The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate (Amra Thetys, #3)
After surviving Thagoth and returning rich to Lucernis, Amra and Holgren have settled down to a very comfortable, if decidedly unexciting life -- until the night Amra receives an old enemy's head in a box. A longstanding debt calls her back home to Bellarius, the scene of many childhood horrors she would much rather forget about.But as bad as memories of the past might be, present-day Bellarius is rapidly becoming worse, for the Eightfold Goddess has not forgotten about Amra, and another of Her Blades, the Knife that Parts the Night, has been discovered and threatens to tear the very fabric of reality apart.All that stands in the way of utter destruction is one small, scarred thief and her mage companion...

The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate (Amra Thetys, #3) Details

TitleThe Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate (Amra Thetys, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 10th, 2014
PublisherSmashwords Edition
Rating
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy

The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate (Amra Thetys, #3) Review

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    YES! Another spectacular installment. I'm in a mindblinding bliss right now. When I'm done hibernating, I'll make a more detailed review!Crackgods, i.e. cracked gods, literally.Walls for magic, the internal ones.I loved charming names for streets:- Ink Street, where all the ‘scribes, copyists, chandlers, and accountants’ live. - Street of Owls...I didn't particulartly like the honorific reference for 'Doma', which seems to have been coined from the Latin 'Domina'. I get the why and how this deri YES! Another spectacular installment. I'm in a mindblinding bliss right now. When I'm done hibernating, I'll make a more detailed review!Crackgods, i.e. cracked gods, literally.Walls for magic, the internal ones.I loved charming names for streets:- Ink Street, where all the ‘scribes, copyists, chandlers, and accountants’ live. - Street of Owls...I didn't particulartly like the honorific reference for 'Doma', which seems to have been coined from the Latin 'Domina'. I get the why and how this derivation took place but sort of don't like it.My pet peeves aside, the whole thing was juicy and charming, in the Tad Williams and Mercedes Lackey way.Q:Someone quick-witted.Someone with an almost inhuman will to survive.Someone who could inspire loyalty, even love.Someone with the ability to overcome desperate, brutal situations against hopeless odds. (c)Q:The Knife observed with keen interest the children who flooded the city, found no aid, and, crushed by the weight of destitution, desperation, and hunger, became petty thieves, then cunning criminals, then—as often as not—cold-eyed killers. But most keenly, it observed the handful that became consummate survivors. Those who died were not, of course, mourned though the Knife remembered them. The Knife remembered everything. (c)Q:I was home alone, savoring a nice Gol-Shen red and rereading Dubbuck’s epic and amusing Iron Witch, when someone came knocking at the door. (c)Q:The wine and the ale flowed freely, and the revelers, both men and women, seemed to have abandoned anything approaching morals or common sense. Many had also abandoned important parts of their attire, though everyone I could see still had on a mask of one sort or another. (c)Q:Q:The only way to be truly sure it was safe was to have somebody else open it with me in another room, but what can I say? The list of people I would use that way had grown remarkably short. (c)Q:I briefly considered slapping the lid back on and just living with the curiosity, but even as I was thinking it, I put three fingers into the loop and lifted up. (c)Q:You’d wind up sitting on your hands in some inn or public room when you could be here, trying to blow up half the city. (c)Q:Over the last year, I’d decided to limit myself to two knives on my person at any one time in an effort to better play the respectable woman of business role. It wasn’t easy. I felt, if not naked, at least under-dressed. (c)Q:Some people keep talismans. Some kids have a favorite doll. Knives comfort me, and I needed a bit of comfort, coming back to Bellarius. Don’t judge. (c)Q:Have I mentioned my suspicious nature? (c)Q:I’m a woman. I get to change my mind. Get used to it. (c)Q:I prefer any possible enemy to be as stupid as mossy rocks. (c)Q:Everybody in Hardside knew where to find her. It made it easier to avoid her. (c)Q:“You broke a Blade forged by a goddess, powerful enough, perhaps, to cleave the world in twain. I would very much like to know how you managed such a feat.” “I expressed my dislike for it using harsh language.” (c)Q:Handing out sound advice is generally a thankless task even with rational people. Try it with a mage sometime. (c)Q:“Um. That. Powerful and mysterious people appearing and disappearing, talking to you like you were a barrel full of gunpowder sitting next to a bonfire.”