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Ratpaths [Download] ➵ Ratpaths By Angelika Rust – Thomashillier.co.uk Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ASIN BDVIPAA young thief, caught between the rightful regent and the lord of the underworld Fantasy novel with a touch of mafia and mysteryThe city state o Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ASIN BDVIPAA young thief, caught between the rightful regent and the lord of the underworld Fantasy novel with a touch of mafia and mysteryThe city state of Istonnia is suffering, its people cowering under the thumb of a despotic rulerNivvo is a young thief, not interested in anything except keeping himself and his sister alive That changes when he accidentally overhears a conversationNow Nivvo finds himself up to his neck in trouble He has only one night to find the rightful heir He has to smuggle him out of the city before the tyrant and his black clad soldiers kill them both And he has to avoid the crime lord s watchful eyes, for if Vicco Cambrosi catches them, they might be better off dead.


10 thoughts on “Ratpaths

  1. Nickie Nickie says:

    I m not crazy about the cover, but I am crazy about the book Ratpaths is a fiction fantasy novel that takes it s cues from a Renaissance Europe The city state Istonnia has been in turmoil since Ravires murdered his brother and nephew nearly fourteen years earlier With clear succession to the throne, Ravires became a tyrant, using violence to maintain control of the city.Nivvo, a young thief, overhears a conversation while running an errand for a dear friend Ravires had left his work inco I m not crazy about the cover, but I am crazy about the book Ratpaths is a fiction fantasy novel that takes it s cues from a Renaissance Europe The city state Istonnia has been in turmoil since Ravires murdered his brother and nephew nearly fourteen years earlier With clear succession to the throne, Ravires became a tyrant, using violence to maintain control of the city.Nivvo, a young thief, overhears a conversation while running an errand for a dear friend Ravires had left his work incomplete so many years ago, and the rightful heir to Istonnia is still alive Nivvo must make a decision cling to his life as a thief, or help overthrow Ravires.What I liked about this book Ratpaths doesn t read so much as fantasy as it does historical fiction Rust has created a rich, believable world and culture There s no magic wands, sorcerers, or dragons, but there is a deep understanding of life, of politics, of human nature.I almost didn t read this book because the writing felt foreign and the manner of speaking so different from modern usage But in the end, this was my favorite part of the story Rust does a fantastic job of using the language itself as part of the setting the unusual expressions and usage are Istonnian through and through.Finally, while there are plenty of fantasy books out there with a political edge, Ratpaths never felt derivative The characters remain fresh, lively, and well rounded.What I didn t like about the book There were a few things that really threw me off, like Reka, Nivvo s sister She is portrayed as much older than her thirteen years, and I had a hard time remembering that character was in fact a child A bitvulnerability and uncertainty in Reka s character might have beenin line with her age.Final verdict Definitely worth checking out If you re a fan of light fantasy historical fiction, this should be right up your alley There s some violence, but minimal language sex, making this appropriate for younger pre teen readers


  2. Jesamine James Jesamine James says:

    This is a wonderful story to lose yourself in a fantasy world with a gritty Oliver Twistish feeling.It is written beautifully and really conjures the images of the places and scenery in the readers mind I felt I was there and now I remember the story as if I d seen a film This is a credit to the author, as she has the balance of everything perfect Although I got to the end of the story and was satisfied with the conclusion, I sense there isto come This would make a great series and I h This is a wonderful story to lose yourself in a fantasy world with a gritty Oliver Twistish feeling.It is written beautifully and really conjures the images of the places and scenery in the readers mind I felt I was there and now I remember the story as if I d seen a film This is a credit to the author, as she has the balance of everything perfect Although I got to the end of the story and was satisfied with the conclusion, I sense there isto come This would make a great series and I hope another book will be out soon.A reader captivating, clever storyline


