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The Night of the Swarm Hardcover – Nov 6 2012

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (Nov. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575097779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575097773
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,649,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Robert Redick is an extraordinary talent.”—Karen Miller, bestselling author of The Innocent Mage
“Robert V. S. Redick has developed into one of the most exciting young voices in fantasy today.”—Fantasy Book Critic
“[Redick] pulls off epic fantasy with a great deal of style, giving his readers everything they want along with a big bag of surprises.”—Starburst Magazine
The Night of the Swarm is a nail-biting, non-stop action adventure that would thrill any fantasy novel reader!”—Tome Tender
“I raced through The Night of the Swarm. There is a ton of action, but also plenty of interaction between the many characters. There are new challenges as well as old problems to be dealt with. Not everything gets tidied up perfectly, which I feel is a strength, since that’s how life is.”—Books You Can Die in the Middle of --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert V. S. Redick is the author of The Chathrand Voyage series: The Red Wolf Conspiracy, one of SFX magazine’s top ten science fiction and fantasy releases of 2008; The Ruling Sea, Fantasy Book Critic’s number two fantasy of 2009; and The River of Shadows, a Locus Recommended Read in 2011. A former international development researcher, Redick worked most recently for the antipoverty organization Oxfam. He lives in western Massachusetts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This review is not about the actual book which is a fantastic conclusion to an amazing series. I am giving the book 5 stars for just the book since it is great. This main reason for this review is to warn fans that there is NO hardcover edition for this book.

On October 8th, Gollancz, decided to cancel the hardcover edition of this book. They may still have it listed on their website but both Amazon UK and the Book Depository have confirmed that this book is now only available in the trade paper back edition. The author has confirmed this, [...], on his own website and the publisher has stated it on twitter at [...]. A lot of the problem has been that libraries are not buy as many hardcover books and that is where the bulk of hardcover editions are sold to.

On his website, Robert Redick, has asked fans who want a hardcover editon to email him so he can get numbers to take back to either Gollancz or another one to convince them that there is enough interest in getting a hardcover edition made. I was fortunate to be able to talk to Robert at World Fantasy this year and he was very disappointed that this happened.

I have tried to find a way to inform Amazon about this change but they don't seem to have an easy way to contact them about these type of mistakes on their site. If you have ordered this edition you will need to cancel your order and order either the UK edition or the US Del Rey edition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not as unique as previous works in the series April 15 2013
By grandsultan - Published on
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I didn't much care for this series for the first several chapters of the Red Wolf Conspiracy, but it grew on me and ever since I've been trying to determine how much I really like this series. Now that it's concluded, I can say that I like it, but I don't love it.

There are a LOT of characters in this series, most of which are developed characters that really become a part of the story. However, there are so many that I found it very difficult to remember who everyone was or why they were important (there was quite a gap between the release of this book and the previous one). Redick must have predicted this because there is actually a compendium of characters in the back of this book. More notably, in Night of the Swarm, I even had a bit of difficulty keeping the new characters in this book straight, especially amongst the Selk race. Overall, I liked having such a varied cast of characters, but I think these books would have benefited from a slightly more narrow focus: a few less plot lines, a few less characters.

The standout setting of this series (the ancient and gigantic tallship Chathrand) has always been what made these books unique to me. Otherwise it would just be another magical adventure through exotic lands (albeit a well written one with interesting characters). So, I was disappointed to find so little of the plot taking place at sea. A large portion of the story surrounding the main protagonists plays out on land; not that this section of the book was dull, but it was too familiar, and I found myself wishing they would return to the ship sooner rather than later (they didn't).

And then the ending (I won't spoil it)...Redick seems to have no sense of justice for his characters. I have no problem with a bittersweet ending, but there is very little sweet and whole lot of bitter. I'm not sure if he's trying to leave the series open for future work, or if he's making a point about relationships, one that I won't reveal so I don't spoil anything, but it's one that I don't agree with. Whatever his reasoning, I found very little closure in the ending, little justice, little mercy, and a few situations that I didn't feel were fully resolved. Disappointing, to say the least.

