Lhind the Thief

by Sherwood Smith
Published 2013 by Book View Cafe.

I really enjoyed reading this book! It is a great lighthearted fantasy action adventure (young adult) story, where vivid characters, action, and omnipresent humor dominate. There are also quite a few plot twists, some of which are probably easily predictable, others of which might surprise even the experienced reader of the genre.

One thing Smith does very well is to establish a strong first impression of a character when she first introduces them, and then subsequently slowly develop that character meaningfully over the course of the story. This development always fits with our first impressions, but continually reveals new depths and unexpected niches.

I also found Lhind refreshing. Lhind’s narrative is highly entertaining, but there is also than meets the eye, and Lhind’s development over the course of the novel and her change in relations with Rajanas, Hlanan, and Thiana, as well as her change in worldview as a result of her experiences was convincingly portrayed.

Obligatory Kindle Note: I read this on a kindle, without seeing the cover or reading the back of the book text. I found it interesting how going in completely blind in this way rendered the story more of a treat than if I had read a book jacket intro that revealed some of the twists of the story.

Book Cover Review: Let’s just say I am omitting the book cover for a reason.


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