long one, I would have rated it 5 stars Each book makes the other better.
The character development in this book made it work for me I already was interested in many of the characters, both good guys and bad guys from the first book, I just never really felt attached with them In this book Redick adds quite a bit of backstory, and chapters devoted to sole development of the heroes and the villains The chapters that were letters written by Nilus and Isiq added a great deal of insight into the other POV s Although this is a long novel, there is a great deal of action, tension, and twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.
It really is quite incredible to me the transformation and honing of the writing between these first two books in the series Where the first book worked because it was just so damn fun and breathtaking This book adds the depth, the human touch, and the emotional involvement needed to keeps us interested for over 1000 pages that tally only half the series Redick adds a few new characters but really makes development a priority I have grown attached to Pazel, Thasha, Hercol, and Neeps Ott, Rose, Arunis, Taliktrum, and Oggosk make for a really diverse bunch of antagonists Hercol and Dri add emotion to this story Pazel and Thasha shed the little remaining childhood that they possess as they go through their trials and tribulations.
I loved this book and never felt that it was too long I did not find chapters to be wasted as many reviewers seem to be touting I will go on to book three and eagerly anticipate the fourth and final installment I highly recommend this blast of a fantasy series that would also be appropriate for the YA reader as well A fun voyage If you are following my ramblings reviews, you have probably read how much I liked The Red Wolf Conspiracy, first part of Chathrand Voyages Not even a rough start with too much jumping between characters could dampen my enthusiasm.
But, as often happens to me when I like the first part in series so much, I delayed reading The Ruling Sea Will it be as awesome Maybe it was a fluke Will Robert V.
S Redick disappoint me or earn a place in a hall of my all time favorites Finally I have gathered e If you are following my ramblings reviews, you have probably read how much I liked The Red Wolf Conspiracy, first part of Chathrand Voyages Not even a rough start with too much jumping between characters could dampen my enthusiasm.
But, as often happens to me when I like the first part in series so much, I delayed reading The Ruling Sea Will it be as awesome Maybe it was a fluke Will Robert V.
S Redick disappoint me or earn a place in a hall of my all time favorites Finally I have gathered enough courage to sail on further into the adventure.
From the beginning it s perfectly clear that Robert V.
S Redick listened to the readers input The Ruling Sea has a muchconcise start and jumps between characters are not so often Also, the fact that most of the characters are familiar to us from The Red Wolf Conspiracy helps Although my reading went much smoother, I could not but sadly notice that excitement and tension, because of this, were also tampered down in The Ruling Sea I know, you can never please some people o I liked that The Ruling Sea gives us a better understanding of Mzithrini culture and that we get the better look at the so called enemy but I hoped that the plot will progressThe Ruling Sea seemedto deepen and clarify the characterisation and world building.
Maybe if The Red Wolf Conspiracy was not so full of adventure you would not hear me complaining me so much, it s not like nothing happens Chathrand sails The Ruling Sea and some new strands in the web of the conspiracy are revealed And with huge shock and discovery at the end, I am definitely left intrigued and ready to find out .
In The EndThe Ruling Sea continues addingintriguing depths to the characters and the world, that The Red Wolf Conspiracy introduced us to Although maybe a little bit calmer in pacing, it s a solid sequel to the series Chathrand Voyages still has my recommendation as a good fantasy adventure if you like ships, conspiracies and magic.
My rating 4 stars Disclaimer I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bitstyled edition.
If you are following my ramblings reviews, you have probably read how much I liked The Red Wolf Conspiracy, first part of Chathrand Voyages Not even a rough start with too much jumping between characters could dampen my enthusiasm.
But, as often happens to me when I like the first part in series so much, I delayed reading The Ruling Sea Will it be as awesome Maybe it was a fluke Will Robert V.
S Redick disappoint me or earn a place in a hall of my all time favorites Finally I have gathered e If you are following my ramblings reviews, you have probably read how much I liked The Red Wolf Conspiracy, first part of Chathrand Voyages Not even a rough start with too much jumping between characters could dampen my enthusiasm.
