Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Thief’s Gambit by @scottmarlowe #bookreview

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry chose to read and review Thief’s Gambit by Scott Marlowe



4.5 out of 5 stars

In this further adventure of the Assassin Without A Name, our hero is recruited by his ex love, Liz, for a special mission.

As with the other novelette length books in this series, I felt that its charm lay not so much in the plot itself as in the writing of the incidental parts.  I am not particularly interested in reading long, blow by blow accounts of fights or daring escapes, but I love the bits about the Assassin’s life, his thoughts, etc.  I like to picture him in his ‘working gear’, climbing over his rooftop empire like a cat, unseen by the Black Guard who seek him below, and reading little snippets about his life, like his secret hideout in the deplorable Shambles area of town, where one takes one’s life in one’s hands simply by entering its streets…

Scott Marlowe has invented a marvellous character, and writes beautifully, with wit and a wonderful turn of phrase.  I’d like to see a novella telling about the Assassin’s early life, something that makes more use of the writer’s powers of observation, character portrayal and presentation of atmosphere.  Again, this reminded me very much of some of Roald Dahl’s stories; the style of writing is very similar. Good stuff!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Thief’s Gambit by Scott Marlowe

Today we have a review from team member Karen, she blogs at


Karen chose to read and review Thief’s Gambit by Scott Marlowe


My Opinion

This book introduces you to another killing order for the ‘Assassin Without a Name’. He has his principles and one weakness.

With Thief’s Gambit, Scott Marlowe has created another thrilling tale about the Assassin Without a Name. Thief’s Gambit comprises more than just a killing. This time, The Assassin Without a Name is hunted by Gwendolyn and her Black Guards – a nuisance as he’s been recruited for a mission with Elizabeth West. As I mentioned in my earlier review – The Assassin Without a Name is quite a character and has some surprises for the readers. I was drawn into the story – hoping to not become his next killing order and wondering about the rivalling groups. The occasional shade of funny moments makes for a real enjoyable read. This is for you if you like fantasy, crime and – do not object to admitting that a killer can seem like quite a nice guy.  😉

The World of Uhl is addictive!

Highly recommended!

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