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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 t 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.


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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 t 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.

30 review for Among Thieves

  1. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Kuhn

    I wrote this thing, so I'm a little biased*, but if you like betrayal, humor, magic, and characters who are, at best, morally gray, I hope you'll give AMONG THIEVES a try! *very biased lol I wrote this thing, so I'm a little biased*, but if you like betrayal, humor, magic, and characters who are, at best, morally gray, I hope you'll give AMONG THIEVES a try! *very biased lol

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Gallery Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own. ✅ Band of misfit ✅ Atmosphere ✅ Plotting / Betrayals ✅ Magic system ✅🆗 Plot / Pace 🆗 World-building 🆗 Characters 3.5 stars What could go wrong if a reckless mercenary, an expert card cheater, a master of disguise, a disgraced ex-captain of the royal guard, and a loudmouth smuggler were forced to work together and to rely on each other in order to survive? The setting of this story reminds me of I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Gallery Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own. ✅ Band of misfit ✅ Atmosphere ✅ Plotting / Betrayals ✅ Magic system ✅🆗 Plot / Pace 🆗 World-building 🆗 Characters 3.5 stars What could go wrong if a reckless mercenary, an expert card cheater, a master of disguise, a disgraced ex-captain of the royal guard, and a loudmouth smuggler were forced to work together and to rely on each other in order to survive? The setting of this story reminds me of Six of Crows or The Lies of Locke Lamora. Criminal gangs are fighting for territory and power in the city, and no one is trustworthy. Gangs and individuals are attacking, and double-crossing each other in their fight for power. The three main gangs are The Saints, The Harpies, and The Crowns. Ryia (aka The Butcher) works for Cal, the head of the Saints, as a mercenary, but what she really wants is to be free of the Guildmaster who has been trying to capture her for years. Tristan is hiding his real identity and is being blackmailed by The Harpies because they somehow learned his secret, and he now has to betray The Saints if he wants his secret to remain a secret. Ivan is secretly trying to get enough money to go back home and save his brother from prison. Evelyn is only helping because Cal promised her that she could bring Riya to justice once their theft is done so she could regain her position as captain of the guard. And Nash is there because she has sweet feelings for Ivan, but she still thinks about herself first. The author managed to create a band of misfit criminals that must work together to stay alive but are all really working for their personal gain, and are all planning to betray the others once the mission is completed. The world-building is basic, we know that there a a few neighboring countries all rules by kings and queens, that there are tensions between some of those countries, but that’s about it. I would have like to have a little more detail. The magic-system is quite simple to grasp, some people are born with magical abilities, they are either Sensers, people that can smell people and their intents, or Kinetics, people that can make things move with their minds. The plot is well done, the writing is compelling, and the dialogues are funny, still, I had a little trouble connecting with the characters. We don’t know much about their back-stories, except for Ryia, we only know their motivations and the reason why they plan on betraying the others. They are good characters, not too simple or too cliché, but there was something missing. Overall, Among Thieves is a good story with a fast pace, and just enough complexity, betrayals, and unexpected twists to keep you engaged in the reading and guessing about everyone's plans and motives until the very end. I think it would be even better if it were longer, just so we could have more background information on the characters, and more insight into their dynamics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    Book: a team of queer criminals who are the best at what they do come together to pull off an impossible job and against all odds start to care about each other... Me: waaait, this sounds too close to Six of Crows, I'm not sure I'm going to like it Book: ...all while scheming to betray each other Me: Me: Me: hold my tbr Book: a team of queer criminals who are the best at what they do come together to pull off an impossible job and against all odds start to care about each other... Me: waaait, this sounds too close to Six of Crows, I'm not sure I'm going to like it Book: ...all while scheming to betray each other Me: Me: Me: hold my tbr