But, as often happens to me when I like the first part in series so much, I delayed reading The Ruling Sea Will it be as awesome Maybe it was a fluke Will Robert V.
S Redick disappoint me or earn a place in a hall of my all time favorites Finally I have gathered enough courage to sail on further into the adventure.
From the beginning it s perfectly clear that Robert V.
S Redick listened to the readers input The Ruling Sea has a muchconcise start and jumps between characters are not so often Also, the fact that most of the characters are familiar to us from The Red Wolf Conspiracy helps Although my reading went much smoother, I could not but sadly notice that excitement and tension, because of this, were also tampered down in The Ruling Sea I know, you can never please some people o I liked that The Ruling Sea gives us a better understanding of Mzithrini culture and that we get the better look at the so called enemy but I hoped that the plot will progressThe Ruling Sea seemedto deepen and clarify the characterisation and world building.
Maybe if The Red Wolf Conspiracy was not so full of adventure you would not hear me complaining me so much, it s not like nothing happens Chathrand sails The Ruling Sea and some new strands in the web of the conspiracy are revealed And with huge shock and discovery at the end, I am definitely left intrigued and ready to find out .
In The EndThe Ruling Sea continues addingintriguing depths to the characters and the world, that The Red Wolf Conspiracy introduced us to Although maybe a little bit calmer in pacing, it s a solid sequel to the series Chathrand Voyages still has my recommendation as a good fantasy adventure if you like ships, conspiracies and magic.
My rating 4 stars Disclaimer I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bitstyled edition.
How is it that in the space of a little over a month, I got two book 2s in different series that did not want to admit on the cover that they were actually book 2 s The Ruling Sea at least managed to introduce me to characters I really cared about and liked, a plot that I could follow and only a few plot threads from the first book that they didn t explain very well In fact, there was only one major detail of the setting and story that I didn t really understand The main characters are livi How is it that in the space of a little over a month, I got two book 2s in different series that did not want to admit on the cover that they were actually book 2 s The Ruling Sea at least managed to introduce me to characters I really cared about and liked, a plot that I could follow and only a few plot threads from the first book that they didn t explain very well In fact, there was only one major detail of the setting and story that I didn t really understand The main characters are living on this huge ship, along with a few hundred other people, and they re allowed their own quarters, given food and generally have run of the ship But there s plenty of people at times it feels like most of the people aboard who would love to kill them And yet they don t They just let them run about and make mischief, and occasionally collar them sometimes literally then they want something This was sort of explained in that killing one of them can cause something bad to happen and they don t know which one But man, just lock them in a cell or something That aside, this was a pretty entertaining book, a seafaring adventure with talking animals, mostrous insects and storms like you wouldn t believe, to say nothing of murder and magic This book is one of those middle books that has a somewhat lacking start to finish plot and feelslike setup for the next book, but the fact is there IS a start to finish plot That puts it miles ahead of many a book 2 That said, I don t think I ll be moving on This was a good diversion, picked up as part of a grab bag at the library sale, and worth the time I spent, but I didn t like the world or characters enough to want to press forward I am not going to rate this book in that I never actually finished it The book stinks on so many levels On the surface its about good guys, bad guys, pirates and secrets Which usually means cool 1 The Author is not descriptive enoughor my knowledge of ship terminology is under developed The rats are as far as the Orlop.
everyone is having a sword fight with the rats does this mean people are standing on solid wooden surfaces fighting like you would dance in haphazard circle Or does t I am not going to rate this book in that I never actually finished it The book stinks on so many levels On the surface its about good guys, bad guys, pirates and secrets Which usually means cool 1 The Author is not descriptive enoughor my knowledge of ship terminology is under developed The rats are as far as the Orlop.
everyone is having a sword fight with the rats does this mean people are standing on solid wooden surfaces fighting like you would dance in haphazard circle Or does this mean men are clinging to masts and nets and thrusting wildly while clinging against gravity 2 The rules are still unestablished.
