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Witty, fast-paced fantasy heist where morality is...debatable.

Kip is a young thief on the hard streets of Tander in the middle of the Sparelands -- a dry, hot piece of hell, hit with frequent and terrible storms. All he wants to do is leave, but first he must save enough to cover fare for the only safe exit in town: the iron wain.

With six months to go, the job of a lifetim
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Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published May 25th 2016
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Dianne
Kip will steal your heart and probably your wallet, too with his clever wit, daring adventures and ability to turn thievery into a fascinating art form. Known as Kip the Quick, he has had his share of tough times as a street urchin growing up in the bowels of Tander in a fantasy world, which will remind you of old London. Desperately saving his ill-gotten gains to buy a one-way ticket out of this blazing and brutal land, Kip has been given the opportunity to pull off the theft of a lifetime, THE ...more
Susan Kennedy
Kip is a thief and a pretty good one. He takes a huge job and most of the story is him planning this job. You meet quite a few characters along the way. Kip thinks he is very alone through the story and is quite a bit selfish, though I’m not really sure he even realizes it.

The story is alright. The writing is pretty easy to follow. I didn’t mind his writing;I thought it was pretty well done. I wish there was more character growth I think. I didn’t really get attached to the characters which alw
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Sean
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received copy from Author for honest and fair review.

As before I have been taken by Cliftons style of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp with Kip and his hunt for the elusive big haul.

It was a fun and enthralling read and I look forward to reading more from Kip in the future.

A really good story that will have you laughing all the way to the end.
Michael Yoder
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future. I like this as much as I like drizzt. Good job.
Lora Shouse
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great story. Almost like a thriller, only set in a fantasy land.

Tander is a city set in a ravine amid a barren desert. Kip, a young thief, has been sneaking about Tander for most of his fifteen years when he receives a note from one of the local crime lords offering to pay him more than he has ever received for anything he has ever done if he will steal a vial of the mysterious magical Essence.

Kip, who has been saving up for years to get out of Tander, finally sees his chance to realize this d
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Selena
Aug 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
Free copy courtesy of Clifton Hill and Goodreads First Reads, which in no way influences this review
Mary
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Throughly enjoyed this book
Lyn
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Very clever, and very amusing! It's written like a middle grade book, but there's a few references in it that make me feel a little iffy about recommending it for anyone younger than high school, though I'd like to hope that those below that age wouldn't understand the references, anyway. Kip is definitely more mature than his age suggests.
Unfortunately, I can't think of a whole lot to say about this book - I wish I could, since the author is so willing to chat with readers! The only other thing
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Niki
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm stuck between a 2 and a 3 on this one. I did enjoy it, but it desperately needs another round of editing to make it more cohesive and knit the sorry together a bit better. The author has created an interesting world and storyline, but writes as though we should already understand his allusions (e.g. multiple references to the Stacks, without explaining what this actually was- all we know is that it's 'scary'). The glossary at the end was useful but since this was an ebook, I didn't see it un ...more
Steve Yeager
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was an early reader of this book and received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I did purchase a copy of my own later.

Kip the Quick is the story of a young thief who steals his way into trouble, which he quickly learns to steal his way out of. It is a first person fantasy tale of action and adventure and was a fun and quick read with a character that I didn’t at first like, but he grew on me and, by the end, I was rooting for him to win. There are some scenes that stretch credibility, b
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Emily
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, own, read-in-2017
This was a really great read, I enjoyed it immensely!
Clifton Hill
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I'm biased, sure, but Kip is a fun read, just as he was a fun write. The sequel is posing more of a challenge, but it's more complex, ramifications of past actions become apparent, the world is deepened, friendships grow, and enemies...well, you get the picture.

Kip will become a trilogy, with an ending to the third book that will set the stage for something...monumental. I can say nothing more, but be assured it will be something incredible. Book 3 will wrap up these initial wanderings of h
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Tobyann Aparisi
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book from Goodreads (kindle version) for an honest review.

This is a decent read for those that enjoy the fantasy type of books. For me it was okay, but I just found something was missing. I had a hard time getting into the story at first and then I just kept thinking something was not there (again for me). The characters a well described, but this scenery was a bit lacking. This just did not hit all of the markers for me. The ending was a bit like swimming in the shallow end of the p
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Maudley
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway
This book was a giveaway and was eagerly awaited. However, I tried to like this book, but it wandered so much that I couldn't follow it easily, so I gave up just past halfway through it. Just for fun, I checked the back and found the glossaries of all the terms, places and people that would have been very helpful to have had at the front of the book.
N.E. White
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm warring between giving this three stars (could have used another structural edit) and four stars (Kip is a great character and the story was/is fun). I settled on four because I want to know what happens to Kip.

Okay, I'll write a proper review at some point, but here's the skinny:
Kip is a standard thief plying his 'trade' in the streets of Tander until he's given the opportunity of a lifetime. But great opportunity comes at a risk, of course, both personally and for his friends.

The story is
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Lars Teeney
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kip the Quick is a fast-paced romp through a pseudo-Middle Eastern desert realm that will deliver the goods for those young readers craving action and adventure. It is aimed at I think the YA audience so I wasn't totally the target demographic, but I found it enjoyable (think of Indiana Jones for the action).

I once stated that the book's setting and protagonist reminded me of Assassin's Creed without the assassinations. Kip is a parkour expert of a thief. He vaults around rooftops and through al
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Clifton Hill discovered robots in the Fourth Grade when his grandmother handed him a book by Isaac Asimov. Science fiction absorbed him for the next couple years until a little piece called the Belgariad came along, bringing magic and an incredible new world.

Bouncing throughout speculative fiction, Clifton became absorbed by video games, comics and has a degree in Computer Animation. He has dabble
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