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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147749166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477491669
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,250,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Goodreads: "Here's what was great:

- the stories were actually really interesting, and mostly I didn't see the conclusions coming, which was awesome!
- the characters, especially Gaspar. Gaspar was not your normal hero. He was a normal man with maybe more bad sides than good ones. And I loved him for it. His impeccable sense of humour only added to his appeal.
- the writing was good, neat.
- the episodes had twists I didn't see coming, and I was delighted to read them."

Twitter: "This is a super read. Page turner with unsuspected twists. First class for this genre."

From the Back Cover

"Gaspar The Thief has everything you want in a good fantasy - an intricate plot, wizards and magic, and a series of adventures taking place against the backdrop of a beautifully-drawn ancient world. David A. Lindsay writes in an eloquent style, making it a pleasure to read and lending the story an epic Tolkien-esque quality. I couldn't put my Kindle down until I had finished Gaspar The Thief. Highly recommended to all fantasy fans."

More About the Author

Born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland, David A. Lindsay lives with his wife near St Andrews in Fife.

After practising as a court lawyer for twenty years, mainly in criminal and family law, David now owns a web design business.

David's other interests include gardening, genealogy, history, reading, Rotary and travel.

Please visit David's website at www.highland.co.uk.

Customer Reviews

I couldn't get to like or even feel for any of the characters.
Ignite
David A Lindsay writes in an eloquent style making it a pleasure to read and lending the story an epic Tolkien-esque quality.
J Bernardes
I would definitely recommend this book to all fantasy/adventure fans.
Claire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nash Android on June 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not so much a single novel as it is a series of related adventures centered on the thief, Gaspar; the lovely Marna, a fellow thief and Gaspar's volatile love interest; and their `spellbroker' associate, Hubris. Their escapades (most often not as successful as they hope) and misadventures provide the basis for the ten chapters of the book.

The characters are engaging, but not exactly likeable. Their highest goal seems to be to abscond with as much loot as safely as possible, with little compassion over the fate of the loot's current owner. Gaspar and his companions aren't murderous rouges, but they are clearly rogues.

Written from a limited omniscient point of view, the prose, grammar, and vocabulary in this book are a notch above the norm that I've personally found in light fantasy. The characters are uncomplicated but not stupid. The world building is quite good and creates a believable fantasy setting full of dirty cities, filthy gutters, crumbling castles, guilds, inns, taverns, and the occasional bawdy house.

This book is not so much comedy as it is light fantasy. The setting and characters reminded by of the Thraxas books by Martin Scott (AKA Martin Millar) -- kind of a late Medieval world with personality-flawed characters, magic, and mythical creatures.

I can't say this book is innovative in any way, but it is an enjoyable read. I recommend it for readers of light fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claire on November 10, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading Gaspar the Thief, I found it a nice easy read full of fun adventure fantasy, humour and an intriguing story. The first chapter sets the scene introducing the reader to Gaspar, his companions and the world of Rubas Derad. The second chapter I had already read as a free download through Amazon (which I have done a separate review for). So for me the story really kicked off from the third chapter. The book follows Gaspar through his many adventures from being a detective, hostage, traveller, thief and trickster. The stories are action packed and full of twists, definitely a page turner. I particularly enjoyed a section of the book which follows the garrison commander of a fortress under imminent attack from an army of goblins. The tense atmosphere is balanced out with the parallel story of Gaspar and his companions writing up a contract for the services of a mischievous wood-wight which is full of funny moments. I really liked how all the different stories combined and found myself really rooting for Gaspar. I would definitely recommend this book to all fantasy/adventure fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Bernardes on November 5, 2012
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Gaspar the Thief has everything you want in a good fantasy - an intricate plot, wizards and magic, and a series of adventures taking place against the backdrop of a beautifully-drawn ancient world. David A Lindsay writes in an eloquent style making it a pleasure to read and lending the story an epic Tolkien-esque quality. I couldn't put my Kindle down until I had finished Gaspar the Thief. Highly recommended to all fantasy fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine A. Adams on March 21, 2014
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I love Gaspar, & everyone else in David Lindsay's books. He can bring a character to life in just a few sentences, the stories are always fast-paced & intriguing, & I also can't help but think that these tiny thread-ends that have been left lying will all come together at some point in the future. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Strite on October 9, 2013
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I had a really great time with this charming (and charmed) light pleasure. I really enjoyed it! A lot of the fun is that much of the "protagonist" stuff is neither black nor white which is very "real world" despite residing in a fantasy realm. Gaspar is smart and apt, but hapless--yet is lucky, yet missteps, yet fumbles, yet lands on his feet. Hubris is bumbling, but often will rise to the occasion very realistically, even with the help from his magic--a lot of the "realistically" being that his powers, such as they are, are scant and when they are used, are "barely." Marna is just wonderful Marna--and she rocks and missteps too. A fun charmer.
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