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Book Review: Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn (ARC)

"A high-stakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice

In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.

For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down...but even the most powerful men can be defeated.

Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own."

Pages: 352


I received Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn for free on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Orion Publishing Group and Gollancz for approving my request!

Among Thieves will be published on 9th September 2021 and is available on GoodReads and Amazon.

Among Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads of the year - I mean if you have a book with morally grey characters, witty banter, a f/f relationship AND a heist the obviously I NEED to read it! It's everything I love wrapped into one story.

I really enjoyed the characters, they were so fun and whip smart especially Ryia! I know she is technically a hardcore assassin known as 'The Butcher' but I think she is a cinnamon roll ok?! They all have their own traumatic pasts and they shouldn't fit together but they make such a terrific team....when they're not planning on betraying each other!

Found family is one of my favourite tropes and I love how this book has a group that would kill to protect each other but would also sell each other out in a second! The betrayals and schemes in this book are mind-blowing, honestly you won't see whats coming! It was so clever and twisty with great action!

I'm hoping there is going to be another book because I definitely would love to see the characters again and see what happens to them next! Plus there was the start of a great sapphic relationship which I need more of! Also I really enjoyed the magic system and I would love for the worldbuilding to be explored even more because it was very interesting so far.

Among Thieves is a fun, witty, rollercoaster of a story that I really enjoyed! I'm looking forward to reading even more from this author!

Thank you so much for having me on the tour! Thank you for reading my thoughts, you can also find me on my Twitter and Instagram! Let me know if you have any recommendations of what I should read next.

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