Among Thieves

Saga: S. & S. Sept. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781982142148. $26.99. FANTASY
DEBUT The Butcher of Carrowwick is known as a merciless, scathing, and deadly mercenary among her fellow dockside gangsters. Few know that she’s Ryia Cautella—and only she knows that’s not her real name. For the last six years, Ryia has hidden her secrets and stayed only a few steps ahead of the powerful Guildmaster, ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr, and his powerful Adept servants. When she learns of an artifact that could free her from the Guildmaster’s pursuit, she’s willing to cross her gang’s boss, Cal, to get it. Her plans must be carefully laid, for she will not only be heading straight into the Guildmaster’s fortress, but also dealing with her band of thieves and criminals who will be with her every step of the way. Each has secrets of their own and plans as deep and hidden as Ryia’s. This fantasy heist’s fast pace, multiple points of view, and intriguing twists will leave readers clamoring for the next book. Rich worldbuilding adds to the standard Western epic fantasy conventions.
VERDICT Kuhn’s debut is full of magic and mystery, plus a group of delightful, morally challenged misfits who are looking for freedom, no matter the cost.
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