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claire Holroyde

    AMONG THEIVES by M.J. Kuhn is a fun, fantasy heist featuring four beautiful young swindlers of Thamorr: an enforcer, a smuggler, a master forger, and a fast-fingered card dealer. Ryia, Nash, Ivan, and Tristan belong to the Saints syndicate headed by a half-brilliant and half-psychotic boss Clem Callum. All of them carry loaded dice, as well as secrets that could destroy them. The Saints inhabit a reimagined medieval Europe familiar to the genre. Outside of the turf wars between other syndicates, AMONG THEIVES by M.J. Kuhn is a fun, fantasy heist featuring four beautiful young swindlers of Thamorr: an enforcer, a smuggler, a master forger, and a fast-fingered card dealer. Ryia, Nash, Ivan, and Tristan belong to the Saints syndicate headed by a half-brilliant and half-psychotic boss Clem Callum. All of them carry loaded dice, as well as secrets that could destroy them. The Saints inhabit a reimagined medieval Europe familiar to the genre. Outside of the turf wars between other syndicates, and trouble with the noble class, there lies a unique danger: Adepts. These are humans born with supernatural powers but kidnapped before their first birthday and taken back to an island ruled by the Guildmaster and his Disciples, the most powerful of Adepts. Little is known about island except that it holds a seasonal auction of adult Adept slaves that have had their humanity sapped but not their gifts. Kuhn gives frightening descriptions of the slack facial expressions and empty eyes left by this dark magic. The Guildmaster is the real ruler of Thamorr, unchallenged—until the source of his power is discovered by Ryia and then Clem. Our swindlers are sent on a near suicidal mission to steal this precious object known as The Quill. Joining their ranks is a sixth character, Evelyn, a disgraced Captain of the Needle Guard with an axe to grind with Ryia. Their voyage in close quarters begins with the usual flirtation and death threats. However, our swindlers can’t help but form a bond. Afterall, they are victims of circumstance surviving the only way they know how. As Ryia, Nash, Ivan, Tristan, and Evelyn step onto dry land for the ultimate heist that may cost them their lives, they can’t help but hope that their found family means something, beyond the convenience of the past and desperate need of the present. You don’t have to be an avid fantasy reader to enjoy this highly entertaining, imaginative, and sexy debut. I stayed up late to find that the storyline is left open-ended for the opportunity of a sequel. I’m hoping AMONG THIEVES becomes the fan favorite that Publisher’s Weekly predicted because I already have a slot in my bookshelf reserved for the sequel. Thank you to the author and SAGA for providing an Advance Reader Copy. (I bought my own hardcover for Instagrammy goodness.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Smugglers, cheats, murderers, and drunks. These are the types of people drawn to the Lottery. A life lived in these quarters is a hard one, with the filth that coats it also seeming to infect each soul that dwells there. Governing these streets is Cal Clem and never far from his side are the brawlers, assassins, and thieves that aid in making his rule such a formidable one. Those who get close to Clem tend to live for longer than those who attempt to ferret out a hard-w Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Smugglers, cheats, murderers, and drunks. These are the types of people drawn to the Lottery. A life lived in these quarters is a hard one, with the filth that coats it also seeming to infect each soul that dwells there. Governing these streets is Cal Clem and never far from his side are the brawlers, assassins, and thieves that aid in making his rule such a formidable one. Those who get close to Clem tend to live for longer than those who attempt to ferret out a hard-won existence on the gloomy streets, but servitude to him does not come with any other expiration date than the one death can grant. I immediately adored this book. A gloomy setting formed the backdrop for gritty characters performing gruesome deeds. The actual direction the story-line was going to take was slow to unfurl but I enjoyed my time learning more about the politics of this world, a little about the magic those in power horded, and about the others who dwelled far from wealth or status and yet sought to eke out some of it for themselves. No matter what it took. There was little light to be found here, but the individuals who centred this story made their own in the form of witty dialogue and sarcastic interactions that endeared me to them all, despite the brutality and bloodshed that also dogged them. There were many perspectives featured and all came with a harrowing back-story or high-stake needs that made their joint ventures consistently infused with added tension. This book took place in shadowed street corners and on the high seas. It took the reader to hidden catacombs and on the floor of fighting pits. We met those who ruled this world and those who were only attempting to escape being trod by them. I loved everything I read and am so eager to get my hands on the sequel, to continue my explorations. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, M. J. Kuhn, and the publisher, Gollancz, for this opportunity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Buckle up, fantasy fans, because AMONG THIEVES is coming soon and it's about to kick you in the stomach and you will thank it for doing so. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this stellar debut, and it's SO GOOD. AMONG THIEVES is a gritty underground fantasy heist starring: - a down-on-its-luck crime syndicate - a badass lady pirate - an axe-wielding mercenary who is Not What She Seems (TM) - a hot master of disguise for whom I would do ANYTHING - a teenage con artist with a deadly secret - Buckle up, fantasy fans, because AMONG THIEVES is coming soon and it's about to kick you in the stomach and you will thank it for doing so. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this stellar debut, and it's SO GOOD. AMONG THIEVES is a gritty underground fantasy heist starring: - a down-on-its-luck crime syndicate - a badass lady pirate - an axe-wielding mercenary who is Not What She Seems (TM) - a hot master of disguise for whom I would do ANYTHING - a teenage con artist with a deadly secret - an impossibly powerful relic, secreted away on an island in the possession of the most powerful man in all the kingdoms Every character is brilliantly distinct and deliciously ruthless, all scheming for their own gain while trying to team up for the greatest heist of the century. They are all god-awful human beings and they know it, but there's just enough redeemability in each of them for me to root for the whole crew all the way. The banter is exquisite, the setting is brilliantly drawn, and I did not see the ending coming even though I *absolutely* should have seen the ending coming. AMONG THIEVES is a bold, edgy, confident debut and a nonstop roller-coaster ride of a fantasy adventure. And there had darn better be a book 2 because if no one's gonna tell me what happens in the further adventures of Hot Forger and Master of Disguise Ivan Rezkoye I will riot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Rating: 7.5/10 Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Among Thieves for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Among Thieves is an engaging, suspense-filled heist novel with blistering pace, an intriguing cast of characters, and plenty of machinations to keep you guessing until the very end. Kuhn shows a ton of promise with this fantasy debut and is going to be a name to keep an eye on. Yeah… so I haven’t read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo * Rating: 7.5/10 Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Among Thieves for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Among Thieves is an engaging, suspense-filled heist novel with blistering pace, an intriguing cast of characters, and plenty of machinations to keep you guessing until the very end. Kuhn shows a ton of promise with this fantasy debut and is going to be a name to keep an eye on. Yeah… so I haven’t read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo *anticipates being shouted at and/or thrown items hurtling toward noggin* so I can’t just jump on the hype train that comes with the blurb. Having said that, the cover is what stood out to me, along with a very interesting premise and me being a sucker for trad published debut fantasy novels. The author takes a very interesting approach with the storyline as she weaves the plot through multiple POVs, each taking on their own chapters and giving you their perspectives of the happenings throughout all of the trials. It is refreshing to get various accounts rather than all characters being mashed into the “mercenary band / band of thieves” grouping and getting a one liner here and there from each. You are able to explore the world through different eyes, emotions, motivations, etc. Having said that, the characters and the world did feel like they could’ve been fleshed out a little more. Ryia is probably going to be the character that most sticks with me because: A. She is introduced first, and B. She has the most interesting storyline. I mean, who is she really? What motivates her? How in the world did she become the “Butcher of Carrowwick”? All of these questions deserve answers, and while we don’t get the full story we are looking for, there is enough there to keep you wanting more. In regard to the world-building, it tended to take a backseat to the characters. What I mean is, while this is a VERY character-driven novel in a “gritty world full of magic and malice”, the world is really just there to give these characters somewhere to go. Does that make sense? I couldn’t get a great feel for the streets, the catacombs, the castles, the Auction, the Lottery, etc. They were all very surface but serviceable for the storyline. Thing is, I could look past all this because sometimes the world doesn’t TRULY matter if the characters grab you enough. The magic system is pretty straight forward but offered some very intense and enjoyable moments. I’d love to know more of its history and maybe forthcoming novels can expand on it a little bit. But what really shines are the machinations. While this is a “found family” type novel, you will soon find out that while people seem to have your back, they are just as likely to stab you in it. Kuhn excels at consistently flipping the tables end over end, smattering them with axes, and then hurling expletives at them until they finally give up the ghost. Even then, she still isn’t done. Freaking brilliant. All in all, if you enjoy heist stories with plenty of intrigue and are ok with not diving too deep into characters or world-building, Among Thieves is a worthwhile read. I liken it to a favorite of mine, Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords #1) by Jon Hollins except with all “mostly” human characters and not soo many dragons.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Roanhorse

