Title: The Luck Uglies: Dishonour Among Thieves
Author: Paul Durham
Page Count/Review Word Count: 464
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I’ve already reviewed the first book in The Luck Uglies series, and I’ve also interviewed Paul for the blog – I’m a big lover of The Luck Uglies series, and I make no secret of it. In fact, there’s an interesting story behind this – I usually don’t talk much about the actual process of speaking to PRs and receiving books for review because it’s honestly not that interesting. But I had a lovely e-mail from someone who I’d already spoken to before who’d noticed my review of the first Luck Uglies book and was in a position to send me the second one – how good is that?
Anyway, I explained before how Paul’s world is one of the most instantly realistic fantasy worlds that I’ve come across, and the characterisation is great as well. I can’t say too much about what to expect here because I suspect a lot of you won’t have read the first book either, but we’re looking at probably the best young adult series to feature a teenaged protagonist since Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Encouragingly, both series were written by men and featured a strong female protagonist, too.
In this book, you’ll see a lot of characters that you know and love from the first series, and you’ll also get to travel outside the Village of Drowning to the Isle of Pest, for the first time. There are lots of new folks to get to know too, including distant family members of the O’Chanters and a whole new set of villains for Riley and her family to deal with it.
One thing that I noticed in the first book and that continued here, is the fact that Harmless, the principle badass in this story, doesn’t show up too often. In fact, in keeping with his character, you never know where he is, what he’s doing or whether he might show up, and he has this knack of showing up only when he’s needed, a bit like Gandalf. In fact, he’s effectively the Gandalf or the Dumbledore of the series, despite the fact that he’s younger, he can’t do magic and he relies on his twin swords to get him out of trouble. But he’s got the wisdom, and he’s also got the father figure status, so what more do you need?
I can’t rave enough about the Luck Uglies books, and I think Durham did a fantastic job of continuing things with his notoriously difficult second book. I can’t wait to see what happens next!