Review: Honor Among Thieves

This post will include my review of the book Honor Among Thieves by David Chandler (aka David Wellington). The third book in the Ancient Blades trilogy, and was released in November 2011.

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


Armed with a sword forged at the dawn of time, Malden was chosen by Fate to act as a saviour… and failed dismally. Tricked by his former ally into using the sword to destroy the natural barrier protecting the kingdom of Skrae, now there is nothing stopping the barbarian hordes from pillaging the land. Friends and former supporters alike covet the young thief’s magic while seeking his destruction – from the treacherous King and leaders of the City of Ness to the rogue Knight Cloy, who owes Malden his life.

Malden needs more than his makeshift army of harlots and cutpurses to preserve the realm. Luckily the sorceress Cythera fights at his side, along with the ingenious, irascible dwarf Slag. And the wily thief still has a desperate and daring plan or two up his larcenous sleeve…

No. Just no.

My first clue to what this book would be like should have come from the wildly inaccurate blurb (quoted above) at the back of the book. Not only was the name of one of the main characters of the trilogy spelled wrong (it’s Croy not Cloy), whoever wrote the blurb had obviously never read the book.

Malden does have a magic sword, but he barely uses it for anything since he’s never been trained. The sword is old yes, about 800 years old, but I’m not sure you’d call that the dawn of time. Also, Malden wasn’t the one who destroyed the mountain protecting Skrae from the barbarians, that honour belongs to Morget. Plus Cythera is a witch not a sorceress. The distinction is quite important as part of the story deals with her struggle between these two opposing types of magic…

Put simply this final book of the Ancient Blades trilogy was a great disappointment. I wasn’t expecting the book to be the crowning achievement of the fantasy genre but I was expecting something more than this. Finishing this book was a struggle, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone put themselves through it. It simply wasn’t worth it.

I liked book one, and book two was a fun dungeon crawl, but this one just failed to engage me in any meaningful way.

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