  3. Patricia Patricia says:

    I picked this up and begrudged every minute I couldn t be with it The characters grow and develop with the story bringing surprises with every turn of the page From humble beginnings to a climax that turns every anticipation on its head this book has it all andI would unhesitatingly reccommend this book to everyone who loves adventure, mischief, humor and the thrill of meeting a plot being unfurled before your very eyes


  4. Sean Sean says:

    Really good book,well written and thoroughly enjoyable


  5. Abby Goldsmith Abby Goldsmith says:

    A cozy epic fantasy with the right amount of everything No magic Lots of intrigue Fast paced plot with enough atmosphere and thoughtful world building to make it immersive Best of all, the characters are likable which seems hard for most authors to pull off.I hope to findundiscovered gems like this one.


  6. Lucy Middlemass Lucy Middlemass says:

    I received a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.Ratpaths is a magic free young adult fantasy story about loyalty, freedom and dynasty Nivvo, a young thief, discovers the long dead heir to the throne is actually alive and needs rescuing from some sea fairing kidnappers The narration moves between Nivvo s quest to save and reinstate the heir, and the story of his own early life Nivvo frees Vilores from his captors and leads him to a fragile kind of safety He uses his I received a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.Ratpaths is a magic free young adult fantasy story about loyalty, freedom and dynasty Nivvo, a young thief, discovers the long dead heir to the throne is actually alive and needs rescuing from some sea fairing kidnappers The narration moves between Nivvo s quest to save and reinstate the heir, and the story of his own early life Nivvo frees Vilores from his captors and leads him to a fragile kind of safety He uses his skills learnt as a pickpocket to guide him through the city s twisting, hidden ratpaths, but it s the unravelling of Nivvo s own dark story that provides the surprises in the plot.It s obvious that the author likes her characters, particularly Nivvo He s definitely One spark short of a bonfire He s fun and unpredictable to read, but it s hard to tell if he s brave or a bit mad It d sometimes be easier to understand him if this were clearer The other characters, from the Fagan like mafia boss Cambrosi to sweet and capable little sister Reka are well developed.The themes might be traditional but the setting is unusual, and much of it is imagined and constructed skilfully Although the story is largely not supernatural, ghosts and the dead appear frequently in characters thoughts and dialogue This, for me, is one of the most successful aspects of the book The existence of Nivvo s wider world is convincingly created by characters references to their beliefs and superstitions A whole culture is economically brought into being in their dialogue, as they continually express their disbelief with phrases like, I ll be buried or insult each other as ghostless fools There is a gradually distracting oddness that the young characters are always lads or lasses Many of the characters have a name and a title, and are referred to variously This is confusing, especially in the beginning.Occasional appealing writing, like the moment Nivvo reveals himself to his sister in the first chapter A shadow detached itself from the wall , is spoilt by its repetition later in the book.As a young adult book, Ratpaths might be better suited to the older reader The plot is slow to start rather than complex, but issues like suicide and pregnancy resulting from rape indicate the limits of its audience This suggests a possible mis match between the tone and the content For example, I was delighted when Nivvo s plan to free himself from one of his captors became comically violent, He got up without a sound, turned to the sleeping young woman and hit her over the head with a short, thick branch but there s an inconsistency with the much darker themes I wasn t always persuaded the story has sufficient breadth for both.It s worth reading to discover a world with a believable history and religion, double crossing characters and a twisty turny story


