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Sworn in Steel: A Tale of the Kin [Format Kindle]

Douglas Hulick

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Praise for Among Thieves

“An unalloyed pleasure: a fast moving, funny, twisting tale in an evocative setting with great characters…Read this book.”—New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks

"Among Thieves is a mind blowingly good read... Do not miss this book!"—Fantasy Faction

“A story that entertains from beginning to end.”—Fantasy Book Critic


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It’s been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and found himself unexpectedly elevated into the ranks of the criminal elite. As the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he’s not only gained friends, but also rivals—and some of them aren’t bothered by his newfound title. A prince’s blood, as the saying goes, flows just as red as a beggar’s.

So when another Gray Prince is murdered and all signs point to Drothe as the hand behind the knife, he knows it’s his blood that’s in danger of being spilled. As former allies turn their backs and dark rumors begin to circulate, Drothe is approached by a man who says he can make everything right again. All he wants in exchange is a single favor.

Now Drothe finds himself traveling to the Despotate of Djan, the empire’s long-standing enemy, to search for the friend he betrayed—and the only person who can get him out of this mess. But the grains of sand are running out fast, and even if Drothe can find his friend, he may not be able to persuade him to help in time...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 513 pages
  • Editeur : Roc (6 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0073XV5EC
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  86 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly good! 5 juillet 2014
Par mountainwolfhowls - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
(This is for books 1 and 2 of The Tale of the Kin series) I was hesitant to read this at first, somewhat worried about the "cant", and not sure if I would be able to relate to the characters and the world. I'm cursed to be a really finicky reader, having more unfinished books in my bookcases than I can remember. I'm usually looking for something to read to hold me over while waiting for some uncompleted series. I'm talking to you, George RR Martin! I'm also waiting for R Scott Bakker to finish book 6 in the Prince of Nothing/Aspect Emperor trilogies (my new favorite series!), the next Dagger and the Coin installment by Daniel Abraham, Joe Abercrombie's next book, amongst others... BUT, I have to say, this is a surprisingly good series. The prose flows smoothly, and the main character Drothe is well developed. There's something about good writing, where the words flow freely, and you are immersed into the author's world. This series did it for me, and I can't wait for the next book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great sequel 31 mai 2014
Par Cubertnine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It is great to see that Mr. Hulick was able to follow up book 1 with a sequel that was equally impressive. The characters are very deep and continue to grow. I love the change of scenery from book to book. The plot is well thought out the pace is tight. I hope to see many more novels from Douglas Hulick in the near future. I would recommend both books to anyone who has enjoyed the works of Brent Weeks or Mark Lawrence (among others).

One of the attributes of both books that I greatly enjoy, is that both book 1 and book 2 have a definite start, a plot that goes somewhere, and a finish. Yes, at the end of the book you know there is still more in this world for Drothe, but you aren't left at the end with a bad cliff hanger that you won't remember anything about in a year when the next novel comes out.

Great work Doug, please keep it coming.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I love Drothe and Degan! 23 août 2014
Par Dee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After an agonizingly long wait, Sworn in Steel finally arrives!

After reading the first book in this series, I was anxious to get my hands on another. I'm happy to say that, despite the long wait, Sworn In Steel doesn't disappoint at all. While the world Doug Hulick has created here is intriguing and complex, it's the characters who really caught my interest. By the end of the first book, AMONGST THIEVES, I was shamelessly in love with Drothe and Degan, and absolutely devastated by the way things ended for them and their friendship. I understood why things played out the way they did, but it didn't make me feel any less badly about it.

In this second book, it's 3 months later, and Drothe still hasn't gotten over the loss of his closest friend/running buddy. On top of that, he's also managed to get himself into a very sticky and complicated situation which he's at a loss as to how to get out of. In addition to that, Drothe is placed in a very precarious position by a shady character called "Wolf," who sets him up so thoroughly that Drothe finds he has no option but to cooperate. The only silver lining is that Wolf's plan calls for them to travel to a foreign land and, hopefully, find Degan. Drothe is both excited and nervous about this because as much as he wants to reconcile with Degan, he's not at all convinced that his former bestie will want anything to do with him ever again. Still, it's not like Drothe really has a choice. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually encounter Degan again until about half-way through the book, but there's enough angst and build-up that when the two finally do meet up again, it's well worth the wait.

Hulick knows how to keep a reader entertained, and the characters and situations that Drothe encounters are quite fascinating to read about. Some characters will be familiar to readers of the first book, and several are new, yet all are quite memorable (I especially loved the scenes with all the other degans).

I really enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait for the next one ... just please don't let it take another 2 years!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I have waited 3 years for this sequel and I was not disappointed :) 19 mai 2014
Par Lucinda M. Caughey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am a true fan of Rogue's Tales. Give me a clever, street-wise thief protagonist and a smart, well-crafted caper and I'm a happy reader. Throw in some memorable non-stereotypical sidekicks, great NOT one-dimensional female characters, and snarky/snappy dialogue and I'm a fan for life.

