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Ancient Blades Trilogy (1) - Den of Thieves (Ancient Blades Trilogy 1) by David Chandler
Harper Voyager Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007384181
Date: 07 July 2011 /

I'm sure David Chandler's first fantasy novel is well worth a look - he is, after all, an experienced and successful author, best know for his various horror series written under the name of David Wellington)- but I don't think his UK publishers at Harper Voyager have done him any favours with the cover they've given Den of Thieves. It looks like is a poorly executed rip-off of the very much better Gollancz Joe Abercrombie covers and rather gives the impression the novel is second rate too - which I'm quite sure it isn't. First in a trilogy

"Croy is a knight errant, and bearer of an ancient blade with a powerful destiny. He's also kind of, well, dim. He believes in honour. He believes that people are fundamentally good, and will do the right thing if you give them a chance.

Unfortunately, Croy lives in the city of Ness. A thriving medieval city of fifty thousand people, none of whom are fundamentally even decent, and who will gleefully stab you in the back. If you give them a chance.

Ness is also the home to Malden. Malden is a thief. He lives by his wits, disarming cunning traps, sneaking past sleeping guards, and running away very fast whenever people are trying to kill him. Which is often. One time Malden stole a crown. And then he had to steal it back to avoid a civil war. Croy got the credit, of course, because he's a noble knight. Another time the two of them went into the tomb of an ancient warrior race, and Croy accidentally started a barbarian invasion. Guess who had to clean that up?

They probably wouldn't be friends at all if it wasn't for Cythera. Cythera is a witch. A mostly-good witch. And despite herself she can't stop thieves and knights falling in love with her… At the same time."

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