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Sworn in Steel (Tales of the Kin #2)

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It’s been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and unexpectedly elevated himself into the ranks of the criminal elite. Now, as the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he’s learning just how good he used to have it.

With barely the beginnings of an organization to his name, Drothe is already being called out by other Gra
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Tor (first published January 1st 2014)
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Douglas Hulick As of this point in time, there are no plans to have an audiobook. I'd love for there to be one, but no one has bought the audio rights, so....

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Azuritebright
Hulick apologized to his readers on his site, and explained the reason for the delay:

"As many (most?) of you have realized by now, “Sworn In Steel”, Book 2 in the TotK series, didn’t come out on June 5, 2012 as advertised on Amazon (or B&N, or…). Still other sites are listing the release date as being in September 2012, or even as far away as December 2025 (this last one seems to be mainly for ebooks, which either hints at one hell of a delay, or one sloooooow download).

So what’s the story?
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

At last, Sworn in Steel is in my hands and the days of wondering when this book will be released have finally come to an end. And it was absolutely worth the wait! Three years ago, at a time when I was just starting to get back into the Fantasy genre, I decided to pick up a debut novel from a fresh new talent and really enjoyed his fun little yarn about a gang of thieves and scoundrels. With this book Douglas Hulick show
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Victor
From the author's site
"This just in: SWORN IN STEEL is slated for a U.S. release date of May, 2014."
Chelsea
May 10, 2014 Chelsea is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Come ooooonnnnnnn

Yesssssss now I have it
Jack
It was almost perfect timing as I went and had refresher on the first novel, (audio) Among thieve's, But holding on to the second (sworn in steel) and not dive right in was well worth the wait as I was fully immersed in the story.
Having just finished I would say 4.5 to 5 star (still trying to figure out my rating system, some books I enjoy and rate 5 stars that really are part fondness for the time when I read them and the book itself)
Douglas Hulick is going to be an author I watch for in the
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Lucinda
I have waited 3 years for this sequel and I was not disappointed.

I am a true fan of Rogue's Tales. Give me a clever, street-wise thief protagonist and a smart, well-crafted caper and I'm a happy reader. Throw in some memorable non-stereotypical sidekicks, great NOT one-dimensional female characters, and snarky/snappy dialogue and I'm a fan for life.

If you haven't read the first book, Among Thieves, go get it and read it too...Book 1 chronicles the rise of Drothe from "Nose" (information broker)
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sworn-in-steel-tales-of-the-kin-douglas-hulickThe long awaited second novel of the Tales of the Kin series, Sworn in Steel …

It’s been three months since the end of Among Thieves (at least in the world of the characters) and Drothe is struggling with his rise to power as a Gray Prince. He’s used to running the streets so having an organization to command below him is strange for our new prince
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Anya
Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick is the second book in Tales of the Kin and continues Drothe’s adventures thieving and scheming, but this time in a new locale! If you haven’t read Among Thieves, there will be some spoilers below, but be sure to skip to the end and enter to win a copy of Sworn in Steel from Penguin! If you have read Among Thieves, you are in for a treat since Sworn in Steel continues not too long after the end of Among Thieves and pulls our favorite master swordsman back into the ...more
RuthAnn
Totally worth the wait. Just awesome. Last quarter of the book was nonstop action. Loved it loved it.
Joseph
When last we left Drothe he had risen from a humble Nose to a full-on Gray Prince. He had also, because of an act of betrayal, been separated from Degan, his oathbound companion and swordsman par excellence.

In this second volume, Drothe is sent, not entirely willingly, in search of Degan and possible reconciliation; Degan has apparently relocated to el-Qaddice, the (distinctly Middle Eastern-feeling) capitol of the Despotate of Djan, Drothe's home country's bitterest rival. Needless to say, comp
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Elspeth
Aug 03, 2012 Elspeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay, where is this book?
Amazon says they don't have it, and its not in kindle form.
FML!
Arushi
Sworn in Steel starts off three months after Drothe became a Gray Prince. Three months of power struggle, of gaining a reputation and three months without Bronze Degan. But that is not his immediate problem, his problem is that another Gray Prince is dead and as far as the street is concerned, Drothe is to blame.

So starts a trip to Djan, to find Bronze Degan so that Drothe may clear his name, and maybe, just maybe, repay the debt that he owes Bronze.

Drothe is again his resourceful and yet blun
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Rhubarb
I'll preface this review by stating upfront that the story feels hugely convenient at some points - with events happening for no apparent reason other than to progress the story in a way which suits the protagonist.

However after saying that I really really enjoyed this book and it's a definite improvement on the first book (which I also enjoyed greatly). The main character Drothe is quite unique in a lot of modern fantasy novels in that he's not the unbelievably gifted individual who can complet
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Dave
Excellent sequel to Among Thieves. Often, a sequel cannot live up to the expectations of a good debut. Sworn in Steel has topped these expectations and is simply a better book. Drothe is a great character who keeps developing, the plot moves at a great pace, the worldbuilding keeps expanding and the tension kept me reading. And, for me one of the important things in a series, the way events evolved, there is plenty of stuff to look out for in the next book.

With all the hype surrounding the Lock
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Maggie K
Yay! I so enjoyed Among Thieves, I was worried I had set myself up for disappointment with its sequel, but not to fear, this was great!

Events here take place a few months after bk 1, as Drothe goes off to try and fix things with Deegan...and a little bit because people are forcing him to.

