The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Genre : Fantasy

Page Count : 416

Rating : 4/5

Kinch Na Shannack is a thief indebted to the Takers Guild for all of his training. In order to pay back his debts he is sent on a mission with Galva, Knight of the goblin wars and her War Corvid in search of a missing princess in a city overrun by giants.

Featuring hungry goblins, krakens, witches and a blind cat named Bully Boy. What could go wrong?

This was a real gem of a book.

The world building was fantastic with us picking up bits and pieces of the history along the way in a page turning plot. All of your usual fantasy creatures are present along with a few creative additions and the whole thing has a very classic vibe. 

The standout of this story for me though, was in the telling. Buehlman tells this story with a brilliant sense of humour, really capturing all of the essential elements of a high fantasy book only to deliver them straight from the tongue-in-cheek perspective of Kinch, who was a fantastic protagonist. He’s an interestingly flawed character thats so wrapped up in a sarcastic sense of humour that it’s hard to not to like him.

Even though there is a lot of action and world building packed into just 416 pages, I really didn’t feel like anything was missing. It was fast paced without the usual lag you find in some fantasy books while the groundwork is being laid and had a great cast of characters along with an interesting plot. I can’t wait to see where Buehlman takes it next.

There’s great things to come from this series! 

Have you read this? Let me know!

See you in the next one friends,

Jen x

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