Leaving civilized Skrae, including Malden's home city, ripe for a good old barbarian scourging. He's actually leading the barbarian horde. Sir Croy is serving the crown, because that's what Knights always do, whether they think the crown is stupid or crazy or ill-advised or whatever.
That leaves Malden and Cythera. The thief and the witch return to Ness to discover that the rats have deserted the sinking ship. The rich have all left the city. The reasonably well-off or reasonably healthy and idealistic form an "Army of Free Men" under the Burgess, the leading noble.
And that leaves the dregs of society.
The only healthy people left are the thieves and the prostitutes. And Cutbill, the head of the underground but extremely influential Thieves' Guild has left town and left it all to Malden. As presents go, Malden would rather find the Nessian equivalent of coal in his stocking. He doesn't want to be in charge. But he knows he has to be. And when it comes to the choice between saving their city or letting the barbarians run them over and kill them, the supposed dregs of society will band together, and there is honor to be found among thieves.
If you love sword and sorcery fantasy, run, don't walk, to get yourself a copy of Den of Thieves and start reading the Ancient Blades. This is a series where you need to read the whole thing, and you won't be sorry you did. This is new-school type sword and sorcery, so the gods don't intervene the way they used to in Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's day. These gods are made in the images of men. I think that just makes their worship more powerful, but also much darker.
There are no good choices here, just shades of grey. Anyone who likes Steven Brust's Jhereg series but wishes it had an actual ending will love Ancient Blades. I know I did. The 1st book was a fun quest to steal a crown, and then steal it back again. The 2nd book was a dungeon crawl. The consequences at the end of that book left no doubt that this one was going to be all-out war, and so it is. Malden, a thief, becomes mayor of the free city of Ness through a comic series of his This is the 3rd book in David Chandler's aka David Wellington's Ancient Blades trilogy, and the last in this setting.
Malden, a thief, becomes mayor of the free city of Ness through a comic series of his enemies' miscalculations, and now he has to prevent the barbarians from sacking his city. Also also, he's banging his best friend's fiance. Also also also, Slag the Dwarf is mixing up a secret brew. It truly is good times for everyone. If you liked the first 2 books, you'll enjoy this one, if only to see if the characters that survived those books can make it out of this one alive.
In this third volume, the entire Kingdom of Skrae has fallen under attack by the barbarians of the east, led by the traitorous Morget last seen in A Thief in the Night.
I wanted sweeping epic fantasy with dwarves, elves, and all kinds of other fantastic constructions conveyed in straight forward no nonsense prose. Didier Graffet - Graham Masterton.. Paul Mayafon - Chris Bunch.. L'Honneur de l'espion Hearts and Thrones 2: Putting it all together. There are revelations, both about the world and about the characters, and they slowly unfold in a way that by the end was satisfying. War of the Spider Queen 3:
Meanwhile, Cythera is reunited with her mother, the witch Coruth… only to find that her destiny has caught up with h In this third volume, the entire Kingdom of Skrae has fallen under attack by the barbarians of the east, led by the traitorous Morget last seen in A Thief in the Night. The ending was really well done. It ties back into what Malden wanted from the start of the series.
Hope to see more of Malden. So sad to see the trilogy end David Chandler is an awesome storyteller. Maybe one day there will be more to this story to tell Epper Marshall rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Josh Kim rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Jared rated it it was amazing Jul 04, James McClanahan rated it it was amazing May 26, Brandon Tenn rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Xephon rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Cole rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Kyle St rated it it was amazing Jun 19, Jeremy Rice rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Michael Prescott rated it it was amazing May 23, Alan Turner rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Dean rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Not only was the name of one of the main characters of the trilogy spelled wrong it's Croy not Cloy , whoever wrote the blurb had obviously never read the book.
Malden does have a magic sword, but he barely uses it for anything since he's never been trained. The sword is old yes, about years old, but I'm not sure you'd call that the dawn of time.
Also, Malden wasn't the o My first clue to what this book would be like should have come from the wildly inaccurate blurb at the back of the book. Also, Malden wasn't the one who destroyed the mountain protecting Skrae from the barbarians, that honour belongs to Morget. Plus Cythera is a witch not a sorceress. The distinction is quite important as part of the story deals with her struggle between these two opposing types of magic Put simply this final book of the Ancient Blades trilogy was a great disappointment.
I wasn't expecting the book to be the crowning achievement of the fantasy genre but I was expecting something more than this. Finishing this book was a struggle, and I wouldn't recommend anyone put themselves through it.
It simply wasn't worth it. I liked book one, and book two was a fun dungeon crawl, but this one just failed to engage me in any meaningful way. Suvesh rated it did not like it Apr 26, Scott Dickson rated it did not like it Jan 27, Isa rated it did not like it Apr 08, Sev rated it did not like it Oct 23, Allison rated it did not like it Dec 26, Roar rated it did not like it Nov 05, G rated it did not like it Mar 21, Colin Smith rated it did not like it Nov 26, Austin rated it did not like it Jan 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. David Chandler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in In his alter ego as David Wellington, he writes critically acclaimed and popular horror novels and was one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestseller Marvel Zombies Return.
The Ancient Blades trilogy is his first foray into fantasy.