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Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Hulick
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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View our feature on Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves.

Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "A dark, gritty fantasy for fans of the Thieves' World novels and Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. series." ---Library Journal

    About the Author

    Douglas Hulick is a stay-at-home dad who holds a B.A. and M.A. in medieval history.

    Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, and The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 657 KB
    • Print Length: 430 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451463900
    • Publisher: Roc (April 5, 2011)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004IYIT3E
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, exciting new fantasy April 2, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Among Thieves is the debut novel from Douglas Hulick. Set in the grimy fantasy city of Ildrecca, it is the tale of Drothe, a hooded-assassin type and member of the city's underworld legion of criminal "Kin".

    With a scruffy, dual-wielding piratical looking gentleman and a cover quote from Brent Weeks, the reader can be excused for thinking this is your standard act of adolescent escapism - roguish heroism with a sarcastic protagonist. And, to a certain degree, all of these things are true. But when push comes to shove, Among Thieves is more Locke Lamora than Night Angel. It is a cunning and well-scripted action-adventure with a surprisingly complex character at its heart. I expected guilty pleasure and found genuine entertainment.

    Drothe (granted, a rather unfortunate name) is a "Nose". He works as an information-gatherer for one of the city's "Upright Men" gathering information on the city's delicate political scene. Ildrecca is divided up by the gangs of "Upright Men" with the Emperor (the land's proper monarch) and the mysterious Gray Princes playing their own, grander, game in the background. As a Nose, Drothe gets into all sorts of trouble - especially since he's running his own cons on the side. Fortunately, his best friend, Bronze Degan, is often there to bail him out.

    If nothing else, Mr. Hulick gets sixteen bonus points and a silver star for not making Drothe exceptional in any way. He's clever, but knows he's not as smart as many of the real players in the Kin's underworld. He's pretty fiesty, but certainly no match for the hardened killers he encounters. He's well-connected, but still a minor part of the Kin. As for supernatural, prophesy-fulfilling powers? Er...
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read May 5, 2011
    By AnneB
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin is Douglas Hulicks first novel. He is working on the second book in this series now and there will also be a third. The story revolves around Drothe who is a member of the Kin. As a member of the Kin he works for a crime lord and spends his time with thieves and murderers. Drothe's work for the crime lord involves being a nose, which means he spends most of his time gathering information on the street and keeping his boss informed of anything important. Drothe also smuggles relics on the side, something his boss does not know.

    The main plot of the story has Drothe finding one of the most important ancient relics in his world, a book with secrets in it that many people would kill to own. Drothe, along with his best friend Degan, spend most of the book trying to solve mysteries involving the book. They need to find out who wrote it, what kind of power can be achieved with it, who wants it, and who should Drothe give it to in the end. They also spend a lot of time fighting for their lives against the others who want the book.

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of things going on from sword fights, magic, a mystery to solve, and an interesting look into the morality of a thief. Drothe was a great main character, he was very likable and entertaining. I also really liked his best friend Degan, they were a great team. The most interesting part for me was watching Drothe's thinking through all of the difficult choices he had to make throughout the book. He was not a one dimensional character. We get to see him at his best and most self sacrificing and at his most selfish. In general he was a thief and criminal who had a conscience and at least tried to do the right thing when he could. It was a fast-paced fun read that I would definitely recommend.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Promising but flawed debut novel February 23, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Among Thieves is the debut novel from Douglas Hulick. It is the story of Drothe, a member of the criminal underground in the fantasy city of Ildrecca.

    This is a fast paced, tightly written Sword & Sorcery tale in the vein of Lynch or Lieber. The story centers around a flawed but blandly likeable protagonist, Drothe, who stumbles on to a mystery involving both the ruling Empire and the criminal brotherhood in Ildrecca.

    The mystery aspects of the story are engaging and kept me turning the pages to find out each new piece of the puzzle. The pieces do come together logically at end of the book, so that facet of Among Thieves was fairly fulfilling.

    The first person narrative paints an adequate picture of Ildrecca and the criminal underworld known as the Kin, but the setting still comes off somewhat flat. Drothe himself is a relatively average guy who gets in over his head and only manages to stay alive using his wits and a bit of luck. While it's refreshing that Drothe isn't the strongest, fastest or best swordsman in the city, he is also not particularly witty or interesting in his obversations of the people and places around him.

    The author does do a good job integrating slang used by the Kin, which lends an air of authenticity to the conversations between Drothe and his various Kin contacts. Hulick's fencing background is apparent in some well written, fairly realistic action sequences.

    Among Thieves is ultimately a satisfying, if somewhat light, adventure story. It is hobbled by a narrator who is competent and smart but not particularly interesting. The generic setting could be overlooked if the characters themselves were more memorable. I ended up finishing the book because I did really want to know how the mystery aspect of the story would turn out, but I didn't have any emotional investment in the characters and never felt like I really knew them.

    (Three out of five stars)
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good
    This was a lot better than I was expecting when I read the synopsis. I would recommend it to anyone who likes thieves.
    Published 4 days ago by Jordan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly enjoying this book - am reading it now. ...
    Greatly enjoying this book - am reading it now. This is my first book I've read by this author - will definately look for more of his work.
    Published 8 days ago by mydogspot
    3.0 out of 5 stars How can the Emperor control an Empire but not his own capitol city?
    I won't say it's a bad story, just that it didn't do the trick for me. Several aspects of the story, primarily the main characters, were interesting if not actually appealing, but... Read more
    Published 24 days ago by MuleHeadJoe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    It was a very good read. I'd compare it to Steven Brust's books.
    Published 1 month ago by Mateusz
    2.0 out of 5 stars horribly bland
    The book contains 80% boring, 10% interesting, 10% worthless.

    The sad part about this book is it had tons of potential. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by chad
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Holy crap. Can't express how much I liked this random book I picked up at the book store. It's a miracle my fingers found it among the overbearing numbers lined on the shelf. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Ellie Raine
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the Fantasy Genre!
    I picked this up on an impulse buy at B&N and I am so glad I did. A very original take on the lovable thief type of tale. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Steve H. Caldwell
    4.0 out of 5 stars good story, great action and pace
    Don't let the first chapter fool you - which didn't suck me in and in fact I put the book down for some others. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Jay
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale of fiction and history.
    Doug weaves a fine tale of mystery, thievery, and a different kind of honor. Mix with that a practical command of swordplay and physical description, and you get a sweeping tale... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Theron R.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    item arrived on time and exactly as described.
    Published 6 months ago by Joseph
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    More About the Author

    Douglas Hulick is author of the "Tales of the Kin", a series of fantasy novels that have been described as "'Goodfellas' meets Sword & Sorcery."

    When not writing, Douglas is a stay-at-home father, historical combat practitioner (with a focus on 17th century Italian rapier), and the house poodle-wrangler. He has, at various points, worked as a bartender, technical writer, free-lance tabletop game writer, and brewer. It was all a phase.

    You can find out more about Douglas and his writing at

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