Tools of a Thief - D. Hale Rambo

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How do you stop being a thief? Zizy assumed quitting her job, stealing from her boss, and flitting magically across the continent was one way to give it a go.

Getting in and out of sticky situations is typically Zizy’s specialty. A little spellwork here, a pinch of deception there, and she’s home free. Quick-fingered, fast-talking, and charming the gnome knows traveling across a shattered continent won’t be easy. Still, she has the skills to keep herself from getting killed.

Too bad she was followed on her one-way trip. Pressed into a mission she can’t say no to Zizy feels desperate, out of place, and as lonely as before. But when she meets a charming book hoarder with bold curiosity, Zizy can’t help but want to bring her along on this one last job. She’ll just hide her past, her present, and complicating info about herself. What could go wrong?

Either she finishes the job and protects those she loves, or it all falls apart. Is this journey the final key to unlock a new path or just another sticky situation she has to run from? She’ll use every tool she’s got to get what she wants.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Fiercewood Press for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
enjoyable/easy to read:
3/5
The length of Tools Of A Thief is the root of my biggest complaint; there was not enough time to get to know these characters and this world to the level that the plot deserved. Everything that happened was so interesting, but it happened at such breakneck speeds that nothing felt important.

The backstory contributing to the character’s motives felt shallow because the world wasn’t developed enough to understand what was going on. The love story felt rushed to the point that it went from zero to a hundred and right back to zero in what felt like a few pages. At times it was hard to tell if there even was a love story going on or if I had just misinterpreted a few pages. There wasn’t enough worldbuilding to really understand how the magic here worked, which made it difficult to understand whether what was going on most of the time was impressive or mundane. And it felt like too much happened off stage to keep the story short.

This story had lots of potential but it needed to either be longer or less complex. There were too many characters and sideplots in a brand new and interesting world to be able to emotionally connect to the story in only 170 pages. With too many small subplots and adventures, the main plotline was resolved too quickly and easily to have made the rest of it worthwhile.

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