The Redemption of Althalus

The Redemption of Althalus Review

The Redemption of Althalus is the first stand-alone, single-volume high fantasy saga written by the bestselling husband and wife team of David and Leigh Eddings. Their previous beloved series include the Belgariad, the Malloreon, and the Elenium, and although Althalus is bursting with all the daring escapades their multitude of fans expect, it is also an engaging departure for the authors. Althalus is a grand adventure that is bound to enthrall readers of the authors' previous, multivolume epics, but it features a precision of plot and language that can be achieved only by having an actual resolution.


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.


A stand-alone epic fantasy is a rarity in the modern-day publishing world and a concept that should be embraced more often. The Redemption of Althalus gives us all the action, sorcery, humor, and soaring imagination of a grand series but doesn't leave any loose threads, fractured subplots, or loss of momentum. A great deal of fun action and generally good-natured exploits are punctuated by the authors' usual satire on religion and high society. In one clever turn, Althalus enters a city where the wealthy are forced to hide their riches and live even worse than the poor in order to avoid taxation. Althalus is well-polished and smoothly constructed, with real storytelling muscle and a gratifying finale. The Eddingses should be praised for their willingness to put a cap on this particular story in an effort to offer other wonderfully developed worlds to their readers.

Title:The Redemption of Althalus
Edition Language:English

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  • Eric

    Let me start by saying I am a huge David Eddings fan. His Belgariad series is one of my favorite fantasy series -- in some ways more so than even the holy The Lord of the Rings trilogy. That being sai...

  • Adam Reinwald

    I read fantasy stories because I like to see epic stories of love and evil played out. I like to think that evil may win, and that good sometimes doesn't have a chance against overwhelming odds. I lik...

  • M.J.W. Harrington

    Cheesy, but fantastic.The Redemption of Althalus is, to me, David Eddings summed up in a single book. His characters are witty and lovable, the plot is engaging and epic in scale whilst still being si...

  • Braden

    I wasn't really that impressed with this book, which is a shame because I love the other series that I've read by David and Leigh Eddings. This is 800 pages of everybody congratulating each other on h...

  • anenko

    Redemption of Althalus is all of Eddings' worst tendencies condescend into one novel. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the book is horrible, but there's no spark to the story, and no life to the ch...

  • Venus Smurf

    This is easily my favorite book of all time. I love David Eddings, because his characters are always so sarcastic and funny, but Althalus tops them all. After all, what's not to love about an assassin...

  • Freya Marske

    Consider this a lesson in Not Revisiting The Problematic Faves Of Our Youth; I hadn't read this since high school, and remembered it vaguely as falling in the heist/con genre (which, vaguely, it does)...

  • Casey

    I love this book, I find it a refreshing read in which cinematic battles are not the method of fixing the problem.I do however acknowledge the complaints of those who have given this book one and two ...

  • Robin

    For a story by a “fantasy master,” this was incredibly disappointing…Publisher’s Weekly calls the main protagonist an “engaging young reprobate hero.” I found him irritating, inconsistent,...

  • MarsianMan

    Probably my favorite book from David and Leigh Eddings. It is a one book epic about a thief. Althalus has been having a run of bad luck when he is hired to steal a book (whatever that is) from the Hou...