The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue, 1)

The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue, 1)

by Christopher Buehlman (Author)

Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos, Christopher Buehlman's The Blacktongue Thief begins a 'dazzling' (Robin Hobb) fantasy adventure unlike any other. Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva's. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.The Blacktongue Thief is fast and fun and filled with crazy magic. I can't wait to see what Christopher Buehlman does next." - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of the Lightbringer series

In the captivating world of "The Blacktongue Thief," Christopher Buehlman weaves a tale of intrigue, magic, and adventure. Set in the vibrant and dangerous city of Vellum, this novel introduces us to Kylar Stern, a cunning thief with a reputation for stealing the unstealable.

Kylar's life takes an unexpected turn when he is hired by a mysterious client to steal a book called "The Blacktongue Manuscript." Rumored to contain ancient and powerful magic, this book holds the key to an unspeakable secret. As Kylar embarks on this perilous quest, he finds himself entangled in a web of conspiracies and treachery that threatens not only his life but also the fate of the entire city.

Accompanied by a colorful cast of characters, including a resourceful nun, a volatile mage, and a enigmatic thief, Kylar navigates a labyrinth of hidden societies, ancient artifacts, and treacherous alliances. Along the way, he unravels a history of deceit, betrayal, and forgotten magic that has shaped the very foundation of Vellum.

"The Blacktongue Thief" is a gripping fantasy adventure that seamlessly blends action, humor, and thought-provoking themes. Buehlman's vivid storytelling transports readers to a world where magic permeates every aspect of life, and where the line between heroism and villainy is often blurred.

With its captivating plot, intricate world-building, and memorable characters, "The Blacktongue Thief" is a must-read for fans of fantasy, adventure, and anyone seeking a thrilling and immersive literary experience.


416 pages