Robert V. S. Redick is the author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy. His unpublished first novel, Conquistadors, was a finalist for the AWP/Thomas Dunne Novel Award, and his essay "Uncrossed River" won the New Millennium Writings Award for nonfiction. A former theater critic and international development researcher, he worked most recently for the antipoverty organization Oxfam. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Adult/High School-Disguises, deceit, and double-crossing abound in this barn burner of a first volume of an epic fantasy. Fifteen-year-old Pazel, the son of a disgraced traitor, finds a position as a lowly lad-of-all-work aboard the mighty ship Chathrand, which is bearing newly appointed ambassador Isiq to his post, and Isiq's 16-year-old daughter, willful Thasha, to her arranged marriage with a foreign prince. Also onboard are a band of conspirators plotting to use Thasha's wedding as an excuse to start a devastating war. As Pazel and Thasha realize that danger is brewing around them, they put their heads together to find a way to avert the impending catastrophe. But whom can they trust, when everyone seems to be hiding secrets: the clan of foot-high warriors, despised as "crawlies," who have stowed away for purposes of their own; mysterious Dr. Chadfellow; mild-mannered soap merchant Mr. Ket; a talking rat? What's more, an elderly duchess's cat inexplicably keeps showing up at the most inopportune of times, and one of the passengers or crew is the powerful and evil mage they have been warned against. Mermaids, assassins, pirates, and slavers join the cast of characters as Pazel and Thasha peel away the layers of evil surrounding them, with the result that they face a danger greater than they had imagined. Like many epic fantasies, this book starts slowly, but teens will soon be engrossed in the battle of good versus evil as the protagonists and their allies take on this cunning lot of villains.-Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information
As the city-sized ship Chathrand sets sail on a peacemaking mission to an enemy land, its passengers and crew reflect their world's hopes and fears. A reluctant bride-to-be, a young sailor from a family accused of treason, a race of tiny humanlike stowaways, and a magical rat find their fortunes tossed to the fates as the ship is besieged by assassins, slavers, and other treacherous creatures desperate to unlock the secret of the artifact known as the Red Wolf. Redick's debut presents a unique setting for an epic fantasy and includes memorable characters. With comparisons to Geroge R.R. Martin and Philip Pullman, this is highly recommended for all fantasy collections. [Library marketing.] Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Insane god-kings, miniature warriors and sentient animals fight over a powerful ancient artifact in Redick's dramatic, complex debut. The Mzithrin and Arquali Empires have been locked in a 40-year cold war over the resources and riches of the Crownless Lands on their common frontier. Now the Chathrand, a floating city built as much by sorcerer as shipwright, bears young Thasha, an unwilling bride to an enemy prince. No one seems sure whether this is a sincere attempt to bind the two empires together in peace or merely a gambit in their political games. The tense atmosphere soon erupts as various factions struggle to find and control the myth-wrapped Red Wolf. Both adult and young adult readers will find much to enjoy in this tale of sea-faring and bloody diplomacy. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"What can I say about a book as exciting and fresh as The Red Wolf Conspiracy? I can't remember when I've been so enthralled. Maybe when I first read Philip Pullman. This is one terrific read."--Terry Brooks "Wonderfully inventive--Robert Redick is an extraordinary talent."--Karen Miller, author of The Innocent Mage "[An] outstanding debut . . . With its colourful cast of inhabitants, which include a band of tiny, Lilliputian-style warriors, sentient rats and archetypal ancient evil the Shaggat Ness, the Chathrand brings to mind The Scar's fantastical floating city."--SFX magazine "Redick joins the ranks of writers challenging the fantasy genre and making it exciting again."--New York Review of Science Fiction "A wondrous creation . . . an entertaining, fast-paced saga of high-seas adventure that is part fantasy quest, part political intrigue, and part coming-of-age tale."--Fantasy Book Critic