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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007384181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007384181
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for David Chandler [who also writes as David Wellington]:

‘Wellington is a vivid storyteller, whether describing gruesome attacks, expressing the subtle attraction between man and woman, or chronicling the life of a troubled teen.’ – Associated Press

‘Terrific; a literate, smartly constructed page-turner. . . Wellington again proves himself as one of the very best authors of contemporary horror fiction.’ – Bookgasm.com

‘The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody.’ – Publishers Weekly

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David Chandler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Syracuse University and received an MFA in creative writing from Penn State. He also holds a masters degree in Library Science from the Pratt Institute. He now lives in New York City with his wife who, in her wedding vows, promised to "kick serious zombie ass" for him.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MaskedMarauder on 2 Jan. 2012
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I bought this one as a present for a friend, and decided just to take a loo(c)k before wrapping it; when I put the book away, I was on page 32 and though not hooked, clearly interested and 'into' the book. It is a quick read, and a very satisfying read if you know what you are in for. High fantasy it isn't, low fantasy a la Abercrombie it isn't either - even though the cover tries to imitate everyone's (including my) favourite Joe. It's what used to be called 'sword & sorcery', a sub-genre of fantasy that does not see too many new entries anymore, and at that is very good.
Accordingly both sorcery and swords play THE central roles, but both the characters and the setting are not badly drawn, and the plot comes to a conclusion that managed to satisfy and even surprise me - and I have been reading fantasy & sf for 40+ years.
The novel also has a proper ending. No need to read the next one in the 'Ancient Blades'-series, but I think many will, including me.
I would not have written this quick review were it not for the first review moaning the weakness of this book over the author's history novels. That review is unfair in my view. If you like sword & sorcery-novels, you will no doubt really enjoy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jamie woodward on 6 Jan. 2013
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Excellent book, a strong narrative with engaging characters,all with different motivations that make them who they are. Cant wait to read the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on 12 April 2012
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The book is a great start to an amazing series (Trilogy) As a 17 year old teenager i greatly enjoyed the book and the whole series is one of my favourites.

The book does have a proper ending so if you didn't fully enjoy it you won't feel hooked to move onto the next 2 books. However I would seriously reccommend finishing the series. The books get better and better through the whole series; and the final book is a definite read.

The book plays to some classic themes and plays to them well - magic, swords, thievery.

I felt hooked from the start and i would definatly reccommend the other 2 books; Ancient Blades Trilogy (2) - A Thief in the Night and Ancient Blades Trilogy (3) - Honour Among Thieves
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If I were to sum up Den of Thieves in one word, I’d probably choose “frustrating”. This was a story that I was interested in, with characters who were at least half likeable, but at the same time it somehow just didn’t grip me. When I wanted to settle down and read, I’d find a distraction after a couple of pages and let that take me, where normally I’d expect for the book to take precedence. It’s like there was a hook, but no barb on the end, so my interest would get tickled but ultimately fall off the end.

I think part of this may have been the writing. For large portions of the book I would be thinking “this is a YA novel” – it just seemed to be written for a younger audience until the occasional bit of strong language here and there. This aside though, frustrating is definitely the word. I did mostly enjoy this book, but just couldn’t get in to it deeply enough to really enjoy it. It’s one of those novels that I finished and didn’t actually dislike, but yet I have no real desire to pick up the next book in the series.
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By Pig Daddy on 12 Feb. 2013
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Having been reading sf&fantasy for over 30 years and having a collection of over 2k books covering all styles of writing in this category and others. I bought these books on the back of a recommendation of another author and glad I did even though I read some of the comments. If this is poor work by this author compared to his previous work then the early books must be outstanding. I found this book very easy to read and once into the story couldn't put it down. Would have given it 5 stars but in a couple of places would have liked a little more clarity on certain parts of the story line. Other than that it was refreshing a well written and felt I was there alongside Malden and Croy in this adventure. Also nice to see the main character was good at his trade but had weaknesses such as his ability to sword fight. Nice touch with the tattoos. welcome addition to my stable of authors and on the shelves with the rest of my collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fairynuff on 26 Mar. 2013
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Most of the characters in this book are well written and the storyline was engaging. i found it easy reading although the world is not described in much detail so my imagination had to fill in the gaps. A little bit simplistic and not as rich or complex as some other offerings out there but still enjoyable. Am hoping the rest of the trilogy will build and improve.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Dec. 2012
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I really wanted to like this book. I have read other books by the author and liked them. This though, it crawls, and I found it like trying to get through thick cement and I found that although I usually get through books really fast, this one took me ages to make myself continue through. The characters also seemed to me to be running around in circles. The characters are interesting enough in idea but aren't really fleshed out. A 3 star book that could have been a lot better.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2011
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This is a decent enough, easy read - no great revelations, no great philosophical discursions, just a tale of your everyday common or garden thief, with suitable nods towards Fantasy RPG computer games or previous series like the old "Thieves world/Sanctuary" books by Robert Asprin et al (surely these must be up for a decent re-print?). All the usual suspects are here, the gangland uber boss, the "warrior", the mage and the thief hero has more than a few wisecracks up his sleeve. So if you forgive these standard characters you will find the plot skips along at a spritely pace and offers suitable entertainment if nothing particularly new or gritty.
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