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Set in a world of goblin wars stag sized battle ravens and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos Christopher Buehlman's The Blacktongue Thief begins a 'dazzling' Robin Hobb fantasy adventure unlike any other 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 fighti I’ve struggled with how to start this review of Christopher Buehlman’s The Blacktongue Thief because I want to give it the recognition it deserves So I’ll just go with this it’s damn fine reading I loved itKinch Na Shannack is a thief in training with a couple of tricks up his sleeve which might not matter much considering how far behind he is in student loans And the debtors just happen to be the most powerful far reaching organization in the world But Kinch has a chance to dig his way out and finds himself in the midst of a continent spanning mission where he crosses paths with witches warriors sky beasts polymorphing assassins giant monsters of land sea and air and well saying too much will ruin the surprises of which there are many And I mean many This novel is page turning feast of chaos and adventure that I didn’t want to endWhat held my attention from the first page to the last was how smooth the reading experience felt while blending elements of brisk pacing loads of snark punchy dialogue stylized characters and unrelenting scenes of gaga mayhem What a fabulous kingdom the mind is and you the emperor of all of it You can bed the duke’s wife and have the duke strangled in your mind A crippled man can think himself a dancer and an idiot can fool himself wise Some highlighted passages caused me to laugh pushed the story forward and offered nuggets of uotable wisdom or some form of innovation—all within a sentence or twoKinch’s narrative voice finds a balance between wise assery and wisdom using snappy and succinct dialogue to get his messages delivered Big twists drop with sudden shots to the gut Yet the grim severity of events are usually offset by Kinch’s gallows humor materializing as inside jokes between narrator and reader The smell of old whale fat hung about the ship like perfume in a whore’s drapes But not all is adventure mystery comedy and grim tidings There’s also a healthy dose of poetry and songs scattered throughout the story and they enrich the ever expanding environment with music lore humor and other intangibles Since the bulk of the story is a road trip each stop along the way feels fresh with promise The continent itself appears to be loosely based on Western Europe with comparable languages and cultural swagger I must call attention to a two page chapter that tells the story of a fallen city It somehow built up my sense of wonder then immediately flushed my emotions down a sinkhole Two pages was all it took I’m singling it out because not only can it serve as a standalone story on its own but I also think it’s a good microcosm of what this book can do a reader While this passage doesn’t uite include the humor that the rest of the book offers it shows me how Buehlman can claw you in when he wants to and drag your empathy wherever he wants it to go Only the strong the rich and the dying think truth is a necessity; the rest of us know it for a luxury I didn’t find much fault in this story There’s an inherent ability a character has that could be viewed as a plot device but its originality and the balance of its conseuences even out the score Regardless of any nitpicks Kinch uickly became one of my favorite first person characters in as long as I can remember and its supporting cast of deep rich characters combined with Buehlman’s creativity and wit brought this exciting book to life I give The Blacktongue Thief my highest recommendation 97 10 Publishing May 2021 with Tor Books

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Ng for her ueen missing since a distant northern city fell to giantsUnsuccessful 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 affor Note I received this ARC from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review Thank you TorHere's what you should read while you're missing your Renaissance FaireTHE BLACKTONGUE THIEF is the story of a thief who can't pay back a debt to his guild He's given a no uestions asked assignment to travel with a handmaid of death into a country under attack by giants and await orders Along the way the two travelers amass a motley crew a blind cat who may be than it seems a witch and a sailor With wicked craft creative cursing a richly developed world and a plot that's episodic than complicated this is an absolute treat You won't read it you'll devour it Between the cursing the corny jokes and gags the personalities of the characters the choreography of the fights even the performances everything about THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF made me feel like I was back at my home Ren Faire and among my group of weirdos I say this lovingly lol It's an excellent addition to the world of fantasy A must read for fantasy readers

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Ng 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 pathBut today Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong markGalva is a knight a survivor of the brutal goblin wars and handmaiden of the goddess of death She is searchi I fell in love with Kinch on page one He's a hilarious narrator and I was also touched by his sensitivity Christopher's world building is uniue precise and masterfully woven into a page turning story I couldn't put it downThere's joyful mischief dripping off almost every page but also darker elements Many of the characters carry deep physical and mental scars from the hard won goblin wars and the conseuences of those horrors are both tragic and heartfelt Fans of Nicholas Eames and Joe Abercrombie will love The Blacktongue Thief Lunastus in wait by the old forest road planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his pathBut today Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong markGalva Timetrap is a knight a survivor of the brutal goblin wars and handmaiden of the goddess of death She Cache is searchi I fell Cache in love with Kinch on page one He's a hilarious narrator and I was also touched by his sensitivity Christopher's world building The academic library is uniue precise and masterfully woven The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) into a page turning story I couldn't put Pie: A Global History it downThere's joyful mischief dripping off almost every page but also darker elements Many of the characters carry deep physical and mental scars from the hard won goblin wars and the conseuences of those horrors are both tragic and heartfelt Fans of Nicholas Eames and Joe Abercrombie will love The Blacktongue Thief


