The ThiefBook - 1996
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"Gods damn, gods damn," I was howling as the guards led me, completely blind, down the stairs. I still had my hands over my eyes, and they held me firmly by the elbows. my feet hardly touched the stone steps.
The magus was a good bit stronger than I was. Holding me by the cloth at the back of my neck, he shook me once or twice and my head swam. I heard the cheap cloth tear. He grabbed for a firmer grip on my neck.
Every time he laughed, I spat insults at him. It was not politic, but as always, I couldn't keep an insult in when it wanted to come out.
Guns weren't as accurate as crossbows, but they were less awkward to transport, and to have one would have been a comfort.
His eyes narrowed, and the hair on the back of my neck started to rise. I've seen envy before, and I know the damage it can do.
Saying things I shouldn't has been the origin of most of the painful episodes in my past, and it would certainly be an improvement in my character if I had a little more control over my own tongue.
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From the website of Megan Whalen Turner:
The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.
Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.
The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.
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