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Friday, March 08, 2013

The Red Wolf Conspiracy

The Red Wolf Conspiracy a Net Galley e-book from Random House - Del Ray Spectra.

Book Description:  Six hundred years old, the Imperial Merchant Ship Chathrand is a massive 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 Mzithrin Empire. But Thasha, the young noblewoman in question, may be bringing her swords to the altar. 

For the ship’s true mission is not peace but war—a war that threatens to rekindle an ancient power long thought lost. As the Chathrand navigates treacherous waters, Thasha must seek unlikely allies—including a magic-cursed deckhand, a stowaway tribe of foot-high warriors, and a singularly heroic rat—and enter a treacherous web of intrigue to uncover the secret of the legendary Red Wolf.

I really enjoyed this fantasy, the first in the Chathrand Voyage quartet.  Full of adventure, great characters, and magic, the first volume kept me reading late at night.

Pazel, Thasha, Neeps, Feldthrup (the woken rat) are some of my favorite characters, but there are many other characters, both good and bad, that are well-developed and interesting--for their courage or their villainy.

I can't say that it is a fast read, but it kept my interest the entire time, and I found it difficult to put down.  I couldn't wait to get right on to the next volume:  The Ruling Sea, and I'll review that one soon.

Fantasy.  2010.  print version 544 pages.

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