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  1. says:

    The usual caveat I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for free from the publisher I do not know Cristopher Buehlman I do not believe that receiving a free copy of the book has influenced this reviewNote to readers While this book is the first of a trilogy I found it to be a satisfactory stand alone readThere is a standard list of things that make me enjoy a book Good characterization a compelling plot a well developed setting a system of magic that works a minimum of plot holes and a satisfactory ending If a book hits all those marks I am likely to give it a five star reviewThen there are books that hit all those marks and go beyond them The Blacktongue Thief does so The description of the setting and history go beyond the minimum needed to give the world a solid reality The magic is imaginative and unusual The protagonist is engaging and the style of narrative enjoyable There are underlying cultures to the various other characters that shape who they are One of the best parts is that the author manages to give this world and the characters in it that kind of depth without slowing down the plot or leaving the reader to plow through several pages of descriptionThe narrator has a tongue in cheek style that does not diminish the validity of the story Too often I find 'humorous' fantasy seems to care for the prat fall than having the reader care about the characterI heartily recommend this one I'll add that if you enjoy the works of Steven Brust I think you will love this book as well


  2. says:

    Holy hell this was awesome So funny so harrowing so endlessly inventive Almost every page made me laugh or wonder at some phenomenally clever turn of phrase I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here


  3. says:

    I’ve struggled with how to start this review of Christopher Buehlman’s The Blacktongue Thief because I want to give it the recognition it deserves So I’ll just go with this it’s damn fine reading I loved itKinch Na Shannack is a thief in training with a couple of tricks up his sleeve which might not matter much considering how far behind he is in student loans And the debtors just happen to be the most powerful far reaching organization in the world But Kinch has a chance to dig his way out and finds himself in the midst of a continent spanning mission where he crosses paths with witches warriors sky beasts polymorphing assassins giant monsters of land sea and air and well saying too much will ruin the surprises of which there are many And I mean many This novel is page turning feast of chaos and adventure that I didn’t want to endWhat held my attention from the first page to the last was how smooth the reading experience felt while blending elements of brisk pacing loads of snark punchy dialogue stylized characters and unrelenting scenes of gaga mayhem What a fabulous kingdom the mind is and you the emperor of all of it You can bed the duke’s wife and have the duke strangled in your mind A crippled man can think himself a dancer and an idiot can fool himself wise Some highlighted passages caused me to laugh pushed the story forward and offered nuggets of uotable wisdom or some form of innovation—all within a sentence or twoKinch’s narrative voice finds a balance between wise assery and wisdom using snappy and succinct dialogue to get his messages delivered Big twists drop with sudden shots to the gut Yet the grim severity of events are usually offset by Kinch’s gallows humor materializing as inside jokes between narrator and reader The smell of old whale fat hung about the ship like perfume in a whore’s drapes But not all is adventure mystery comedy and grim tidings There’s also a healthy dose of poetry and songs scattered throughout the story and they enrich the ever expanding environment with music lore humor and other intangibles Since the bulk of the story is a road trip each stop along the way feels fresh with promise The continent itself appears to be loosely based on Western Europe with comparable languages and cultural swagger I must call attention to a two page chapter that tells the story of a fallen city It somehow built up my sense of wonder then immediately flushed my emotions down a sinkhole Two pages was all it took I’m singling it out because not only can it serve as a standalone story on its own but I also think it’s a good microcosm of what this book can do a reader While this passage doesn’t uite include the humor that the rest of the book offers it shows me how Buehlman can claw you in when he wants to and drag your empathy wherever he wants it to go Only the strong the rich and the dying think truth is a necessity; the rest of us know it for a luxury I didn’t find much fault in this story There’s an inherent ability a character has that could be viewed as a plot device but its originality and the balance of its conseuences even out the score Regardless of any nitpicks Kinch uickly became one of my favorite first person characters in as long as I can remember and its supporting cast of deep rich characters combined with Buehlman’s creativity and wit brought this exciting book to life I give The Blacktongue Thief my highest recommendation 97 10 Publishing May 2021 with Tor Books


  4. says:

