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The Holver Alley Crew (Streets of Maradaine) Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Praise for the Maradaine universe:
“Maresca’s debut is smart, fast, and engaging fantasy crime in the mold of Brent Weeks and Harry Harrison. Just perfect.” —Kat Richardson, national bestselling author of Revenant
“Veranix is Batman, if Batman were a teenager and magically talented.... Action, adventure, and magic in a school setting will appeal to those who love Harry Potter and Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind.” ―Library Journal (starred)
"Marshall Ryan Maresca is some kind of mad genius…. Not since Terry Pratchett’s Ankh Morpork have we enjoyed exploring every angle of an invented locale quite this much." —B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
“A well-conceived and well-written melange of popular fantasy sub-genres: there’s a university with a magic department, there is some vigilante derring-do and thievery.... If you’re looking for an action-and-adventure-filled new fantasy series, then The Thorn of Dentonhill will suit very well.” —Civilian Reader
“The Thorn of Dentonhill is a light-hearted, fun read, and Maresca has introduced a hero with plenty of room to grow, a couple of villains who will provide plenty of conflict in upcoming books. And, most importantly, he’s created a character that I care enough about to continue reading.” —Relentless Reading
“Take the caped avenger of Batman, the teenage-superhero angst of Spiderman, the street-gang bravado of West Side Story, and toss in the magic of Harry Potter, and what have you got? Marshall Ryan Maresca’s The Thorn of Dentonhill.” —Kings River Life Magazine
“Maresca brings the whole package, complete and well-constructed. If you’re looking for something fun and adventurous for your next fantasy read, look no further than The Thorn of Dentonhill, an incredible start to a new series, from an author who is clearly on his way to great things.” —Bibliosanctum
“The Thorn of Dentonhill was a fast-paced read with action from start to finish. I loved every minute of it.” —Short and Sweet Reviews
“Definitely a fun read, and one classic fantasy fans will likely enjoy.” —Bibliotropic
“So much of it is terribly exciting and fun.... What I really liked about the ending was how it set up relationships and possibilities for the next book (which I definitely plan on reading).” —Tenacious Reader
About the Author
Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. For more information, visit Marshall’s website at www.mrmaresca.com.
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multiple multidimension characters
covers new ground/angles
its own texture.
Seriously, I was as skeptical as anyone else upon learning the author was spinning out a third branch in the same city. It didn't make sense. In the Thorn strand you have a magic armed vigilante, in the Constabulary thread you've got some decent cops who may be better investigators than people. Here you get a heist story. A deftly told heist story that resists the urge to be too damned cute that seems to doom most such stories. For those keeping track at home you've got not just a couple interesting female characters, but nuanced female characters who differ from each other and the men, while all the characters service the plot.
The book has action and well developed characters. It can be read with our without reading Maresca’s other books. Has a comfortable style and pace was a great book to read at lunch.
One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year.
This is one of the best team caper books I have read. (sorry doesn’t beat out The Lies of Locke Lamora)
Fortunately, I was not! Judging by the other reviews and what happened as I continued reading, the author has two tangential series taking place around the same time in the same city, but not with the same characters or anything.
Since this was the first book I've read by this author, I feel like the main goal here was to get me to read the next one. I'm definitely planning to! The other series, I don't know yet. We'll see.
Only not five-stars because of some weirdness with the economics and such like that. It was a bit distracting, since major plot points hinged around the fact that the main characters need to pay back a debt. Money is an important factor here.