The Redemption of Althalus by David EddingsThe Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings

The Redemption of Althalus

byDavid Eddings, Leigh Eddings

Mass Market Paperback | October 30, 2001

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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.
David Eddings published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy and The Belgariad, soon followed by The Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, in 1931, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954 and a ma...
Title:The Redemption of AlthalusFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 6.87 × 4.21 × 1.28 inPublished:October 30, 2001Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling This is another enthralling romp created by David & Leigh Eddings. It is a fantastic story, with a complex and hilarious main character. Fans of the Belgariad will enjoy this book, and if you have not read the Belgariad then feel free to enjoy this (and then seek them out too!). I have recommended this book to many people and will continue to do so.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read This is a fun one-shot story from the Eddings couple, who are better known for long series. As usual for the authors, the characters are fun, relatable and entertaining. It's really worth you time.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful One of my good friends suggested this book and I'm glad I listened, it's been a long time since I've fallen into a book like this one.
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful A fairly fast paced book despite it's size and filled with humor. This has been one of my favorite books to read for years.The Eddings come close to parodying the fantasy genre while improving it.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful It might be best to read this first before the Belgariad as the characters are all very similar. The main protagonists of Althalus and Em have flavours of Belgarath and Polgara - reading the love story there seems a bit incestuous at times. Other than that, trademark Eddings yarn.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This standalone represents the Eddings at their best. The story is entertaining, the solutions are clever. A story I come back to again and again.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful This was an enjoyable fantasy romp guided by an exceptional writing team. The Eddings lead the reader through their world and keep you interested up until the end. My only complaint would be that it ended too quickly! Well done!
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Excellent read. Action packed and inventive with original characters and an unusual premise. The husband and wife duo of David and Leigh Eddings provides a realistic element to the by play between the main characters and adds another dimension to an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I have been reading books by David and Leigh since i was 9 years old, and I'm 44 now and still can't get enough of them. If you like sword, sorcerey and great characters with a story that will take you away from our hum drum lives, then givethese books a try, you won't regret it!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A lovely read, brilliantly redefines the concept of the reluctant hero while keeping all of the characters original and engaging.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is a stand alone book. I am a long time fan of David and Leigh Eddings and this is my favorite. My next is the Sparhawk series, then the Belgariad. This novel has interesting characters who grow and mature over the length of the book.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Excellent read
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! This author is well known by any true fantsy reader. His works are like art! So of course this book was no different. Great story loveable characters and evil enemies. Great read that will stay with you long after you finish this great novel.
Date published: 2011-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Redemption of Althalus Amazing story! Best I ever read. captivating. Inspiring. Wish there was more.
Date published: 2006-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Wish there was more. The Redemption of Althalus was a very good book. I admit the I am a fan Of the Eddings', but I really think that they outdid themselves with this fantasy. They created a world with just as much depth as their Belgariad and Mallorean series, in about a fifth of the exposition. The Eddings' ability to create entertaining and deep characters is the main reason for my admiration of their work, however, I did notice that many of the characters were lacking distinction from those in The Belgariad and the Mallorean. For example, didn't everyone else see that Andine was a direct replica of Ce'Nedra, as Althalus was of Belgarath? Some characters, such as Leitha were a mish mash of the leftover characters from the Mallorean (Taiba, Poledra, and Cyradis, in Leitha's case). Still, I really loved those characters, and more of them in any form is well worth the money needed to buy the book. The only major problem that I have with the Eddings' characters is their tendancy to exist solely for th
Date published: 2003-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Redemption of Athalus While I am a long-time fan of the authors, I have found that the works have been suffering more and more as time goes on. This book shows how where once there would be a world worthy of five books, we are given one stuffed book that asks us to fill in too many gaps in the plot. This is similiar to a movie adaption of a great novel. You can feel the cuts and the rushing in this book and I was sorely dissapointed that the it finished so soon. The characters were gone before I could care whether they even existed in my mind. The book then gets a 3 from me, it is average fare, typically rushed, typically finished and typically lacking in investment in type and time.
Date published: 2002-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from David Eddings can sure write. Hey, i read the reviews for the hardcover edition of The Redemption of Althalus, and i've got to admit, people just don't get it. I personally think that The Redemption of Althalus is an insanely great book, and i don't understand why people would be so bad reviewers. the story is a bit slow and repetative from polgara the sorceress and belgarath the sorcerer, what with all of the going from city to city righting wrongs , but after that, it's a great book through and through, and i would just like to say David Eddings, you sure can write .
Date published: 2002-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Redemption of a reader I was pleasantly surprised at how well the book was writen. It is an easy read and it flows nicely. The characters are comical and serious, the action and battle scenes are scant. I got a lot of laughs out of the book. It is worth a pick up and a light read. Brings me back to believe that you do not need a trilogy to get the whole story. So moving on to other books by them and not to other stories of the characters.
Date published: 2002-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Eddings but lacks something special Was an interesting read but disappointing when compared to Eddings' previous series, the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Would recommend reading all David and Leigh Eddings books. Enjoy the fantasy good for all ages.
Date published: 2002-01-11