    Rating 1010Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of The Blacktongue Thief #1 for review consideration This did not influence my thoughts or opinionsThe Blacktongue Thief is astonishing Buehlman has raised the bar on what makes a special fantasy debut and not since Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames have I been so enad from cover to cover Absolutely brilliantPeople I literally do not know where to begin I’ve seen this book talked about for almost a year now writing this as of 102320 and it still has seven 7 months to go before it is released into the world How do you talk about something that hits so hard and completely blows your mind without spoiling it for the massesKinch may be one of the best POVs I’ve ever had the honor of tagging alongside Through his eyes we see sprawling landscapes treacherous seas hideous goblins massive giants huge war birds and so so much But what makes him so captivating is his mouth Through his story telling every single piece of the larger picture is so accurately laid in front of the reader dropping you into each scene with just enough description as to not overwhelm His personality alone is enough to fill a room what with an overabundance of sarcasm mixed with a teaspoon of sensitivityBuehlman’s writing style also shines throughout the book with tongue in cheek humor descriptive narration that does not take away from nor slow the pace of the story and prose fuh days On top of the hilarious conversations inner monologues and descriptive fight scenes he also adds depth to the story with multiple cultures which shape a majority of our main characters tales songs an imaginative magic system and the overarching hangover from the Goblin WarsI really don’t want to dive much deeper because this is one of those novels you just have to experience for yourself I cannot recommend it enough I believe it will be the best fantasy debut of 2021 and should be on every single pre order cartwishlist available Fans of Eames and Abercrombie will devour these pages I cannot WAIT for the next two 2 novels


  5. says:

    I fell in love with Kinch on page one He's a hilarious narrator and I was also touched by his sensitivity Christopher's world building is uniue precise and masterfully woven into a page turning story I couldn't put it downThere's joyful mischief dripping off almost every page but also darker elements Many of the characters carry deep physical and mental scars from the hard won goblin wars and the conseuences of those horrors are both tragic and heartfelt Fans of Nicholas Eames and Joe Abercrombie will love The Blacktongue Thief


  6. says:

    I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book for free by the publisher The Blacktongue Thief concerns Kinch Na Shannack a thief in hock to his guild for the training he received to serve them After a pack of highwaymen that he’s fallen in with are slaughtered by a magic wielding lady knight Kinch flees back to his guild desperate for a way to suare up his deepening debt He’s give a mysterious mission—to join the very same lady knight who decimated his highway companions on her uest to the kingdom of Wostrim where an army of giants has just toppled an entire city and left the royal family in turmoil So begins Kinch’s picaresue adventure through a world scarred by decades of war with flesh eating goblins and torn asunder by political infighting among its many kingdoms and principalities And what does that adventure consist of Everything you could desire and a few things you didn’t even know you needed Thieves knights and war ravens; legless witches flesh eating goblins and blind rescue cats; armies of towering giants and musty old tomes that literally murder their readers—I promise you’ve never encountered a world like the one awaiting you in The Blacktongue Thief Balancing gallows humor heart pounding action and magical mystery in eual measure Christopher Buehlman takes us on a perilous picaresue journey through a goblin ravaged world as terrifying as it is beautiful In lesser hands a narrative of this sort could have easily felt arbitrary and episodic plodding from one crazy cliff hanger to the next but Buehlman’s penchant for hiding ordinary insights inside every extraordinary situation as well as his sharp on the move characterization and an uncanny knack for worldbuilding make this one hell of a ripping yarn


  7. says:

    Note I received this ARC from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review Thank you TorHere's what you should read while you're missing your Renaissance FaireTHE BLACKTONGUE THIEF is the story of a thief who can't pay back a debt to his guild He's given a no uestions asked assignment to travel with a handmaid of death into a country under attack by giants and await orders Along the way the two travelers amass a motley crew a blind cat who may be than it seems a witch and a sailor With wicked craft creative cursing a richly developed world and a plot that's episodic than complicated this is an absolute treat You won't read it you'll devour it Between the cursing the corny jokes and gags the personalities of the characters the choreography of the fights even the performances everything about THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF made me feel like I was back at my home Ren Faire and among my group of weirdos I say this lovingly lol It's an excellent addition to the world of fantasy A must read for fantasy readers


  8. says:

    In some ways this book is less of an adventure tale than a slow unfolding disaster It's full of extremely good characters some of them likeable It features an original and deeply interesting world one that struggles with the aftermath of a series of cataclysmic goblin wars For me Kinch joins the pantheon of impossibly charismatic narrators Locke Lamora Orhan the engineer Kvothe the wizard and I love that kind of storytelling so I loved this bookAdvanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss


  9. says:

    Christopher has created a wonderful new fantasy world It has a familiar feel so you settle right in with your new friends yet it is oh so inventive I really loved the writing style and and looking forward to books in this series


  10. says:

    Excellent turns of phrase and worldbuilding throughout but I never really connected to the main character Love his traveling companion Galva though She has a horse sized raven It's awesome I'll be interested to read the seuel though I fear it will move away from the roguish story told here


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