Take a Thief
Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket. By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar....more
I'm a huge fan of Skif, and his life prior to becoming a herald. He was my second favorite character in the Arrows of the Queen trilogy and I was thrilled when he got his own book.
My absolute favorite book in the series, I just love Skif. I think this is going to be a book I re-read every year.
Re-read 2017 Skif is still one of my favorite characters in Valdemar.
Re-read 2018 Not feeling well and decided to pick up a favorite.
I have to say that I think the three novels Lackey wrote in the early 2000s that deal with the interim time between when Selenay takes the throne of Valdemar and when Talia becomes her chief adviser (the Queen's Own) are in many ways the best. These novels, the first two of which deal with Alberich (and who figures prominently in this book) explore issues of honor, of why people fight, and of society and justice as well as any speculative fiction I've ...more
This would actually be a fairly good book to start with if you haven't previously read any of Lackey's novels. I still feel that I should really be a 16yr old girl when reading these, but they are the ultimate comfort read, so...
It wasn't a perfect score for me because I feel like his life before becoming a Herald was a ...more
He quickly found out why true thieves were few and far between. It was easy enough to pick something up, but picking something out was another skill entirely, skill set in fact. Stealth, agility, subterfuge, acting. Even math, for the fencing. His days were full of ...more
I wanted to give this 5 (or even 4) stars. But I just couldn't. I love Valdemar. Skif is a great character. But this book? It's so hard to read. The dialect in headfirst half is nearly impossible to translate. So much so that after dialogue there is generally a paragraph where the character translates what was said in his head. After about a chapter I just started skipping the dialogue altogether and hoping the summary would be good enough. Half way through when ...more
Just what I always wanted: more Skif! Origin, backstory, more adventures, the works!
It doesn't really add anything to the Valdemar series, but for fans it's an amazing edition to a fantastic world.