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Lawful Good Thief, Book 1: Kingdom of Thieves Paperback – January 3, 2012
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About the Author
T. L. Ford is a programmer living in southern Maryland, USA. She plays with computers, origami, wild plants, hydroponics, writing, and an assortment of other amusements. You can peek into her mind at her website: www.Cattail.Nu
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So if you like strong female leads, theives, Assassin's, and a small bit of magic. Than this book is for you.
What would you do to feed yourself and keep your mom from prostitution?
However, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of a typical "conquer the boss" story, this is the story of a girl turned woman, molded by circumstance and necessity to become a master thief. About halfway through the first chapter I wanted to follow her and see where her story led.
The society of thieves into which she introduced is rich in depth and color as is the sailor's world into which she is thrust. I thought it was interesting, even though perfect for this story, how mages and magic were minimal. Most fantasy tends to focus on magic as a means to an end.
T.L. Ford's characters are rounded and believable, each with their own personalities. I also thought it was interesting how most of the characters had modern names, like Angela and Kent, rather than AD&D names. Like the movie "A Knight's Tale", it seems as if T.L. Ford was intentionally bringing a medieval society closer to the present by use of her character names.
I was a bit surprised at the end. Without giving it away, what I thought the climax was going to be, wasn't, and the climax itself followed after in the style of the story.
I would recommend giving this book a try, especially if you want to experience a fantasy novel that is atypical of the genre. It makes me wonder if T.L. Ford will follow up with a similar novel, perhaps something like Chaotic Neutral Ranger.
Set in a medieval world, I enjoyed following Angela throughout her adventures and never quite knew which way the story was going to turn. It's not a story for children to read, even though the protagonist is quite young at the start, but it is free of the graphic gore one might often encounter in such a struggle.
I personally love the sea and sailing, so I particularly enjoyed this story's ties to same. I also enjoyed the way Angela's development was believable, albeit amazing.
Hope to see this character in future books, for even at the end, I remained unsure of her true path.