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The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye

(Amra Thetys #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,578 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Amra is a thief with morals—she won’t steal from anyone poorer than she is. Fortunately, anybody that poor generally doesn’t have much worth stealing! Holgren is a mage with a distaste for magic and a soul bartered away to dark powers who will transport him to an eternity of torment on the instant of his death. Together they embark on a quest for the fabled city of Thagoth ...more
Kindle Edition, Alternate Cover Edition ASIN:B007VDJ13Q, 288 pages
Published April 17th 2012 (first published July 1st 2003)
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Sheer goodness!! Amra is on the roll and I'm with her!

I’ve never taken anything from someone who had less than I did. (c)
There’s a thief down in Lucernis, likes to swear by my testicles, of all things. Annoyed me for years, that one. (c)
I never said I wouldn’t go,” I finally said. “I just said it was pointless. Where do we start? (c)
I suppose gods see most things differently. Who’s going to tell them they’re wrong? (c)
Whenever you say things like ‘attempt’ and ‘should be,’ my blood run
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Previous rating: 8 stars.
New rating: 9.5 stars. Obviously.

And the moral of this reread is : if my girlfriend Amra Thetys ever tires of being a thief, I think she should consider a career in butchery. She is, after all, quite spectacularly gifted in the hacking-chopping-whacking-mutilating-severing-cleaving department. And if she decided to embrace this most deliciously gruesome respected profession, I would get her this mug to encourage her, and she would undoubtedly 💕lurve me💕 all the more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was the second book in the Amra Thetys series and just like the first it is a fun fast-paced sword and sorcery romp.

Amra is enjoying a bit of down time after the hectic happenings of the first book when her new partner Holgren asks for her help. In his younger days Holgren bartered his soul away to a demon and now desperately wants to avoid an eternity in hell when he dies. He thinks the solution might lie in the fabled dead city of Thagoth. There are rumours that the secret of immortality
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It isn't all that much different from what goes on in every soul," he continued. "Good struggles with evil eternally in each of us, doesn't it?"

A tale of meddling gods, determined sorcerer kings, and honorable thieves. Amra and Holgren embark on a new journey to find Thagoth, a city of myth, seeking a way to reclaim Holgren's soul, only to be embroiled in a conflict that has been brewing for millennia. With divine intervention and the fate of humanity swaying in the balance, the two must scheme
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Amra - what can you say about her. Well I love her character. The first book was good and this one I think was probably a bit better. That said a second book never quite has the freshness of a first read. Gods are watching Amra (and her mage friend). In the case of fantasy writing generally being watched by gods is rarely a good thing! That certainly applies in this case but it makes for a great read. As far as the books I've read are concerned only Jay Kristoff's books can offer a slightly supe ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to like about this. Amra's narration is sharp, witty, and just shy of 'prickly'. Her relationship to Holgren the reluctant mage is deep and complicated as they try to figure out what they are to each other--it is a rare protagonist in sword and sorcery who would say something biting and then provide a heartfelt apology. And all this hangs on a scaffold of story with rich worldbuilding and hair-raising adventure that ratchets up intensity to nearly unbearable levels.

Amra and Holgre
Kitvaria Sarene
Another fun tale, this time full of Gods and strong sorcerer's!
Once again a lot of action, wit and fun, adventures, traveling and slaying of monsters...

This will definitely become one of my favourite fast paced series!

There was a bit of romance in this one, but it was not dripping through the book, and only took a few pages, so I didn't mind it much. This is a direct quote: "We said and did the things that lovers say and do, and never you mind about the details" That is the sort of romance I ca
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
🔪 Kerf's shriveled balls, we are doing this! BR with MacHalo Asylum inmates Elinor - Gif Mistress, Ñandu - Colonialist Extraordinaire & Sh3lly - The Great Ghost 🔪

How many times could I twist events in my favor?
As many times as it took, I told myself firmly. You keep trying until you’re dead, and then, you try some more.

~Page 183

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David S Meanderings)
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. You know those stories that just give you hope? Those tales that uplift you and make you believe in the better part of humanity? That show you that there is still good in the world even in the face of what looks like insurmountable evil? That’s what this book was for me. The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye just made me feel good. From the characters, to the world itself, to the action and suspense, Michael McClung has shaped a world that I truly love and is always a joy t ...more
Elena Linville
This is an excellent installment into the series. And the stakes are higher for Amra, and a lot more personal.

I liked that Amra stays true to herself no matter who or what she confronts. She isn't cowed by dukes, gods, or undead kings, and she is way too stubborn to simply give up, no matter how desperate the situation. And this particular character trait is what brought her to the attention of Kerf.

I like that we learned the reason why all those incredible things happened to Amra in the first
Elinor Master of Gifs
This was soooooooo very good. Amra is the best. Also Holgren is great. And this series is DA BOMB. One of the best fantasy I've ever read. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Another hit!

First person perspective!

This time around Amra and Holgren go on the road; sort of. Involves a quest for a lost city, and an ancient feud between gods. Our heroes are put through a crucible on this adventure which cements their bond into something intimate and unbreakable.

Onward to The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate!

Richard Bray
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Michael McClung’s Amra Therys series by Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, and came away impressed with McClung’s tight, compelling noir story. It was a trim, enjoyable tale with an interesting protagonist and a plot that kept the action coming.

In THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE, McClung changes the formula. TROUBLE’S BRAIDS was strictly limited to the city in which Amra lived, but we barely get a few pages into LUCK’S GOOD EYE before Am
Kyra Halland
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Follow-up to one of my favorite books I've read recently, The Thief Who Tugged On Trouble's Braids. Amra and her sorcerer pal Holgren are back, undertaking a quest to find a magical city and claim the rich reward being offered, only to find themselves trapped in a web of magic and ancient plots being spun by the gods. Exciting and terrifying, and with a dose of romance that I always appreciate. Lots of fun. ...more
Miriam Michalak
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast-paced and extremely read-able. This is second in a series starring Amra Theyts - a thief with morals, high level of sarcasm and a deep vein of stubborn. She's a great character and I enjoyed this adventure where she gets to go on a quest, defeat gods and generally kicks arse. ...more
Deacon D.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This second entry in the Amra Thetys series really cranks up the thrills!

When the mage Holgren asks Amra to accompany him on a quest to the legendary city of Thagoth, rumored to hold the secret of immortality, our favorite thief reluctantly agrees in the hope that she can help save her friend's eternally-damned soul.

What follows is a grand adventure featuring gigantic monsters, powerful (and insane) twin-gods, and plenty of action...and, in the midst of great peril, Amra and Holmgren discover a
Jason M Waltz
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read, full of action adventure fantasy heroism and 2 heroes worth reading about. Lots of mayhem and sorcery with gods and god-like beings and fearsome horrors stymied only by quick wits and wrists snapping comebacks, blades, and magic. A fine read, though not quite as fun or quick paced as Amra's first tale, which for me was pretty much spot on. ...more
David S Meanderings)
3.5 stars rounded up. You know those stories that just give you hope? Those tales that uplift you and make you believe in the better part of humanity? That show you that there is still good in the world even in the face of what looks like insurmountable evil? That’s what this book was for me. The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye just made me feel good. From the characters, to the world itself, to the action and suspense, Michael McClung has shaped a world that I truly love and is always a joy t ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second in the series by the winner of the SPFBO (self published...) 2015 competition.
The scene moves dramatically from the city confines of the first book to a mysterious and distant location in this world. In addition, the cast is almost entirely made up of demons, mages and gods, apart from the heroine Amra the thief, who is, thankfully, magic free.
Normally that’s not my scene at all for fantasy literarure. I far more prefer ‘magic lite’ fantasy worlds.
However, I do like this author’s writ
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This one started out strong: lost city, chance at immortality, evil gods? count me in!
I liked the first 40% of the book very much, the premises are cool and something happened at the beginning that made me gasp, but by the end I kinda lost interest in the plot.
Right now I don't feel the urge to read other books in the series, but maybe I'll pick up the next installment when I'll want something quick and easy.
We'll see!
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to surprise me. I don’t say this often, but the blood/gore aspect in this was fascinating. Instead of being grossed out, I was like TELL ME MORE.

I can’t tell if I’m evolving as a reader or if McClung is just really stellar with his magic system/ creative descriptions.

The only area that I think had room for improvement was the romance deployment.
...And maybe the pearls of wisdom sometimes felt cheesy. But overall, this fun series is TBR worthy. 4/5
Martin Owton
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this one a bit more difficult to get on with compared to the first book. That the protagonists were immensely ancient and powerful magical entities is perhaps at the root of this feeling. I prefer my fantasy to have more believable human interactions. Still a decent story and continued character development for Amra.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Now sit down, shut up, and drink. Or leave. I'm busy enjoying my ill-gotten gains."

Ah, I do enjoy the antics of Amra Thetys - this was 288 pages of fun!

Perfect quick read between door stoppers :-)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Less fun than the first, still a good enough read though.
Thomas Grayfson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
After thoroughly enjoying the first book in the Amra Thetys series, it was a given that I’d pounce upon the second. I’d read that it was written almost a decade before its predecessor and was eager to see how the writing would differ.

Unfortunately, The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye pales in comparison to the first novel.

The plot is grander in scale, but a lot of the characterisation is lost in the exchange. Amra is flung from one action scene to another without much chance for self-reflectio
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Unfortunately, The Thief Who Spat in Luck's Good Eye didn't quite live up to its predecessor. The WTFery reached monumental levels in this book, making it hard to take anything seriously. The pacing was all over the place - dragging one minute, intense action the next - and there's also a romance, which felt kind of forced and threw me off balance. However, parts of this book were still really fun. I loved the crazy scenarios and the hilarious asides between the gods as they meddle in the main c ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This second installment of the Amra series is almost non-stop action! I love her and Holgren and this time they're hero-ing up against insane twin gods. The romance was a surprise and I would have almost rather not have seen it included this early, but it happens, so just roll with it. The character growth that was in the 1st book was not so much in this one, and the plot is so fast, that I didn't like this one as much as I liked the 1st, but Amra is still a quick- thinking, kick-ass lady, so I ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not bad, not bad. This is basically the literary version of a fast-paced action/fantasy movie, or a D&D campaign. Not the most profound reading experience I've ever had, but entertaining all the same. ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok. So, I absolutely adored the first book in this series, and I loved parts of this second book as well. However, I ran into some big issues with ableism in this one (after a smaller issue with it in the first book) and that definitely detracted from the story for me. For those who wish to avoid the trope of physical disability leading to moral depravity, or the disabled believing their life is no longer worthwhile, steer clear of this book. The latter was actually deeply tied to the person's s ...more
Kevin (K_Lar6)
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

I had so much fun reading the first book in this series that I altered my reading plans to get back into this wonderful world. I am really grateful to the folks who organized Self-Published Fantasy Month as they introduced me to this awesome author and his fantastical series. While the first two books have been relatively short in length, they are both so full of adventure. The second installment was super fun, had many twists and turns, was action-packed and kept me on the edge of my
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Michael McClung was born in San Antonio, Texas, but now putters around Southeast Asia. He has had the requisite number of odd jobs expected of a speculative fiction author, including soldier, book store manager, and bowling alley pin boy. His first book, the Sword & Sorcery novel "Thagoth," won the Del Rey Digital first novel competition in 2002 and was published by Random House in 2003.

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