“Don’t be ridiculous,,,,Nobody talks to barrels. That would be crazy.” (c)Q:Were these traps set to keep me out, or keep me in, or just to do me in, whichever way I was going? (c)Q:So I have monsters on both sides of my heritage. (c)Q:“My father was unpredictable.” By which I meant irrational, which was a nice way of saying half-crazy. Among other things. (c)Q:Mysterious, powerful, nameless entities toying with my life kind of scared me spitless. (c)Q:Storm winds had started to blow in my soul. (c)Q:I’m not really up to date on the love lives of dead gods, sorry. (c)Q:I prefer to do the impossible before the unpleasant. (c)Q:“Do you remember the Cataclysm?”“Why do people always ask me that? How Kerf-damned old do I look?” (c)Q:What the renegade Philosophers who caused the Cataclysm a thousand years ago desired most was to understand the workings of reality itself. What they did not realize, sadly, is that which is observed is changed by the very fact of its observation. (c)Q:“I planned my assault with great care. Much good it did me.”“You flew into a window and tried to burn the Telemarch to a crisp. You call that planning?” (c)Q:That is the most spectacularly stupid idea I have ever heard in my life. (c)Q:I’ve got better, and less insane, things to do with my time. (c)Q:I put up with it until it got old. Which was about three seconds. (c)Q:Being able to tap that power didn’t make me a mage. It made me a disaster waiting to happen. (c)Q:I was, apparently, perched on the stone railing of a long balcony. To my right was the Bay of Bellarius, sparkling in the sun. To my left, graceful, stone arches and beyond them a big room. In the room was a big, white block of stone. Glowing runes chased each other across its surface. (c)Q:Would you have liked it better if I’d said, ‘Hello niece, I’m your long-lost uncle. By the way, I’m also a revolutionary leader, a middling mage, and I’ve got a sideline in hunting those responsible for the Purge. You know, on my idle days?’ (c)Q:I’ve no idea what exactly they were rioting about. I doubt they did either. …“I see. Is there a particular reason for that anarchy, or is it just an excess of high spirits?” (c)Q:“Amra my dear… We need to talk about your ideas on gardening.” ...“Why’s that?”“They are disturbing.” (c)Q:“…And the friend you came here to help?”“He’s fine. He’ll be trying to kill me any time now, but he’s fine.”“Well then. What’s next on the agenda?” (c)Q:“Amra?”“Yes?”“How do I put this delicately? You are very much a grown woman, but I’m not sure you should be let out of the house on your own any more.” (c)Q:“Can I ask why we’re about to kill the most powerful mage on the Dragonsea?”“Sure. If we don’t, the whole city will explode come morning.“Given the state it’s in right now, I’m not sure how you could tell the difference.”“Easy. Right now, there’s a mountain. In the morning, there’ll only be a smoking hole in the ground.” (c)Q:“You really are hard on knives … If I was Kalara’s Knife, Amra Thetys, I’d be very, very worried.” (c)Q:They were an ugly, hard, not-very-nice lot, but they were not, on the whole, stupid. Well, except for Moron. ... “You’d kill me just because somebody named Moron Fishhead didn’t like your leadership style? Really?” (c)Q:Nobody wants to be associated with an idiot. (c)Q:“Really? I was being sarcastic.”Really. I was being factual. (c)
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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    January 1, 1970
    Previous rating: 8 stars.New rating: 12 stars. Because duh and and stuff.➽ And the moral of this reread is: Amra Thetys is the most unjustly overlooked Fantasy series in the history of Viciously Overlooked Fantasy Series (VOFS™). Not only is it one of my top 5 favorite Fantasy series ever, it is also one of my top 5 favorite Fantasy series ever. I kid you not. I think this could possibly mean that Amra Thetys is a fairly enjoyable series. But hey, I could be wrong. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. When Previous rating: 8 stars.New rating: 12 stars. Because duh and and stuff.➽ And the moral of this reread is: Amra Thetys is the most unjustly overlooked Fantasy series in the history of Viciously Overlooked Fantasy Series (VOFS™). Not only is it one of my top 5 favorite Fantasy series ever, it is also one of my top 5 favorite Fantasy series ever. I kid you not. I think this could possibly mean that Amra Thetys is a fairly enjoyable series. But hey, I could be wrong. