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Guest Post: And I Read: Review: The Blacktongue Thief Buehlman

Guilds, and knights, and thieves, oh my! The Blacktongue Thief promises action, failed robberies, and entangled fates. For a book with action scenes, wizards, and war, make sure to keep reading this book review!


Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.

But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.

Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva’s. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Blacktongue Thief follows along with the main protagonist on his constant struggle to stay alive in a world shaped by war and organised crime. Throughout the book, he comes face to face with wizards, assassins, goblins, and magical creatures. He expands his view of the world and human interactions, causing him to grow as a person.

It never felt like the story would dull down or even become all too predictable. Each chapter expanded this beautiful world with a touch of humour and wonder. But do not think that this book is like a typical fairy tale. The author does not shy away from brutal action sequences to provide a rewarding change of pace.

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