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Shadowspawn This novel features offutt s best known character from the Thieves World series in a solo book length adventure Thieves World was the best known of the shared world anthology series that proliferated a few decades ago, in which a varied assortment of authors set stories in a common setting and the sameor less consistent continuity Hanse, known as Shadowspawn, was a thief who matured through a series of engaging adventures through the first several volumes of the series edited by Rob This novel features offutt s best known character from the Thieves World series in a solo book length adventure Thieves World was the best known of the shared world anthology series that proliferated a few decades ago, in which a varied assortment of authors set stories in a common setting and the sameor less consistent continuity Hanse, known as Shadowspawn, was a thief who matured through a series of engaging adventures through the first several volumes of the series edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey , and his character and circumstances changed convincingly as the time went on I thought he was one of the best characters from the series, and this was a good continuation My only reservation is that he left the city of Sanctuary for much of the story, and though he is preparing to return at the end it still seemed a little out of sync Now, in the fourth full length novel inspired by Thieves World, Andrew J Offutt author of the Cormac Mac Art series and the Spaceways series takes his beloved character, Shadowspawn, beyond the walls of Sanctuary, into new realms of sorcery and high adventure I ve always found Offutt s writing to be some of the better in the Thieves World anthologies, so I wasn t surprised to find that his novel was enjoyable too It s not particularly deep, but it s quick moving, it has 2 or 4 fun characters, it has a strong arc, and it manages to convey sorcery as being pretty scary Also nice to oncesee a bitof the world of Thieves World. I m a huge fan of the Thieves World anthologies, but this was er yeah, 3 stars it s not terrible, but dei ex machinae abound, the plot twists are eh, and the characters, while surprisingly believable, are really, REALLY out of place in the series Was my favorite of the Thieves World spin offs This book reminds me of why Offut was one of my favorite Thieves World authors A mix of mystery, romance, action There is a Deus ex Machina at the end, but the book is still an enjoyable read. BACKWhile it was many years ago that I ventured in and around Sanctuary, it s great being back Couldn t find again this book for a long time, until finally there it was Now, if someone wasn t scared of messing with Master Offutt s work, we can get rid of annoying typoshighly recommended I enjoyed this book, but was hoping for a littleaction andof a connection to the other Thieves World books.The cover art by Gary Russell, though excellent, seems to have nothing to do with this book except for the few coins seen The forward character looks like Tempus from the previous TW books. I remember these books fondly from my early twenties I still enjoyed it but I wish I could find the rest of the series in eBook form. I really could not quite get into this book.


About the Author: Andrew J. Offutt

Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author He wrote as Andrew J Offutt, A.J Offutt, and Andy Offut His normal byline, andrew j offutt, had his name in all lower case letters His son is the author Chris Offutt Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story And Gone Tomorrow in If Despite this early sale, he didn t consider his professional life to have begun until he sold the story Blacksword to Galaxy in 1959 His first novel was Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards in 1970 Offutt published numerous novels and short stories, including many in the Thieves World series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey, which featured his best known character, the thief Hanse, also known as Shadowspawn and, later, Chance His Iron Lords series likewise was popular He also wrote two series of books based on characters by Robert E Howard, one on Howard s best known character, Conan, and one on a lesser known character, Cormac mac Art As an editor Offutt produced a series of five anthologies entitled Swords Against Darkness, which included the first professional sale by Charles de Lint Offutt also wrote a large number of pornographic works under twelve different pseudonyms, not all of them identified Those known include John Cleve, J.X Williams, and Jeff Douglas His main works in this area are the science fiction Spaceways series, most of whose volumes were written in collaboration, and the historical Crusader series.


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