Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Book Review: Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn (LGBT Fantasy)

Title: Among Thieves
Author: M.J. Kuhn
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication Date: 7 September 2021
Pages:
302
Format:
eBook - PDF
Genre: LGBT Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.

For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down...but even the most powerful men can be defeated.

Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own.

 

Among Thieves is a fun-filled magical heist tale that is highly reminiscent of Six of Crows; yet it is different enough not to seem like a carbon copy. The plot and characters are engaging and well presented, with all the key players coming across as individuals. I might have liked a little more background information on a couple of them, but since the ending is open enough for a sequel, perhaps we will get to know them better in book two. The world building is nicely handled: enough to satisfy me, but without info dumping. Overall, it was an entertaining read that kept me turning the pages. I would definitely pick up the sequel (if there is one) and/or other works by this author in the future. It's a solid 4-star rating from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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