Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Recommended Reading - City of Rogues

Read City of Rogues

This is what happens to those who enter my home uninvited.
The blade slashed at air.
The thiefs eyes went wider as pain like fire erupted in his gut. He stared down and saw his stomach slashed open, the intestines spilling onto the floor...

First off, I have to congratulate this author on a kick-ass title. It's also appropriate. The city of Bond is very colourful, with a fascinating cast of rascals and misfits walking its streets and skulking across its rooftops. There is Kron, the protagonist, hiding a secret identity while pursuing a bloody vengeance, and Belgad the Liar, former gladiator, now king of the Bond underworld and chief villain.

We also meet Randall Tendbones, a healer with a secret that may yet be the death of him. There is Wyck, sharp-witted street urchin, and Lucius Tallerus, mysterious stranger just arrived from the borderlands.  There is Trelvigor, a wizard quite unburdened by ethics, and Fortisquo, a man with a past so dark his new profession, professional duellist, is a new high point of respectability.  Lalo the Finder, Spider... there are enough cool characters to fill the Mos Eisley cantina.

It's a fast-paced story full of suspense and action.  You will spend much of the book wondering who among the rogues is secretly Kron Darkbow.  The plot is full of surprise twists and sudden upsets. 

I wasn't going to buy this book.  The quality of the writing is a bit shaky, and the first page or two almost put me off.  However, the story quickly pulled me in.  By the time I finished the sample there was no question of stopping.  I had to know what happened next.

There are three books in the Kobalos trilogy.  City of Rogues stands quite well on its own, but you will certainly be tempted to continue the series.  In a shameless ploy to get readers hooked, the first book is priced at an irresistible $.99. 

Read City of Rogues


  1. Brent, thanks for the plug. And glad you found much to like about City of Rogues.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. I have this one but haven't read it. It's moved up on my list now.