Den of Thieves: The Ancient Blades Trilogy: Book One by David Chandler

By David Chandler

Born and raised within the squalid depths of the loose urban of Ness, Malden turned a thief via necessity. Now he needs to pay a fortune to affix the felony operation of Cutbill, lord of the underworld—and one doesn't refuse the grasp . . . and reside. The coronet of the Burgrave might satisfy Malden’s tasks, although it truly is guarded by way of hungry demons that will tear the soul from any interloper. however the determined activity ends up in a extra poor future, as Malden, an outlaw knight, and an ensorcelled woman needs to face the main terrifying evil within the land.

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But more as well. ” Malden frowned. ” Chapter Six Neither of them spoke for a while, as the meaning of Cutbill’s words sank in. Malden had expected something quite different when he answered Cutbill’s summons. Mostly, he’d expected to have to pay back the money he’d taken, and then receive a savage beating (if not worse) by way of a receipt. “I’ve always worked alone,” he said finally. “And I cannot allow you to continue doing so. You are too good at this to be independent,” Cutbill informed him.

Or I did so, until tonight. “Tonight, you went in secret into the house of Guthrun Whiteclay, a master of the worthy guild of potters, and took from him a quantity of silver plate, some fancy cutlery, and a sack of silver coin he had hidden under his bed. ” Malden frowned. No one, he thought, could have been more prepared than he. “I cased the house for three days. Watched Whiteclay and his wife leave for a fete up at the moothall, saw him lock his front door but forget to latch a window at the side.

The simple golden coronet of the Burgrave. Prologue Nearly one hundred thousand people lived in the Free City of Ness, stuffed like rats in a sack too small to contain them all. The city was less than a mile across and filled every cranny of the hill encircled by its high defensive wall. At midnight, seen from a hill two miles to the north, it was the only light in the nighttime landscape, a bright ember smoldering in the midst of dark fields that rolled to the horizon. It looked, frankly, like all it needed was one good gust of wind to stir it up into a great whoosh of flame.

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