This is a hearty stew of adventure, magic, thievery and con games within con games worthy of The Sting. It is also an extremely unconventional coming-of-age story and a commentary on societal justice with nuggets of wisdom such as “You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.” and “Most common folk outside the city don’t own their own land any more than city renters own their buildings. An old soldier with a tenancy gets a nice spot of land to farm until he dies; it’s a sort of allowance from the duke.” Chains chuckled. “Given in exchange for one’s youth and health.” The group of thieves at the heart of this tale don’t even have a use for all the money they’ve stolen; they are more interested in taking it from the upper crust who think they are untouchable balancing the scales of justice so to speak.

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