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Christopher Buehlman The Blacktongue Thief (review)

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Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.

But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.

Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva’s. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.


Christopher Buehlman is not a newbie writer, he is known and respected for his horror writing.

   Those Across the River (2011)
   Between Two Fires (2012)
   The Necromancer’s House (2013)
   The Lesser Dead (2014)
   The Suicide Motor Club (2016)

But The Blacktongue Thief is a new foray into Fantasy, and blimey what a way to make a debut into the genre.  Its a book that has seen a lot of chatter online both from other authors and fans, it was that hype that brought it to my attention and thanks to Gollancz I was lucky enough to score an advance copy.

The author has created a fantastic world to base his story, full of magic, danger, adventure and of course death. The plot centers around Kinch Na Shannack a thief (yes with a black tongue) he is a member of the Takers guild (basically the Mob… they have fingers in everything from stealing to magic to assassins and beyond), our unfortunate hero owes money to the Takers and that debt is inked on his face, its whist trying to raise money to pay this debt… (yes lying in wait to rob people) he becomes embroiled in a quest, full of danger and mystery and mischief…. 

The characters in this book are just excellent, Kinch is funny, irreverent and lives life on the edge of his mouth getting him killed. he has companions with martial prowess way beyond his own, magical skills and devices and a blind cat (again, read the book… im not spoiling it). There is a world strewn with left over war carnage, goblins, krakens, Giants and so much more… Not since i read my first John Gwynne have i been so excited by a new series.

I honestly don’t want to spoil a single moment of the book, suffice to day that Kinch will make you laugh out loud while he steals your heart. This is a huge contender for Fantasy Book of the year.

Very Highly recommended


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