    A fun fantasy heist with enough twists, turns, and charm to make it a quick enjoyable read. The worldbuilding is a bit off - I never quite felt grounded in time or place - but the characters shine by the end. Solid fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noah Lemelson

    A high stakes, rollercoaster of a fantasy heist novel! Every chapter is full of twists and turns, with a cast of fascinating characters that are sympathetic despite (or sometimes because of) their morally grey actions. I love the world Kuhn crafted. This is a world magic is monopolized and peace essentially forced by this control. But this is no utopia, sleeze rules, and the future belongs to those thieves and tricksters who live by the laws of the gutter. Very enjoyable, highly recommended! Sto A high stakes, rollercoaster of a fantasy heist novel! Every chapter is full of twists and turns, with a cast of fascinating characters that are sympathetic despite (or sometimes because of) their morally grey actions. I love the world Kuhn crafted. This is a world magic is monopolized and peace essentially forced by this control. But this is no utopia, sleeze rules, and the future belongs to those thieves and tricksters who live by the laws of the gutter. Very enjoyable, highly recommended! Story wraps up well, but there's strong hints for more tales in this universe, and I for one can't wait! 5/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scottie Kaye

    Multiple POVs at their best. I got invested in EVERY character... And they were all working against each other! I don't know how the author managed that! A really cool magic system too, and a great reveal for the "mainest" character. I loved the ending. Loved the heist. Loved the subtle growing romances. If you liked SIX OF CROWS or THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, then you can't miss this one! Multiple POVs at their best. I got invested in EVERY character... And they were all working against each other! I don't know how the author managed that! A really cool magic system too, and a great reveal for the "mainest" character. I loved the ending. Loved the heist. Loved the subtle growing romances. If you liked SIX OF CROWS or THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, then you can't miss this one!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Gornichec

    breaking my GR hiatus briefly to say that this book had me at "fantasy heist where all the characters are planning to betray each other." AMONG THIEVES was so much fun, and most importantly the reasons for said characters all wanting to betray each other are believable and sympathetic. I didn't know which of them I even wanted to "win" the magical heist item in the end. And I LOVED that about the book. All in all, this was such a ride and there was never a dull moment, and I loved how neatly eve breaking my GR hiatus briefly to say that this book had me at "fantasy heist where all the characters are planning to betray each other." AMONG THIEVES was so much fun, and most importantly the reasons for said characters all wanting to betray each other are believable and sympathetic. I didn't know which of them I even wanted to "win" the magical heist item in the end. And I LOVED that about the book. All in all, this was such a ride and there was never a dull moment, and I loved how neatly everything unfolded in the end. I felt like there is still so much of this world to explore, and I really hope this gets a sequel! (Please give me Ryia/Evelyn! PLEASE, I NEED IT) Edited to add: (view spoiler)[I need a sequel not just for the reason mentioned above but also because I NEED for the Adept in this universe to be okay, because what happens to them makes me so angry and I have this very Ryia-like urge to see the Guildmaster burn. (hide spoiler)] okay that's it I'm done now

