Sworn in Steel : A Tale of the Kin
Overview - DANGEROUS DAYS It's been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and found himself unexpectedly elevated into the ranks of the criminal elite. As the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he's not only gained friends, but also rivals--and some of them aren't bothered by his newfound title. Read more...
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It's been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and found himself unexpectedly elevated into the ranks of the criminal elite. As the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he's not only gained friends, but also rivals--and some of them aren't bothered by his newfound title. A prince's blood, as the saying goes, flows just as red as a beggar's.
So when another Gray Prince is murdered and all signs point to Drothe as the hand behind the knife, he knows it's his blood that's in danger of being spilled. As former allies turn their backs and dark rumors begin to circulate, Drothe is approached by a man who says he can make everything right again. All he wants in exchange is a single favor.
Now Drothe finds himself traveling to the Despotate of Djan, the empire's long-standing enemy, to search for the friend he betrayed--and the only person who can get him out of this mess. But the grains of sand are running out fast, and even if Drothe can find his friend, he may not be able to persuade him to help in time...
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The Kin once known as Drothe is coming to terms with his recent advancement to a Gray Prince at the start of Hulick’s middling sequel to Among Thieves. Coming home to the city of Ildrecca with his companion, Fowler Jess, Drothe knows that he will be framed for the murder of fellow underworld leader Crook Eye, but he doesn’t realize the levels of intrigue and double-crossing that will attend his return. The scope of the conspiracy and the scope of the world expand together. Unfortunately, the characters lack the roguish qualities needed to make a story of a thieves’ guild entertaining; Drothe doesn’t show enough wit or intelligence to allow the reader to believe he would survive, let alone rise to power. Ildrecca is a shadow of some of the great settings in fantasy literature, possessing only a passing acquaintance with the richness of culture and detail that made Lankhmar and Sanctuary thriving locales. (May)