Published: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
Pages: 298 (Paperback)
My Rating: 3.5/5.0
Amra Thetys lives by two simple rules: take care of business, and never let it get personal.
Thieves don’t last long in Lucernis. When a fellow rogue is butchered on the streets in a deal gone bad, Amra turns her back on burglary and goes after something more precious than treasure: revenge. Revenge, however, might be hard to come by. A nightmare assortment of enemies—including an immortal assassin and a mad sorcerer—believe Amra is in possession of The Blade That Whispers Hate, the legendary, powerful artifact her friend was murdered for. And Amra’s enemies will do anything to take it.
Trouble is, Amra hasn’t a clue where the Blade actually is. She needs to find it, and soon, or she’ll be joining her colleague in a cold grave, rather than avenging his death.
When I saw the title of this book I knew that I HAD to check it out- it’s so immediately appealing and practically promises adventure. Well, I wasn’t disappointed in that respect! The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids was filled with action, intrigue, and fancy knife work. I was also surprised to see that it’s June 14, 2016 release date is actually a RE-RELEASE date and there are other books out in the series already, which is perfect for binge reading if I do say so myself.
Our main character, Amra Thetys, is a thief of no small skill and what seems to be a penchant for getting herself into troublesome situations. This time the trouble arrives in the form of a golden toad figurine that gives off curiously bad vibes and a friend that’s obviously gotten himself into a curious situation that quickly turns southward. This leads to a series of events including but not limited to imprisonment, demon attacks, breaking and entering, and even a case of lice. Honestly, doesn’t that sound appealing? Not to experience firsthand of course- that would just be awful. I’ll be honest, what I mentioned isn’t even the half of what was happening in this book and it’s only a quarter of the excitement.
I felt Michael McClung has begun building a very exciting world and I already love the characters. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids is a shorter story and as such lacks some of the finer detail that many other fantasy tomes have. And yes, many of them should really be classified as tomes because they’re simply enormous. There’s not a lot of time spent on building up and describing the world in great detail. At this point I can’t even remember what country they were supposed to be in and I literally just finished the book a matter of hours ago. At this point, it’s almost 100% plot driven and the authors certainly doesn’t waste words building up politics or culture, though there is a heavier does of religion because that’s a large part of the story.
All in all, I thought this was a very enjoyable book and I’m partial to heist stories and thieves as main characters, so all the better. I love finding these books that I’ve hardly heard anything about- it’s a complete mystery when you start reading! I look forward to reading more of Amra Thetys’s adventures (or bad luck) in the next novel The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye.