Den of Thieves: The Ancient Blades Trilogy: Book One by David Chandler

By David Chandler

Born and raised within the squalid depths of the loose urban of Ness, Malden grew to become a thief through necessity. Now he needs to pay a fortune to affix the legal operation of Cutbill, lord of the underworld—and one doesn't refuse the grasp . . . and reside. The coronet of the Burgrave might satisfy Malden’s duties, notwithstanding it's guarded through hungry demons that might tear the soul from any interloper. however the determined activity ends up in a extra negative future, as Malden, an outlaw knight, and an ensorcelled girl needs to face the main terrifying evil within the land.

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I will admit,” he said, choosing his words carefully, “that is a strong incentive. ” “I’ll take a cut of everything you earn for my trouble. ” Malden gaped in surprise. That deal was shameless robbery—worse than any demand a pander would make. But of course he must consider its author. There was in Cutbill’s face a certain hardness of line that told Malden the numbers were non-negotiable. ” “Then you are free to go, to walk out the door you came in by. ” “Of course,” Malden said. “Well, in that case, I suppose my answer must be—” Cutbill interrupted him.

One hundred and one royals. It was a fortune. It was a bondage—until he paid it, he would be Cutbill’s slave, working for nothing but the payment of that blood price. It might take him a year to earn as much, even if he redoubled his efforts, even if he picked only the richest plums—plums, he was certain, that were already on Cutbill’s list of protection. One hundred and one! Royals! Coins so valuable the average journeyman in an honest guild might earn but one for a year’s work. All of the plate and cutlery he’d taken from Guthrun Whiteclay, if sold to a very forgiving and generous fence, would earn him but two royals, perhaps three.

There were a scattering of drab cloaks and doublets as well, of course, for any such gathering could not help but attract beggars and the hawkers of sweetmeats and wine. Then there were the bravos and the hired guards, who favored black silk or leather dress, to show how serious was their profession.

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