Chathrand Voyage #1
Gollancz; February 1, 2008 (UK) Del Rey; May 4, 2009 (US)
Now, I’ve actually read The Red Wolf Conspiracy, but it was so long ago that I don’t really remember it. Yeah, there were some extenuating circumstances: I was in my last year of college, fighting through The Wheel of Time while simultaneously devouring the likes of Lynch, Abercrombie and Butcher. I remember picking it up somewhere in between something and something else. Wasn’t really memorable. There was a bit about a boat, some little people, a tar boy, a princess and some conspiracy bits. But a while later when I picked up the 2nd Chathrand (The Ruling Sea) (or The Rats and the Ruling Sea in the UK), I got 70-80 pages in before calling it quits. From what I remember it wasn’t bad, just… I had no idea what was going on.
Anyway, here’s the blurb:
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.
The Chathrand is the last of her kind. Now, having survived countless battles and centuries of typhoons, it has gone missing. This is her story.
The Red Wolf Conspiracy begins the four-book Chathrand Voyage, which saw its completion maybe eight years back. Since, Robert V. S. Redick has released Master Assassins, first book of a new series, but I know little about it.
I recently picked up the Ruling Sea used, hoping that the actually physical-ness of it would help me gain the motivation to go back and read the Red Wolf. So far… no luck. The last Untraveled thing I posted did actually help me read the book (or, well, I’m reading it now), so I figured it was worth a shot. No if only someone will follow up on this to make sure I get around to reading it…
That said, has anyone out there read through the series? What did you think?