Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Bot1 The Warden:
Brotherhood Of Thieves 1
by Stuart Daly
Random House Australia

Supplied for review by Random HouseNew Zealand

Reviewed By: Jan Butterworth

A thief on the streets of Floran, Caspan picked the wrong pocket and was forced to run for his life, the punishment for theft being death. Captured by members of a secret military order, The Brotherhood, Caspan is invited to join other prospective members in passing a test in order to be trained for the order. The Brotherhood is a covert group of professional treasurer hunters that search for magical objects in the burial mounds of the Dray, an ancient race that had long left The Four Kingdoms.

Candidates for military service came from academies and they didn’t accept street urchins like Caspan. The Brotherhood would consider those with a recommendation letter from a current or former member of the order though, and he set off to a strange city for the test. After making friends during the test as well as gaining an enemy, Caspan arrives at The Brotherhood headquarters for training and soon the adventures begin.

Wow! Such a great story with the classic plot of a penniless orphan becoming one of an elite secret order and has many thrilling adventures. This book set the scene with the training required and comradeship forged and showed the alliances made. An intense adventure gives a lot of intriguing mysteries to solve and I’m eagerly waiting for the next in the series.

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