The Night of the Swarm

The Night of the Swarm

Robert V.S. Redick / Feb 24, 2020

The Night of the Swarm 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 Tolk

  • Title: The Night of the Swarm
  • Author: Robert V.S. Redick
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  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 NRobert 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 Erithusme Long thought dead, Erithusme lives, buried deep in Thasha s soul But for the Mage to live again, Thasha Isiq may have to die.

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      • Robert V.S. Redick

        Robert V.S Redick is in his thirties and works as the editor for the Spanish and French websites of Oxfam America and as an instructor in the International Development and Social Change program at Clark University Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, he lives in rural western Massachusetts While his unpublished novel Conquistadors was a finalist for the 2002 AWP Thomas Dunne Novel Award, under the title Wilderness.


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    1. The Imperial Great ShipChathrand, also known as the Wind-Palace, carrying more than 800 souls under the command of Captain Nilus Rose, has finally reached the end of its travels across the turbulent seas of Alifros. After four books, I found it incredible when I came acoss a comment by Felthrup, the woken rat, that only one astronomical year has passed since its departure from the Etherhorde docks. So much has happened, so many friends I have made aboard and beyond this great ship, that I am lef [...]


    2. 5 StarsThe overall series warrants 5 stars as well.This was an amazing adventure and wonderful series. Non-stop action, epic adventure, and wonders and mystery to discover are all here waiting for you to discover as you embark on these voyages of the Chathrand. I loved every one of these books including this final installment. The epitomize the adventure story and I got lost in the world created by Robert V.S. Redick. The Night of the Swarm is the fourth and final book in the series that starts [...]


    3. read some 100+ pages and on the one hand the book moves well and I enjoy reading about Pazel, Tasha and the rest, but on the other the whole "doom time and we are the saviors' subject makes taking it seriously a bit hardI finished The Night of the Swarm and the one thing I want to emphasize for now is that the ending may be the best ever to a fantasy series I've read; the book itself moves well and *a lot* happens - would not do to spoil as there are a ton of wow moments, however its general the [...]


    4. The Nilstone has released the Night of the Swarm. This cloud of darkness will destroy the world of Alifros. The only hope for survival is removing the Nilstone from Alifros. To do this, the friends must band together and take the perilous journey on the River of Shadows. Not only must the friends face the River of Shadows but they are being hunted by the Sorceress Macadra, she will stop at nothing to possess the Nilstone.The Night of the Swarm is a nail biting, non-stop action adventure that wou [...]


    5. The Night of the Swarm, as a book alone, deserves 5 stars. The Chathrand Quartet deserves 5+ stars and warrants any fan of fantasy fiction to read, absorb and radiate in awe to the talent of author Robert VS Redick. I cannot recommend these books anymore than to say this is a MUST read. The books weave a roller coaster story. The environment is detailed beautifully. Fast action scenes. Great characterisation and characters you really care for and probably one of the best endings to any series. I [...]


    6. Fantastic ending to a great fantasy story. Scary as hell monsters, surprise deaths, strange ending. I read the epilogue several times because my first take on it was dissatisfaction but it was somewhat more palatable with extra readings. I am still not happy about the fate of the primary character in the epilogue. I kept saying "You need to wait, just wait a while longer!" The Night of the Swarm is a gripping read. Mr. Redick is so wonderfully skilled at character development. I found myself car [...]


    7. WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED. I mean, it ended, I can't deny that. But what the hell, man.Things to say, I'll come back tomorrow.--------------------I have a lot of emotions about this right now.On the one hand, there are so many great characters in this series of books. Most of them felt 3-dimensional and varied and complicated. However, there got to be a lot of characters introduced that DIDN'T feel that way, especially any that were introduced from book 3 or book 4. I don't know why, but the B [...]