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alyshia

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc. I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. I thought it was another thief and heist book with multiple POVs. I’m really not a fan of more than 2/3 POVs. However, the story was delivered flawlessly. I found myself enjoying every character and really looking forward to their chapters. It held the perfect amount of sass and snark. The heist was so cool. The magic was intriguing and different. I loved it all. Start to finish. I’m really hopi Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc. I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. I thought it was another thief and heist book with multiple POVs. I’m really not a fan of more than 2/3 POVs. However, the story was delivered flawlessly. I found myself enjoying every character and really looking forward to their chapters. It held the perfect amount of sass and snark. The heist was so cool. The magic was intriguing and different. I loved it all. Start to finish. I’m really hoping there’s another book. If you love action, adventure, plot twists, ulterior motives, heists, magic, superb characters, etc, go preorder this book.! It’s 100% worth it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    Before I tell you why I cherished this book (without spoilers), I simply want to say WOW. Among Thieves is a first-novel triumph for M.J. Kuhn and in my top ten list for 2021! M.J. demonstrated she had a marvelous writing ability and just carved herself a seat at the table with the brilliant authors of our time, and can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Bravo! And my fondness for this book starts with how well plotted it was. I was astonished and delighted at every turn, pages and twist Before I tell you why I cherished this book (without spoilers), I simply want to say WOW. Among Thieves is a first-novel triumph for M.J. Kuhn and in my top ten list for 2021! M.J. demonstrated she had a marvelous writing ability and just carved herself a seat at the table with the brilliant authors of our time, and can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Bravo! And my fondness for this book starts with how well plotted it was. I was astonished and delighted at every turn, pages and twists unfolding in front of me, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. M.J. weaved a series of events where nearly every character’s wants and needs included and properly executed. She also built a splendid world filled with fascinating places, governments and magic ingredients that beg expansion beyond this first novel. Then, if the plot wasn’t enough, M.J. established a gang of misfits—all different in their own ways and in dire need of an arc—and delivered by allowing us to live the scenes, dialogues and betrayals that make these characters shine (and 3-dimensional). Each had a well-developed history that we’ve experienced through the finely tuned narrative. Her prose was perfect, written with a slight touch towards the poetic, yet widely accessible for all to enjoy. Now, if, like me, you stay at the end credits of every Marvel movie expecting to see a sequence revealing new plot points for the MCU, wait until you read the epilogue of Among Thieves. I loved the book before the epilogue. Then my expectations were snatched and thrown to the wall to reveal that not everything was what it seemed... but what an ending. A “what’s in a box/Seven” moment. She closed all the doors and answered all questions set throughout the book, yet left a window open to let a breeze in, whispering to us…”but there is more…” In conclusion, if you love (who wouldn’t) an amazingly well plotted fantasy/heist novel, with spicy-well-written characters and a top-notch ending, do yourself a favor and read M.J. Kuhn's incredible first novel Among Thieves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Among Thieves is a riveting and enthralling tale encompassing both the crime and fantasy genres in which a group of uniquely skilled criminals team up for an impossible job… while plotting to betray one another. Ryia Cautella, aka The Butcher of Carrowwick, has been on the run for the past six years in order to keep her secret exactly that; she's traversed the Five Kingdoms of Thamorr travelling from city to city to remain one step ahead of her enemies, namely sovereign ruler of the kingdom, the Among Thieves is a riveting and enthralling tale encompassing both the crime and fantasy genres in which a group of uniquely skilled criminals team up for an impossible job… while plotting to betray one another. Ryia Cautella, aka The Butcher of Carrowwick, has been on the run for the past six years in order to keep her secret exactly that; she's traversed the Five Kingdoms of Thamorr travelling from city to city to remain one step ahead of her enemies, namely sovereign ruler of the kingdom, the all-powerful Guildmaster of Thamorr, and his omnipresent all-seeing servants. Those who know her hail her as a merciless, scathing and deadly mercenary among her fellow dockside gangsters, and she has recently joined and became an infamous member of a syndicate knows as the Saints of the Wharf. So when Toliver Shadowwood, the King of Edale, arranges a meeting with the Kestrel Crowns, Ryia eavesdrops on the encounter and overhears their conversation. What she discovers has the potential to change her life and finally liberate her from the Guildmaster's never-ending pursuit. Toliver Shadowwood, it appears, is desperate to get his hands on an ancient, magical quill belonging to the Guildmaster; the artefact that happens to give him all his powers and abilities. So when the Kestrel Crowns reject the offer made to them and refuse to take the contract, Ryia decides to take the bull by the horns and pilfer the job. Informing the boss of her crew, Callum Clem, of the mission, The Saints set sail on a dangerous voyage to the Guildmaster's island. However, before they even reach shore, where the most peril undoubtedly lies, Callum is arrested and the crew must carry on along their way without any guidance as to how to pull off the heist of a lifetime. Not only must Ryia now meticulously plan the heist that is to hopefully free her from the Guildmaster's grasp, but she must also keep tabs on those around her. Because when you're working alongside a band of thieves and criminals notorious for their deception and betrayal you realise no one can be trusted. Will she emerge from the fray triumphant? This is a compulsive, enthralling and intensely bewitching heist novel, and I cannot quite believe it is a debut. It's an electrifying fantasy set in an intricate and exquisitely build world full of seedy characters looking to pull a fast one. The story never truly knows what it wants to be, but arguably that is what makes it as scintillating as it is - there's a mystery at its centre (over Ryia’s secret), a perilous and exciting adventure ensues in the form of the mission to the island, and of course the crime itself - the heist. It is the twisty, fast-paced fantasy heist novel of my dreams packed with action and explores themes such as betrayal, redemption, self-acceptance and recovery from trauma. Full of morally devious criminals who come together in a found family with a dash of slow-burn romance and a unique magic system, Kuhn’s astonishing writing hooks you in with the first severed finger and her ragtag bunch of loveable, backstabbing criminals who will steal your heart. A captivating, heart-pumping and immaculately plotted page-turner, with touches of snarkiness and humour, that I know I will remember for a long time to come as well as a fun and entertaining piece of escapism. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I'm not the biggest fantasy reader, but the cover and description of this book called to me. And I was not disappointed. This book has so much of what I look for: secrets, misfits, great world building, and a gripping plotline. The humorous dialogue and compelling storyline kept me engaged, and I'm hoping for a sequel! Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book. I'm not the biggest fantasy reader, but the cover and description of this book called to me. And I was not disappointed. This book has so much of what I look for: secrets, misfits, great world building, and a gripping plotline. The humorous dialogue and compelling storyline kept me engaged, and I'm hoping for a sequel! Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    keira

    arc kindly provided by netgalley and the publisher. dnf @ 40% oooof i really really tried with this book, especially considering i received an arc. i feel awful having not even finished it but life is short, my tbr list is ever growing and i just couldn’t get into this at all the main reason i requested an arc for this was the comparison to six of crows (which is one of my favourite books and a very high bar to meet), including heists, a stabby queer protagonist called the butcher of carrowick (ba arc kindly provided by netgalley and the publisher. dnf @ 40% oooof i really really tried with this book, especially considering i received an arc. i feel awful having not even finished it but life is short, my tbr list is ever growing and i just couldn’t get into this at all the main reason i requested an arc for this was the comparison to six of crows (which is one of my favourite books and a very high bar to meet), including heists, a stabby queer protagonist called the butcher of carrowick (badass, right?), and a ragtag group of criminals and thieves each with their own useful talent now, the writing is excellent, truly. unfortunately, the amount of names and places and characters introduced with little backstory had me SO confused that i struggled to understand what was going on. i wanted to love this and get to the end, but i guess it just wasn’t for me, or maybe my head isn’t in the fantasy realm at the moment. overall, ‘Among Thieves’ had fantastic potential, but with far too much happening and too little information

