E-book, 288 Pages
By: Michael McClung
Rating: 🌟🌟 1/2
The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids ★★★★
The Thief Who Spat In Luck’s Good Eye ★★ 1/2
Unfortunately and as you can see from my rating of the second book, I preferred the first one much more. I did not understand how is their such a big difference between the two books until one piece of missing information came to light: The author actually wrote this one first under a different name and then it got republished when the first book in this series won the SPFBO with a new name.
So technically, this is the author’s debut one way or another and it felt like that. The writing was very average and it was not “quotable” for me. There is some banter but not enough to make for everything else. I kept finding myself getting in and out of the story and then I just wanted to finish the book and move to the next one which is a bad sign!
The characters are good but not as much as I wanted them to be. The problem is that this one focused more on the plot and kind of ignored the characters. The romance was not convincing for me, very abrupt, came out of nowhere and I did not find myself a fan of it.
The plot is theoretically fun, a lost city, a challenge with Gods and an adventure with Holgren. But the execution was not the best and there was some repetition and the plot lost its sparkle after a few chapters. Maybe it was broader in spectrum than book 1 but it looks like more does not always equal better.
Summary: I don’t have much to say for this one except that I expected more from all aspects; the writing, the characters and the story line. Anyway, given that I enjoyed book 1 and I heard book 3 is more similar to that, I am gonna give the series another chance and continue with book 3 before deciding if it is worth the time and the money.