Review: Thief In The Night

This post will include my review of the book Thief In The Night by David Chandler (aka David Wellington). The second book in the Ancient Blades trilogy, and was released in September 2011.

The text below is taken from the blurb on the back of the book.

As a thief, Malden is unparalleled in the Free City of Ness, and happy there. But by saving the life of the knight Croy, Malden has bound himself to an ancient, noble brotherhood . . . and he now possesses one of only seven Ancient Blades capable of destroying demons.

Malden fears accompanying Croy and the barbarian Mörget on their quest to dispatch a foul creature of nightmare . . . nor does he want to disturb the vengeful dead. But with an assassin on his heels, the young cutpurse is left with no choice. And there is the comely sorceress, Cythera, to consider — promised to Croy but in love with Malden — not to mention the fabulous treasure rumoured to be hidden in the depths of the demon’s lair . . .

There was plenty to like about this book. For starters, its a good old fashioned dungeon crawl. There were times when I found myself imagining the scene from the Lord of the Rings where the Fellowship are in Moria. The parallel makes sense because in this story the characters are also exploring a long abandoned Dwarven city that could be the home of a demon.

Unsurprisingly the abandoned city is far from empty. It is filled with challenges, from fiendish dwarven traps, to creatures both undead and alive, and of course there’s the demon to deal with as well.

Thief in the Night is a fun romp in what could easily be considered a cliché fantasy environment, but the characters give the story a point of difference. Being the second book in the series we are once again joined by familiar faces, but this book also introduces two new characters and fleshes out a minor character from book one. All of which I believe will feature further in the third book.

There were, however, some aspects of the story that I didn’t like so much. The party is formed in Ness and departs a few days later with only the merest pretence bringing them together, that bit all seemed a bit contrived. The love triangle between Malden, Cythera, and Croy was clumsily done – there were some truly cringe worthy moments in there I can tell you. Also the ease with which Croy was manipulated into becoming a psychotic murderer just didn’t sit well with me.

Putting it all together. Thief in the Night was a fun read and definitely did not cause me to abandon the series because of the issues I mentioned above. If you enjoyed book one then book two will keep you entertained.


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