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It all starts with a mischievous boy throwing a ripe tomato at a city guard
None of the guildmasters of the powerful city-state of Ness think twice when they are given the opportunity to creatively humiliate Ralan Miller, the younger brother of a fellow guildmaster and an all-around public nuisance. Yet that fateful decision changes everything and launches an epic story that includes sarcastic rogues, heroes with hidden pasts, shady assassins, cruel guildmasters, and a litany of other interesting characters. Behind it all is the fascinating world of Ness, which is slowly seen to be teetering on the edge of invasion and civil war. Full of a political intrigue, a secret past, and layers that are revealed bit by tantalizing bit, The Guildmaster Thief is a tour de force of worldbuilding, storytelling, and colorful characters.
The first book in an epic fantasy series by Nebula-nominated author Jake Kerr, The Guildmaster Thief is the story of Ralan, a street rat who rises to become the guildmaster of Ness' underworld.
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About the series
I've had the idea for a truly epic series told via smaller stories since I read two things at nearly the same time: The indie graphic novel Cerebus and the Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe. Both take a look at individuals and smaller scale events and slowly build them into epic stories that sweep the reader up.So this series starts with a bit of juvenile delinquency and a the punishment that comes from it. Like the butterfly effect, the consequences of that event grow and spread, encompassing characters and settings that seem minor in the beginning but have major impact later.
In short, The Guildmaster Thief is a complex undertaking combining many small events that are all part of an epic background of a city-state that is facing decay, revolution, and rebirth.
I hope you enjoy the ride.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1522968539
Book Description Createspace Independent Pub, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 272 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.62 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1522968539
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