The Thief-Taker's Apprentice
by Stephen Deas
Gollancz Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575094475
Date: 26 August 2010 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The buoyancy of the YA market remains largely unaffected by the problems seen in other areas of publishing during these tough times and this is benefiting we consumers no end. Many of our most talented and established authors are turning out works for younger readers and some genre publishers are putting together dedicated lists for works such as these. Gollancz do not have a separate imprint for this output as such, but they have published Stephen Deas's two adult fantasy novels, The Adamantine Palace and The King of Crags and now publish the Deas's new YA book The Thief-Taker's Apprentice in hardcover.
"Berren has lived in the city all his life. He has made his way as a thief, paying a little of what he earns to the Fagin like master of their band. But there is a twist to this tale of a thief. One day Berren goes to watch an execution of three thieves. He watches as the thief-taker takes his reward and decides to try and steal the prize. He fails. The young thief is taken. But the thief-taker spots something in Berren. And the boy reminds him of someone as well. Berren becomes his apprentice. And is introduced to a world of shadows, deceit and corruption behind the streets he thought he knew. Full of richly observed life in a teeming fantasy city, a hectic progression of fights, flights and fancies and charting the fall of a boy into the dark world of political plotting and murder this marks the beginning of a new fantasy series for all lovers of fantasy - from fans of Kristin Cashore to Brent Weeks. "