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. When have I ever been wrong? “Never,” you say? Yep, sounds about right. ➽ And the other moral of this reread is: evil, sentient knives + rotting heads + hahahaha + chop chop chop slice slice slice + best revoltingly juvenile sidekick ever + malevolent fog + Boom Poof Gone Magic (BPGM™) + obscure, mentally damaged deities + Amra’s very special take on, um, gardening + decaying flesh and ropes of intestines and tentacles, oh my! + yummy revenge and delicious vengeance and stuff + rabid goats + “Never trust kids who are cute as baskets full of kittens” + kinda sorta reluctant anti-heroes + “gesture, sparks, boom” + liars and traitors and assholes, oh yeah! + good, obedient doggies Stones + bang and smoke = fresh corpse (now that’s my kind of maths) + “Holgren-fucking-Angrado” = • Book 1: The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids ★★★★★• Book 2: The Thief Who Spat in Luck's Good Eye ★★★★★• Book 4: The Thief Who Wasn't There ★★★★★• Book 5: The Thief Who Went to War - to be released 2018.• Short stories: The Last God ★★★★★[Original review]Actual rating: 8 ← were you expecting anything less?Okay, here we go. Well, we are not actually going to go anywhere, to be honest. Nope nope nope. Why? Because I have nothing to say about this book. Nothing apart from this, that is:I know, I know, I already said that in my review for book 2. Repeatedly. But what do you want me to do? Amra Thetys is so awesome that she leaves me slightly brain-dead and stuff. So don't blame me, blame Michael McClung. This is all his fault, obviously, and I am naught but an innocent bystander here.[Half an hour passes]Oh. You're still here? You're not waiting for me to actually write something about this book, are you? Oh. You are? Sigh ← in case you were wondering: yes, this is indeed me stalling because I have no idea what to say. Okay, let me try and do this in a coherent way (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)], and without repeating everything I've already mentioned multiple times said in my previous reviews for this series. Yeah, I can do that. Of course I can. No biggie and stuff (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]. ♥ Why I love this series in general and this instalment in particular.✔ Because I love Amra. I love her voice. I love the way her character keeps evolving with each new instalment. I love how badass she is. I love how complex she is. I love how funny she is. I love how she keeps surprising me. Because yes, there are quite a few surprises here. But I won't tell you about them. Because, you know, spoilers. Where does that all take us, you ask? This is where: one more amazing instalment like this one and I'm snaching Amra Thetys for my very exclusive Ass-Kicking Girls Harem. I think she'll get along just fine with Kate Daniels, Shanti, Muse, Elise Kavanagh and the rest of their colleagues. Ha.✔ Because I love that the setting for each book keeps changing. Michael McClung builds Amra's world bits by bits and it's fantastic. Because it's keep things interesting. Because it all comes together progressively, book after book. And it's never boring. This instalment is *very* different from the previous ones and I love it just as much, if not more. Here Amra returns to Bellarius, where she was born and spent her nightmarish childhood. And it's fantastic ← yes, I know I've already said that but please bear with me, I'm trying to make a point here. Thank you. It's fantastic because we get to know Amra much more intimately. We find out why and how she became the person she is today, the Ultimate Survivor. Pretty amazing stuff.✔ Because I love ALL the characters in this series, evil nemesis and random bad guys included. Come to think of it, there seem to be more evil nemesis and random bad guys than characters with good, pure intentions, which is just how I like it. Obviously. Now, about Holgren (Amra's very cool sidekick and now "lover," as she likes to call him ← still no coma-inducing romance in sight, thank Kerf!). Apparently, some readers were disappointed that Holgren was away for the better part of this story. Me? I honestly didn't mind. Then again I didn't mind Curran being away in Magic Breaks. Or Shanti and Cayan being apart in Hunted. Because (I said it before and I'll say it again, it's my new favorite motto): we're not in this for the lovey dovey crap stuff people! We're here for the gruesome fights, weird creatures and generally epic shit. Yes we are. Besides, Holgren is now busy blowing things up, how cool is that? Besides, the next instalment will be a Holgren POV, how cool is that? Besides, Amra gets herself a very cool kid sidekick in this instalment, how cool is that? In fact, I loved Keel (the very cool kid sidekick) and his very cool/very funny interactions with Amra so much I hope he comes back in book 4. All in all, you could say the slightly super cool cast of characters is slightly super cool. Yes, you could say that. ✔ Because I love the absolute awesomeness of it all: suicidal sparrows! Dangerous kitten girls! Knives-knives-knives! Chuckles (not as funny as it sounds)! The underestimated power of leaves! Gestures-Sparks-Boom! Delusional/slightly mentally unbalanced/ill-intentioned gods and goddesses! Flicking your fingers and saying "your turn!" Cool-creatures-yay! Blood-and-gore-yay! And let's not forget about the severed heads! I think Amra is developing some kind of fetish here, hahahaha! Yes yes yes, I bloody love it all.By the way, here's another YES for you: YES, I am aware that I haven't said much about the plot. But that's because it wouldn't make much sense to those who haven't read the series ← great excuse, isn't it? What can I say, I'm a clever girl. Hey, actually here's a second excuse for you: I can't say much about the plot because spoilers and stuff. Ha. ➽ So. To make an absurdly long, ever-rambling review short: just READ THIS SERIES people, you'll be gleefully glad you did.