Silver Queendom

Angry Robot. Aug. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780857669940. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
In Koboldt’s (Domesticating Dragons) latest, times are lean, and Darin and his crew are in hock up to their necks when a big payday lands in their laps. The only problem is that it’s attached to an impossible job that will probably leave them all with a price on their heads—if those heads are still attached. All they have to do is steal the queen’s caravan of priceless dream wine from the deadliest guards in the world. They can’t resist the challenge or the payday and plan the heist of a lifetime. The story is a quest and a heist and a poke in the kidney with a switchblade to the rich and powerful who think they’re safe behind their walls and guards but are easily fooled by their greed—and Darin and his crew are just the ones to make them feel it.
VERDICT This epic fantasy about a crew of misfits with just a touch of magic and heartbreaking backstories is a rollicking good time of a read. Readers who fell for Christopher Buehlman’s The Blacktongue Thief are going to be head over heels for Koboldt’s latest.
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