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Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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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...Read more ›
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hulick hits a home run for fans of 'realistic' fantasy. Hard to put downPublished 5 days ago by T. Ouellette
This book has been listed as fast paced and action packed but I barely finished it. The main character Drothe is an anti-hero but he is portrayed in a way that he “walks” the line... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Genre Minx Book Reviews
When you are looking for something to read that's gripping, fast paced and intricate - look no further. Among thieves ticks all the right boxes. An un-put-downable book for sure!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arthi
This book is had to put down. The writing is easy to digest and engaging. A nice self-effacing main character trying to do the right thing in his own world on thieves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy Millikan
A nice evening's read. That said, despite my appreciation for protagonists that are less than squeaky clean, I believe our hero would be more believable if he weren't so... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is way better than a lot of the crap I've had to sift through to find something to read. It's a damn good novel, and after reading the second book, I can tell you the quality... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Soren
I've been disappointed with a lot of the fantasy books I've come across recently. Most of them do fine with the world-building, plots, magic system and writing style. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonathan Wood
I enjoyed Among Thieves. The plot was complex enough to keep me guessing, but not so convoluted as to be impossible to follow. Read morePublished 10 months ago by eric freehling