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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert V. S. Redick Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chathrand Voyage Series Release Date:
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Already a publishing sensation in England, The Red Wolf Conspiracy marks the debut of a remarkably gifted young writer. Robert V. S. Redick has been compared to Philip Pullman, George R. R. Martin, and China Miéville, among others, and like them he is a spellbinding storyteller, unafraid to sail his imagination into uncharted waters. With The Red Wolf Conspiracy he launches the first book of a trilogy destined to take its place among the classics of epic fantasy.

The Imperial Merchant Ship Chathrand is the last of her kind. Six hundred years old, the secrets of her construction long forgotten, the massive vessel dwarfs every other sailing craft in the world. It is a palace with sails, a floating outpost of the Empire of Arqual. And it is on its most vital mission yet: to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace between Arqual and its mortal enemy, the secretive Mzithrin Empire. But the young woman in question—Thasha, the daughter of the Arquali ambassador—has no intention of going meekly to the altar, for the ship’s true mission is not peace but war … a war that threatens to unleash an ancient, all-consuming evil.

As the dark conspiracy at the heart of the voyage unfurls, Pazel Pathkendle, a lowly tarboy with an uncanny gift, will find himself in an unlikely alliance with Thasha and her protectors: Hercól, a valet who is more than he appears; Dri, the queen of a race of tiny stowaways who have their own plans for the great ship; and Ramachni, a powerful sorcerer from another world. Arrayed against them are the Chathrand‘s brutal captain, Nilus Rose; the emperor’s spymaster and chief assassin, Sandor Ott; and the enigmatic Dr. Chadfallow, a longtime friend to Pazel’s family whose kind words may hide a vicious betrayal.

As the Chathrand navigates treacherous waters to complete its mission, Pazel, Thasha, and their allies—including a singularly heroic rat—must also navigate a treacherous web of intrigue to uncover the secret of the legendary Red Wolf.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/17/2014

    " A promising debut and an author that I will enjoy following. I especially liked the political intrigue involved. In that aspect it reminded me of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/11/2014

    " Nice debut, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 1/26/2014

    " good read while it lasted, although a bit on the long side. fantasy epic about a huge boat on a diplomatic mission that several parties on board want to subvert. I enjoyed it, but was a little put off by the anachronistic behavior/language of the protagonists (if that can apply to fantasy). They weren't whacking each other with skateboards and saying "c'mon dude" while others were slashing with cutlasses, but it was headed in that direction. Also, everything and everyone was so damned serious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny J | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great sea-faring fantasy involving a young tarboy with a strange gift for languages, a mage who takes the form of a mink, an ambassador's daughter determined to escape an arranged marriage, and assorted magical, dangerous creatures. I initially found it a bit difficult to follow who was who (not to mention who was good and who was evil) but I'm looking forward to the sequel. "

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About the Author

Robert V. S. Redick‘s The Red Wolf Conspiracy was a finalist for the 2008 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and according to SFX magazine, one of the top ten science fiction and fantasy releases of the year. Book two of this series, The Ruling Sea, was rated the #1 fantasy of 2009 by Fantasy Book Critic. A former international development researcher, Redick worked most recently for the antipoverty organization Oxfam. He lives in western Massachusetts.