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CHAPTER ONEAlthalus the thief spent ten days on the road down out of the mountains ofKagwher to reach the imperial city of Deika. As he was coming out of thefoothills, he passed a limestone quarry where miserable slaves spent theirlives under the whip laboriously sawing building blocks out of thelimestone with heavy bronze saws. Althalus had heard about slavery, ofcourse, but this was the first time he'd ever actually seen slaves. As hestrode on toward the plains of Equero, he had a little chat with his goodluck about the subject, strongly suggesting to her that if she reallyloved him, she'd do everything she possibly could to keep him from everbecoming a slave.The city of Deika lay at the southern end of a large lake in northernEquero, and it was even more splendid than the stories had said it was. Itwas surrounded by a high stone wall made of squared-off limestone blocks,and all the buildings inside the walls were also made of stone.The broad streets of Deika were paved with flagstones, and the publicbuildings soared to the sky. Everyone in town who thought he was important wore a splendid linen mantle, and every private house wasidentified by a statue of its owner-usually so idealized that any actual resemblance to the man so identified was purely coincidental.Althalus was garbed in clothes suitable for the frontier, and he receivedmany disparaging glances from passersby as he viewed the splendors of theimperial city. After a while, he grew tired of that and sought out aquarter of town where the men in the streets wore more commonplacegarments and less superior expressions.Finally he located a fishermen's tavern near the lakefront, and he stoppedthere to sit and to listen, since fishermen the world over love to talk.He sat unobtrusively nursing a cup of sour wine while the tar-smeared menaround him talked shop."I don't believe I've ever seen you here before," one of the men said toAlthalus."I'm from out of town," Althalus replied."Oh? Where from?""Up in the mountains. I came down to look at civilization.""Well, what do you think of our city?""Very impressive. I'm almost as impressed with your city as some of thetown's rich men seem to be with themselves."One of the fishermen laughed cynically. "You passed near the forum, I takeit.""If that's the place where all the fancy buildings are, yes I did. And ifyou want it, you can take as much of my share of it as you desire.""You didn't care for our wealthy?""Apparently not as much as they did, that's for certain. People like usshould avoid the rich if we possibly can. Sooner or later, we'll probablybe bad for their eyes.""How's that?" another fisherman asked."Well, all those fellows in the forum-the ones who wear fancy nightgownsin the street-kept looking down their noses at me. If a man spends all histime doing that, sooner or later it's going to make him cross-eyed."The fishermen all laughed, and the atmosphere in the tavern became relaxedand friendly. Althalus had skillfully introduced the topic dearest to hisheart, and they all spent the rest of the afternoon talking about thewell-to-do of Deika. By evening, Althalus had committed several names tomemory. He spent another few days narrowing down his list, and heultimately settled on a very wealthy salt merchant named Kweso. Then hewent to the central marketplace, visited the marble-lined public baths,and then dipped into his purse to buy some clothing that more closely fitinto the current fashion of Deika. The key word for a thief who'sselecting a costume for business purposes is "nondescript," for fairlyobvious reasons. Then Althalus went to the rich men's part of town andspent several more days-and nights-watching merchant Kweso's walled-inhouse. Kweso himself was a plump, rosy-cheeked bald man who had a sort offriendly smile. On a number of occasions Althalus even managed to getclose enough to him to be able to hear him talking. He actually grew to berather fond of the chubby little fellow, but that's not unusual, really.When you get right down to it, a wolf is probably quite fond of deer.Althalus managed to pick up the name of one of Kweso's neighbors, and witha suitably businesslike manner, he went in through the salt merchant'sgate one morning, walked up to his door, and knocked. After a moment ortwo, a servant opened the door. "Yes?" the servant asked."I'd like to speak with Gentleman Melgor," Althalus said politely. "It'son business.""I'm afraid you have the wrong house, sir," the servant said. "GentlemanMelgor's house is the one two doors down."Althalus smacked his forehead