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Sworn in Steel (Tales of the Kin #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,441 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Tor (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
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?
May 13, 2014 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-written
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)
Jun 18, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2014 Victor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the author's site
"This just in: SWORN IN STEEL is slated for a U.S. release date of May, 2014."
Jun 28, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come ooooonnnnnnn

Yesssssss now I have it
Apr 28, 2014 Anya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin
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
Sep 14, 2014 Rhubarb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
May 10, 2014 Arushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimdark, crime
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
Jul 26, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Hulick's Sworn in Steel, we continue to follow the exploits of Drothe, once a mere Nose working for the crime lords of Illdrecca, the seat of the Dorminikan Empire. Now, however, he has been raised to the status of Gray Prince, an exclusive club for only the baddest of the bad. Now, he is framed for killing another Prince, the punishment for while too unseemly to mention. His only chance to come out on top is to go along with the blackmailer, traveling to a rival kingdom to look for his forme ...more
Dec 09, 2014 RuthAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally worth the wait. Just awesome. Last quarter of the book was nonstop action. Loved it loved it.
Jun 03, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2015 Elspeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon
Okay, where is this book?
Amazon says they don't have it, and its not in kindle form.
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Excellent book.. Fast moving, fun and entertaining. Can't wait for more.
James Cox
Oct 02, 2015 James Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! That's it. Everything about this book was fantastic.
Apr 10, 2015 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When writing any story, a good question to ask ones self is "what is that's propelling the story forward? What is it that needs to be resolved before the story can end?"

It was certainly asked in Hulick's first novel, Among Thieves. There was a clear throughline of challenges the protagonist Drothe has to get through in short order, for the sake of survival, friendship, and other things. And those challenges felt clear and understandable.

Unfortunately Sworn in Steel doesn't really have the same d
Sep 07, 2014 GrimNir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book. The first in the series “Amongst Thieves” is an excellent book, but this sequel is even better. Something is always happening, there is action or plot twist, or just something plain compulsive in every single chapter. The story races along with enough variety, new plot developments, realisations, and action to make to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the book.

Written in the first person solely from Drothe’s perspective this is basically my ideal of
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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
May 31, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Courtney Schafer
Been waiting eagerly for this one ever since I read the first in the series (Among Thieves) back in 2011 - and I'm happy to say I found Sworn in Steel well worth the wait. Protagonist Drothe is just as engaging a character as in the first novel, the story takes all manner of interesting twists and turns, and along the way we learn many fascinating things about degans and the history of the empire. Drothe spends much of the story in the city of Djan, which is both beautifully realized and quite a ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jun 15, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maggie K
Jun 10, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2014 Lark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 05, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book Is fantastic.
I absolutely love the environment that the author creates. The cant and characters are completely enjoyable and feel very real.

Sworn in Steel is fast paced and full of excitement and action. The twists and turns of the plot are something I've come to expect from Hulick and they are masterfully done.

There are some profound moments and a lot of laughs and a little crying.

This is a series I hope to follow for a long time.
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
Aug 24, 2014 Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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