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Thief's Gamble

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Thief's Gamble is one of my favorite books ever. The characters

    Thief's Gamble is one of my favorite books ever. The characters are well drawn and interesting and not always likable. But they are so well motivated you can see trouble coming long before they can. The plot revolves around a fascinating mystery that keeps you turning pages until way too late.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    A debut novel from an author to look out for

    Serial fantasy does not float everyone's boat, but despite being the First Tale of Einarinn this debut novel has none of the verboseness you find with novelists embarking on a round the world tale.

    The language is concise, fluent and from the off you get right under the skin of the lead viewpoint character, Livak: a thief and gambler who lives by her wits on the edge of a beautifully sculpted fictitious society based on the finer points from many mythologies.

    However, with just one viewpoint character it is nigh on impossible to show readers a fantastical story without slipping into the author's viewpoint. The spell is then shattered. Juliet maintains her illusion by having a cast of viewpoint characters, from different regions of Einarinn, who leap off the pages with something interesting and different to show the reader. The use of the closet wizard, Shivvalan Ralsere, is a stroke of genius.

    But without a credible plot, a crowd of characters, no matter how contrasting, would be boring. There are many sub-plots in The Thief's Gamble: the love affair between Livak and the swordsman Ryshad; the truth about forgotten magic; the threat of more potent spells in another land that is closer than anyone dare believe; the politics of a council of mages who are drifting away from the communities they should support. At its heart, the main plot is simple: woman going on a journey; stranger coming to town, with Livak being motivated by revenge and then financial gain, or so she is manipulated into thinking. Yes, you could say like all fantasies the nub is, yawn, the same old thing: good versus evil. But, like all memorable journeys, there is nothing sleepy or contrived about this one for it entices you to live it, re-live it, again and again.

    I would dare to disagree with J. V. Jones' front cover comment, this is not a wonderful debut, this is a brilliant debut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    The thief's gamble

    Livak gets revenge on someone by stealing something and when she tries to sell it, she gets pulled into a situation with many twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    You won't want to put it down . . .

    A fun read centered around a very strong female character who likes men but doesn't depend on them, in a world where such women are not so unusual. The story is fast-paced, and many times throughout, you'll want to race through to find out what's on the next page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Great, Wonderful, Maybe

    Overall, pretty good. I can't say it'll be one of the most recognizable books, but is any fantasy really? Anyway, the back really doesn't tell you much about the book except for the book as a whole. If's that's confusing, read it yourself. The names are definetly confusing in the first couple of pages for some the characters, but you'll get use to it. I certainly did. The story is focused around a girl that got into a gamble over her head. She then goes on the adventure of a lifetime. Although the book sort of drags, and I mean sort of, it is one of the better books I've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2000

    A Refreshing New Fantasy Story

    I loved this book from the very beginning. It's a refreshing change from all of the other fantasy books I've read recently. It's light, filled with magic, humor and adventure. I would recommend it to any Fantasy fan. I can't wait for the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Good book

    This book is a good one though the plot is difficult and the language a bit bad, but a good main character and much action and adventure. Magical conflict is a plus in this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    The PHS review

    This book is extremely good for all readers, even the individuals that are easily bored. It is enthalling and well-written. Even with the wizards and such, Juliet Mckenna told this story in a manner that is completely credible. The contents are enough to make you come back to the book tie and again as you pour through all the books on your shelf.

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