[Pre-review nonsense]♦ ♦ Amra Thetys, the Ultimate Survivor ♦ ♦► Let me tell you, it doesn't get much better than this. No it doesn't.► And now I'm supposed to wait until October for the next instalment in the series?! You have got to be joking Michael McClung! Do you really think I have the patience to wait one whole month for a Holgren POV? You don't know me at all, do you? Things are about to get really ugly.►► Crappy review to come
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  • Kitvaria Sarene
    January 1, 1970
    I love Amra. This really has already become one of my favourite series!New city, new adventure, new side character and more insane things happening!As expected this one once again was really fast paced, fun, entertaining, grim and yet easy read! I breezed through it in just two days and am already halfway into the next one...If you haven't tried this series yet, I strongly recommend you go and rectify that error soon! :)
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  • Derek
    January 1, 1970
    Amra's narration remains the top attraction, her being a sort of Raymond Chandler soiled hero with the voice to match. Her outside is thorns, her inside is undealt-with pain and trauma, and at her very core is a bit of incandescent nobility and a lot of anger.The city of Bellarius--Amra's birthplace--is a rougher and more interesting city than the less-detailed Lucernis. Bellarius's politics, its very geography, is built into the many threads of the plot. All of which, of course, eventually wrap Amra's narration remains the top attraction, her being a sort of Raymond Chandler soiled hero with the voice to match. Her outside is thorns, her inside is undealt-with pain and trauma, and at her very core is a bit of incandescent nobility and a lot of anger.The city of Bellarius--Amra's birthplace--is a rougher and more interesting city than the less-detailed Lucernis. Bellarius's politics, its very geography, is built into the many threads of the plot. All of which, of course, eventually wrap around Amra personally and head towards an inevitable and devastating confrontation.McClung again infuses the story with a twisty inventiveness that freshens the staple ideas of "hardscrabble metropolis" and "magical cataclysm" and "warrior of prophecy" and even "dying days of Magic in the world". I hope this setting has many more stories to it.
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  • Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
    January 1, 1970
    🔪 "Amra Is The Stuff of Awesome" BR with the MacHalo Asylum 🔪 “I’ll wait if it’s all the same to you. I prefer to do the impossible before the unpleasant.”@51% - Ch. 15 Suffice to say I am losing my mind. What the hell?!?! P.S.: Amra was doing the "Snapping-Poof You Are Gone" before it was cool. Thanos should put Amra in his Acknowledgements. (ヅ)
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    These put me in the spirit of the classic serial fantasy adventures such as Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Lots of action, immaginative characters with great names and justified violence.This ends in a cliffhanger and I'm already devouring book four; narrated by Amra's lover, mage and designer of guns, Holgren.
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  • Deacon D.
    January 1, 1970
    The grisly contents of an anonymous package sends Amra on a reluctant journey to her homeland, Bellarius, where her quest to settle an old debt with a childhood friend sets the stage for another exciting and mysterious adventure.This third installment in the fantastic Amra Thetys series delves deeper than ever before into the history of our favorite thief-turned-heroine, exploring the horrors of Amra's childhood in Bellarius while also revealing some secrets of her incredible destiny.Michael McC The grisly contents of an anonymous package sends Amra on a reluctant journey to her homeland, Bellarius, where her quest to settle an old debt with a childhood friend sets the stage for another exciting and mysterious adventure.This third installment in the fantastic Amra Thetys series delves deeper than ever before into the history of our favorite thief-turned-heroine, exploring the horrors of Amra's childhood in Bellarius while also revealing some secrets of her incredible destiny.Michael McClung continues to amaze me with this brilliantly conceived and artfully executed fantasy series...a constantly compelling blend of gritty realism, sword and sorcery action, and sly humor. These stories are true treasures, must-reads for lovers of the fantasy genre.
