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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330536206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330536202
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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: Paperback
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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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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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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In an increasing busy sub-genre, that of the loveable(?) rogue, this isn't a bad entry for a first attempt. There would appear to be plenty mileage in the characters in here but they need drawing out more and the world depicted is all a bit generic. I also think that the author lays on the action a bit too thick at times as the hero immediately jumps from one peril to another sometimes literally. This means that the book is very much plot driven and I would hope that in future volumes the characters and the world given room to breathe. I get the impresion that this has been written with one eye on the screen rather than as a straight novel but it is a decent if a tad formulaic,romp.
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The world of books (and especially fantasy fiction it seems) is full of new authors trying to get our faithful attention. Like many readers, I need to read as much as I need to drink water to stay alive - it's a life-long passion. So what a pleasure it has been to encounter a story that while certainly of a genre, still has a fresh feel.

A very engaging story. I don't provide reviews on all the books I buy and I _very_ rarely give 5 stars (for books), however this story was good enough (once I'd finished!) to get me out of my early Sunday morning bed and write this.

I am very much looking forward to the next volume (apparently being released this summer).
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Read this if you like a story where good and bad doesn't really count. At first your tempted to say this is a story of no honour among thieves, but when you've read it through and thought about it, there is quite alot of honour among these thieves, or at least some of them, and in their own way.

It is an underhand and dirty world you're introduced to. The world building is a bit lacking at times but nothing major.

This is not a story of the underdog growing up and surviving due to finding his true/hidden abilities but a story of a man who survives on wit, will, guile, grit and blood and by the fact that he continues even when battered and bruised.
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