.
It can be a fantasy world with magic and characters that defy the laws of physics I am all for that.
but illogic needs to be explained.
The Matrix is weird X men are mutants.
but explain to me the rules of the world.
500 pages into book two and the rules are still yet unexplainedthus the author can do anything.
introduce characters on a whim take them away.
bring them from the past.
let the main character touch the nill stone when everything the author has said is that if you touch it you die.
3 I don t care about the characters.
Diadrilu is killed and I don t careThis was the last straw You want a reader to care about characters and regret when they die.
Rue we all miss you.
but in this case whatever Maybe I am spoiled by Sanderson s beautifully written books but as far as Robert V.
S Redick is concerned, I am leaving his unfinished book on the shelf I guess there is a reason that it took me a solid three years to complete the 2nd book of The Chathrand Voyage, and this after really enjoying the first one, The Red Wolf Conspiracy.
The Rats and the Ruling Sea continues right where the first book ended, but then proceeds to plod along at a bit of a glacial pace After stopping the plans of the various conspiracies aboard the gigantic Chathrand, the ship now sets out to cross the Ruling Sea, to further the plans of the Arquali Empire It s tough I guess there is a reason that it took me a solid three years to complete the 2nd book of The Chathrand Voyage, and this after really enjoying the first one, The Red Wolf Conspiracy.
The Rats and the Ruling Sea continues right where the first book ended, but then proceeds to plod along at a bit of a glacial pace After stopping the plans of the various conspiracies aboard the gigantic Chathrand, the ship now sets out to cross the Ruling Sea, to further the plans of the Arquali Empire It s tough to follow the various conspiracies, and the main characters Pazel and Thasha are sometimes quite maddening It wasn t until the last quarter of the book that it really picked up for me Things come to a head as the Chathrand is about to end up in the heart of a maelstrom while the battling factions aboard come to a head The world building and the various characters are still as imaginative as in the first book It s incredibly creative and definitely unique amongst the many fantasy books I have read in my life All in all 3.
5 stars, and I will continue on, but man, I sure wish the looooooong middle stretch of the book had beenexciting The twists and turns continue in the second installment of The Chathrand Voyage.
Robert Redick had the petal to the floor from the first chapter and never let up It seemed like there was a new revelation each chapter, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows I also find myself really enjoying reading the letters from Captain Rose to his father and Fiffengurt to his son They add a fresh perspective to the story and also a bridge between events when much time passes.
I am buddy reading thi The twists and turns continue in the second installment of The Chathrand Voyage.
Robert Redick had the petal to the floor from the first chapter and never let up It seemed like there was a new revelation each chapter, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows I also find myself really enjoying reading the letters from Captain Rose to his father and Fiffengurt to his son They add a fresh perspective to the story and also a bridge between events when much time passes.
I am buddy reading this series with my husband and I m glad because it s forcing me to take my time with this and appreciate all the small details From Robert Redick s first published fantasy title, The Red Wolf Conspiracy RW to his most recent work, Master Assassins MA we see an author that has honed new tools without suffering the weaknesses common to authors whose creative life must satisfy deadlines.
RW loves to surprise This was its least attractive feature New elements were added in each of the early chapters, often in a fashion that stopped me and pulled me out of the story MA makes as many twists and turns, but does a much be From Robert Redick s first published fantasy title, The Red Wolf Conspiracy RW to his most recent work, Master Assassins MA we see an author that has honed new tools without suffering the weaknesses common to authors whose creative life must satisfy deadlines.
RW loves to surprise This was its least attractive feature New elements were added in each of the early chapters, often in a fashion that stopped me and pulled me out of the story MA makes as many twists and turns, but does a much better job of dropping clues for what is coming so that the moves are welcome instead of jarring The presentation of the world in MA is a well curated gallery, introducing in an ordered progression, a foreign and fantastic world a desert kaleidoscope of otherworldly wonder.
Also new to Robert s style is the inclusion of the gob smacking turn of phrase or plot twist that stopped me cold and forced me to think.
