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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (392 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: April 2011 ISBN: 9781400186822
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In the gripping sequel to Robert V. S. Redick’s acclaimed epic fantasy novels The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea, the crew of the vast, ancient ship Chathrand have reached the shores of the legendary southern empire of Bali Adro. Many have died in the crossing, and the alliance of rebels, led by the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the warrior Thasha Isiq, has faced death, betrayal, and darkest magic. But nothing has prepared them for the radically altered face of humanity in the South.

They have little time to recover from the shock, however. For with landfall, the battle between the rebels and centuries-old sorcerer Arunis enters its final phase. At stake is control of the Nilstone, a cursed relic that promises unlimited power to whoever unlocks the secrets of its use—but death to those who fail. And no one is closer to mastering the Stone than Arunis.

Desperate to stop him, Pazel and Thasha must join forces with their enemies, including the depraved Captain Rose and the imperial assassin Sandor Ott. But when a suspicious young crewmember turns his attentions to Thasha, it is the young lovers themselves who are divided—most conveniently for Arunis. As the mage’s triumph draws near, the allies face a terrible choice: to break their oaths and run for safety, or to hunt the world’s most dangerous sorcerer through the strange and deadly dream kingdom known as the River of Shadows and to face him a last time among the traps and horrors of his lair.

Brimming with high adventure, dark enchantment, and unforgettable characters, The River of Shadows deftly secures Redick’s place in the ranks of epic fantasy’s most original and enthralling storytellers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/18/2014

    " Book 3. I am interested in the series but it felt like it fell a little flat near the end in the forest. It dragged and I struggled to keep up. But I am really enjoying the world and the series created so looking forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nigel | 2/3/2014

    " Robert VS Riddick River Of Shadows. The Charthrand finally reaches the south only to find, well, all manner of horrible things. This is the third book in a fun, well written series that combines an epic scale with lots of pacey adventure and excitement and twists and setbacks and peril and darkest hours for our heroes. Seeing as we're obsessively comparing everything to Martin (I DO SWEAR THESE CORNFLAKES ARE FIT FOR A KING'S LANDING WEDDING FEAST), then the young age of the book's main protagonists gives the book a YA feel, though clearly aimed at an older audience (I suspect teen fantasy fans will eat this up, though) which, I think, is how both books maintain the sense of pacey adventure and epic scale. It does repeat one plot from the previous book, albeit reversed, and while it comes across as justified, one can see the author finessing things a bit to get his required outcome. It's weak, but it's over soon enough and doesn't detract inordinately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Finocchiaro | 1/30/2014

    " Brilliant, on par with Hobb's Liveships Trilogy. He manages to keep the momentum of the plot going while still keeping the characters fresh and interesting! Never a dull moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/20/2014

    " Part Three of The Chathrand Voyage series is just as good as the first two. Redick has crafted a world unique, unlike any others. Characters you care about, magical lands. It's a dense book, not an easy read, but worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/26/2013

    " The third installment in an inventive epic fantasy, with interesting characters and an imaginative plot. A fun way to pass the time during the next five years while we wait for George R.R. Martin to finally produce his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/9/2013

    " I wish I would have re-read the other two books before I read this one. It was quite a while in between book 2 and this one. So it took me a while to remember of all the key players and the names of places, etc. Overall I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnus | 8/23/2013

    " Good 3rd installment. Look forward to the 4th book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 emily | 11/26/2012

    " I have really enjoyed the series, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. I am impressed with Redick as a writer especially since these are his first books (I think). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 10/18/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two - still good stuff but it seemed like I was reading it forever; but that could have just been because the entire book is basically one big chase scene. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda Pike | 10/6/2012

    " I actually stopped reading this about halfway through, which I never do. The writing was just too wooden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 9/4/2012

    " Not as good as book 2, it kind of drifted. But I give it the 4th for originality "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 8/29/2012

    " This book in the series almost got too weird. I was able to accept a lot of the strange stuff Redick introduces in his first two books but this one pushed it a little past ridiculous to me. I'm hoping his final book returns to a more realistic story and wraps things up nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Brown | 4/10/2012

    " Fantastic. The Chathrand Voyage series is one of my favorite all-time series (along with Rothfuss' Kingkiller series and Weeks' Night Angel series...both fantastic as well). This book is no exception. I look forward to lots more of Redick's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomdeplume22 | 12/6/2011

    " not as good as the first two got to see where he is going with it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Washor | 8/25/2011

    " As good as Red Wolf Conspiracy! After Rats of the Ruling Sea not living quite up to my expectations set by Wolf, I wasn't sure what to expect. Don't get me wrong, book 2 was good, but I loved 1 & 3. Thanks for the adventure Mr. Redick! I'm all caught up for when book 4 comes out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/10/2011

    " This book in the series almost got too weird. I was able to accept a lot of the strange stuff Redick introduces in his first two books but this one pushed it a little past ridiculous to me. I'm hoping his final book returns to a more realistic story and wraps things up nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/28/2011

    " Fantastic. The Chathrand Voyage series is one of my favorite all-time series (along with Rothfuss' Kingkiller series and Weeks' Night Angel series...both fantastic as well). This book is no exception. I look forward to lots more of Redick's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomdeplume22 | 4/28/2011

    " not as good as the first two got to see where he is going with it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 3/22/2011

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two - still good stuff but it seemed like I was reading it forever; but that could have just been because the entire book is basically one big chase scene. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.