I have gotten my groove back in reading. I am, once again, reading at a regular rate. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I tend to read ind bursts. Tons, then nothing, and back on schedule. Well, back on pace. I just finished The Red Wolf Conspiracy on Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It does not break any new ground in the fantasy genre, but it was a fun read with good characters and a somewhat original plot.
The story of The Red Wolf Conspiracy takes place, mainly, on the gigantic ship Cathrand, and being a naval fantasy is what drew me to this title in the first place. For some reason, maybe growing up in the desert of Colorado, sea fiction has always fascinated me. When I see naval fantasy fiction, I tend to pick it up. Overall, this was a good book. My only complaints are as follows:
Like many fantasy books, the story does not end in this book. Heck, it barely gets started. This, of course, is a trilogy. I didn’t know this at the start of reading it, and it woudn’t have changed my desrie to read it, but it is frustrating to read 400 pages, and realize at the end there is going to be very little resolved. But, I also get to read more in the world, and this world is fascinating and different (and I know very little about it right now).
The end of this book felt very rushed. 80% of the novel felt well-paced, but in the 1/4 of the novel, Reddick just seems to rush some plot points of the first novel to conclusion for the sake of concluding them. I saw no need to rush those to completion. I rarely say this, but another 50 to 100 pages would have helped this book or just keep the plot lines moving into the next book. Way to rushed for how well everything else was going.
Overall, The Red Wolf Conspiracy was a bit above average fantasy read for me. It has the one thing I desire the most out of fantasy now-a-days: no quest driving the main plot. I am sure we are going to get one (or may not), but I prefer fantasy (like Hobb, Gemmel, Martin) where the action just takes place in a fantasy world. Do not get me wrong, I still love the occasional quest book (Brooks), but prefer a bit more originality of late.
I look forward to the next one.