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An entertaining piece of work
on 17 November 2003
Lets be clear: This is not Feist's best work by a long chalk. Neither is it his worst though. And it is worth remembering that Feist's worst is still better than some best!
This work sees Jimmy the Hand, boy-thief extraordinaire (though he says so himself), thrown out of the Guild of Thieves for breaking with the Upright Man's orders. What follows is the tale of Jimmy's adventures as he tries to stay out of trouble long enough to clear his name.
Jimmy the Hand was always one of my favouite characters, although I admit that I approached this book with some trepidation given the "Krondor" series, which I thought was pretty rough-cut.
I am pleased to be able to report that, while Jimmy does not have the depth and flow of some of Feist's great works (such as The King's Buccaneer, or Talon of the Silver Hawk), this is an entertaining read and a good backwards glance at a loveable character. A good element of humour has been added to this book that I can only attribute to Steve Stirling, the co-writer.
I'd certainly read a follow-up to this one. It is in my opinion the best of the co-written Legends series. You never know, I might even buy something by Steve Stirling!