More than once, Robert hits so hard, the bond between reader and story becomes immutable MA s world is not what it seems at first blush and the hook it sets is sharp indeed.
MA also tried something new in terms of delivery switching back and forth from the present to the past My first thought each time the point of view departed the present story, was that it was too much and the plot of the main story was bogging down I prefer to learn character back story through the narrative and dialogue or so I had thought Each flashback journey Robert delivers in MA is a silver staple that binds the reader back to the main tale The second storyline stands on its own, and I have not previously seen a flashback point of view carried off so well MA treats the reader to two tales that cultivate each other and rewards a careful reader again and again.
The way sword fighting and action carried between the two titles did not change Sequences remain disjoined glimpses like the shaking camera of a news correspondent running behind a platoon It is not my favorite style, but Robert s delivery is solid and did not weaken.
Crawling under the hood a bit , I must make mention of the marketing copy for the new series and its reference to MA s exploration of feminism, race, and religion There is much to say on Robert s evolution here.
MA does not shy away, in sharp contrast to RW, from recognizing and exploring the inequities that exist in its cultures MA includes dynamic and powerful POC and female characters without stepping out of the story to wave and point at their inclusion The view we are given of these rich and fantastic characters does suffer a touch from our limited view of them The story s perspective throughout is male and that of the oppressor never the oppressed The emotions and struggles of these rich characters is that of the alien We see them but from the outside, like boys peering through a crack in the wall of women s bath.
As a final note, I must point out the one thing that did not change between RW and MA Robert is now an author who must meet deadlines, but his work has not suffered for it This matters and is the reason I give him 5 stars instead of 4.
I will be buying everything Robert writes, regardless of genre Four stars feels a little high, but I did enjoy it a lot The book well, series, I mean has a lot of strengths, but there s some missing ingredient that keeps it from being enthralling for me I like our spunky MC, Pazel I like our feisty fighter, Thasha, and the bold little Neeps, and the steady quartermaster, Fiffingirt sp , and the dancing killer, Something Cole sp , and the noble little queen, Diadrelu sp They re a great ensemble It s fun to watch them work together to fight grea Four stars feels a little high, but I did enjoy it a lot The book well, series, I mean has a lot of strengths, but there s some missing ingredient that keeps it from being enthralling for me I like our spunky MC, Pazel I like our feisty fighter, Thasha, and the bold little Neeps, and the steady quartermaster, Fiffingirt sp , and the dancing killer, Something Cole sp , and the noble little queen, Diadrelu sp They re a great ensemble It s fun to watch them work together to fight great corruption and evil Oh, and of course valiant and cogitating Philthrop sp the Three Legged I think the author does well at creating a convincing political scenario and guiding the story through this plot There have t been any eye rolling conveniences or discoveries Some are a little convenient, but not distractedly so for me I think he also does well at revelations The magic used in this universe, and the novel races and characters, are revealed organically, but still with enough information to not leave raging gaps in my awareness of what s going on And the dialogue, the one liners there are some gems, and Michael Page executes them brilliantly I ll say it again the voice performance really takes it to another level I feel I could move on to something else at this point I don t know exactly where it s all going, or precisely ow things will end up, but somehow I m left not overly caring about all that That said, I ve started book three today and don t have anything else immediately urgent I m happy to continue seeing how Pazel will grow and outwit the centuries old mage he ears against At least for a while Yeah, four stars is too high I m bumping it to three These are twenty four hour long books If they were shorter Ok how to do this here it goes when I read the Red Wolf Conspiracy back when it first came out Robert V.
S Reddick and his series went to the top of my must read radar Then The Rats and the Ruling Sea or just The Ruling Sea as it s known in most of its releases, which makes sense since the Rats don t really play that big of a part in the story and the Ruling Sea aka Nelluroq well I ll get to that came out and my enthusiasm waned Over the years since I ve often wanted to go back a Ok how to do this here it goes when I read the Red Wolf Conspiracy back when it first came out Robert V.
