Review: THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE by Michael McClung

Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 272
Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Series: AMRA THETYS, Book 2
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Liked It!

Warning: Potential light spoilers for the first book in the series. Haven’t read it? You can read a review here: THE THIEF WHO PULLED ON TROUBLE’S BRAIDS

When a notoriously mad Duke puts out a bounty for the location of the lost city of Thagoth, thief Amra Thetys’s first reaction is to pass up the opportunity. There’s easier ways to make money than wandering in the wilderness looking for ruins. But her partner, the mage Holgren, believes he has a lead on the city, and more importantly, believes there’s something there he needs to extend his life. It turns out, locating the city is the easy part – surviving what lays trapped there is a completely different story. Amra and Holgren are soon in the middle of a millennia-long feud between deities and the remnants of a sorcerer king, and all of them see Amra and Holgren as pawns to be used in their spat.

THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE is an engaging fantasy adventure, one that goes by almost too fast for its own good. The first half of the book plows through events so quickly I had a bit of whiplash. The early pages jump from event to event at a pace that left me scrambling to understand the pieces of the puzzle I was being handed, with an almost episodic feel to the story. Eventually, however, the plot gains focus and all of the quick scenes that made up the first half of the book resolve into a coherent picture.

Once the ultimate goal of the story has been revealed, the pace let’s up, never to a leisurely point, but one that allows scenes to take their time and breathe. THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE is full of action and a wide array of nightmare creatures to fight. I’m also somewhat amused by the involvement of the gods in Amra’s life, their brief interstitial scenes akin to the gods of Olympus deciding to interfere in mortal’s lives because it’s what gods do.

Amra continues to be the kind of character who is resourceful and cutthroat when necessary, but will also begrudgingly take on the mantle of stopping a world-ending evil since nobody else is around to do it. The romance is (literally) a deus ex machina, but the then again, most of what’s happening in Amra’s life right now is the result of gods mucking about, so at least this time they threw her a bone! All in all, THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE is a mad-dash adventure against some terrifying creatures, and is a great read to get away for the weekend.

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