If you haven't read the first book, "Among Thieves", go get it and read it too...Book 1 chronicles the rise of Drothe from "Nose" (information broker) to "Grey Prince" (underworld godfather).

"Sworn in Steel" begins several months after the events of book 1 and deals with how Drothe handles becoming a Grey Prince (not very well) and how he tries to repair the damage done to both his inherited organization and his personal relationships. I purposely did not re-read book 1 prior to reading this book in order to get a feel for how the story would stand on its own merit. Hulick does a very good job of integrating the important information in book 1 into the flow of this book - there are no large blocks of exposition or stilted back-fill dialogue. Everything needed is conveyed in the course of the present story. I think it helps that he has the main cast leave their home city of Ildrecca and travel to the exotic desert city of Djan. This way the minor loose story threads in Ildrecca can just remain "loose" as Drothe focuses on the immediate tasks at hand.

The plot is twisty-turny and I loved trying to figure out who was a player and who was being played. It was really wonderful to arrive at the "A-HA!" moments at the same time Drothe did. There is nothing quite as enjoyable as watching a group of amoral rogues pursuing a prize.

Other things I love about Hulick's books:

The Kin and their Cant. Hulick has successfully recreated a fantasy version of the late-Renaissance criminal underworld. Their linguistic short-hand (their "cant") has a historical basis and Hulick's effortless use of it adds color to Drothe's world. The colors may be the darker hues, and often accented with shades of blood red, but the underworld of Ildrecca is vivid.

Hulick writes GREAT fight sequences; it is easy to visualize the action in a sword fight or knife duel.

Hulick's female characters are intelligent, capable, and just as likely to be lethal as the men. Drothe's sister, Christiana, a former courtesan, now dowager Baroness, is a wonderful foil for Drothe and I really enjoy every encounter between them. Fowler Jess, Drothe's "Oak" (bodyguard), is a perceptive and astute henchman. I like that she gets to not only be right, but also gets to actually say "I told you so" to Drothe. Hulick doesn't seem to have any problem with women being in powerful or important positions. His Kin have female Grey Princes, there are female magic users, actors, assassins, and knights. None of them have to resort to disguising their sex to make it in a man's world nor are they objectified "toys"; they are characters with unique voices and unique motives.

I just hope it doesn't take him another three years to write book 3...
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fans of a fast-paced swordplay with accidental crime lord, Drothe, will not be disappointed by this second in series! 12 juillet 2015
Par M.W. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Who will like this: Fans of the first book, who enjoyed the historical/imperial plot twists/cruxes and are looking forward to those particular elements leveling up as Drothe does in his quasi-accidental promotion to Gray Prince. Fans of fast-paced, well-written swordplay will not be disappointed.

What worked for me: There were a lot of moving, and many new, unfamiliar pieces, in this second-in-series, but I felt that the fast pace was for the most part able to balance out the sheer number and places of players, because we were able to move between them (and learn more about them) very quickly. The plot developed logically, characters acted consistently, and it was a real treat to be along for the ride.

What didn't work as well for me: The first 40-60 pages or so felt like the author was skipping over an entire book's worth of material -- the immediate days after becoming the Gray Prince, dealings with the other criminal authorities, an untimely murder that jumpstarts the whole plot of this book and so on. I wanted to know more about these days and events -- I wanted this book to be about them. Not actors, not travelling to the despot's land, none of that. That feeling did pass, but it was really hard to shake since so much load-bearing, super important things were being described and experienced. When I got over that, I was able to enjoy this book for the story it was trying to tell, not the one that I started out wanting to hear.

An observation also relevant to the first book, Among Thieves, is that the author describes female characters, including oddly enough, Drothe's sister, by physical attributes/specifically, what is beautiful/sexy or not, almost before we ever get any characterization. These physical attributes and often specifically sexual thoughts reoccur with most of the women that Drothe comes into contact with. As with Among Thieves, I felt like female characterization was continually interrupted by drawing the reader's attention to the female body, Drothe's sexual desire etc. Try to imagine a conversation between Drothe and Degan going this way, where Drothe finds himself distracted by what luscious curves and angles Degan's clothes are hiding. Yeahhh...doesn't happen. Logically, it doesn't happen because Drothe for all intents and purposes is a cis hetero male character and Degan is his friend, but as far as the author's choice to objectify every single female character in this way is concerned...well, that's the author's choice. The author is choosing to make female power synonymous with being beautiful and being a passive object (in the sense of being desired by Drothe). Now, almost all the female characters are "strong" meaning, they kick physical ass in some way or they have the ability to make someone kick Drothe's ass. Wouldn't it be nice if female characters in such a layered and cool story could be more than the stereotypical "strong female character" whose actions the protagonist routinely interrupts and undermines by imagining them naked?

But, as you can see, I really enjoyed the book and gave it four stars -- the first person pov makes character development of anyone but Drothe scant at best, so there was a lot of dialogue and emotional moments that felt logical, but superficial/paint by numbers. And I admit, female characters are depicted less skillfully, so that's a routine weakness that brought this down from five stars as well.
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