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Brendell Apprentice Thief
By m j . hollingshead
Last edited: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2003

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Brendell,one of the more inept Thieves in the Guild, has been sent to discover why Guild members have been disappearing.

Title: . Brendell Apprentice Thief
Author: . Patrick Welch
Line/Publisher: . Double Dragon E Books
Double Dragon E-Books
Release Date: . 2002
ISBN: 1-894841-05-0
eBook Formats I was sent a PDF for review
Entertaining read recommended

The review

Brendell Apprentice Thief is a book of a dozen separate episodes plus an introduction and an epilogue. Episodes chart the travails of Brendell; one of the more inept members of the Thief Guild. This young apprentice muddles, stumbles and bumbles his way through assignments and mostly comes out okay at the end. Episodes in this book include Slipped Disk, Contract Flaw, Rites of Tenure, Statute of Limitations, Thief of Hearts, Scepter Fidelis, Diary case, Symbol Logic, Tiny Losses, Guardian Angle, The claws of the Dragon, and Far Site. My personal favorite was The Claws of the Dragon.

Brendell has been sent by the Guild to discover why Guild members have been disappearing after arriving at the domain of Lord Bandikane. Bandikane has been said to have come into possession of dragon claws. Apprentice Thieves such as Brendell must work from contract with only an occasional thievery to help fill their purse. Master Thieves of course are not required to follow this rule and Alanzac decided to take the claws for himself. He did not return, nor did Master Thief Wysoc or the Journeyman sent to inquire after them. Brendell now finds himself working in the Lordís kitchen and hoping find both the claws and some information regarding the lost Guild members. Some sticky moments arise before Brendell unravels the mystery of the claws and makes his escape. Upon his return to Port Challort Brendell is gratified to learn he has accomplished what had seemed impossible. Brendell is now a Journeyman Thief.

Brendell Apprentice Thief is the second book I have read by writer Patrick Welch. The first The Casebook of Doakes and Haig was also written in this episode fashion, and I found the technique to be very effective in both works. I enjoyed reading about Brendell and his less than stellar feats as he endeavors to please his superiors and prove himself worthy. Writer Welch has crafted a highly readable and enjoyable work filled with interesting characters.

Brendell Apprentice Thief is told in first person by Brendell himself, and this is not an easy technique to carry off. Author Welch has done a very credible job for himself. Brendell and his human frailties only add to the enjoyment of the reader.

This is a book that will have appeal to women, teens and even many die hard fantasy readers.

Enjoyed the read!

Reviewed by: molly martin


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