S Reddick and his series went to the top of my must read radar Then The Rats and the Ruling Sea or just The Ruling Sea as it s known in most of its releases, which makes sense since the Rats don t really play that big of a part in the story and the Ruling Sea aka Nelluroq well I ll get to that came out and my enthusiasm waned Over the years since I ve often wanted to go back and finish this series, as the awesomeness of The Red Wolf Conspiracy stuck with me even after I largely forgot why The Rats and the Ruling Sea left me well, at sea In that regard, my reread of the series has helped to remind me why I lost interest and yet still hoped to finish the series if an author annoys me or starts churning out mediocre books, I generally say done , sell their books back to half price books, and move on, as I have with Rick Riordan, Simon R Green, Charles Stross, and Kevin Hearne, but with Robert V.
S Redick, I didn t just write him off I wanted to go back Explaining why is complicated This is not a bad book, it s regularly quite entertaining, but it is very and continually frustrating The story picks up directly after The Red Wolf Conspiracy Despite the victory of our heroes over the sorcerer Arunis and his scheme to recover the Nilstone an artifact of insane magical power which is essentially a manifestation of death and Sandor Ott s removal from the Chathrand, their plot to bring about a Mizithrini Civil War continues and there s very little our heroes can do to stop it except to try and find others who are willing to stand against Ott s insane ambition and Arunis s inhuman schemes even as they are forced to make a voyage across the seemingly impassable Nelluroq, a sea that is dominated by a massive eternal storm minor spoiler, it seems to be cause by singularity that s continually sucking the skies and seas of the world in must be spewing them out somewhere else on the world or it would ve gone dry and airless years ago to reach a land out of ancient legends Part of my problem with this book is that it s a middle book Almost everything goes the villains ways, subplots grow like weeds, the protagonists are continually at odds with each other, and the only resolution we get is the tragic death of a major character, who was one of my favorites up to that point, and who dies in a particularly senseless act of cruelty As with the first book, Redick uses an unusual variant of the shifting perspective style of narration, but whereas generally you would expect that each shift in perspective would let us follow up from where we left off a certain character, there is a continual forward motion, so no matter what s happening, or if a character is far from the majority of the action, we only see what is happening in one place at any point in time This is certainly a novel approach and it works most of the time, but as with the first book, there are places where important things happen off page that leave you the reader thinking Wait, WHAT Worse than all that is that Redick does three things that really annoy me First about halfway through the book, his authorial persona the woken rat Fellthrup many years after the end of our tale drops out of the narrative entirely and does a super spoiler y chapter in which he laments the fact that it all ends horribly and that humanity is extinct Remember, this is book 2 of a 4 book series and most of our protagonists are human dude, who stole my motivation That s not a good way to build reader interest Second is that he uses a really annoying blackmail plot device to create artificial tension between his hero Pazel and heroine Thasha who spend most of the book sniping at each other as a result despite the fact that they both like each other a lot and every time they try and make up random shit happens to interfere in classic forced drama fashion oh, and Thasha s going increasingly crazy due to reading a crazy magical book, which makes her parts of the story much less fun Finally, at the end, he does a world shattering rug pull along the lines of the ending of Planet of the Apes well, except that this story isn t post Apocalyptic Earth I think, there was a passing reference to what might ve been a satellite in the sky in the first book, but I digress It just comes down to the fact that there wasn t much room for fun amidst all of that Don t get me wrong, the plotting is tight, the world building is impressive and Reddick always has fascinating ideas, such as the chillingly alien, vicious, and powerful psychic predator, the Eguar , and the story is fascinating, but all the tension and doom kind of ruin the sense of adventure that the first book managed to convey I want to love this series, and I suspect that if I ever get through the whole series, it may make it all worth it, but the journey is so frustrating as this point I fear starting River of Shadows lest it end up like Deepness in the Sky, sitting on my Goodreads currently reading list until the end of time, but I also really do want to know what happens next it s a conundrum