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-fighting, 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 path.
But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.
Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.
Unsuccessful 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 afford.
My thoughts: this was really fun, really enjoyable and I completely forgot the time while reading it and went to bed an hour later than normal! I was so absorbed.
Narrated by protagonist Kinch, this is an adventure of unlikely compatriots, facing nasty goblins that want to eat them, sea monsters that want to eat them and giants – not sure if they want to eat them!
Kinch is a thief by profession and his black tongue marks him out as Galtian – one of the races that make up humankind in this world. A world increasingly at threat from creatures big and small. Sent by his former masters at the Takers Guild to accompany a formidable Knight across the continent to giant infested lands, but for a purpose they haven’t revealed to him, he gets himself in and out of trouble along the way.
I liked Kinch, he’s unapologetically himself, while he’s an accomplished liar, he’s also pretty honest about his motivations and plans. He wants to be very rich, get the Guild off his back and stay alive long enough to do both. He’s a reluctant sort-of-hero and would probably far rather be somewhere else entirely than fighting monsters, almost drowning and almost ending up a goblins’ supper.
The first in what looks to be a very entertaining and enjoyable series, The Blacktongue Thief is tremendous fun and very charming.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.