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About the Author

David Tallerman was born and raised in the northeast of England. He currently roams the UK as an itinerant IT Technician-for-hire, applying theories of animism and sympathetic magic to computer repair and taking devoted care of his bonsai tree familiar.

Over the last few years, David has been steadily building a reputation for his short fiction and increasingly his writing has tended to push and merge genres, and to incorporate influences from his other great loves, comic books and cinema.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Tales of Easie Damasco (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662507
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,730,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Earlier this year Angry Robot published the first tale of Easie Damasco's adventures, Giant Thief. It was a story that I unabashedly enjoyed, as it was a fun romp with some excellent protagonists. At the time I was pleased to discover that the second book in the series was due to be released later in the year. Cue October and the second book Crown Thief has now been released and I'm pleased to report it is as much fun as the first book and answers some of the questions and complaints I had with the first book.

One of the things I remarked upon in my review of Giant Thief was that the book was in effect one long chase scene, resulting in the reader seeing a lot of real estate in Easie's world, but little depth to that which we encountered. And while Crown Thief has retained much of that travelogue-vibe, Easie and Alvantes barely stay anywhere for longer than a week, the places they visit and in some cases revisit gain some depth as Tallerman gives us more context for them and reveals some of the history of this world. I do hope though that in the next book the story sticks in place a bit more and it won't be another long journey, because while I really loved the way this book's trip gave Easie opportunity to grow, I think I've seen enough of the Castoval's roads for a bit, a sentiment I think Easie would be quick to echo!

But despite that one sticking point, I had another blast with Easie and his companions. We are not just reunited with Tallerman's wayward thief, but with Saltlick, Estrada and Alvantes as well. Where in Giant Thief Saltlick and Estrada were Easie's main sidekicks, in Crown Thief Easie is soon left on his own with Alvantes and this turns out to be a great combination.
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First off, before beginning the review of this novel I want to say a couple of things. One, I made a bit of a mistake when getting this book to review as I didn't realize it was a sequel -- so some of what I say may not be entirely correct. Second, there is a possibility for there to be spoilers in this review. So, just a bit of a warning for anyone who hasn't read the first book (Giant Thief by David Tallerman)

Tallerman's Crown Thief is an engaging, fast paced and riveting tale. Jumping right into the story where the first book left off, Crown Thief follows the story of Easie Damasco and his travels with the Guard Captain Alvantes, briefly accompanied by mayor Estrada and Saltlick, an amiable giant and friend to Damasco.

With Damasco and Alvantes continuously being thrown into perilous situations, the story is action packed and rarely has a dull moment. With its easy to read style, interesting and enthralling characters who go through a considerable amount of character development react realistically to their changes of circumstance and the flow of events, to the point of even being able to form an uneasy camaraderie in their time of need, Tallerman has created an interesting fantasy adventure.

There were a couple of points which while I didn't entirely like they didn't completely subtract from the story. One of which was that there seemed to be a overbearingly repetitive nature in the way that Easie would moan on about how boring travel is whenever the opportunity presented itself, especially when revisiting locations they had been to before. Also, while not so much of a deal, things seemed a bit too convenient for Easie where he'd get injured in a manner that'd kill most people, or at least break a few bones but he would walk away with a few bruises at most.
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The second book i have read featuring Easie Damasco and his variety of companions. I shall be reading the third in the series as soon as it is available!

If you are looking for your average sword wielding heroics Easie is not your man. If you are looking for the trickster with a heart of gold, Easie is definitely not your man. If you are after a thief who behaves like a thief with all the morals of the average sewer rat then perhaps Easie is your kind of man...
Giant thief saw Easie acquiring more than a loaf of bread and then running for the hills as fast as another persons legs could carry him. In Crownthief we find him shortly after his previous exploits in, what for him passes as, dubious company. Suffice to say his lifestyle choice just keeps getting more and more complicated and his chances of surviving slimmer and slimmer. And yet like the eel that he is, somehow he contrives to get through.

And to top it all he may be going soft!

Another good tale from Mr Tallerman. I look forward to more.
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