with his open hand. "How stupid of me," heapologized. "I'm very sorry to have disturbed you." His eyes, however,were very busy. Kweso's door latch wasn't very complicated, and hisentryway had several doors leading off it. He lowered his voice. "I hopemy pounding didn't wake your master," he said.The servant smiled briefly. "I rather doubt it," he said. "The master'sbedroom is upstairs at the back of the house. He usually gets out of bedabout this time in the morning anyway, so he's probably already awake.""That's a blessing," Althalus said, his eyes still busy. "You said thatMelgor's house is two doors down?""Yes." The servant leaned out through the doorway and pointed. "It's thatway-the house with the blue door. You can't miss it.""My thanks, friend, and I'm sorry to have disturbed you." Then Althalusturned and went back out to the street. He was grinning broadly. His luckwas still holding him cuddled to her breast. The "wrong house" ploy hadgiven him even more information than he'd expected. His luck hadencouraged that servant to tell him all sorts of things. It was stillquite early in the morning, and if this was Kweso's normal time to rise,that was a fair indication that he went to bed early as well. He'd besound asleep by midnight. The garden around his house was mature, withlarge trees and broad flowering bushes that would provide cover. Gettinginside the house would be no problem, and now Althalus knew where Kweso'sbedroom was. All that was left to do was to slip into the house in themiddle of the night, go directly to Kweso's bedroom, wake him, and lay abronze knife against his throat to persuade him to cooperate. The wholeaffair could be settled in short order.Unfortunately, however, it didn't turn out that way at all. The saltmerchant's chubby, good-natured face obviously concealed a much sharpermind than Althalus expected. Not long after midnight, the clever thiefscaled the merchant's outer wall, crept through the garden, and quietlyentered the house. He stopped in the entryway to listen. Except for a fewsnores coming from the servants' quarters, the house was silent. Asquietly as a shadow, Althalus went to the foot of the stairs and startedup.It was at that point that Kweso's house became very noisy. The three dogswere almost as large as ponies, and their deep-throated barking seemed toshake the walls.Althalus immediately changed his plans. The open air of the nighttimestreets suddenly seemed enormously attractive.The dogs at the foot of the stairs seemed to have other plans, however.They started up, snarling and displaying shockingly large fangs.There were shouts coming from upstairs, and somebody was lighting candles.Althalus waited tensely until the dogs had almost reached him. Then, withan acrobatic skill he didn't even know he had, he jumped high over the topof the dogs, tumbled on down to the foot of the stairs, sprang to hisfeet, and ran back outside.As he raced across the garden with the dogs snapping at his heels, heheard a buzzing sound zip past his left ear. Somebody in the house, eitherthe deceptively moon-faced Kweso himself or one of his meek-lookingservants, seemed to be a very proficient archer.Althalus scrambled up the wall as the dogs snapped at his heels and more arrows bounced off the stones, spraying his face with chips and fragments.He rolled over the top of the wall and dropped into the street, runningalmost before his feet hit the paving stones. Things had not turned outthe way he'd planned. His tumble down the stairs had left scrapes andbruises in all sorts of places, and he'd managed to severely twist one ofhis ankles in his drop to the street. He limped on, filling the air aroundhim with curses.Then somebody in Kweso's house opened the front gate, and the dogs camerushing out.Now that, Althalus felt, was going just a little too far. He'd admittedhis defeat by running away, but Kweso evidently wasn't satisfied withvictory and wanted blood as well.It took some dodging around and clambering over several walls, but thethief eventually shook off the pursuing dogs. Then he went across town toput himself a long way from all the excitement and sat down on aconveniently placed public bench to think things over. Civilized men wereobviously not as docile as they appeared on the surface, and Althalusdecided then and there that he'd seen as much of the city of Deika as hereally wanted to see. What puzzled him the most, though, was how his luckhad failed to warn him about those dogs. Could it be that she'd beenasleep? He'd have to speak with her about that.

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