Thief With No Shadow

Thief With No Shadow

by Emily Gee

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ISBN-13: 9781844164691
Publisher: Rebellion
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 466,636
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emily is the daughter of award winning New Zealand author Maurice Gee and 2005 winner of the New Zealand Romance writer award. She loves to travel and has lived and studied in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and travelled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica, a waitress on the Isle of Skye, and a rehabilitation instructor in New Zealand. She currently works in the wine industry in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Thief With No Shadow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DriderQueen on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book could have been better with more descriptions and a bit more fleshed out. It looks a bit out of the blue in the beginning and stays that way all the way to the end. A good book, but not a great one.
litaddictedbrit on LibraryThing 21 days ago
The plot was fairly simple but it worked. There weren't any huge surprises so, for me, this was all about the characters and how they interact.I loved all of the different species in this novel - there was something almost mythical about it and it was fairly unique in that regard. One of the predominant themes of the book, in fact, was inter-species harmony and how the different creatures interact; in particular, the wraiths are spurned by society because they have the ability to become invisible. In typical fashion, the people of Theirry are frightened of the unknown and assume that wraiths will only use their abilities to steal, assassinate and generally do bad things. The ironic part of it all was that Melke was desperate to prove to the Sal Vere family that she was worth more that she's more than a 'thieving wraith', all while trying to make up for having stolen from them...Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy if you will...The concept of family is a particularly strong one in this book which was good and well used to incorporate some moral questions along the 'what would you do to save a family member?' lines. Romantic love is less well used and almost seems a bit contrived towards the end (perhaps I'm becoming unromantic in old age...). Bravery and what it means to have courage and pride were major features too so thematically, this book is very strong.While I always love the study of characters and the societies in which they live, it was a shame that more wasn't made of the fantasy aspects of this book. The mentions of the fantastical creatures were there but partially glossed over and really only used as an object of fear (inflicting some fairly horrific 'punishments' along the way...).As a minor health warning, there are absolutely some "adult themes" in this book and I certainly wouldn't be giving it to even a young teen...I'm 24 and found some of it a tad disturbing! (Ok, so I'm a wimp when it comes to horror but I'm not squeamish as a rule...)Overall: I find myself unsure of this book - I think I would recommend it to fans of the genre because it is unique. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to someone new to fantasy fiction because it uses some of the more usual elements in some unusual ways that might be off-putting.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is a pretty gritty story of prejudice and alien races and the building of respect between people.It all starts when Melke steals a necklace and gives it to the Salamanders who in this world are vaguely humanoid beings, to ransom her brother, Hantje. She is helped by her ability to go invisible, an ability that has cost members of her family their freedom and lives.She finds sanctuary with the family she stole the necklace from. All that's left of this family is Bastian (who can speak with dogs) and his sister Liana who has healing powers that she puts to use in healing Hantje. Bastian wants the necklace back to fix the curse on his family from water creatures. Along the way the four find themselves facing up to difficult choices and change their minds about each other.I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting world building, and good character development. There are numerous harrowing scenes so don't be surprised.
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Pretty good for a first book but not much excitement. Not enough happens with a simple plot. Characters are likeable so maybe a sequel could add more excitement and adventure for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great it had unforgettable characters. I have already reread it. I completely enjoyed it. Great Job!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book summary/synopsis is very misleading. i was expcting a darker world. there was practically no plot. the characters just spent most of the time in a sickbed or watching over someone in the sickbed. one word to sum up this book is LAME. don't bother with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one that you never want to put down. It may start off a bit rocky, since you do not knowing all of the information, but that is one of the things that kept this book so addictive! The more you read, the more intranced you become until you have to know what happens. It is an amazing read that I would recommend to anyone.