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The Night of the Swarm [Hardcover]

Robert V.S. Redick
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Nov. 6 2012 Chathrand Voyage
“If any ambitious TV producers are looking for [a] multi-part fantasy to adapt after the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . Robert Redick’s impressive Chathrand Voyage series . . . has it all.”—SFX

Robert V. S. Redick brings his acclaimed fantasy series The Chathrand Voyage to a triumphant close that merits comparison to the work of such masters as George R. R. Martin, Philip Pullman, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. The evil sorcerer Arunis is dead, yet the danger has not ended. For as he fell, beheaded by the young warrior-woman Thasha Isiq, Arunis summoned the Swarm of Night, a demonic entity that feasts on death and grows like a plague. If the Swarm is not destroyed, the world of Alifros will become a vast graveyard. Now Thasha and her comrades—the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the mysterious wizard Ramachni—begin a quest that seems all but impossible. Yet there is hope: One person has the power to stand against the Swarm: the great mage Erithusmé. Long thought dead, Erithusmé lives, buried deep in Thasha’s soul. But for the mage to live again, Thasha Isiq may have to die.

Praise for The Night of the Swarm
 
“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.

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in Series;One of the Best Period March 29 2013
By Paul C Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as unique as previous works in the series April 15 2013
By grandsultan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ship Aboard the Chathrand April 12 2014
By P. Dalton - Published on Amazon.com
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I like big, good books and all four books of the Chathrand Voyage are big and very good. The story and characters are well-drawn capture your attention. I hope Robert Redick wasn't exhausted by this effort: I want to read his next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed May 28 2014
By Kathilee - Published on Amazon.com
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These books-Chathrand Voyage- were great to read. Absorbing and well executed. Thank God for writers like Redick. Characters were charming in some instances and really hateful in others. I liked all the hero's - questionable - and committed including the rat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book Feb. 24 2014
By New England Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard to believe that an author can do such a magnificient job. The language he employes is wonderful; the plot devises, creative; and the characters, unforgettable.
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