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Swan's Braid and Other Tales of Terizan (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tanya Huff

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A new short story collection from Tanya Huff.

You can't belong to the Thieves' Guild if you can't break into the Thieves' Guild. When Terizan dropped out of the secret passage, past the net, and into the Inner Sanctum, she was astonished to discover that no one else had ever made it that far. Unfortunately, neither Terizan nor the Guild are thrilled about the sudden perception that she's the best thief in Oreen – the title comes with expectations and the Guild only ever expects the worst. In these five tales, mercenary captains, murderous royal families, ghosts, gods, and wizards prove that while it may not always be lonely at the top, it's definitely annoying. Good thing half a dozen gods owe Terizan a favour.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5631 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 127 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (30 mai 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00D4D7FYE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A talented thief indeed! 30 août 2014
Par H. Grove (errantdreams) - Publié sur
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Swan’s Braid and Other Tales of Terizan is a collection of short stories by Tanya Huff, all featuring the thief Terizan. Terizan is a great thief, and the Tribunes of the Thieves’ Guild feel just a tad threatened by her skills and ambition–thus they continually maneuver her into difficult and dangerous assignments. Good thievery plots are hard to pull off, because the author has to be very on the ball to keep up with reader expectations of cleverness. Tanya Huff does a fantastic job of it. I love the ways in which Terizan gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, and pulls one over on the people who try to harm or trick her. I also love the fact that she isn’t infallible, and her own ambitions and ego sometimes trip her up.

In Swan’s Braid, Terizan falls for a beautiful mercenary captain named Swan. Swan, however, has her own reasons for finding Terizan captivating. Toss in Terizan’s first test from the Thieves’ Guild and a local leader with criminal connections, and Terizan has to think fast to keep her head above water.

In Mysterious Ways gives us a great peek into the ins-and-outs of belief in small gods, and how those small gods can still affect their believers–and those who cross them. Terizan’s latest Guild assignment lands her in trouble with one of those gods with hilariously dangerous results.

The Lions of Al’Kalamir is almost-sort-of a classic tomb/dungeon crawl, with plenty of traps for the unwary and enjoyable plot twists along the way. Terizan gets herself into things at Swan’s behest in order to head off a civil war, but of course someone has to complicate things by pulling one over on her.

Sometimes, Just Because pits Terizan against a powerful wizard, which might just be her most dangerous assignment yet. Terizan’s ambition trips her up a bit in this one, but she isn’t being as foolish as she might seem.

The Things Everyone Knows sends Terizan into the realm of crypts, tombs, and ghosts in order to head off a political conspiracy–not exactly something she wants to involve herself in, but the Guild once again has her number. This one brings her full circle back to the events of the first story and introduces another unusual small god with interesting influences.

Thievery plots are so difficult to pull off well. They require a lot of cleverness on the thief’s part, and too often that devolves into what I call the “think like the author” problem–the only reason the thief succeeds is because they can effectively read the author’s mind (i.e., the author’s omniscience allows the thief to make assumptions they shouldn’t be able to leap to). Tanya Huff avoids this beautifully. Terizan is genuinely clever on her own merits. She also is flawed without being too foolish, a balance that’s hard to maintain. My only disappointment with Swan’s Braid is that I hated running out of stories to read!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fun collection 25 novembre 2013
Par woperd - Publié sur
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Terizan is a likable thief. Her own, personal brand of morality balances out the arrogance of 'the best thief'. The additional, recurring characters are developed enough to add real color and consistency between each story, but each story can stand alone as well. Some characters from Huff's other books are similar to these characters, which is a fun familiar without being completely copied. It's nice to have some diversity in the stories as well. All in all, a fun read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Twist on the Standard "Thief" 11 novembre 2013
Par Rabid Reader - Publié sur
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Why have I never heard of Tanya Huff before now? Obviously she's been chewing bubblegum and kicking kiester in the realm of fantasy lit for awhile without me noticing. Let's see what kind of high praise I can serve up....

1. Terizan is a wonderfully complex and consistent hero. Her motivations are always very clear to me. Her characterization is consistent even as it develops.

2. Terizan has a distinct way of talking, as do Poli and Swan (supporting characters.) Even the faceless tribunes have a fairly consistent way of speaking, helping the reader understand those characters.

3. The world is extremely unexpected. I really like it though I don't quite have it. It seems like a bizarre combination of the American southwest (maybe Mexico too?) and the "Near East" of "Arabian Nights."

4. Terizan keeps me guessing. I know she's going to get out, because she's the best thief, but damned if I know how.

Good fun, with a dash of the naughty and vicarious adventure.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really Excellent! 7 août 2013
Par J. Ney-Grimm - Publié sur
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I think I'm becoming a Tanya Huff fan. Her characters are appealing and interesting. Her worlds, believable and rich. And her plots have twists that keep me interested all the way through to the end. All of which are true of these Terizan tales. Good stuff!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic fantasy, marvelously done 26 juin 2014
Par Força Porto! - Publié sur
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Tanya Huff is a superb fantasist, and her tales of Terizan the thief are classics in a genre whose early exemplars included Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Terizan, while closer certainly to the Mouser than to Fafhrd, is very much her own character-- a thief and not a swordsman (she's a pacifist when it comes to killing, and a young woman-- although she shares a choice in sexual partners with the Mouser), and not a traveling adventurer but emotionally attached to her own city. She is not merely a member of the Thieves Guild, which she joined for the health benefits in an era lacking in ObamaCare, but the most highly skilled thief in the Guild, which gets her a certain number of assignments she wouldn't have chosen on her own, but which make excellent stories.

As with everything coming from Tanya Huff's pen/typewriter/computer, read these stories. Highly recommended.
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