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The Holver Alley Crew

(The Streets of Maradaine #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, The Holver Alley Crew is the first novel of Maresca’s third interconnected series set in the fantasy city of Maradaine-- The Streets of Maradaine

The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax's service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. T
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Daw Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

UPDATE: US/Can Giveaway for The Holver Alley Crew March 6, 2017 to March 16, 2017

Yes, Marshall Ryan Maresca is back with a third series set in Maradaine, the great city that features at the center of his fantasy universe. But even with all these novels under his belt, Maresca is keeping things interesting; each one of his series brings something different, retaining their own indivi
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Holver Alley Crew is the first book in a new series by Marshall Ryan Maresca. I have to say, I find this publishing schedule a bit fascinating. Keep in mind, all of his series are executed in a way that (at least so far), they can be read in any order and can be read independently of each other. This is the third series Maresca is publishing, and the other two trilogies are not yet complete. But, that’s not because he writes s
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My reading list for 2017 is awash in glorious, top-notch fantasy and The Holver Alley Crew is one of them. I’ve loved each and every one of MRM’s books and I was pleased to find that this might be my favorite yet! In addition to stories about police and a vigilante crimefighter, we now have a story about a group of dispossessed individuals that have turned back to crime in order to make a living.

The Rynax brothers were going clean, preparing to open a legitimate business in Holver Alley. Asti g
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The opening to my favorite fantasy series of all time begins with a city on fire. The Holver Alley Crew starts with a city on fire. This says absolutely nothing about the book, nor are there any comparisons to be made to The Color of Magic here, it is just an observation.

Maradaine is a city that has appeared in two series previous but The Holver Alley Crew is the start of its own series within the series; I had absolutely no previous experience with the author myself and this
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

The Holver Alley Crew is the first in a new fantasy series from Marshall Ryan Maresca. It’s set in his ‘Maradaine’ world, which already has a few other series running inside it. Rather than detectives or vigilantes, however, this book is focused on, well, thieves, and a fantasy-style heist.
Maradaine is a large, multi-districted city, and it has the energy and diversity on the page to back that up. There’s chemists shops, bars, restaurants, and all
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, thieves
This is not my first time out with this author, I've read all of his other series except for one, so obviously I'm inclined to like his work. So gladly, I can say that this book didn't disappoint me. I like the world Maresca created, but I also like heist fantasy, so I was just happy all over. Maresca is pretty good at slightly switching genres for his different series, and that's also impressive, proving he isn't just one note in his writing.

The crew is pretty decent, even if one of them is a
Jessica Bronder
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Asti and Verci Rynax were raised by a conman and have been surviving with those skills. But they want to turn legitimate and start their own business. Both brothers invest everything they have for their little shop. But a fire destroys the street, including their shop and house. They create a gang with several other shop owners and intend on robbing a carriage. But Asti stumbles upon some information that the fire was set intentionally so the land could be bought out. Now all bets are off as the ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am taking a HUGE leap of faith and am giving this novel a 5-star rating before I even get to read it.
I love everything Mr Maresca writes and, as far as I'm concerned, he is almost as talented as Terry Pratchett in his ability to write multiple genres within a single location.

So yes, I am awarding 5 stars in advance because I believe that I will not be disappointed with this latest offering. I will update this review once I have read the book.

26 Sept 2017: Okay, this is a first for me. I have j
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third series set in Maradaine and it the praise continues. The beginning was a little sparse and a bit too quick paced for my liking but it steamrolled into an amazing conclusion and enough of a question for the future to make you want to see how it ends up. Glad to see Maresca continue to expand his world.
I received this book from the publisher as an EARC through Netgalley.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, 2017-new
The action stops on page 1 and doesn't let up. The characters and plot are engaging. Looking forward to seeing more in this series! ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read.

A nice solid caper case. Well flushed out characters, an interesting world and a fine story. I'll be sticking around for any sequels.
Harry Bookerson
This book came recommended on a reddit thread I was searching for something to kill my Scott Lynch withdrawals, and boy did it deliver.
It has two (!) epic fantasy heists, a tale of revenge, and a band of lovable ratbags and I am HERE. FOR. IT.
The fact there are like four more series in the same universe to read after this one makes me so happy.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Holver Alley Crew is the first installment in author Marshall Ryan Maresca's The Streets of Maradine series. For those who are new to this author, this is the third series which is set in a place called Maradine. The first series is called Maradine, while the second is  called The Maradine Constabulary. The one constant that pretty much remains the same no matter what series you choose to read, is that the settings are dark, dreary, w
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of Mr. Maresca's Maradaine novels. I have liked them; I've read every one of them (except for the latest constabulary - I bought it but it was a defect (half way through a bunch of the pages are cut off) and, having lost the receipt can't return it). It's just that there is something that prevents me from LOVING them....

.... until now.

This is hands down the best work he's done in my opinion. A couple years ago, there was a TV show called Leverage. It was about a team of grifters a
Alysa H.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Possibly my favorite Maradaine novel yet! I love a good heist story.

