Among Thieves ~ Douglas Hulick

  • Title:  Among Thieves
  • Author:  Douglas Hulick
  • Series:  Tales of the Kin #1
  • Genre:  Adventure, Fantasy
  • Format:  Audio book
  • Source:  Library
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating:  4 out of 5

Description:  Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.

**Potential Spoilers**

Review:  I love the title of the book, Among Thieves, for what it doesn’t say. It perfectly captures the nature of the story and the essence of the main character, Drothe. He is that rare gem, a man who maintains his honor despite his role and home withing the dark side of society.

The book is a typical action fantasy book, with lots of magic, swordplay, and intrigue. Drothe’s specialty is information gathering, so I’d place him in the rogue class. Honorable though he may be, he is certainly not an innocent. The story takes place in a time of political unrest among the kin, the underworld society in which Drothe lives and suddenly he is inadvertently caught in the middle of the conflict. He finds himself trying to save not only himself, but his people.

The action in this book was fan-freaking-tastic! Hulick was able to paint vivid images of the battle scenes, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat the whole time. Similarly, the intrigue plot is very well crafted. Drothe must peel back layer after layer of to find the truth and find a way to set his world right.

I like the underlying themes to the story. In addition to the concept that Drothe is an honorable rogue, Hulick seems to be making a commentary about the morally agnostic nature of oaths. The moral of the story is that the validity of oaths can change as the context around them changes. In fact, it may actually be more honorable at times to break an oath once more information comes to light, rather than to blindly follow an oath simply because it was given.

I enjoyed the audio recording of this book. Kirby Heyborne does a fantastic job with narration. As for the audio cover, I am not sure why the did not just use the book cover, but the audio cover feels like a cheap spin-off. The book cover, however is nicely done. The color scheme fits the dark nature of the setting. The swarthy looking male on the cover, surely meant to represent Drothe, is what you one pictures when thinking of a rogue character. Finally, the big splash of red for the title is a great contrast to the rest of the cover.

I love a good fantasy series (so long as it is leading to an eventual resolution), and Among Thieves is off to a great start. I am looking forward to the follow-up, Sworn in Steel.

 

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