Continuing my reading of self-published fantasy books, here is one that might be familiar. The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids was the winner of Mark Lawrence’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO).
Amra Thetys lives by two simple rules—take care of business, and never let it get personal. Thieves don’t last long in Lucernis otherwise. But when a fellow rogue and good friend is butchered on the street in a deal gone wrong, she turns her back on burglary and goes after something more precious than treasure: Revenge.
Revenge, however, might be hard to come by. A nightmare assortment of enemies, including an immortal assassin and a mad sorcerer, believe Amra is in possession of The Blade That Whispers Hate—the legendary, powerful artifact her friend was murdered for—and they’ll do anything to take it from her. Trouble is, Amra hasn’t got the least clue where the Blade might be.
She needs to find the Blade, and soon, or she’ll be joining her colleague in a cold grave instead of avenging his death. Time is running out for the small, scarred thief.
“Sometimes theft can be as simple and direct as a fist in an unsuspecting face, and sometimes it can be as complex as a military operation.”
Lately, I’ve come across quite a few strong, female characters who are sarcastic, don’t take crap from anyone and are hard to get close to. Amra is one such character. At first I found her sarcasm stemmed from a place of slight bitterness from a jaded character which I can appreciate. As the book progressed I found her smart-ass attitude to be more like comic relief but that is just my own perception of the character. In a sea of similar jaded female characters, I’m not yet convinced Amra stands out from the crowd although that she might if I continue on with this series. The secondary characters help give this book some flavor to it.
This really is a short read (around 200 pages) with some action, magic, mystery and some weird monsters and villains. The book gives you just enough on the world building to move the plot along and at the end you have a more complete history thanks to a foul-mouth priest from the book. The characters are likable and it has some funny one liners.
All in all it’s an entertaining read with good scenes but on the whole it’s one read that will fade away in my memory with time as it doesn’t stand out for me. If you’re looking to read something entertaining without too much info dumps on the world-building and magic system, a relatively speedy yet engaging resolution to the plot, all with a sassy, main character then this is for you.
I gave this a 3 out of 5