Gaspar The Thief

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Gaspar The Thief is a fast-paced, humorous, fantasy adventure involving thieves, brigands, sell-swords, goblins, scheming mages, and even a tricksy wight.

Cursed with a special affinity for calamity and mishap, and a talent for snatching defeat from the brink of victory, our hero blunders from one misfortune to the next, yet somehow always manages to survive to tell the tale. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Published: July 12, 2012
Words: 126,750
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476394121
About David A. Lindsay

Born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland, David A. Lindsay lives with his wife near St Andrews in Fife.

After practising as a court lawyer for twenty years, mainly in criminal and family law, David now operates a successful web design agency.

David’s other interests include gardening, genealogy, history, reading, Rotary and travel.

Gaspar The Thief, a humorous fantasy adventure, is his first novel.

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Reviews

Review by: David Morrese on July 08, 2013 : star star star star
This is not so much a single novel as it is a series of related adventures centered on the thief, Gaspar; the lovely Marna, a fellow thief and Gaspar’s volatile love interest; and their ‘spellbroker’ associate, Hubris. Their escapades (most often not as successful as they hope) and misadventures provide the basis for the ten chapters of the book.

The characters are engaging, but not exactly likeable. Their highest goal seems to be to abscond with as much loot as safely as possible, with little compassion over the fate of the loot’s current owner. Gaspar and his companions aren’t murderous rouges, but they are clearly rogues.

Written from a limited omniscient point of view, the prose, grammar, and vocabulary in this book are a notch above the norm that I’ve personally found in light fantasy. The characters are uncomplicated but not stupid. The world building is quite good and creates a believable fantasy setting full of dirty cities, filthy gutters, crumbling castles, guilds, inns, taverns, and the occasional bawdy house.

This book is not so much comedy as it is light fantasy. The setting and characters reminded by of the Thraxas books by Martin Scott (AKA Martin Millar) — kind of a late Medieval world with personality-flawed characters, magic, and mythical creatures.

I can’t say this book is innovative in any way, but it is an enjoyable read. I recommend it for readers of light fantasy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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