This gets off to a confusing start, but once the opening events get played out, it all comes together in some great action.

I will say there is a scene at the end where all of a sudden it is two weeks later and
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Lark
This book has a lot to live up to by the end of book one. Because Among Thieves had left Drothe as a Grey Prince, a master of plots and games that move entire organizations.

I finished the first book extremely doubtful. Drothe did utterly nothing to deserve that title and I really don't think he could hold it at all. One cannot just "learn" to play people and move them like chess pieces in a matter of days.

So going through this book and watching him stumble around, being kidnapped and tricked a
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Tex Reader
3.5 of 5 stars – Enjoyable Tale, If You Don’t Mind Rooting for an Immoral Crime Boss.
(I'm excited to have won this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway – so thanks!)

For those of you who are okay with tales that glorify the mob, gangs and criminals, this is a good urban fantasy of an otherwise likeable antihero – all be it one who selfishly kills (sometimes without a second thought), steals, smuggles, betrays, lies, cheats, manipulates and uses drugs. Just on principle alone I’m not inclined to care f
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Jasper
originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2014...

Douglas Hulick is for me a bit of an underdog when it comes down to the fantasy books. In the die-hard circle his name is well known but outside of that many of the casual readers might have let the Tales of the Kin escape their attention. So I do hereby call, no shout out that you should really read the books of Douglas Hulick, it's great epic fantasy. Douglas Hulick has a terrific interpretation of the genre. I do have to be honest
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Leo (Rahien Sorei)
Happenstance has never been so fun. Drothe's capers continue in this sequel, and surprise, surprise, he's already "bent over a barrel" by events that have, yet again, stretched beyond his control. Hulick obviously loves the world he's created here (I do too, but it's less visible for me). The clever, peppery speech spiced with his personal blend of Kin cant comes alive from Drothe's anti-heroic point of view (what's now becoming an almost traditional role for modern fantasy protagonists). This, ...more
Lucas
I waited for this book longer than I've ever waited for anything I think. So because of that I forgot just about everything there was about Among Thieves. All I remembered was that I loved it Among Thieves was literally the first book in the fantasy genres that I read, which turned into a love affair. Now about the book I really didn't want to give it 5 stars I felt it was very slow at times with huge chunks of the story seeming to be worthless wandering by the main character that amounted to no ...more
Susan
Fortunately, I just finished the first book in the series and didn't have a long delay before I could start this one. (Unfortunately, I'm now waiting for the next one, along with everyone else...)

The Tales of the Kin series reminds me of Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series, as it explores the underworld - the criminals and the organizations that bind them together. Both are original enough that you don't feel like you've read this same story fifty times before plus the main characters are fla
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Ryan
Hot damn Hulick did it again! As soon as I saw this hit the shelves, I immediately jumped back into the first book (which, by the way I loved even more the second time through), and started this one directly after. Sure it's been a bit of a wait, but it was certainly worth it! The story veers away from Drothes home city and shows us more of this fantastic land as well as introduces us to an immensely interesting culture beyond the Imperial. We also learn some vital history of the land, great cul ...more
Kevin
Really enjoyed this one. Douglas Hulick's book is even better than his first and it was worth the wait... Unfortunately now I have to wait for the next book. If you like books about thieves then add this one to your list of series you need to read.
Ruth
c2014: FWFTB: guilds, travelling, degan, sword, ivory. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a good sequel to the first book although I did find that it lost its way a bit during the middle when Drothe was finding his feet in El-Qaddice but perhaps that it was that author was aiming for. The humour remains in evidence and it is nice not to have a purer-than-pure hero. Definitely recommended. "Once something is broken - be it your word, your friendship, your family - you can never do enough to repair ...more
Sillylittlefishey
1.5 Star

I had a hard time staying focused on this one .... the day to day dealings just became too much and I figured out the revelations a little too early.
Nick Brett
Enjoyed the first and had high hopes for this one. Here we have our hero ( a kind of prince of thieves) feeling very vunerable and looking to protect his position. Forced into a mission into another city he tries to use his skills in an environment where there are subtle differences. There is magic, political intrigue, fighting and a hero out of his depth but relying on his cunning.
There is a theme here about a warrior brotherhood and honour, but it didn't quite blend together as well as the fir
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Idcboobs
If there's something to be said about this book; it's that it's entertaining. There's always something going on, nothing ever drags out and everything seems to get to the point without rushing or stretching.

It was missing a charm that i can't put my finger on which is why it missed out on 5 stars but that missing charm surprisingly didn't take away from the book. The lack of world building didn't change my opinion on the world that's set.

"sworn in steel" is, in my opinion, best described as a s
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Ed
Book two in a series. Don't start here.
But it's good. Probably better than the previous, as it moves the lead character (Drothe) onto unfamiliar ground, and makes him improvise more. And there's not many people available to pull his irons out of the fire should he crash and burn.

It's a tale of a rogue in a world of magic. Drothe has a bit of magic available, but not very much - and has to rely on cunning, wits, and just occasionally fighting dirty. But for all that it's quite light hearted and
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
Excellent book.. Fast moving, fun and entertaining. Can't wait for more.
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Douglas Hulick is author of "Among Thieves", the first book in the "Tales of the Kin" fantasy-adventure series. He is busy at work on the as-yet untitled second book in the series, with a third to follow.

When not writing, Douglas is a stay-at-home dad (or should that be: when not busy being dad, Douglas is an as-time-permits-writer?). Either way, he makes his home in the upper Midwest. He has a B.
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