Thief’s Gambit (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name, #5) by Scott Marlowe


The author sent me a copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  4.6  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

The hunter has become the hunted, as the Assassin Without a Name is forced from his usual haunts by Gwendolyn Goddard and her Black Guard watchdogs. On the run and out of patience, a welcome distraction arrives in the form of an old flame, Elizabeth West, who recruits him for a special Warder mission. The fanatical Jakaree are on the move, searching for an ancient relic so diabolical, the Warders are intent on destroying it before the zealots can lay a hand on it.

But the Assassin Without a Name soon learns that Elizabeth has something bigger in mind. Suspicious of her employer’s true motives, she sets out to uncover the truth, leading them on a harrowing escapade across Alchester’s rooftops, deep beneath the city’s once grand temples, and into the sky onboard a Warder airship.


Genre(s):  Fantasy

Series:  The Tale of the Assassin Without a Name (part of World of Uhl), #5

Length:  91 (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-03-10



“You’d best finish up and head out,” I said to Braeden. He saw the look I threw at the kitchen door, where a very large, very heavily armed man now blocked the way.

“Expecting trouble?” Braeden asked between mouthfuls.

“You know how it is. Sometimes it just seems to follow you.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to another killing order for the ‘Assassin Without a Name’. He has his principles and one weakness. I will not tell you more about the stories than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Thief’s Gambit, Scott Marlowe has created another thrilling tale about the Assassin Without a Name. Thief’s Gambit comprises more than just a killing. This time, The Assassin Without a Name is hunted by Gwendolyn and her Black Guards – a nuisance as he’s been recruited for a mission with Elizabeth West. As I mentioned in my earlier review – The Assassin Without a Name is quite a character and has some surprises for the readers. I was drawn into the story – hoping to not become his next killing order and wondering about the rivalling groups. The occasional shade of funny moments makes for a real enjoyable read. This is for you if you like fantasy, crime and – do not object to admitting that a killer can seem like quite a nice guy.  😉

The World of Uhl is addictive!  😀

Highly recommended!


About the author

I write both straight-up fantasy and science fantasy, where the lines between magic and science are often blurred. Quite often, this results in wondrous, explosive mayhem. Pyrotechnics aside, my stories, at their core, are about entertaining and telling a good story.

The best way to get started with the series is to check out The Killing Knife, which is a compilation of the first three stories. I have free review copies available for anyone interested in reading and reviewing. Details here.


Connect with the Author:

The Assassin Without a Name:
Amazon:  Scott Marlowe
Amazon (US) pre-order:  buy link


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Thief’s Gambit?  Or – if you did not yet read Thief’s Gambit  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If the Thief’s Gambit was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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