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  • Thush
    January 1, 1970
    Amra Thetys #3 goes back to the plot we discovered in #1 about the Eightfold Goddess. While the first 2 books gave us a good sense of her character, the third explores a lot of why and how she became that person. I loved how Amra swaggered into town, doing things nobody expected, creating mayhem through her ingenius. I am totally in love with her! 💚💚💚 But I did miss Holgren almost as much as Amra for the first 75% of the book because I love him and their ship. It's the sweetest. "But I do believ Amra Thetys #3 goes back to the plot we discovered in #1 about the Eightfold Goddess. While the first 2 books gave us a good sense of her character, the third explores a lot of why and how she became that person. I loved how Amra swaggered into town, doing things nobody expected, creating mayhem through her ingenius. I am totally in love with her! 💚💚💚 But I did miss Holgren almost as much as Amra for the first 75% of the book because I love him and their ship. It's the sweetest. "But I do believe in the efficacy of Holgren-fucking-Angrado." As usual Amra astounded me with her cunning as she got the bottom of this new mystery. McClung made the end result dramatic, unexpected and also made me desperate for the next one...I mean come on, how could I not with this line:"May all the gods take pity on anything that stands in my way, for I will not."
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  • Steve Kimmins
    January 1, 1970
    Great read. As expected from the previous two volumes, it’s a fast paced, incident packed storyline centred on the POV, Amra, a no nonsense, streetwise, intelligent, aggressive, female lead.What was unexpected is how the series is evolving, and giving, in my view, higher quality writing and more detailed stories, in the later books. In Volume 1 we find Amra tackling boldly some fairly heavy magical and demonic ingredients in her adopted city. A good page turner. In Vol 2 a major change in venue Great read. As expected from the previous two volumes, it’s a fast paced, incident packed storyline centred on the POV, Amra, a no nonsense, streetwise, intelligent, aggressive, female lead.What was unexpected is how the series is evolving, and giving, in my view, higher quality writing and more detailed stories, in the later books. In Volume 1 we find Amra tackling boldly some fairly heavy magical and demonic ingredients in her adopted city. A good page turner. In Vol 2 a major change in venue to a distant land, with Amra aggressively and decisively interacting with demons, mages and even gods. Plus a romantic element that didn’t quite ring true for me.But now in book 3 we get what was only lightly touched on in the earlier volumes, her backstory, as we are taken to her home city where she has to confront the traumatic events she suffered in her childhood.I again found the story exciting and fast moving with Amra at her best in showing her appreciation of forces beyond her mortal abilities and dealing with them with intelligence. The story was deeper and more complex than in earlier volumes but linked in with some events especially in volume 1. The volumes are not ‘stand alone’. And we get more self reflection from Amra as she meets with people from her youth and relives childhood trauma. I appreciated her character and it’s backstory finally coming out. The romantic element is still there but I’ve learnt to live with it. She and her companion are almost ‘an old couple’ already, with a relationship more based on respect than youthful infatuation; the author uses its effect on her life in a rather sparing manner. One downside for me in this volume is that Amra’s very non-magical persona is being eroded as the series progresses. That fits in well with the broader story progresssion, but still a shame as she normally runs rings around the magical personalities and forces using her wit alone.An unusual series for me. The individual books are shorter than in most series I’ve read recently. Easy to read, page turning, stories. The earlier volumes, although fun, perhaps lacked the character back stories. Now we are getting that side, and I’d say volume 3 was very much in the mainstream of good character led and gritty modern fantasy. Not sure whether the author planned the series development that way or whether he was ‘learning his trade’ and improving as he wrote.Certainly moving onto volume 4.........
