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Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos, Christopher Buehlman's The Blacktongue Thief begins a 'dazzling' (Robin Hobb) fantasy adventure unlike any other.
Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.
But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.
Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.
Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva's. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.
“The Blacktongue Thief is fast and fun and filled with crazy magic. I can't wait to see what Christopher Buehlman does next." - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of the Lightbringer series
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“Hardly since The Lies of Locke Lamora have I been so impressed with a fantasy debut... The Blacktongue Thief is a bonafide instant classic, and I sure as hell can’t wait to see what Buehlman comes up with next.”―Grimdark Magazine
“Readers of epic fantasy novelists, like Tolkien or Brandon Sanderson, will enjoy this journey, which is by turns fun, magical, or terrifying for the travelers. . . . this title is transporting.”―Library Journal (starred review)
“Dazzling. I heartily recommend this one.”―Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of the Farseer Trilogy
“Wow! Truly outstanding. I can't say enough about how good The Blacktongue Thief is. Damned good stuff.”―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
“A delight from start to finish. Buehlman takes the well-worn tropes of fantasy and weaves them into a new and vibrant tapestry.”―Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Song
“Fast and fun and filled with crazy magic. I can't wait to see what Christopher Buehlman does next." - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of the Lightbringer series
“Chock-full of wry wit, foul language, and characters who arrive on the page with savage, sordid pasts hot on their heels. Often humorous, occasionally horrifying, and sometimes incredibly poignant, I love every single page of this book. Every sentence, even. It's that good.”―Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
“Equal parts fairy tale, D&D adventure, and acid trip. Buehlman has successfully blended the essences of these elements into something at once familiar and fresh. I look forward to returning to this evocative and f*cked up world!”―Jonathan French, author of The Grey Bastards
“The Blacktongue Thief is a masterclass in voice and thoughtful world design, with a wonderful cast and a protagonist who grabs you instantly. Fans of Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will love this one.”―Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names
“Dark, gritty, lightning-fast, intelligent, irreverent . . . I loved it.”―Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives
“Masterfully woven, joyfully mischievous, but also tragic and so heartfelt. Fans of Nicholas Eames and Joe Abercrombie will love The Blacktongue Thief.”―Brian Naslund, author of Blood of an Exile
“Buehlman's prose floats nimbly from grisly to lyrical and back again, evoking a damaged world that's by turns bleak and starkly beautiful. A fantastical road trip with a hard-boiled sensibility, complete with shape-shifting assassins, murderous kraken and some delightfully gruesome magic.”―A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name
“Nobody combines the lyrical and visceral quite like Christopher Buehlman. The Blacktongue Thief is fantasy of distinction―in its wit, its hard magic, its chiseled detail. Prepare to be transported.”―Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Homecoming
“Instantly immersive, with wit as sharp as a thief's blade and the most frightening take on goblins I've ever read.”―David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series
“The Blacktongue Thief is fated to steal a lot of reader’s hearts with its charm, humor, intensity, and unrelenting fun”―Novel Notions
About the Author
- ASIN : B08GJQFFDX
- Publisher : Tor Books (May 25, 2021)
- Publication date : May 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 11879 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,258 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
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“If you’ve never fallen hard in love and lost your heart’s sovereign, go on and laugh at me. If you have, have a drink and dab an eye.”
Buehlman does a fantastic job of creating a vast world full of complex history and gives little info dumps throughout of what happened in the past to help you understand what’s going on in his world today. We are also given some classic fantasy creatures like giants, witches and goblins, not to mention, gigantic birds… and a creature pulled straight from Nordic and Greek mythology. Buehlman gives these creatures vivid descriptions that is both unique and terrifying, that lead to some pretty epic sequences. After a quick google search, I’ve come to realize that Kinch might be based on Buehlman’s Renaissance character, Christophe the Insultor! If it’s not, it’s still cool that he gets paid to insult people at Renaissance Fairs 😂
“Only the strong, the rich, and the dying think truth is a necessity; the rest of us know it for a luxury.
“I will hear your song and speak for you in my dream,” I said, taking care she didn’t see the black, black tongue in me.”
With that said, I have to grade this with the audio in mind as well as the story itself since I did it with Kindle Whispersync. The narration which was done by the author, I wasn’t a big fan of at first, but it grew on me as the story went on. There were a few times near the beginning that the accents being used were a little difficult to decipher, but overall it was still a good job by the author. There were also some songs written in the story, very similar to The Hobbit and I do feel like they are a nod to Tolkien, and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed them all and Mr. Buehlman’s singing voice. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Top reviews from other countries
My favourite scenes were those set on the high seas, but with mythical beasts and sorcery, you are never far away from losing yourself in the latest trials and perils.
This is a long book and the sort of dizzy heights that some of the fight scenes attain cannot be maintained in every chapter. But, there is so much to enjoy here and it’s very much a case of enjoying the journey. I certainly did.
If I had not read and admired Scott Lynch's incredible story telling skills so much, I would possibly have enjoyed The Blacktongue Thief more, but alas.......
Oh how I enjoyed this book! Full of magic, a blind cat, an assassin, the blacktongued thief, a witch & a fighter, with a cast of characters like that you know you're in for a great read. The Takers Guild holds great power & the blacktongued thief is in their debt & they also threatened his family with death if he doesn't complete his task. He hates them & with help from his witch lover he breaks away from them. The band find the witch queen & rescues her & get a book that holds secrets about the guild that could destroy it.