E-book, 207 Pages
By: Michael McClung
“True wisdom lies not in knowing the correct answer, but in knowing the correct question.”
I am a fan of self published books and it is becoming a fact among my friends and followers that I do support those as much as I can. In fact, one of my favorite books of all time is The Sword of Kaigen which won the SPFBO contest last year and The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braid is the contest’s first winner! It is hard for me to read all the finalists through all the years so I am going for the winner’s for the time being. My friend Yuri loved this series and recommended it to me which encouraged me to pick it up much sooner!
The story follows Amra Thetys (Whom the name of the series is based upon) who is a thief and tried to mind her own business. Amra’s life however becomes much more complicated when one of her friends/ colleagues asks her for a favor and then founds himself in the grave and Amra is thrown in this whole mess and then is looking for revenge!
So yeah, it is a kind of a revenge story with morally grey characters. The writing is good and although it is a dark story, it is merged with humor which lightens the story and makes it an easier read. I loved the way the characters were introduced because it was gradual and easy to follow. I liked Amra but I loved Holgren, her magician friend who is my favorite in the book and I think we will be seeing much more of him in the rest of the series.
The pacing is fast and it is full of action, the world is nice to discover but don’t expect much complexity or a defined magical system. The magic is kind of without rules and expect everything from it. I think I was not bothered by it because I wanted something light and this delivered it!
“Fate is a slaver, bloodwitch, and I refuse its chains.”
Summary: I think I can see why TTWPOTB is the first winner of SPFBO! The story is light, humorous, full of action and fleshed characters. The pacing is fast and the writing is good and I am not asking for more! I am definitely reading the rest of the series.
Have you ever read an SPFBO book?