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Kyth the Taker by Jonathan L. Howard

posted 1 Dec 2017, 00:34 by Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books!

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‘Kyth the Taker’ features the stories: The Beautiful Corridor, The Shuttered Temple, and The Silent Castle.

Kyth the Taker is not a thief. She may have trained as a thief and -- as her name suggests -- be very good at taking things, but she never steals. What she uses her unusual skills for leads her into perils both mundane and weird as she takes on the best locks and traps created by the minds of men and gods, and -- so far at least -- emerges triumphant and reasonably unscathed. Tombs, temples, vaults, and crypts have all unsuccessfully attempted to kill her, but Kyth is the best of the best. Sometimes, she even gets paid.

3 out of 5 (good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I enjoyed Kyth the Taker. She was a gutsy, smart character who seemed to be more than able to handle just about anything. She prayed to a little known god whom just about everyone else had forgotten, and had been given lesser status as time went by. Kyth is losing faith in him on the surface, but whenever she needs help she prays fervently. Love this comparison to how humans act. 

Kyth has a mission and it seems to be more complicated by the minute. She winds up meeting a hermit who shows her that things are not always what they seem. I loved the hermit. He is quiet, mysterious and he could say so much and chooses not to. He is a character worthy of his own story I feel.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Jonathan L Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.

After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his first novel.

Since then there have been three sequels, with a fourth due in 2016. He has also written two novels in the YA SF "Russalka Chronicles" series, and the ongoing "Goon Squad" serial of superhero stories. October 2015 will see the publication of "Carter & Lovecraft," the first in a new series of novels. 

He lives with his wife and daughter near Bristol.

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