Among Thieves, Tales of the Kin #1 by Douglas Hulick
Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves is one of those books that seem two a penny lately. It’s set against the backdrop of a city underworld with a thief as its main character. The cover features man with his face in the shadows and his blade out. The only thing missing is the hooded cloak to finish off the outfit. This isn’t just another run of the mill book about thieves though, its story has enough about it to draw you in and it’s well written and well enough paced to keep the pages turning. This is a good start to the series and I look forward to reading more.
The main character is Drothe, a thief with more than a little Locke Lamora about him – he’s a resourceful rogue with just the right combination of charm and guile to wriggle out of the tightest situation, and just the right combination of curiosity and bad luck to get in to them in the first place. Along with his trusty sidekick Degan, Drothe ducks and weaves his way from one near disaster to another, eventually finding himself to be a major player in a changing criminal underworld, whether he likes it or not.
Dominish rating: 75%