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Kip the Quick: A New Adult Fantasy Adventure Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 1199 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Publication date : May 25, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01FTDRBUE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,276 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tander is a city set in a ravine amid a barren desert. Kip, a young thief, has been sneaking about Tander for most of his fifteen years when he receives a note from one of the local crime lords offering to pay him more than he has ever received for anything he has ever done if he will steal a vial of the mysterious magical Essence.
Kip, who has been saving up for years to get out of Tander, finally sees his chance to realize this dream, so he accepts the challenge. He crafts a plan worthy of the highest-profile international criminal in our own world and is progressing handsomely until some bouts of freakish weather begin to interfere.
Nevertheless, he finally manages to acquire the Essence. But then there’s the whole other problem of getting it to his buyer.
One thing I found interesting about the story is that for all our witty protagonist's desire to blow Tander like a cheap popsicle stand, or in this case a 'pottery' stand ;), Kip is constantly drawn back to the sandy, sucky, town by his loyalty and love for his friends. On the one hand, the dude leads kind of a roguish life, pulling cons, heists, etc, to make enough coin for his next meal (and the food thing is a big deal for Kip, he's a growing teenage boy, after all), on the other, he's developed this interesting network of friends. (ie. Gorgo, Kay, Deena, and even his feline roommate, Roxy).
Kip's a young orphan that seems to be coming to terms with the realization that for all his streetwise independence and solitary existence, he truly does have family, one that he can't stomach leaving in any sort of peril. I would like to see more of these relationships explored in the sequel.
I once stated that the book's setting and protagonist reminded me of Assassin's Creed without the assassinations. Kip is a parkour expert of a thief. He vaults around rooftops and through alleyways in search of the ultimate treasure, and the perfect heist.
The story is well-written and Hill clearly cares about his characters which is nice. The book isn't without faults; mainly an emotional connection to the characters. I didn't feel invested and I thought that the stakes weren't all that high. Also, for being set in a Persian or Arab-influenced setting I found the names of characters and places a little generic (i.e. Ron the Con, Kip). But, those are minor gripes, and it is a fast read.
Kip the Quick is the story of a young thief who steals his way into trouble, which he quickly learns to steal his way out of. It is a first person fantasy tale of action and adventure and was a fun and quick read with a character that I didn’t at first like, but he grew on me and, by the end, I was rooting for him to win. There are some scenes that stretch credibility, but that’s the joy of reading fantasy. After all, it’s a story to escape into, not real life.
I read this book originally in two sittings, so things moved quickly enough to keep me involved, and I was satisfied with the ending.
If you enjoy first person YA, with a swashbuckling, deft-fingered hero, this book should fit you well.
The story is alright. The writing is pretty easy to follow. I didn’t mind his writing;I thought it was pretty well done. I wish there was more character growth I think. I didn’t really get attached to the characters which always seems to make slow reading for me. I didn’t hate the characters, but I didn’t get attached to anyone.
I think the ending was well done. Kip definitely looks back at all that has happened and opens his eyes. He sees things differently. It is also left with a bit of a cliffhanger, which leaves it open for the next story to begin.
Overall, it was good, but left me wishing for more out of the characters.
Squeezed into 157 pages of text were 32 chapters, most of which were very short. I think the author knew the character development was weak, and that he failed to paint a good picture of the world he was trying to create. Otherwise he would not have included his glossary, list of places, and list of characters at the end.
As I read this short story what came to mind was a play I participated in when I was in elementary school. It was a short rendition of the Charles Dickens story called Oliver Twist. Dickens used a lot of words and pages to tell his story of a street kid thief. The author in the current book did not. 3 stars!