    8. The tetralogy is concluded and we lay to rest Pazel and Thasha, Neeps and Mirila, Hercol and Neda and dozens of other well developed characters. Some we set aside, this story has concluded but their lives are unfinished and others we lay to rest in the ‘proverbial’ (Felthrup disapproves of this usage) sense of the word. In four books so well written in the parting from such distinct and unique personalities there is the feeling of having developed a rich relationship and then having to say g [...]


    9. I love Mr. Redick's writing, and I have loved the inventiveness and depth and vibrance of the world of Alifros over the course of the Cathrand Voyage Quartet. But I would be lying if I said I enjoyed this final installment as much as The Red Wolf Conspiracy or The Ruling Sea. Many of the facets of the story that drew me into Pazel and Thasha's world have been a bit lacking in the last two volumes, The River of Shadows and The Night of the Swarm. The grand sea voyage aboard the great and venerabl [...]


    10. Update:OUTSTANDING! A review is forthcoming!Not a review (yet - I will write one after I read it) but I had to share some sad newsI’m ticked. I just found out that Victor Gollancz Publishing (@gollancz on twitter) has cancelled the hardback edition of the last book of a series I have been reading and patiently awaiting to complete my collection of. The Night of the Swarm by Robert V. S. Redick promises to be an awesome culmination to an epic fantasy series, but Gollancz/The Orion Group has dec [...]


    11. I really enjoyed this series, but I guess my rose colored glasses always expect a happy ending. Well. it was not my choice for an ending and sort of ruined all the reading of 4 books to get to such a poor ending.


    12. Loved it and wished it would continue since I really got attached to the characters. The ending really pissed me off though and I thought that it was a horrid ending. It rather confused me too. Felt like the author didn't want to write more so just did a quick weird wrap up.


    13. Exceptional! A truly satisfying end to a great series. Fabulous pacing throughout, meaningful character developmentI didn't want it to end. Yet I cherish the ending. Lovely.


    14. Thee Night of the Swarm is the the fourth and final book in RV Redick's epic fantasy series, The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, and what a fitting end to a brilliant series. This will be a short review because I don't want to give anything away except to say most of the characters have survived the long voyage but what has happened so far is child's play to what is coming and it's coming fast.Often, in long epics like this (this last book alone is over 700 pages), the author loses focus somewhere in [...]


    15. I have finished the last book. And with it came the parting of some characters that had become friends for a while. It feels a bit like I lost something. But I will probably get over it. :)If you have read the other 3 books, you will definitely read this one. If you have not read the other three books yet, you had better get started. :)This last part of the series is just as good as part three. Enough adventures and emotions. And a fitting end. I have enjoyed reading this series.


    16. When it comes to fantasy I have a tendency to rate books higher since I am an epic fantasy author myself. I started this book with the mind set of being as critical as I could be. I quickly found a problem, I simply loved it. The pacing is just right and the story in engaging. I found myself unable to put this book down at times. What a great finish to a great series.


    17. Great final book to a great series. I'm not a big fan of books that take place on ships or are about ships but this series doesn't get bogged down with a lot of nautical terms. It focuses mainly on the great cast of characters. Underrated series that I recommend to everyone.


    18. "I'm still speechless over the unexpected ending of final book in the series. Probably the best book of the four and I'm sad to see the story end. "


    19. It’s taken me a while to get through the 4 book series but my fault not the author’s! However, the review covers not just this last book, which concluded the series well, but also touches on the earlier books as a series and the plot line.In general an excellent fantasy series. After a starting storyline involved with local empire politics it evolves to explain a wider tale associated with extinction of the entire world and what the hero’s must do to deal with it. In particular the last bo [...]


    20. A fine conclusion to an all-in-all very different kind of fantasy quartet. The last book is massive, but brings the story to a fine, and mostly satisfying conclusion. The epilogue in particular made me quite sad, which is a good thing, because a series is only great if you truly care about the characters. By the end, I cared deeply about the fate of Pazel, Thasha, Felthrup, all the other wondrous and unique characters introduced in this long series.The book strangely reminded me The Fellowship o [...]