  17. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    according to the author's twitter, this book has: - daring magical heists - sarcastic, take-no-shit heroines - unlikely allies - intrigue and betrayal - slow burn romance (f/f) and i am very excited for this team of criminals to create a found family while planning a heist and how to betray each other. also. sapphics. I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter according to the author's twitter, this book has: - daring magical heists - sarcastic, take-no-shit heroines - unlikely allies - intrigue and betrayal - slow burn romance (f/f) and i am very excited for this team of criminals to create a found family while planning a heist and how to betray each other. also. sapphics. I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Newton

    Compelling plot complex character interactions set in a very unique world - and that was just the beta! Can't wait to enjoy it all over again once the official release drops. Compelling plot complex character interactions set in a very unique world - and that was just the beta! Can't wait to enjoy it all over again once the official release drops.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    3.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is a pretty good YA Fantasy that promises to turn into a fun, exciting series. Ryia is known as "The Butcher" of Carrowick, a dockside city run by various gangs. Ryia is on the run from the powerful Guildmaster, the ruler of 5 kingdoms of Thamorr. Certain people are born with a gift for strength, speed, mind reading, sensing and other gifts and are called Adepts. They are taken by the Guildmaster as a baby and trained on an isl 3.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is a pretty good YA Fantasy that promises to turn into a fun, exciting series. Ryia is known as "The Butcher" of Carrowick, a dockside city run by various gangs. Ryia is on the run from the powerful Guildmaster, the ruler of 5 kingdoms of Thamorr. Certain people are born with a gift for strength, speed, mind reading, sensing and other gifts and are called Adepts. They are taken by the Guildmaster as a baby and trained on an island. When they reach adulthood they are stripped of all identity and are sold to rich people as obedient servants who have no mind or will of their own. Ryia is determined to kill the Guildmaster and steal his means of controlling the Adepts. She gets her chance, but must rely on a group of other criminals that she doesn't trust and who have their own agendas. This book started off really slow. The worldbuilding is a bit uneven. The characters are fairly well-formed, and hopefully will be fleshed out a bit more in the next book. The book is told from several different characters' perspectives, which makes for a lot of unreliable narrators. The book was a bit jumbled until the characters set off on their quest to infiltrate the Guildmaster's island. After that, there was plenty of action and the story started to gel better. The book ended on a juicy cliffhanger, so I'm assuming there will be a second book. If so, I will most likely read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery/Saga Press. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    H.M. Long

    Gritty, fun, and effortlessly immersive, Among Thieves hits the ground running and doesn't stop. Kuhn serves up a delightful cocktail of rapid-fire action, wit and original world-building, with all the squad goals and banter your heart desires. Fans of Six of Crows, Lies of Locke Lamora, and compulsively reading until 3:00 am will adore Among Thieves! Gritty, fun, and effortlessly immersive, Among Thieves hits the ground running and doesn't stop. Kuhn serves up a delightful cocktail of rapid-fire action, wit and original world-building, with all the squad goals and banter your heart desires. Fans of Six of Crows, Lies of Locke Lamora, and compulsively reading until 3:00 am will adore Among Thieves!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    Among Thieves was everything I wanted in a fast paced Fantasy!! The world building was fantastic, the characters were morally gray and super fun. I also really love the magic system and can't wait to see more on this. This book switches between different characters to tell the story. Usually I find myself gravitating towards one character, but in this one I really couldn't choose a favorite! They are all so unique, completely fleshed out, and I just loved them all. This is compared a lot to Six Among Thieves was everything I wanted in a fast paced Fantasy!! The world building was fantastic, the characters were morally gray and super fun. I also really love the magic system and can't wait to see more on this. This book switches between different characters to tell the story. Usually I find myself gravitating towards one character, but in this one I really couldn't choose a favorite! They are all so unique, completely fleshed out, and I just loved them all. This is compared a lot to Six of Crows as far as having a heist. While this is true, this one is a bit more gruesome and full of betrayal! This debut is fantastic, and is definitely not one to miss if you're a lover of fantasy and heists. I can't wait to read the sequel!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    a team of queer criminals who are the best at what they do come together to pull off an impossible job and against all odds start to care about each other, all while scheming to betray each other.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    See this review and more on my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to Saga Press for an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4/5 stars If I was rating Among Thieves for enjoyment alone, it would almost be a five-star. Unfortunately, what dragged it down was how messy the mechanics of it were. While it was an incredibly fun read, some elements bugged me to no end. The plot was fantastic. It was fast-paced the whole way through, and it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat! There was also a touch See this review and more on my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to Saga Press for an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4/5 stars If I was rating Among Thieves for enjoyment alone, it would almost be a five-star. Unfortunately, what dragged it down was how messy the mechanics of it were. While it was an incredibly fun read, some elements bugged me to no end. The plot was fantastic. It was fast-paced the whole way through, and it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat! There was also a touch of fluff and fun found family moments to brighten up the relatively dark book, which is greatly appreciated. I loved nearly everything about the characters. They were all unique and interesting in their own ways, which is always a good thing to have in a multi-POV book. I also loved the found family trope in there! But the backstories weren't explained enough for how much of a focal point they were in the story. The characters, especially Ivan and Riya, have their backstories as a huge part of their motivation/goal. But it was explained in maybe a paragraph or two and I'm still not completely sure what happened! The worldbuilding was a dumpster fire. There were a bunch of countries, and then maybe a continent? Or it could have been just another country. And one of them was mostly Russian-inspired (going off the language) but randomly dropped some German in there? I have so many questions about this world, but I don't think any of them will be answered. Despite the harsh review (sorry!!) I really did enjoy this read. I always looked forwards to picking it up, and the characters and their relationships were so much fun! If we could just fix up the backstories and worldbuilding, you have a solid 4.5-5 star story in there.

