Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Penitent Damned (The Shadow Campaigns #0.5), by Django Wexler

June 2013

Read the story here

Alex is a very talented master thief--extremely talented. She has some very useful magic to assist her in her work, with the added advantage that everyone knows magic and magic workers are gone from the world.

Also gone from the world are the Dark Priests who hunted down magic users, so Alex is safe at least from that danger, right?

But not all is as Alex thinks it is, and perhaps she should have listened to the misgivings of her senior partner. Maybe visiting Vordan to steal from the Duke Orlanko really was a bad idea, no matter how good the price.

This is a nicely developed story. Alex is competent, plausible, and her magic is not anything close to a "get out of jail free" card. The Duke and his secret police are convincingly dangerous.

The bonus extra is that this is a prequel story to the Shadow Campaigns series, and it's available free at the link above.

Recommended.