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  • Brandon Zarzyczny
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this book, but I found it be nowhere near as good as the first two books. This was mainly because the author broke up the Amra and Holgren tag team for almost all of the book, leaving the sorcerer at home while she goes back to the city of her birth. Also, there's no great villain in this book, other than the nebulous presence of the mage that runs the city and wants Amra dead for some reason, and another of the Eightfold Goddess' Blades. Even worse, this book ended with I really enjoyed reading this book, but I found it be nowhere near as good as the first two books. This was mainly because the author broke up the Amra and Holgren tag team for almost all of the book, leaving the sorcerer at home while she goes back to the city of her birth. Also, there's no great villain in this book, other than the nebulous presence of the mage that runs the city and wants Amra dead for some reason, and another of the Eightfold Goddess' Blades. Even worse, this book ended with a goofy cliffhanger, unlike the first two books that had great beginnings middles and ends. It was nice to see where Amra grew up, to learn more about her history, and meet family and friends, but a lot of those interactions were kind of odd. I could also feel a bit of a power-creep developing with Amra, as she seems to be getting more and more powerful/deadly in this book. She really never has to fight for her life as much in this book, and I again hated the end because it goes against everything we know about her character (I can't really say why as it'd be spoiler). The author skirts around her having so much power by being unable to control it, but I felt that it really changed her in a way I didn't love, although I still enjoyed reading some of the events.So overall, I enjoyed the book, but I hate having to wait to continue the story as the book/series was picked up by a publisher, and this book didn't have a real ending. I'd still recommend people that read the first two books to read The Thief Who Knocked On Sorrow's Gate, but you shouldn't have crazy high expectations.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was awesome. Amra continues to be the kick a** heroine that I crave in a fantasy novel. She's not all mushy gushy in love with the hero, she doesn't make stupid pull-my-hair-out-screaming decisions and doesn't rely on magic to fix all of her problems. I was a little bummed we don't get to see much of Holgren in this book, but Amra's new sidekick Keel keeps the entertainment level high. Again in this book we get more detail into Amra's background and I love it that McClung is releasing This book was awesome. Amra continues to be the kick a** heroine that I crave in a fantasy novel. She's not all mushy gushy in love with the hero, she doesn't make stupid pull-my-hair-out-screaming decisions and doesn't rely on magic to fix all of her problems. I was a little bummed we don't get to see much of Holgren in this book, but Amra's new sidekick Keel keeps the entertainment level high. Again in this book we get more detail into Amra's background and I love it that McClung is releasing it to us a little at a time instead of in a huge character background avalanche like many books often do (and usually right in the middle of an action scene to just make it worse). I'm very excited to see where the next book goes and am anxiously counting down the days!
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  • Invid
    January 1, 1970
    Great read.A great, fast-paced series, with wonderfully sardonic characters and an interesting (if slightly trophy) cosmology. It suffers only from some fairly slipshod editing; the number of typos is a bit distracting.
  • Aline
    January 1, 1970
    It ends so with a cliffhanger and I hate it! When is the next one due?
  • Thomas Grayfson
    January 1, 1970
    The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow’s Gate is a welcome return to form for series. Amra has changed following the events of the second book but still retains the same charisma, wit, and short temper that first reeled me in. Great emphasis is made on her childhood years this time around, which serves to develop her character in pleasing ways, and a truly frightening threat is discovered which ties the past with the present.The initial set-up is adrenaline fueled and complex, with a multitude of suppo The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow’s Gate is a welcome return to form for series. Amra has changed following the events of the second book but still retains the same charisma, wit, and short temper that first reeled me in. Great emphasis is made on her childhood years this time around, which serves to develop her character in pleasing ways, and a truly frightening threat is discovered which ties the past with the present.The initial set-up is adrenaline fueled and complex, with a multitude of supporting characters taking the stage. The cast of mages, sparrows and a street kid were hit and miss for me, with several reminding me of the wooden cutouts from the second book, who seemed to exist only to give Amra something to do. There also aren’t any imaginative situations this time around, I would have loved for a scene to affect me the way the funerals did in the first book.Things start falling apart during the third act. The resolutions to many of the character arcs are middling at best, with one particular situation involving Amras’ old mentor ending with nothing gained or lost. The true villain of the book, despite setting up almost all of the novel’s conflicts, can’t seem to pose much of a threat, or even much interest, in the closing chapters. Part of the problem is that Amra is given an “I win” button that allows her to turn any adversary to mush.In short, it doesn’t reach the lofty heights of The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids, but goddamn is Amra still a fascinating protagonist.
