Monday, 23 April 2012

Review: Among Thieves - Douglas Hulick


Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.

Series: Tales of the Kin #1, Genre: Fantasy, Pages: 414, Published: 2011 by ROC, Source: My own




I am going to do a 3 reasons review cos my thoughts on this book are divided. The first 200 pages are a 2, the last 200 pages a 3. So I will only grade it for those good 200 pages.

1.) Reasons you chose this book
Honestly, it was fantasy and I wanted to read it.

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book
I disliked the book cos the first 200 pages were boring. I thought about giving up as I really did not care about anything happening. But at the same time I did not want to give up cos I truly hate giving up. But it was still sort of ok.

I liked the book cos of the second half of the book. There was excitement, chases, people trying to kill him, Drothe trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Big revelations about the Empire and me wondering what was hidden in the past. It got me interested, it made me like this book.

3.) Reasons you are recommending this book
Now I am torn again. I liked it and I thought it was ok. Which side should I listen to? It was not as the first part was bad, it was just not as interesting to me as the rest was. But I would still recommend it cos of the second half.

As for the grade, that is all cos of the second half as I liked that part and there was nothing wrong with it at all.


46 comments:

  1. I wouldn't have made it through the first 200 pages! :D

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    1. Lo, I made it to 100 and then I was all, arghhhh! Fine I will read the rest I have already wasted time

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  2. oooooh I hate coming across books like these...I'm sorry for the first 200 pages! Good for you that you stuck it out! I hate giving up on books and I always try to force my way through it.

    I do like the cover though!

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    1. It was still "ok enough" to keep on going. Cos there are books where I give up after 10 pages cos I just CAN'T. But here I at least could

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  3. Sorry you are so torn, but good of you to keep reading. I don't think I would have.

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    1. Sometimes I am obviouslyy very silly ;)

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  4. I don't like books like this. Half is good, half not so good. I especially dislike when the good part is at the beginning and you get hooked. Then it turns and falls flat. Boo. Glad you kept reading.

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    1. I think that if the bad part had been at the end then this book would have gotten the ok grade at Goodreads, but as it was not I at least got happy at the end

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  5. I spotted this book a couple of times, but always decided against buying it. Your review is no help as I don't know if I can manage to read through 200 boring pages before getting to the good stuff! :)

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    1. Haha, I know, I am so not helpful, I just can't decide on this book. cos the end was just so exciting, but the beginning was just so boring

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  6. I give you lots of credit for pushing through 200 pages of not so good.... In order to get to the good stuff. 200 pages is already a book itself...lol.

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    1. True. I guess it was because it was Saturday, and i just had the time

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  7. I think it would be a DNF for me. The cover is nice but a boring fantasy novel is a no-no.

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  8. I give you credit for pushing through. I would have given up.

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    1. Sometimes I am just that weird ;)

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  9. I probably would have given up. But sometimes its worth it reading it through.

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    1. The trick is just knowing if it will be worth it or not..I never know, but this time it was worth it

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  10. Sometimes with fantasy, it happens like that. At leas the second half was a good reward for the first! :)

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    1. True :) It made up for the boring parts and I try not to think about it

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  11. Given that my TBR pile is so mountainous, I don't think I would be picking up a book whose first 200 pages are quite boring even if it does have redeeming characteristics too. Thank you for sharing your views!! :)

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    1. Well...yes they were boring, I can't really say anything to get over that. And I do not know what made it so either

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  12. too bad the first half wasn't that great. the cover is very cool though.

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  13. I can see why you are torn but having to read at least 200 pages to get to something good is just a bit too long for me.

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    1. Yeah I know. Too much of the boring stuff in the end

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  14. I LOVE this type of review! I think I need to give it a try at some point.

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    1. I like it too, simple and effective. Do give it a go :D

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  15. Hmm, bummer that 200 pages are boring. Thanks for the review. :)

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    1. Yeah I know, not much to do about that...

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  16. Sometimes reading the last page might not be a bad thing huh?

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    1. LOl. Yes you are right, sometimes it would work just fine

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  17. It sounds okay, but the cover is really a nice one:)

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    1. I must say that the Uk one is even cooler though ;)

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  18. 200 pages of boring---I would have DNF'd the thing about 100 pages in!

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    1. I know! What was I thinking?! I obviously was not thinking at all

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  19. Hm. That's disappointing this one got off to such a slow start! The guy on the cover is all swarthy and sexy and I had hoped we'd jump right into things. Glad the second half was a bit better, but I'm not sure a 3 is worth 200 pages of a 2.

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    1. Lol, I know, gosh my grading is freaky sometimes. But a 3 is good in my eyes if that helps ;)

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  20. Wow! You made it through 200 pages of boring. I would have given up. LOL

    But I do like the cover. ;)

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  21. I am amazed that you stuck with it, despite the fact that the first 200 pages were disappointing. I don't know if I would have had the stamina, to tell the truth.

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    1. I usually don't, so there was something there even though i find them a bit boring. But i guess it was enough to get me by

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  22. I think I'll pass this one. Thank you for your honest review.

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    1. It was good you know, I just..wanted more

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  23. I think this book is on my wish list... the title sounds familiar. But don't think I want to struggle through 200 pages for a fairly "meh" experience!

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    1. I guess I truly had troubles getting into this book. It did happen in the end, but yes it might just have taken too long

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