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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed. edition (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330536214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330536219
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.douglashulick.com

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PRAISE FOR BOOK ONE, AMONG THIEVES: ‘An unalloyed pleasure: a fast moving, funny, twisting tale’ Brent Weeks, ‘A beguiling lively urban fantasy’ SFX, ‘It simply doesn’t stop…If you like Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch’s work then this is one for you’ Fantasy-Faction.com, ‘A story that entertains from beginning to end’ FantasyBookCritic blog

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A TALE OF THE KIN

Drothe has killed a legend, burned down part of the imperial capital, and unexpectedly elevated himself into the underworld's elite. And as the city's newest 'Gray Prince', Drothe's learning just how good he used to have it.

With no time to build support, Drothe is already being called out by other Gray Princes. Then when one of them dies, all signs point to Drothe. Members of the thieves' guilds begin choosing sides, mostly against him, for what promises to be another gang war. Then he is approached by someone who can solve all his problems and also offer him redemption. But is the cost just too high?

Out of options, Drothe finds himself travelling to the empire's bitterest enemy. He has a price on his head, but one last plan in mind . . .

Praise for the series

'An unalloyed pleasure: a fast-moving, funny, twisting tale'

Brent Weeks

'A beguiling lively urban fantasy'

SFX

'It simply doesn't stop . . . If you like Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch's work then this is one for you'

Fantasy-Faction.com

'A story that entertains from beginning to end' FantasyBookCritic blog


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Lep on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
Douglas Hulick's second novel is even better than the first, and that is huge praise coming from someone as difficult to impress as myself. This second novel sees our (anti?)hero out on a quest that the first book set up beautifully, and from the first chapter you really want to head off on the adventure and experience everything with the characters. If anything, Hulick's skill as an author has taken another leap forward; there's such a confidence to this book that each chapter becomes a mini-adventure, and it kept me turning the pages into the small hours of the morning. There's a healthy combination of wise cracking humour, interweaving plotlines, shady characters and beloved ones, lethal swordfights, and such realistic descriptions of places and scenery that I had trouble coming back to reality after finishing each chapter. For anyone who loves a brilliant, roguish adventure with characters who quickly become your best friends, this is a great continuation of a highly recommended series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Offer on 7 Jun. 2014
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Hulick just seems to have that ability to drag you into a story, keep you interested and make you desperate for some spare time to get back to the book. Hulick has this. The main protagonist is simply a fantastic creation, he is interesting, get's himself in to all sorts of spots and in a strange way is believable.

The main thing above all others that I enjoy is the interaction between various characters, this is often witty and often equates to verbal warfare. The only other author who seems to excel in this interaction, humor, pace and action in the first person is Daniel Polansky. i cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thomas on 27 May 2014
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I really can't express how much I enjoyed reading this - There isn't much that'll keep my eyes open after 11 these days, but this book had me awake until the early hours every night! I picked it up not really remembering why it was on my wish list (it'd been a pretty long time since I read the first book in this series), and have read it in every spare minute I could find since.

Loved the characters and the writing style (biting my nails in suspense one minute, and then grinning ear to ear the next) which kept me guessing, never quite sure what Drothe was going to do next.

Out of all the fantasy books I've read in the last few years, Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire series stood out more than any others (for me) by far - Until I read this. Whatever it was that appealed to me so much before about Broken Empire is in here too.

I can't wait for the next one.

Get writing Douglas!!! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMCUK on 26 May 2014
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One of the best story lines that has been around for years, only problem for me is the wait between books being published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sands on 25 May 2014
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The second book in the series has not disappointed. It has a slow start but then the action gets going and you are hooked.

This series has all the elements that I love - intrigue, fighting, strong females and magic. There are plot twists, plot twists and plot twists. Very clever but in a down to earth way.

Looking forward to the next book but not sure how long I will have to wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By numbnuts on 25 May 2014
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I found it as enjoyable as Among Thieves. Well written and clips along at a steady pace. If you enjoyed the first book, this one won't dissapoint
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark p on 24 May 2014
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excellent read, well structured, fast paced - enjoyed this book as much as the first one, it's one that I'll keep reading again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngusO on 23 May 2014
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I enjoyed this very much, and read it quickly, but I thought it slightly less good than Among Thieves as I was a little frustrated by some plot points.
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