The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung

The gap between the rich and the poor is as wide as ever. Most people aren’t willing to do anything about it, and continue to live their lives in with the mindset that this is the lot that they have been cast, and have determined to live in their squalor. But that’s most people. That’s not Amara.

Amara is a paid by commission thief, who inside her circle of well-connected bandits, is among the best in her trade. The story opens with Amara dealing with a fellow comrade of hers, Corbin, who has come to her for help and to seek refuge for a piece of plunder for which he is attempting to keep safe. Not thinking much of it, Amar takes the stolen goods and hides them in her hidey hole for safe keeping. But when Corbin failes to come back for his plunder, Amar knew something was not right here.

 As dread began to mount in the usually cool and calculating Amar, she started out to search for Corbin, and what she found would lead her and a band of an unexpected band of cohorts along a journey where even the highest minds of the land could not have predicted its end, much less its ultimate purpose.

McClung has done an excellent job at mixing the expected paranormal happenings with the most unusual settings and what would usually be a gaggle of unlikeable characters. McClung not only humanizes thieves, bandits and public servants with too much power, but he renders them to be endearing, likable but most of all capable. He takes those who we normally wish to see fail, and turn them into the heroes of the story and elicits his readers to root for their survival and ultimate triumph.

 

McClung made an amazing effort to show through his stories that even when you are greeted with an insurmountable task, sometimes all you need to do is look within you or to the ones that you trust that surround you to solve the problem. If you can believe in yourself, no matter what anyone else’s opinion is of you, you can always discover what the correct path for your life will be. He demonstrates this in his characters over and over again. Characters that normal society would intently look their noses down upon as being lesser than they, in actuality embodied the quality of being overcomers. They never needed the affirmation of the masses in order to know what the right thing to do was. Even though they were considered to be the bad seed, the always and without hesitation, acted upon what was right.

This is by far one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It was so unexpected and delightful, that I was able to really lose myself in the world that was placed before me. I give this book 5 out of 5 morals, only because there are no more stars to give. I cannot wait to read more of the adventures of Amara and her unlikely crew, and to become one step closer to discovering the fate of the world as they know it. McClung is an author to watch, and I expect only great things to come from his efforts.   

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