One part James Bond, two parts Gray Mouser, Ahren the Black Raven fights demons, duels beautiful assassins, and steals the rarest of treasures, all while dodging an endless army of bounty hunters on his trail. Mountain of Daggers is the first collection of fantasy tales by Dämoren author, Seth Skorkowsky. Everyone agrees that Ahren is the best thief in the world. Whether he’s breaking into an impregnable fortress, fighting pirates, or striking the final blow in political war, Ahren is the man for the job. After being framed for murder, his reward posters have named him The Black Raven. In order to survive, Ahren finds himself drafted into the Tyenee, a secret criminal organization whose influence stretches across the world. Their missions are the most daring and most dangerous, and the penalty for failure... is death. When no one else can do it, they send The Black Raven. Mountain of Daggers is the first book in this collection of tales by Seth Skorkowsky, the author of Dämoren, book one of the best-selling Valducan urban fantasy series.
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I picked up this book on the strength of the Valducan series and Im so glad I did. Mountain of Daggers feels like it could have come straight from old school fantasy, with roguish charming thief, aligned to chaotic good, helping his guild manage the diection of nations through subterfuge, thievery, and other not strictly legal methods.
Mountain of Daggers is a collection of short stories / episodes that come together to tell the origin story of Black Raven. We see a young man transition from unlucky whelp to supremely competent master of the shadows. I cant wait to see more of Black Raven
Ahren, a skilled and clever professional thief, is the Black Raven. His adventures are presented as connected short stories, tales of risk and mayhem and deadly quests. Ahren' s life is changed dramatically when he is recruited by a crime guild/brotherhood called the Tyenee. There are elements of magic here and there......an evil man who casts Stygian Fire from his hands, a carnival performer who shifts into a dangerous cat. But for the most part, these stories could be set in and around Eastern Europe, in the "real" world. They are exciting and full of suspense. Ahren is a very likeable antihero who manages to avoid capture and death while traipsing over the rooftops and slithering t h rough dark alleyways, even sputtering his way out of a dark sewer system. These are remarkably fun to read. Action predominates, and things move quickly. It took me a couple of stories to really get into the spirit of the Black Raven' s shenanigans, but at some point I felt like the...
Warning: spoiler in the last paragraph. I’ve put a marker on it, but thought I’d let you know. This book makes me nostalgic. I grew up feasting on the assorted short story anthologies available at my public and school libraries. As a result, I harbor a lifelong love of genre fiction and particularly the short story form. That being said, it isn’t merely nostalgia that helped me appreciate this collection. I love <u>Mountain of Daggers</u> because it aims for the sweet spot of adventure storytelling and hits it from a variety of angles. Sword and sorcery isn’t always the strongest genre for short fiction. It isn’t as established as horror or even scifi, and authors often tend write themselves out of ideas fairly quickly, replacing trailblazing in their fantasy worlds with formula. Skorkowsky could’ve easily followed this path since his stories not only take place in the same world, but are centered on the same character. (Not even a...
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