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4.0 out of 5 stars good characters and world-building; slim plot, 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Thief-Taker's Apprentice (Paperback)
A good, short, entertaining read. The apprenticeship part of the story works very well, and is quite interesting enough in its own right. But the main mcguffin plot about finding the pirates seems a bit thin, and almost tacked on. The world-building is nicely done in small accretions, without any huge info-dumps. The main characters are well drawn. Only the token female remains a closed book, but I'm going to generously hope that she comes into her own more in subsequent books, which I will be reading.
I was surprised one of the other reviews said this was YA, but suitable for younger kids. I thought it was YA all the way through, but towards the end wondered if I'd got that wrong and it was an adult book. It is *very* unpleasantly violent towards the end. I don't say this in a disapproving way (I like Joe Abercrombie!), just slightly surprised.
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