This one works well in the world that Maresca has already established, while also standing up on its own with a great cast of characters and a lot of action. Some of them will seem familiar even though they're all ostensibly new, as they tend to rely heavily on genre tropes, but they're nonetheless endearing. It's a good crew; each and every member has a place, variable amounts of backstory, and a solid motivation besides money
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
Brothers Asti and Verci Rynax had turned their backs to their old life of crime, returning to the neighbourhood they grew up in to open a shop and do legitimate business - until the Holver Alley Fire destroyed their shop and homes along with those of many of their neighbours, leaving lives ruined and people homeless or dead. To make up for their massive loss and pay off debt, they see no choice but to return to their old skills to make some money. In the course of planning and executing a well-p ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, in The Thorn of Dentonhill, Maresca combined fantasy with superhero stories, and in A Murder of Mages he did police procedurals, and here he tackles the heist. And it's fabulous.

This one launches into action with Asti and Verci Rynax, brothers who have had checkered pasts, but are now trying to live good, clean lives. Except that good, clean life gets burned down in a fire, destroying the store they were getting ready to open. So they fall back on those checkered pasts to make ends meet.

S.H. Marr
I've never read a book by this author before. I spent the first couple of chapters wondering if this book was the first in a series or not--it looked like one, but the character backstory was so rich I wondered if I was missing something.

Fortunately, I was not! Judging by the other reviews and what happened as I continued reading, the author has two tangential series taking place around the same time in the same city, but not with the same characters or anything.

Since this was the first book I'v
L.E. Doggett
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Christian - Curious Quill
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't read very many books involving a ragtag band of thieves and elaborate heists. Usually this scenario falls more under the contemporary spectrum -- which is not a genre that I enjoy reading. However, when you add a bit of fantasy into the mix - you've got my attention.

I did not realize that this series is one of three written by Maresca, all of which take place within the same universe. From what I've heard, though, they don't have to be read in any particular order, so it was perfectly ok
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun Maradaine adventure from Marshall Ryan Maresca. The two series he previously set in this world came from the points of view of a magical vigilante and a pair of cops. This new series comes through the perspective of what might be called the righteous criminal element.

It’s another fun adventure, but a little harder to take than the other books, in that the “righteousness” of these criminals is limited by their willingness to kill guards (and theoretically cops) who get in the way of t
Not a review, yet, but a "please-hurry-up-I-can't-stand-the-wait"!

I love MR Maresca's writing, and 7 March (probably longer, as I'm in South Africa and we are usually towards the back of the queue) really is still too distant for my liking. I will give a REAL review once I have absorbed this story.

26 Sept: Finally, I am putting fingers to keyboard to write my review. Yet again, Mr Maresca has cunningly demonstrated how talented he is at pulling multiple genres out of his hat! This time, a wonde
Chad Harrison
A solidly fine read. Pretty light, despite the murders, torture, PTSD, etc. The story was entertaining, especially after the 50% mark, and I enjoyed the characters and the world enough that I kept going. But I had to keep checking because I was so surprised that this ISN'T a debut novel. A fair amount of the story is cliche and predictable, the dialogue is super inconsistent, and I never felt too worried about any of the characters. That being said, it kept me turning pages. ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started a bit slow for me, but just kept getting better and better.
Eva Müller
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fun mixture of a heist-book (two heists, technically) and a mystery. I also really liked the characters but didn't fall in love with them in the way I did with those from the Maradaine Constabulary. Partly that might be because while the two Rynax brothers are clearly the main characters, the rest of the crew do also get space (and POV chapters) and so I felt I didn't get to know each character as well. But what I learned about each character made me curious enough to want to find out ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another line of players from the world of Marshall Maresca. Like his first 2 books, but yet a 3rd cast of characters from the same universe, you start the book in the midst of a chaotic scene, drawing you in immediately. Magic plays a smaller role in this cast, but certainly is there. It's more of an underworld of characters that live in the marginalized underbelly of society, albeit with a legitimate side as well. A solid, fun romp. You have a hard time setting it aside, because of all the ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is the first in a series, I just found out right now that it is not the first set in Maradaine, which might explain why the world felt so complete and lived in--the characters, too, although it's my understanding that they don't show up in the other novels. Speaking from experience, it is absolutely not necessary to have read any of the others and still enjoy this one.

Maresca can really keep up the fast-pace necessary to make a heist book work. And he definitely has the writing s
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. Another great, solid entry to the Maradaine chronicles. I really enjoyed the ensemble crew in this book; the plot is perhaps a bit predictable, but the characters are really well drawn and so interesting that it doesn't matter. It's still a rollicking good tale and I can't wait for the next piece of this story arc to be out. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
And now we have a heist. Or heists.
I continue to be amazed that the author can balance relatively light stories with a world pretty full of awful, and yet the successes in the stories never feel wrong, despite the overall darkness of the world. That might be part of why the stories are so readable, despite their flaws.
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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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