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Stephen Deas
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7 April 2011 Thief-Taker (Book 1)

Berren has lived in the city all his life. He has made his way as a thief, paying a little of what he earns to the Fagin like master of their band. But there is a twist to this tale of a thief.

One day Berren goes to watch an execution of three thieves. He watches as the thief-taker takes his reward and decides to try and steal the prize. He fails. The young thief is taken. But the thief-taker spots something in Berren. And the boy reminds him of someone as well. Berren becomes his apprentice.

And is introduced to a world of shadows, deceit and corruption behind the streets he thought he knew.

Full of richly observed life in a teeming fantasy city, a hectic progression of fights, flights and fancies and charting the fall of a boy into the dark world of political plotting and murder this marks the beginning of a new fantasy series for all lovers of fantasy - from fans of Kristin Cashore to Brent Weeks.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575094494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575094499
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A teenage thief becomes a teenage assassin and must live with the consequences.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The city of Deephaven is still recovering from a civil war that wracked it and the surrounding Empire several decades ago. The war left behind many orphans and unwanted children, some of whom have grown up with thievery the only option for survival. After unwisely making a thief-taker his mark, one of these boys, Berren finds his life transformed as he is recruited as the thief-taker's apprentice.

The Thief-Taker's Apprentice is the start of a new trilogy by Stephen Deas, author of the Memory of Flames Trilogy (The Adamantine Palace, The King of the Crags and the forthcoming The Order of Scales). It is set in the same world, apparently on a continent on the far side of the Taiytakei homelands, but a couple of mentions of the Taiytakei aside, there are no links between the two series (yet, anyway). It is also nominally a 'Young Adult' title, but Deas actually pulls few punches in the book to accommodate these younger readers. Particularly amusing (and actually effective) is the use of corrupted Cockney rhyming slang to get around restrictions on swearing, whilst the violence is not particularly sanitised (although not gratuitous, either).

The book is pretty traditional. Whilst Memory of Flames has the politics of the dragon realms and the use of dragons as horrendous weapons of war going for it, The Thief-Taker's Apprentice is much happier employing standard tropes. We have a young main character (albeit one whose morality is a bit greyer than the standard young boy cliche), an older mentor (a disgraced nobleman from a distant land), the romantic interest, the nemesis and so on. Those looking for something surprising and new might be disappointed here. However, Deas takes the standard material and infuses it with great pace and some impressive depth, given the modest page count.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon stop overcharging for Kindle e-books 3 Dec 2012
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Amazon you need to respect your customers - stop abusing your monopoly over Kindle e-book distribution by overcharging. It should NEVER be more expensive to buy the e-book version than a hard copy version. Can you imagine how galling it is to receive endless spam e-mails from you telling me that the hardback version of a book is cheaper than the electronic version. And pay your taxes like everybody else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great offering for the YA market 21 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Stephen breaks into the Young Adult Fantasy Market with this offering and to be honest its an offering that will soon win him some younger fans. The writing style is beautiful, the prose ideal and to be brutally honest one that really will help the reader imagine the city in which the tale is set.

Add to the mix great combat, some magical twists and an author who plays for keeps which makes this title a book that really was a real joy to read. Fans of Stephens adult titles will definitely want to recommend this title to younger family members and will enjoy this title just as much themselves. A great kick off to the Gollancz Young Adult publishing business and if the quality is kept will soon make them a serious name for Young Adult quality fiction.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 10 Jun 2014
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Boring story about a little coward boy who in the end still is a coward.
Way to much description of streets and not a very exiting story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good 3 Mar 2013
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This is a really good book for people who enjoy chases in alleyways and Gore . It's a really good book but not my favourite. I hope you find this review helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 7 Oct 2012
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Took me 2 weeks to read, looking fordward for next parts. could not put it down until I had no more pages to turn
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief Takers Apprentice 23 May 2012
By LB555
A great start to an ongoing series. Quick light read that is very descriptive. Aimed for the young adult range but a very good read. Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow. 20 May 2012
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One of the best books I've read in a while, read it all in a few days. I'll be getting the second book soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good characters and world-building; slim plot
A good, short, entertaining read. The apprenticeship part of the story works very well, and is quite interesting enough in its own right. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by E. L. Woodcock
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of set-up and promise in this secondary world fantasy
Berren's only ever known a life of crime. An excellent thief, he makes his living cutting purses and paying a percentage to Hatchet in return for his protection. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by I Read, Therefore I Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief Taker's Apprentice
The Thief-Taker's Apprentice is a tale of bounty-hunters and thieves set in a historic fantasy world. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by R. LILES
4.0 out of 5 stars the thief- taker's apprentice
I thought this book was a nice change, it's different and all in all I thought, a nice idea.
It's rather interesting and did include some elements of a twist throughout the... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Ruth
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting YA fantasy
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I don't know if I would have know this was YA if I hadn't read it somewhere, and because of that it works just as well for a young reader as for an adult... Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Blodeuedd
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting the next book!
The Thief-Taker's Apprentice is Stephen Deas' first YA novel. It's is set in the same world as his A Memory of Flames trilogy and is the first in a trilogy of its own. Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
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