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Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
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May 24, 11

bookshelves: science-fiction-and-fantasy
Read in May, 2011

A wonderful, albeit slightly derivative (see: Brust's Vlad Taltos and Lynch's Locke Lamorra series), tightly plotted, beautifully prosed, layered first in a series book. The hero is an information broker (or Nose in thieve's cant, which is used copiously but not annoyingly, adding flavor and preciseness rather than distracting) and a thief for a mob (the Kin) boss in a teeming, districted city in a Renaissance-level society (with some but not over-abundant magicks). He also smuggles relics on the side. And his best friend is awesome with a blade. And his sister is former-courtesan aristocratic widow who tries to kill him from time-to-time. He's not a nice guy, but he lives by the code, and just maybe, he has more honor (and smarts and a better view of the big picture) than the code expects.

Not a mind blowing novel, but it works on all levels -- characterization, plot, setting, as self-contained debut and as the set-up to a series, well-blocked action scenes, vibrancy of prose.

Strong language and violence warning; not so much with the sex or even romance (in fact, not at all -- in fact, I was hoping for a romantic subplot to develop, but it didn't).

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message 1: by Jon (new)

Jon Cool, I'm adding that to my wish list; sounds like fun.

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