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Among Thieves (Tale of the Kin Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A fantastic read!

After just completing the Ranger's Apprentice series i went on the hunt for something new and something fresh. I was tired of the predictable story lines from all of the "teen-reads" and wanted something that could really get me thinking, without it being insanely diffi...
After just completing the Ranger's Apprentice series i went on the hunt for something new and something fresh. I was tired of the predictable story lines from all of the "teen-reads" and wanted something that could really get me thinking, without it being insanely difficult to understand. I picked this up, expecting predictable but interesting and was surprised to find it was the opposite. (Not on the interesting part at least.) I was a little taken back by the extensive use of swearing but was so intrigued by this story i kept reading.And i'm really glad i did. I absolutely loved how it was a world all in its own, using phrases and words and names that were different from what we're used to. It really brings out the sense of a new world and of a new adventure, filled with lies, broken promises and betrayal. So pick up this book and read it! You won't regret it.

posted by Jessieane on August 27, 2011

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not bad at all.

I am naturally suspicious of books that center around a "criminal underworld" element. It's probably unfair to some really good writers out there who love writing about thieves (or assassins), but I've found it's an excellent tool for cutting down on the number of bad b...
I am naturally suspicious of books that center around a "criminal underworld" element. It's probably unfair to some really good writers out there who love writing about thieves (or assassins), but I've found it's an excellent tool for cutting down on the number of bad books I read. In general I avoid fantasy books that borrow a big part of their setting from something that's overdone, because it's usually a sign the book is written by a bad author trying to hide their lousy writing with a bunch of flash, or a new author who isn't secure in their own narrative voice.

Thus I started reading this book with tensed shoulders, waiting for the author to trip up and write something insanely stupid. That didn't happen. Sure, there are a few things that I think Hulick could polish, but there was nothing in this book that made me just want to set it down and walk away (which has happened before). What actually happened was the inverse. It took me about 150 pages, but I this book eventually drew me in, despite my resistance. The book improved in quality towards the end. The author's note indicated that Hulick wrote this book over several years (and in between much of his life) and I noticed the improvement in his writing. I look forward to Douglas Hulick's next book.

posted by Kaydern on March 19, 2011

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Not bad at all.

    I am naturally suspicious of books that center around a "criminal underworld" element. It's probably unfair to some really good writers out there who love writing about thieves (or assassins), but I've found it's an excellent tool for cutting down on the number of bad books I read. In general I avoid fantasy books that borrow a big part of their setting from something that's overdone, because it's usually a sign the book is written by a bad author trying to hide their lousy writing with a bunch of flash, or a new author who isn't secure in their own narrative voice.

    Thus I started reading this book with tensed shoulders, waiting for the author to trip up and write something insanely stupid. That didn't happen. Sure, there are a few things that I think Hulick could polish, but there was nothing in this book that made me just want to set it down and walk away (which has happened before). What actually happened was the inverse. It took me about 150 pages, but I this book eventually drew me in, despite my resistance. The book improved in quality towards the end. The author's note indicated that Hulick wrote this book over several years (and in between much of his life) and I noticed the improvement in his writing. I look forward to Douglas Hulick's next book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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