Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Oldest Trick: Book 1 of the Saga of the Redeemed by Auston Habershaw

Tyvian is a conman.  He likes to steal from the rich and he especially likes to prove how smart he is.  However, he's not all that magical.  And there are more people than him that think they are real smart...

Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.  Compiled for the first time, The Oldest Trick comprises The Iron Ring and Iron and Blood in the Saga of the Redeemed.  I don't know how I missed them but this read was excellent.

When Tyvian is doublecrossed by his partner, he's going to get even.  But first he has to live long to do it.  He and a young boy are on the run on the train to escape the agents trying to hunt him down.  When he opens a door and they jump, he finds himself landing in an almost frozen river.  He knows he's going to die.  When he opens his eyes again, he finds himself in a cabin with a stranger.  Even worse, he has a strange ring on his finger he can't get off!  When he finds out his purpose, he hates it.  It's supposed to make a good person.  Revenge is hard to do when you can't kill anybody.  The ring causes pain that debilitates him.  Guess he'll have to use that brain...

He takes his leave and finds out the kid is still following along.  He tries to get rid of him, to no avail.  Great, he can do no harm and now he has a young man to take care of.  If that wasn't enough to torque him off, the gnoll on the train is coming after him, too.  She's a big strong animal that is partly human and very fearsome.  She's also not easy to hide.  Poor Tyvian, his quest just keeps getting worse and worse.

I liked the odd characters, their interaction, how easy it was to pick out the bad guys.  You'll find plenty to love and hate in this story.  I was glued to it from the beginning to the end and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.  It's an exciting world Tyvian lives in and no one tells the truth.  You can't tell who's doublecrossing who when.  That makes it much more interesting.

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