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''The Redemption of Althalus'' is a [[Creator/DavidEddings stand-alone fantasy novel by David and Leigh Eddings]] about... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Redemption of Althalus]].

In his early adult life, Althalus was a thief. Since he was neither strong enough to rob people by force nor small and fast enough to steal via stealth, he aspired to become successful by outwitting his targets. He did, and he managed to gain a reputation as the best thief in the northern wilds of the world. After hearing of the wealth available in the cities to the south, he decided to try his luck there. When things didn't go well, he returned home and accepted a job to steal a Book from the House at the End of the World.

Upon reaching the house, Althalus met the goddess Dweia and became her disciple, spending multiple centuries preparing for the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil, before embarking on a journey with her to find those needed to unite and destroy the evil that threatened the world.

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!!This book provides examples of:
* AdiposeRex: Gosti [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Belly]] is just a clan chief, but otherwise fits the bill.
* TheAlcoholic: Twengor [[spoiler: until Althalus cures him.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Bheid, eventually]].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Lampshaded: Each good character has an evil counterpart, and they are the only ones who are allowed to confront them, despite Althalus preferring to get things over with quickly.
* BigBad: Daeva
* BigEater: Eliar (though he grows out of it), and Gosti.
* BigGood: Dweia
* BloodKnight: Gelta
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The last section of the book is Althalus going back in time to revisit his adventure in Gosti's hall and his meeting with Ghend, and making it play out differently this time.]]
* BrokenBird: Leitha
* BurnTheWitch: Nearly happens to Leitha, before Althalus and crew save her.
* ChekhovsGunman: Ghend, who first shows up to recruit Althalus for the job of stealing the Book and then, chapters later, turns out to the be TheDragon (although when a character is described as reflecting fire in his eyes even when the real fire has gone out and carries around a book whose writing makes even someone who can't read uncomfortable, it's pretty obvious there's something more at work). [[spoiler:A subtler example is the mad eremite in Kaghwer who talks to God and points Althalus towards the Edge of the World. When he is met again in the re-run at the end of the book, it turns out he was talking to ''[[GodWasMyCoPilot himself]]''.]]
* CrystalBall: The windows of the House.
* DeathSeeker: Yakhag. The only emotion he has left is a faint desire to die.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One of Ghend's plans to destabilise the lowlands is to forment a peasant revolt, by sending out a group of [[DirtyCommies priests in red robes to preach about the opression of the underclass, equality and the redistribution of wealth.]]
* DivineDate: Althalus and [[spoiler: Dweia]]
* EmptyShell: Yakhag again.
* EternalEnglish: When Althalus emerges from the House after two thousand years, he has no trouble understanding anybody, this may be part of his training.
* EvilCounterpart: Everybody has one (Ghend for Althalus, Argan for Bheid, Koman for Leitha, Khnom for Gher, Gelta for Andine, Pekhal for Eliar and Daeva for Dweia).
* {{Expy}}: Many, many expies for characters from Eddings's earlier books.
** Althalus himself bears many similarities to both Silk and Belgarath from ''Literature/TheBelgariad''.
* FateWorseThanDeath: How Gelta is dealt with, by sending her to a room in The House. "It's a fairly ''nice'' room, it just doesn't have any doors or windows."
** Given his reactions to it, Yakhag's life is this.
** Koman's reaction to [[spoiler: Leitha disconnecting his ability to read minds]] certainly suggests this is how he viewed it.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Daeva's headquarters Nahgharash apparently looks like this.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: [[OmnicidalManiac Daeva]]
** TheDragon: [[PsychopathicManchild Ghend]]
** EvilGenius: [[SinisterMinister Argan]] and [[ConsummateLiar Khnom]] both fit this description in different ways.
** TheBrute: Again, [[ImAHumanitarian Pekhal]] and [[BloodKnight Gelta]] both fit this description and work together for the first major conflict in the war.
** DarkChick: Oddly enough, not Gelta, but [[TheEmpath Koman]], who is the bitch of the other members of the band.
** SixthRanger: [[EmptyShell Yakhag]] [[spoiler:for all of ten minutes, then Bheid kills him.]]
* FiveManBand
** TheHero[=/=]TeamDad: [[GuileHero Althalus]]
** TheLancer: [[BadassPreacher Bheid]]
** TheSmartGuy: [[ChildProdigy Gher]]
** TheBigGuy: [[DumbMuscle Eliar]]
** TheChick: [[LadyOfWar Andine]] and [[BrokenBird Leitha]]
** [[BigGood The Big Good]][=/=]TeamMom: [[LoveGoddess Dweia]]
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Played straight with Deiwos, averted with Dweia.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Althalus returns to the past and becomes thieving partners with Ghend.