    21. The final book but a great disappointment. I found that it was disjointed and the narrative forced. What made the first two books brilliant slowly disappeared in the third. In the this the fourth it felt as if the author lost interest. The book plodded on and even the end was contrived. Horrendous in that all that I liked about the main characters was lost in the final pages. I do think it is becoming a trend to extend fantasy to four novels where good editing would make for a better three volum [...]


    22. When I began to pick up reading as hobby that would eventually turn into an obsession "The Chathrand Voyage" Quartet is one of the first series of books I began reading. Burning through books 1,2 & 3 as if there was a pot of gold waiting for me upon completion of "The River of Shadows". There wasn't.The series is also the very first series of books I ever obtained signed/lined/dated copies of. The disappointed I felt when I discovered that "The Night of the Swarm" hardcover was canceled and [...]


    23. *This review contains spoilers. You have been warned.*I've journeyed alongside The Chathrand for the last few years, always intrigued by Pazel's abilities and the relationships of those onboard the Chathrand. This final installment in the series, however, has left me disappointed and discontent. First of all, let's talk about the characters during the journey in, The Night of the Swarm. You have main characters that are being killed off, such as Dr. Chadfellow whom have been important characters [...]


    24. The Night of the Swarm, Robert V.S. RedickRather sadly, The Night of the Swarm is the last instalment of Robert V. S. Redick's Chathrand Voyage Quartet – one of my favourite series ever! It continues the epic adventure of Lady Thasha Isiq, Pazel Pathkendle and the rest of their brave companions as they continue their quest to cast the Nilstone out of Alifros once and for all.Their adventure is now more dangerous than ever before as they were unable to prevent the evil sorcerer Arunis from unle [...]


    25. And we are done. The final book of the Chathrand Voyages tetralogy is over and I am left with a bittersweet taste, as befits the ending. Mr. Redick is a ruthless narrator, perhaps too much so. Not because he is not afraid to kill important characters, but because he often does not feel the need to close the circle of their personal stories and give us readers a sense of closure. Whether this works is a matter of taste. It is not fully satisfactory, but perhaps it gives us a sense of realism not [...]


    26. Night of the Swarm is the fourth and final book in Robert V. S. Redick’s Chathrand Voyage Quartet. The Quartet is a long and complex tale of intrigue, deception, love, travel, and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, and have eagerly devoured each of the subsequent books. The Chathrand is a huge, ancient ship, basically a floating city, with many secrets of her own, and much of the action takes place aboard her.I like to see character development, and there is p [...]



    27. "The Night of the Swarm" completes the Chathrand Voyage quartet in excellent fashion and cements the books' status as forming one of the most underappreciated — and finest — fantasy series in recent years. This one weighs in at a hefty 685 pages in the trade paperback edition. Last-book bloat? Not really; while it could be leaner, in this case, for readers who have gotten this far, there's just more here to love.A frequently shipboard story featuring sorcerous types, fantastical creatures, a [...]


    28. It's been about 6 weeks since I finished this, and the details, characters and plot have already begun fading from memory.I read the first instalment some years ago and absolutely loved it. The sweeping adventures on the high seas, the world building, Pazel's gift and curse, the shady dealings and multiple agendas — all bound within the ancient timbers of the Chathrand — were a thrill to read. Novel, exciting, swashbuckling fantasy with characters you felt you already knew, nuanced in ways t [...]


    29. I love Mr. Redick's imagination. There is such fun detail to his books. He clearly loves his characters, though he's not afraid to kill them off, either, in keeping with current trends in fantasy/spec-fic literature (I blame Martin for this). I love the rampant use of magic. The Nilstone's effects echoing through time were fascinating. The rules of magic are a little randomly implemented it seems. Not clear why there aren't more witches like the main character's mother, or why she doesn't use he [...]


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