  24. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Actual rating 3.5 Rep: lesbian mc, sapphic mc CWs: violence, dismemberment Galley provided by publisher Among Thieves is a solid debut fantasy, without ever being particularly remarkable (which sounds harsh, but I don’t remember a whole lot about it, and that’s not a great sign while you’re trying to write a review). But. It’s a good read and I do want to read the sequel, so that’s got to count for something. (At this point I have to skip any form of plot summary because of the aforeme On my blog. Actual rating 3.5 Rep: lesbian mc, sapphic mc CWs: violence, dismemberment Galley provided by publisher Among Thieves is a solid debut fantasy, without ever being particularly remarkable (which sounds harsh, but I don’t remember a whole lot about it, and that’s not a great sign while you’re trying to write a review). But. It’s a good read and I do want to read the sequel, so that’s got to count for something. (At this point I have to skip any form of plot summary because of the aforementioned nothing-really-stuck-in-my-mind. But there’s a putative found family forming in the midst of a heist, although at this point they’re all out for themselves and only themselves.) What I can say about this book, though, is that it’s very readable. There’s a fair few POVs, so you’re never really stuck for something happening. At the start, those POVs are a little many, perhaps, but overall they give distinct voices to each of the characters, and you will find yourself loving them. I also did enjoy the worldbuilding, for the most part. Some of it was a bit generic fantasy worldbuilding, in parts, but the whole Adept system added an intriguing dimension. I sometimes wished it had been explored, or expanded on, just a bit more than it was, but I imagine that’s gonna be a large part of book two, given how this one ended. So if you’re looking for another fantasy heist novel to read, with a cast of characters you can love, then let it be this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Haley Newton

    I got to read a beta version of this book. I can’t wait to read the final version of the exciting, twisting and turning heist novel!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane Smith

    I got to read this in its infancy! Such a good read! The ending makes me hope for a sequel!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emmett

