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Drothe, a Nose for the Kin, works and rubs elbows with crime lords, thieves, and murders on a daily basis while smuggling relics on the side. Things are going along well enough until he comes across a dangerous relic, a book, that could potentially bring down emperors. This is a relic that just about any member of Ildrecca's underworld would kill to get their hands on.
I've kept the above summary short and sweet, but Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick, a great series opener, is densely and tightly plotted. I loved the level of detail to Drothe's world. There's so much to talk about here, but the world-building is top-notch. However, the characters are absolutely fantastic. They are fully fleshed out and their realness bleeds off the page. Drothe, our narrator, really stands out. He has a great voice, and really kept me invested in following his journey through the criminal underworld. He's definitely not a good guy, but he is, for the most part, a good man. By the way, the action and fight scenes are really well written. My only issue is that sometimes it was a little bit too fast-paced where it didn't need to be.
Overall, I really enjoyed Hulick's fresh take on a familiar premise. I enjoyed getting to know his characters and the city they inhabit. If you are a fan of epic-fantasy, thieves and assassins, or Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk, you will love Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. I'm looking forward to continuing the series with Sworn in Steel.
I read this novel from March 26 - May 3, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.