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Ratpaths (Tales of Istonnia Book 1) by [Rust, Angelika]
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Ratpaths (Tales of Istonnia Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Tales of Istonnia (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

Angelika Rust is the author of Ratpaths, a fantasy novel in a mafia setting, and The Girl on the Red Pillow, a fantasy novella dealing with the effects of abuse and depression. She was born in Vienna in 1977. These days, she lives in Germany, with her husband, two children, a grumpy old cat and a hyperactive dog. After having tried almost every possible job from pizza delivery to HR consultant, she now teaches English to pensioners.

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  • Print Length: 285 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVIP17A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #775,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first time I read this, it wasn’t my favourite book and it was a couple of years before I picked it up again and gave it another go. I’m glad I did.
I think the only way Nivvo could be described is as a cheeky rascal. He’s just that sort of lovable scamp, who might have a somewhat dark side to him but for the most part is honest in his own way.
The city is living under the thumb of a tyrant who had Nivvo’s father killed when he was but a child, and sent him to the streets. The only reason he is alive is that the lord of the underworld took a liking to him...
The story comes to a satisfying end, yet there is obviously more to come.
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I downloaded this book maybe a year ago, when someone send me a link to a 'free day'. As with many things we get for free, I soon forgot about it. I noticed it a few weeks ago and decided to give it a go. I was shocked at the quality of the writing and the way it sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. I can't recommend this book any higher. Five stars isn't even enough. I got it for free, but at $2.99 it is a steal. I gladly paid that for the second book and I'm sure the third will go down just as easily
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A well-written, believable fantasy adventure. Ratpaths is the story of Nivvo, a thief, who lives an Artful Dodger-esque life stealing to simply survive, using the 'ratpaths' of the title to make good his escapes. As a small child he has the unenviable task of providing for his destitute mother; then later, his half-sister. The story is nicely paced, with a gradual build to Nivvo's flight back to Istonnia, and the inevitable fight to reinstate the rightful heir to power (without giving too much away). The excerpt involving a nail-biting river crossing is exceptionally well done. Highly recommended.
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I received a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

Ratpaths is a magic-free young adult fantasy story about loyalty, freedom and dynasty.

Nivvo, a young thief, discovers the long dead heir to the throne is actually alive and needs rescuing from some sea-fairing kidnappers. The narration moves between Nivvo's quest to save and reinstate the heir, and the story of his own early life.

Nivvo frees Vilores from his captors and leads him to a fragile kind of safety. He uses his skills learnt as a pickpocket to guide him through the city's twisting, hidden ratpaths, but it's the unravelling of Nivvo's own dark story that provides the surprises in the plot.

It's obvious that the author likes her characters, particularly Nivvo. He's definitely "One spark short of a bonfire." He's fun and unpredictable to read, but it's hard to tell if he's brave or a bit mad. It'd sometimes be easier to understand him if this were clearer. The other characters, from the Fagan-like mafia boss Cambrosi to sweet and capable little sister Reka are well-developed.

The themes might be traditional but the setting is unusual, and much of it is imagined and constructed skilfully. Although the story is largely not supernatural, ghosts and the dead appear frequently in characters' thoughts and dialogue. This, for me, is one of the most successful aspects of the book. The existence of Nivvo's wider world is convincingly created by characters' references to their beliefs and superstitions. A whole culture is economically brought into being in their dialogue, as they continually express their disbelief with phrases like, "I'll be buried" or insult each other as "ghostless fools.
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'Ratpaths' is the story of thief Nivvo who is living in a city ruled over by a tyrant who killed to secure his place on the throne.

I don't often enjoy historical fiction but I just couldn't put this book down. The story was told brilliantly, with well defined characters and believable plot twists. This definitely isn't your typical fantasy tale. It has a gritty realism to it and some violent things happened, yet it never quite falls into the dark fantasy category and it would be suitable for young adult readers. The characters stories have their heart-breaking moments and there is a lot of dark material in there but there's also a very good sense of humour.

I liked all the references to fire in the character's dialog exchanges, it made for unusual and interesting conversations! The setting felt totally unique and the world Rusk has created felt solidly built and real. I sympathised easily with Nivvo, he was an excellent character and I can't wait to see what's next for him.

A brilliant debut novel I would recommend to just about everyone. I'll admit the cover put me off to begin with, but Ratpaths is truly a well-woven story with a unique setting and fantastic characters. It's not YA but would be suitable for older teenagers as well as adults. Highly recommended!
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This is a wonderful story to lose yourself in a fantasy world with a gritty Oliver Twistish feeling.

It is written beautifully and really conjures the images of the places and scenery in the readers mind. I felt I was there and now I remember the story as if I'd seen a film. This is a credit to the author, as she has the balance of everything perfect.

Although I got to the end of the story and was satisfied with the conclusion, I sense there is more to come. This would make a great series and I hope another book will be out soon.

A reader captivating, clever storyline.
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