    3.5 rounded up. This was a fun ride! I requested Among Thieves due to the cool cover [and the promise of a heist] and was not disappointed. What’s good? Pacing. The pacing on this one was very steady. It was fast, but not too fast that you felt you were missing anything. Each character got enough focus within their individual POVs and every chapter served to advance the plot to its next point. Fun Factor. This was genuinely fun to read. A lot of fantasy can take itself too seriously or get bogged 3.5 rounded up. This was a fun ride! I requested Among Thieves due to the cool cover [and the promise of a heist] and was not disappointed. What’s good? Pacing. The pacing on this one was very steady. It was fast, but not too fast that you felt you were missing anything. Each character got enough focus within their individual POVs and every chapter served to advance the plot to its next point. Fun Factor. This was genuinely fun to read. A lot of fantasy can take itself too seriously or get bogged down in trying to be dark or serious. This one was a rollicking good time- there are plenty of lighthearted or humorous moments mixed in with the violence and thrills. [Women] Characters. Ryia, Evelyn, and Nash were all great fun. They each had their own individual personalities and I enjoyed slipping into each of their separate POVs. I also liked the alliances that formed between different members of our party throughout the story. Writing. Kuhn’s writing felt simple and fresh. It flowed from beginning to end and I didn’t get stuck on much except for the included fantasy-foreign-language (more on that below). What’s not as good? Worldbuilding & Fantasy World Elements. There were far too many factions, place names, and secondary characters for me to keep track of at the beginning. I did get the hang of it after a while, but I will admit it was a rocky start. This novel really needs a map and a character/place list at the beginning- hopefully a future edition will remedy this. I also did NOT like how close the made-up languages in the novel were to English. It felt a bit cheap and annoying. [Man] Characters. It took me probably much longer than it should have to get a distinct feel for Ivan and Tristan. At the beginning I kept getting them confused. Callum Clem felt more distinct than both of them and he wasn’t even a POV. Ivan felt better-developed by the end of the novel, but I’m still going to say that Tristan felt a bit weak. Bottom Line: This was a solid fantasy novel and I will certainly be checking out what the author writes next. If this sounds like it’s up your alley, definitely give it a shot. *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Let me just tell you all of the amazing things that this book has: *An impossible heist *A morally gray ensemble cast *A sapphic ship that I am honestly living for *Betrayals and twists *An interesting world with politics that are centered around controlling those who have magic Honestly, there is so much more but those are the things that really stood out to me, personally. Usually when I read an ensemble cast book, there is at least one character I care less about, or don't care for at all. That wa Let me just tell you all of the amazing things that this book has: *An impossible heist *A morally gray ensemble cast *A sapphic ship that I am honestly living for *Betrayals and twists *An interesting world with politics that are centered around controlling those who have magic Honestly, there is so much more but those are the things that really stood out to me, personally. Usually when I read an ensemble cast book, there is at least one character I care less about, or don't care for at all. That wasn't the case in Among Thieves at all. I genuinely enjoyed each character's POV and am itching to learn more about them and see where their stories go. The book ended in a way that has me dying to read the next book in the series. There is already potential for a heist in the next book, and I'm really excited to see what happens to these characters that I've come to care for so much in just 340 pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dominic

    ** Full video review here: https://youtu.be/WuS5U5811mc ** ** Review copy supplied by Netgalley, with my thanks to them and to the publisher ** Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn is an adult fantasy novel about a gang planning to pull off an impossible heist. We follow the infamous Butcher of Carrowwick, a skilled, snarky and perpetually horny hatchet-wielding thief, who together with a typically ragtag band of crooks, sets out to pull off this grand heist. It's a fun and fast-paced read, with plenty to enj ** Full video review here: https://youtu.be/WuS5U5811mc ** ** Review copy supplied by Netgalley, with my thanks to them and to the publisher ** Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn is an adult fantasy novel about a gang planning to pull off an impossible heist. We follow the infamous Butcher of Carrowwick, a skilled, snarky and perpetually horny hatchet-wielding thief, who together with a typically ragtag band of crooks, sets out to pull off this grand heist. It's a fun and fast-paced read, with plenty to enjoy. There's interesting magic and a setting just waiting to be explored. There are also a number of areas where I'd have liked to see more. More character depth, particularly where it comes to their individual motivations for joining the heist, which all seemed thrown in at the last moment to add some spice. A bit more about the magic early on, as I was just left confused at a couple of points as to what was going on. More clever invention with the heist, which is one of the main selling points of this book but just fell a little flat for me. Without those clever twists and turns, the meticulous planning and testing, the grand ingenuity of the caper... a heist becomes little more than just breaking and entering, and that's a bit like how I felt this one went. The characters are interesting, and with that little bit of extra depth, could have taken this book up a good notch. It does seem that, for thieves in this fantasy setting, everyone is a bit too forgiving however! Over all it's a good read, and I do recommend picking it up if thieves and heists are your jam. It just didn't quite work for me as well as I'd hoped it would.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    Among Thieves is a fun-filled magical heist tale that is highly reminiscent of Six of Crows; yet it is different enough not to seem like a carbon copy. The plot and characters are engaging and well presented, with all the key players coming across as individuals. I might have liked a little more background information on a couple of them, but since the ending is open enough for a sequel, perhaps we will get to know them better in book two. The world building is nicely handled: enough to satisfy Among Thieves is a fun-filled magical heist tale that is highly reminiscent of Six of Crows; yet it is different enough not to seem like a carbon copy. The plot and characters are engaging and well presented, with all the key players coming across as individuals. I might have liked a little more background information on a couple of them, but since the ending is open enough for a sequel, perhaps we will get to know them better in book two. The world building is nicely handled: enough to satisfy me, but without info dumping. Overall, it was an entertaining read that kept me turning the pages. I would definitely pick up the sequel (if there is one) and/or other works by this author in the future. It's a solid 4-star rating from me. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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