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  • Bryan
    January 1, 1970
    They say you can't go home again and Amra Thetys had no intentions to ever return to her hometown, until she receives an unexpected package from an old friend, calling her back.Once she arrives, she's quickly thrown into danger and intrigue, aided by Keel, a street kid who's job as a messenger pulls him into her world for a while. Her old friend is nowhere to be found and someone really wants her dead. Another fast paced installment in the series I've had quite a bit of fun with. Amra continues They say you can't go home again and Amra Thetys had no intentions to ever return to her hometown, until she receives an unexpected package from an old friend, calling her back.Once she arrives, she's quickly thrown into danger and intrigue, aided by Keel, a street kid who's job as a messenger pulls him into her world for a while. Her old friend is nowhere to be found and someone really wants her dead. Another fast paced installment in the series I've had quite a bit of fun with. Amra continues to be resourceful and deadly, with some secrets even she's yet to discover. Repercussions from previous books continue to come due as Amra and Holgren deal with the Eightfold Goddess and her blades.I continue to enjoy McClung's clean, fast style that sets the stage well while keeping things moving along nicely. I look forward to reading the next book.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    The third installment of the Amra Thetys series, Knocked on Sorrow's Gate, takes us back to the overarching plot device introduced in Pulled on Trouble's Braids (and oddly ignored in Spat in Good Luck's Eye). A second Blade of the Eightfold Goddess makes an appearance in Amra's childhood home, Bellaruis.Much of the novel is driven by delving into Amra's traumatic past and her childhood years spent in Bellaruis. McClung still includes a lot of fast-paced action, but it is overshadowed by flashbac The third installment of the Amra Thetys series, Knocked on Sorrow's Gate, takes us back to the overarching plot device introduced in Pulled on Trouble's Braids (and oddly ignored in Spat in Good Luck's Eye). A second Blade of the Eightfold Goddess makes an appearance in Amra's childhood home, Bellaruis.Much of the novel is driven by delving into Amra's traumatic past and her childhood years spent in Bellaruis. McClung still includes a lot of fast-paced action, but it is overshadowed by flashbacks and references to past events. This shift in tone didn't sit as well with me (as did leaving Holgren behind for the majority of the book) and along with the (view spoiler)[open non-ending "to be continued..." that left Amra lost in oblivion (hide spoiler)], I dropped this particular novel a star. Though it is still an excellent read for fans of the series and did not turn me off of continuing Amra and Holgren's adventures.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    As always, I love the characters in this book series, this one included. The banter is clever and the humor is spot on! But also, as always with this series, the plot in this book was just too convoluted for my taste. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the three books of this series I have read. That said, I think I'm done with it. Not in a bad way but it's just I'd like to move on to new stories. Three is enough for me.
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  • Miriam Michalak
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent 3rd book in the Amra Thetys series. in this adventure Amra returns to her childhood home where we discover more about her past and she discovers more about herself. All whilst battling godlings and mad mages - splendid!
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Another very good entry in the series. Amra Thetys is nothing to fuck with.
  • Monocep
    January 1, 1970
    Best one yetReally enjoying the series, but this story has had me the most gripped by far. The whole book seems to have matured. Can't wait to get stuck into the next story
  • Lee Spokes
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome books, the characters just draw you in.
  • Carl Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent entry into a thoroughly enjoyable series.
  • Janice Carnevale
    January 1, 1970
    Finished all books in this series in a short amount of time. They were great fun.
  • Jason M Waltz
    January 1, 1970
    this was fun! strong writing as usual, yet also deeper. Amra has really matured as a character and is fantastically believable and immensely adorable. great storytelling, lots of guts n blood, wonderful secondary characters with all sorts of motivations and machinations and maniacs, terrific sorcery as expected, and lots of roughhousing n knife play. I enjoy these tales quite a bit!
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  • Liesl
    January 1, 1970
    YES! An excellent return to form. Amra is at her best when she's dodging different plots against her and it was fun to see her take on new enemies in a new location. Also loving the long-term plot rolling out here, there's some great reveals and the ending will absolutely have you reaching for the next installment as soon as possible because you have to know what happens next!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    DNF The series head off to a great start by I've slowly lost interest in finishing this. Maybe another time.
  • Jon
    January 1, 1970
    [See my review for The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids]
  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Not as good as the other two books. I especially thought the ending was lacking. I realize this is a set up for the next book but I would think that there could have been a better way of doing so.
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