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Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Hulick
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There is no honour among thieves . . .

Ildrecca is a dangerous city, if you don't know what you're doing. It takes a canny hand and a wary eye to run these streets and survive. Fortunately, Drothe has both. He has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers from the dirtiest of alleys to the finest of neighbourhoods. Working for a crime lord, he finds and takes care of trouble inside his boss's organization - whilse smuggling relics on the side.

But when his boss orders Drothe to track down whoever is leaning on his organization's people, he stumbles upon a much bigger mystery. There's a book, a relic any number of deadly people seem to be looking for - a book that just might bring down emperors and shatter the criminal underworld.

A book now conveniently in Drothe's hands . . .

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'A beguiling lively urban fantasy.' --SFX Magazine

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An exciting new fantasy debut in the underground world of thieves...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QO993A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Douglas Hulick is author of the "Tales of the Kin", a series of fantasy novels that have been described as "'Goodfellas' meets Sword & Sorcery."

When not writing, Douglas is a stay-at-home father, historical combat practitioner (with a focus on 17th century Italian rapier), and the house poodle-wrangler. He has, at various points, worked as a bartender, technical writer, free-lance tabletop game writer, and brewer. It was all a phase.

You can find out more about Douglas and his writing at

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut - clever, cutting fantasy 2 April 2011
Among Thieves is the debut novel from Douglas Hulick. Set in the grimy fantasy city of Ildrecca, it is the tale of Drothe, a hooded-assassin type and member of the city's underworld legion of criminal "Kin".

With a scruffy, dual-wielding piratical looking gentleman and a cover quote from Brent Weeks, the reader can be excused for thinking this is your standard act of adolescent escapism - roguish heroism with a sarcastic protagonist. And, to a certain degree, all of these things are true. But when push comes to shove, Among Thieves is more Locke Lamora than Night Angel. It is a cunning and well-scripted action-adventure with a surprisingly complex character at its heart. I expected guilty pleasure and found genuine entertainment.

Drothe (granted, a rather unfortunate name) is a "Nose". He works as an information-gatherer for one of the city's "Upright Men" gathering information on the city's delicate political scene. Ildrecca is divided up by the gangs of "Upright Men" with the Emperor (the land's proper monarch) and the mysterious Gray Princes playing their own, grander, game in the background. As a Nose, Drothe gets into all sorts of trouble - especially since he's running his own cons on the side. Fortunately, his best friend, Bronze Degan, is often there to bail him out.

If nothing else, Mr. Hulick gets sixteen bonus points and a silver star for not making Drothe exceptional in any way. He's clever, but knows he's not as smart as many of the real players in the Kin's underworld. He's pretty fiesty, but certainly no match for the hardened killers he encounters. He's well-connected, but still a minor part of the Kin. As for supernatural, prophesy-fulfilling powers? Er...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Urban Fantasy Debut of 2011? 5 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Definitely my favourite.

I'm not a big fan of unassuming main characters that can never do anything wrong. Drothe is the opposite: he's good at what he does, but in the book he gets way over his head; and he knows it. He's not an expert fighter, and usually gets by either through luck or his good friend Bronze Degan.

I couldn't fault anything in this book - the characters are all awesome, the city of Ildrecca, although it needs to be further fleshed out, is alive, with the Ten Ways cordon particularly well described, and the storyline is equally personal and epic.

If you liked 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' then you'd definitely enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right up my (dark, rat-infested) alley! 12 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Among Thieves is the story of Drothe (no surname - he's too cool for that!), a "Nose" or informant in the pay of one of the crimelords of Ildrecca, the capital of a Renaissance-like empire. There are hints of a wider world outside, but the action of the book is confined to the city itself, particularly the seedier quarters where a "shadow empire" of organised crime holds sway. Drothe works for an Upright Man, one of the lower-level bosses who have carved up the city between them but who are themselves pawns in a larger game played by the Gray Princes, near-legendary figures known only by epithets such as "Longreach" or "The Piper's Son". Hulick's use of historical thieves' cant, supplemented by invented slang, gives shape to what could otherwise be a bewildering array of forgers, fences and hired muscle, as Drothe investigates what seems to be a minor mystery (an undecipherable code found on a smuggler) and finds himself way in over his head.

This is certainly the most action-packed book I've read since The Swords of Albion - poor Drothe rarely escapes a chapter without another chase or fight (and a good deal of resultant pain and injury). The pace develops gently at first, allowing the reader time to get to know the world, but by the halfway mark the plot revelations and action set-pieces are coming thick and fast. The fight scenes in particular are very detailed - Hulick is an aficionado of renaissance swordsmanship - indeed almost a little too detailed and blow-by-blow, but this is first-person narrative so I'm willing to cut Drothe a little slack for being hyperaware in combat. I know from firsthand experience (not fighting, I must add) how time really does seem to slow down when your adrenaline spikes!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, and completely enthralling. Read it! 26 April 2011
Well, I would put this one on pair with writers such as Abercrombie.
It fits very well into this new wave of dark/realism that seems to have swept fantasy lately...
Action is bloody, gritted and intense. The distinction between evil/good does not make much sense because of the genuine realism of protagonists. This makes them all the more believable and likeable.
One difference though: instead of swapping between points of views at every chapter like seems to be the contemporary fashion, the story focuses on this one complex and very likeable character in a fist person view.
The author got that simple but difficult act perfectly balanced, and it works extremely well!
I was getting tired of these panoramic views of the same story where you had to go from uninteresting to even less interesting characters...
I literally could not put the book down...
Hats off to Douglas Hulick !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... year old son who said it was a very good
Bought for my 14 year old son who said it was a very good read
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Yeowart
5.0 out of 5 stars An Utterly Fantastic Read
I would heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy/fiction. The characters all feel distinct and the story draws the reader further and further in as it goes on,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jack Weldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, an interesting plot that moves along nicely ...
Loved it, an interesting plot that moves along nicely and an interesting development of vocabulary within the story. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Published 5 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic debut novel, roll on book 2
Published 6 months ago by PJaff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to come back for seconds
Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves is one of those books that seem two a penny lately. It’s set against the backdrop of a city underworld with a thief as its main character. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dominish
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
Excellent tale , excellent characters, fast paced, full of twists and turns keeps the reader wanting more thoroughly enjoyable book
Published 6 months ago by NAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good read - keeps your interest.
Published 7 months ago by Tony McNamee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read - wasn't sure to start, but got hooked as it progressed.
Published 9 months ago by Anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 9 months ago by snikes above
4.0 out of 5 stars Lies of Locke Lamora meets Gangs of New York
Drothe is the eyes and ears (known as a Nose) of a criminal organisation and also deals in stolen artifacts on the side. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Noor A Jahangir
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