  7. Erica Erica says:

    When young Nivvo is hired to do what he does best steal a valuable item he happens to overhear a very important conversation This leads him to a choice, one that could change the politics of his home as well as his own life forever Risking everything, he embarks on a mission to replace the ruler and put another man in his place.Nivvo s story is an interesting one His background is told in a series of flashbacks taking place between the present action of the main plot His father or the ma When young Nivvo is hired to do what he does best steal a valuable item he happens to overhear a very important conversation This leads him to a choice, one that could change the politics of his home as well as his own life forever Risking everything, he embarks on a mission to replace the ruler and put another man in his place.Nivvo s story is an interesting one His background is told in a series of flashbacks taking place between the present action of the main plot His father or the man he believed was his father was executed as a traitor, leaving him and his mother to live on the streets That is where Nivvo developed his extraordinary talents as a thief With the birth of a sister and the death of his mother, he is forced into working for organized crime.This story certainly has a mafia feel behind it The family aspect of the criminals was spot on They look out for their own, so long as everyone does their part and remains loyal The feeling of being owned and not being able to leave are also present, completing the mafia style underworld we ve seen in Hollywood.Nivvo is certainly an interesting character Though he lives a life of crime, he still has morals and values that he upholds He is staunchly devoted to his younger sister, and his thoughts constantly go back to her as he is away He has no desire to take political power for himself, only to see that the city is back in the right hands.The story moves along at a brisk pace, and there is just the right amount of action It kept me interested without throwing too much at me at once The world itself is well thought out, and the explanations of its history are well done.Though she has a small part, Reka was also an interesting character Despite her young age, she takes on the responsibility of helping the poor, and she turns out to be a quite a strong person There is plenty of room forfrom this world, and I d enjoy seeing these characters again.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  8. Andreea Andreea says:

    Amazing This is the word that comes to my mind when I think about this book.When I received the book I was happy because I won it and I got all giddy inside when it said that is written for me D haha. for us the readers and I really appreciated this The cover was a bit strange and because I am sometimes stupid I tend to judge a book by it s cover it took me a long time to start reading it Also when I opened the book the way it was edited annoyed me You see, the alignment of the paragrap Amazing This is the word that comes to my mind when I think about this book.When I received the book I was happy because I won it and I got all giddy inside when it said that is written for me D haha. for us the readers and I really appreciated this The cover was a bit strange and because I am sometimes stupid I tend to judge a book by it s cover it took me a long time to start reading it Also when I opened the book the way it was edited annoyed me You see, the alignment of the paragraphs is left sided and usually all books are justify please next time try and edit this please It took me a while to enter the world of the story Is a dystopian world where the city is ruled by a tyrant, but the twist is that underground the city there is another ruler that always helps its people, but in exchange of something The story gets exciting after hearing a conversation and then the fun part starts I won t tell much about the plot because it is up to you to find it The reason I started loving this novel is because I love fast books and in which the action is constant and this book is just the right thing I love the witty and charismatic Nivvo and he became one of my favourite characters Also there is Reka who is strong and doesn t put up with nobody and another favourite, Fedoro I just saw that there is a already a sequel published and I can t wait to get my hands on that one too.Thank you for sharing your story with us Angelika


  9. Kayla West Kayla West says:

    I absolutely loved this book The main thing about it that I loved was the fact that it is a fantasy tale, but without all the things associated normally with a fantasy tale I mean, I adore fantasy tales with elves, dragons, even magic, I absolutely thrive on them, but this book takes you on a journey that enraptures you in every second of the story without the need for those things Well it enraptured me at the very least.Nivvo is a very likeable and seemingly independent character who knows w I absolutely loved this book The main thing about it that I loved was the fact that it is a fantasy tale, but without all the things associated normally with a fantasy tale I mean, I adore fantasy tales with elves, dragons, even magic, I absolutely thrive on them, but this book takes you on a journey that enraptures you in every second of the story without the need for those things Well it enraptured me at the very least.Nivvo is a very likeable and seemingly independent character who knows what he is capable of doing, due to the fact that he has encountered so much hardship since the young age of six He knows how far he is willing to go for those he loves, and he is also willing to sacrifice his own self, happiness, and freedom to make sure those he loves are safe.I love the that I wasn t just told Nivvo s whole story from the very beginning On the contrary, he was just thrown into the story at his present age and the writer gradually introduces him throughout different daydreams and memories the character experiences.I also love the character of Reka She is so feisty and bold I absolutely adored reading every part she was in, because she is a fighter She will fight tooth and nail for the things she wants to protect.This book made me want so muchI cannot wait for anything else this author can dish out


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