* GoOutWithASmile: Yakhag
* HeelFaceTurn: Andine, who spends the first part of the book trying to kill Eliar.
* HeroicBSOD: Bheid has this after [[spoiler:he kills Yakhag]].
* HighFantasy
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[spoiler:Deiwos]] to Althalus.
* IHaveManyNames: There are dozens of gods in the world, known by names like Kherdhos and Apwos. Turns out that there's only three gods- Deiwos, Daeva and Dweia. Apwos, Kherdhos and all the others are just other names for Deiwos- cultures looked at what was most important to them, like lakes or herds, and turned that into the names of their god- Apwos means 'water god' and Kherdhos means 'herd god'.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[TheBrute Pekhal]] likes eating human flesh.
* ImmortalImmaturity
* InformedAttribute / OffstageVillainy: Despite the numerous comments made by Dweia, as well as Argan and Koman, suggesting that the depths of Yakhag's evil is too horrible to discuss, and Gelta's obvious terror of him, the most villainous thing he's portrayed or discussed doing is killing a relatively minor character in a fairly straightforward manner.
* LanguageOfMagic
* TheLegionsOfHell
* LoopholeAbuse: Althalus occasionally uses very loose definitions of words to make magic work. Although it's pointed out that the Book wants to help them, it's Dweia who insists on exact terms.
* LoveGoddess: Dweia is the goddess of love and fertility.
* MedievalStasis: Averted, the story starts in the Bronze Age and ends in the Iron Age, and some characters are from the Stone Age.
* MerlinAndNimue: Dweia and Althalus, minus the betrayal.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Leitha thinks so anyway.
* {{Mordor}}: Nekweros.
* MultinationalTeam
* OmnicidalManiac: Daeva is the god of destruction, and the job he does is important- it's when he decides to destroy ''everything'' that things get out of hand.
* TheOnlyOne
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Daeva
* PaintingTheMedium: The scenes where the villains [[spoiler: and Dweia]] try to change history or the future are printed in a different font than the rest of the narrative.
* PapaWolf: Althalus.
* ParentalSubstitute: Althalus and Dweia take the roles of surrogate parents to the rest of the group.
* PhysicalGod
* PlaceBeyondTime
* PortalNetwork: both the House and Nahgharash.
* PortalToThePast
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Good wins because their evil counterparts only care about themselves.
* PsychicLink
* PurpleProse : The "hey-let's-change-history" parts (in a [[PaintingTheMedium different font]], no less) are not as purple as most fanfiction, but more purple than the rest of the text. Lampshaded by the characters.
* TheQuest
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RevengeMyopia: Andine to Eliar over her father's death. She gets over it eventually.
* RewritingReality
* RippleEffectProofMemory
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: The witch-hunter who tries to burn Leitha. According to her, he specifically targets women he finds attractive.
* SinisterMinister: Argan
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Andine's relationship with Eliar starts out with her wanting to brutally and slowly kill him for the death of her father]], and ends with them getting HappilyMarried.
* TheStarscream: Argan would kill Ghend and take his place in a heartbeat if he could.
* StepfordSmiler: Leitha
* TheStrategist: Khalor
* SufferTheSlings: The shepards can kill a charging warhorse with a well-aimed shot; they soon become very popular among the mercenary army.
* SweetPollyOliver: Althalus gets Leitha onto a battlefield by pretending that she is a male ballista specialist. This leads to an officer hearing her distract Koman with [[WeaksauceWeakness random numbers]] and assuming that she is doing calculations.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Andine and Leitha.
* {{Tsundere}}: Andine
* UnsexySadist: Gelta is sexually aroused by blood and death, and is also described as very ugly, overweight and masculine-looking.
* VowOfCelibacy: Celibacy is either required or recommended for at least some religious organisations. One village priest deals very badly with it, deciding that the women to whom he is attracted must be using witchcraft on him (since a moral person like himself wouldn't struggle so, otherwise). This results in them getting [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: The telepaths, Leitha and Koman, are vulnerable to people thinking lists of numbers and fractions- specifically, ''out of order'' numbers and fractions.
* WeddingsForEveryone
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Althalus robs somebody but doesn't take anything because he doesn't understand what paper money is.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Dweia and Daeva are fond of this when they're making [[spoiler:and breaking]] prophecies. Althalus tends to make fun of it.
* YearInsideHourOutside: played straight and inverted.
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason that Andine wants to kill Eliar, though the good guys convince her to let it go.