That being said, the whole series has been a page turner for me, including Night of the Swarm. And although this final book wasn't quite structured to my liking, it did hold my interest. I'm not sure I could recommend Night of the Swarm on its own merit, but I could recommend the Chathrand quartet as a whole, with a disclaimer that the series is stronger for the first half than the last.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best in Series;One of the Best Period March 29 2013
By Paul C Baumann - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the first books in this series, but this last one exceeded even those expectations. Constant dramatic action, great personal interplay among characters, the crucial use of seemingly insignificant events presented in the previous stories (long range planning), and the consistency of sticking with the universe as formed (no strange Gods appearing in the final moments) put this book (and the author) among the very best, such as Robin Hobb, C.J. Cherryh, and (dare I say it) J.R.R.Tolkien.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, meaty series which delivers on its potential. March 5 2015
By AJIT PHADKE - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thought this was fantastic. It was a nice conclusion to a really terrific debut series. The characters were fresh and believable, with warts and all, and the world-building was truly extraordinary. If this was another author (Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan), I would settle back comfortably and wait for the next 30 or so novels in this universe. There are backstories for minor characters as well as major, and places which look fascinating on the accompanying maps which no one ever visited. I don't know if Redick will go back to this world, but I'd buy that book.

Two words of caution, and also of disagreement with some of the other reviews... (1) These are meaty books, so don't expect to have a Riordan-esque tromp from plot point to plot point. Yes, there are technical descriptions of some sailing issues, and lots of world history, but I've read Moby Dick, and nothing else will come close to the technical details in that. I found the Chathrand info to be readable and interesting. (2) I thought the ending was really brilliant, and I loved that not every subplot got wrapped up in the same 10 pages. There was a great climax, a nice coda, and a very fresh way to keep the epilogue plausible. It wasn't just a literary montage of what happened to each character, which I appreciated. Rather, it was more like how things happen in real life. You know, some friends drift apart, others do well and get together, and still others plot fiendish revenge on the free world. It's just life.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Superbly Crafted Epic That I Couldn't Put Down March 2 2013
By Aaron Jensen - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't recommend "The Chatrand Voyage" quartet highly enough. It is my new favorite fantasy series. (Previous favorites include "The Belgariad" by David Eddings, "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" by Terry Brooks, and the Thomas Covenant books by Stephen R Donaldson.)

This is a superbly crafted story, in an incredibly detailed world, filled with real characters with a plot that carries you with it from beginning to end. Loved, loved, loved it.

The world of Alifros is fully developed with great care and craftsmanship. There are races, countries and creatures that all have their own deep and detailed history, culture, and traditions, of which we only get to see the surface. This gives the books authenticity, like the author is from Alifros and has somehow managed to move into ours. Alifros, its peoples and creatures, is one of the more important characters. The author's blood, sweat, and tears in capturing, creating, realizing, and crafting this world are on every page.

The characters get the same dedication. Each is unique, with distinct personalities, emotions, and lives. Again, they are authentic and real. What happens to them, happened to me. I quickly fell in love with the heroes, and was emotionally invested in their entire journey. They feel like friends and I miss them. The effects of their journey still emotionally resonate with me.

Even though the series is comprised of four not-short books, the plot was never slow. It was paced very well, and it was hard to put the books down. The plot, too, is authentic and real. I think this is partially because the characters were so well crafted that I cared about them, and wanted to know what was going to happen to them next. There aren't any plot holes or continuity problems. Events progress orderly, naturally, logically, and sensibly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Action packed! Sept. 11 2013
By JDL - Published on
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Dear lord, the Chathrand Voyage series just gets more and more exciting as it progresses. By book 4 (Night of the Swarm) every character is in the middle of intense action, stories from earlier in the series are paying off in exciting twists, and the end game plot is revealing itself.

This series is more exciting and inventive than the best HBO show - and that's a tremendous achievement!

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