The Rats and the Ruling Sea
by Robert V.S. Redick
Gollancz Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575081802
Date: 29 October 2009 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The long-awaited follow up to Robert V.S. Redick's The Red Wolf Conspiracy - a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed back when I reviewed it in Feb 2008. Gollancz now publish the sequel, The Rats and the Ruling Sea in trade paperback.
"... Thasha's wedding is hours away. It is a wedding that will both fulfil the promise of a mad god's return and see her murdered. Pazel has thwarted the sorcerer who would bring back the god but both sides now face deadlock. Can Thasha be saved? Can the war between two Empires be stopped? THE RATS AND THE RULING SEA is, once again, focused on the giant ancient ship, the CHATHRAND, but now she must brave the terrors of the uncharted seas; the massive storms and the ship swallowing whirlpools and explore lands forgotten by the Northern world, all the time involved in a vicious running battle with a ship half her size but nearly her match. Robert Redick's new novel takes the reader further into the labyrinthine plots and betrayals that have underscored the trilogy from the beginning. We learn more about the Ixchel as they fight for survival against the Chathrand's rats, discover more about the true motives of conspirators, live with Thasha and Pazel as they face death and deceit, and as the Chathrand sails into the infamous Ruling Sea. Robert Redick's sequel to the acclaimed THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY is a masterpiece of plotting and adventure. As each page turns the reader shares with the characters the dawning realisation that nothing is at it seems."