Format: eBook (for review)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 21/03/2013
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Bolen is a thief,
plying his trade under the spires of an ancient and sprawling city.
Worried that he's growing too old, Bolen has lined up a risky job, just
to prove that he can still pull one off.
Tonight, he's going to break
into a nobleman's vault and help himself to its contents. What he
doesn't know is that inside is the key to a secret as old as the city
Kings have killed for it, demons have coveted it, priests
have prayed for it, and in a few moments it will be in his hands. And
when it is, the adventure of his life will begin.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book but the second half of the description hooked me, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did because I loved this strange little tale of a thief and a King, thrown together in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Bolan is a character that is easy to empathise with, once one of the best thieves in the city he's now getting old and can no longer pull off a job as quickly as he used to. Still he takes this one to relive his glory days but finds himself strangely attached to the little ruby figure. One event leads to another and Bolen finds himself getting in a lot deeper than he expected.
I think that the fantasy elements and the city itself in this story would appeal to Discworld fans, I know the world did remind me of Ankh Morpork. Considering that this is Gelo's first book, I was surprised by just how well written it is and how well fleshed out the characters were. It's a short book but a fun read!