Review: THE THIEF WHO WENT TO WAR by Michael McClung

Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 209
Release Date: August 10th, 2019
Series: AMRA THETYS, Book 5
Rating: 4/5 Stars – Really Liked It

WARNING: Possible light spoilers ahead for earlier books in the series. You can read reviews for those books here: THE THIEF WHO PULLED ON TROUBLE’S BRAIDS, THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE, THE THIEF WHO KNOCKED ON SORROW’S GATE, THE THIEF WHO WASN’T THERE

The Thief Who Went to War

Accepting that the aspects of the Eight Fold Goddess aren’t going to leave her alone any time soon, Amra Thetys has decided to conduct the fight on her own terms. Her first target: Visini, the Blade that Binds and Blinds. Visini is a crafty goddess, so Amra has returned to the city of Lucernis in the hopes of a slight edge. Amra and Holgren’s plan for trapping Visini is a long shot, but it does rely on something Amra does best: making a whole bunch of people very angry with her.

It’s another excellent outing with Amra Thetys in THE THIEF WHO WENT TO WAR. While the last entry in the series focused on the mage Holgren (as the cheeky title THE THIEF WHO WASN’T THERE suggests), this is entirely Amra’s tale. In fact, many of the characters I’ve grown fond of, including Amra’s assistant Keel and her lover Holgren, are absent from this particular installment. Thankfully, Amra herself is more than up to the task of holding my attention.

Amra is trying to provoke the goddess Visini into a confrontation, but she doesn’t know who Visini has allied with. Amra’s solution? To kick every hornet’s nest in Lucernis, provoking enemies known and unknown to come after her until she can figure out which one is working for Visini. That means Amra spends a good deal of time fighting and/or fleeing for her life, while also trying to puzzle out what bigger game is at play. It’s an enthralling adventure that keeps the pace tight and the adrenaline high.

THE THIEF WHO WENT TO WAR marks the last of the currently released AMRA THETYS book, though the author has confirmed a sixth book is in the works. Even better, he promises that Amra and Holgren will get to spend some quality time together, after having spent the last few books largely apart. I’m going to miss these bite sized adventures, and highly recommend them to anyone looking to jump into self-published fantasy or those who like a city-set fantasy adventure.

One final note if you’re new and thinking about starting the series: Please please PLEASE don’t let book 2 turn you off from continuing. While still enjoyable, it’s a weird outlier that shares little in common with the rest of Amra’s adventures. If you enjoyed book 1 at all, I promise you book 3 gets things firmly on track, and book 4, THE THIEF WHO WASN’T THERE, might be my favorite in the series.

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  1. Kicking every hornet’s nest aroud sounds lile Amra all right! 😉 And I am so glad to learn that the author is working on the sixth book and that we would get some time with both Amra and Holgren. I have yet to read the fourth book but I hope to do it pretty soon because I am dying out of sheer curiosity!!

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