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  • ISBN 031287491X
  • ISBN13 978-0312874919
  • Language English
  • Author Lynn Abbey
  • Publisher Tor Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Pages 480
  • Formats mbr lrf lrf doc
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1407 kb
  • Size Fb2 1386 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 735

From the Bestselling Fantasy Adventure Series, Thieves' World (tm)Created by Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn AbbeyReturn To The City That Would Not Die!Return To Thieves' World!Return To Sanctuary!Thieves' World was the bestselling and first of the shared world phenomenon, selling well over a million copies of anthologies detailing the exploits and intrigues of the high-born and low-born denizens of Sanctuary, a city that has seen many masters.The Age of Ranke and the reign of Kadakithis, the occupation of the Beysib, the war of the gods and indeed the erstwhile Renaissance are now all in the past. Memories of heroes and villains, glory and savagery have all been relegated to the shadows of yesteryear as present-day residents once again apply themselves to the task at hand: survival.Only Molin Torchholder, architect of Sanctuary’s glory and master of her secrets. knows the whole truth, but he is dying . . . He must hold on until he can pass along the city's hidden history of empires come and gone and blood shed for reason and naught. Aiding him are a lowly laborer named Cauvin, himself a survivor of one of the city's darkest moments, and a young boy named Bec.So many secrets and so little time. And as Molin’s chronicles of the past unfold, even darker forces return, an evil that jeopardizes the very survival of a city that until now has always refused to die.Sanctuary - An Epic Novel of Thieves' World ushers in a whole new age of tales, a whole new age of Thieves' World.

The Age of Ranke and the reign of Kadakithis, the occupation of the Beysib, the war of the gods and indeed the erstwhile Renaissance are now all in the past.

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In Sanctuary, the novel by Abbey from 2005, we return to the mean streets of an even more ravaged city for a much .

In Sanctuary, the novel by Abbey from 2005, we return to the mean streets of an even more ravaged city for a much needed update. The cult of the mother goddess, Dyreela, has been expelled and, seemingly, eradicated, allowing the denizens of Sanctuary a tentative breath of relief. As a result, it's also a frenetic page-turner, my having read all of the approximately 500 pages in a day. The level of action, detail and sheer genius of the writing is akin to the best of that of the previous various anthologies.

Thieves' World (Volume 1). Lynn Abbey. Praise for Sanctuary. Fans of Thieves' World will relish this sprawling epic, rich with sword and sorcery. and after ten years, the gates to this famed city are reopened, assuring all that more adventures are just around the corner -Publishers Weekly. Good news for all heroic fantasy fans.

The original series comprised twelve anthologies, including stories by such science fiction authors as Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Andrew J. Offutt, C. J. Cherryh, Janet Morris, and Chris Morris. The Morrises introduced The Sacred Band of Stepsons in Thieves' World and spun off a series of novels about them and their ancient cavalry commander, Tempus.

Perfect for fans of Robert Asprin's and Lynn Abbey's "Thieves' World" Cycle. My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Fortunately everybody drinks water. A call to existing Region Cleanup Team Members.

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Thieves' World: Turning Points. Fans of Thieves' World will relish this sprawling epic, rich with sword and sorcery archetypes, from one of its cocreators. Fans should be delighted with the wealth of historical references, new and familiar characters, and high adventure that Abbey weaves together.

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Whitegrove
I'm a big fan of the original series, Thieves' World, which ended with its twelfth book over a decade ago. When I'd finished the last page of the last book of Thieves' World, I'd experienced for the first time what I would come to judge all other books by. That bittersweet feeling of a triumphant conclusion to a great story mingled with slight sorrow at the parting with its characters.
So I started Sanctuary with apprehensions. One of them being that this book was written by a single author, while Thieves' World was a shared-world-anthology by multiple writers which created a uniqueness with universal appeal. The other issue that troubled me was that inside flap had informed me that my favorite characters were no longer around.
Just like any place a person comes to love, I wasn't sure I'd like going back when the very things I'd enjoyed the most had changed.
However, Abbey skillfully proves true that "the more things change the more they stay the same". As with any famous city, or in this case, infamous city, Sanctuary pulses with a life all her own. Previous generations leave their mark and the new rise up only to soon become part of the legend themselves.
Whether this is a return visit or your first time in this notorious city, be wary. The reader is quickly seduced by the sinful charm of Sanctuary's intriguingly seedy taverns like the Vulgar Unicorn, the shadowy allies of the Maze, and her dangerous ghettos such as the waterfront district.
If you're a fan of Thieves' World, you're sure to enjoy your return visit as much as I have. If you haven't read Thieves' World, this book is great introduction. It's a whole new story in a dark, old city. Abbey gives you just enough history so you'll learn a little of what your getting into while the veterans get a reminder.
Keep your money-purse close, dagger closer and trust few. Sanctuary has no mercy, even more so for visitors.
Kit
*spoiler alert - if you haven't read any of the previous anthologies, and plan to, some of the information below could be considered spoilers*

Way back in the 1980's, several authors entered into an ongoing collaboration on a fantasy series which eventually came to be called Thieves' World. Long before the gritty, realistic and, perhaps, perverse protagonists written by GRR Martin, Robert Jordan, Greg Keyes and R. Scott Baker written in revolt of so-called "stock characters" so prevalent in fantasy, Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey's world was populated with heroes but predominantly rogues in the "cess pit of the Empire", the city of Sanctuary. For those overdosed on the stock characters promulgated by, predominantly, the success of Tolkien, the denizens of Sanctuary were all too human (even if not completely human, themselves) in their desires and pursuit of self interest. Several parts the rankest districts of Rome, and a large part main street Sodom and Gomorrah, one always knew when starting a chapter that you would meet only the most interesting of characters in the pages to come, surrounded by their only slightly less fascinating fellows in a city where one had to be smarter and more devious than everyone else just to make it through the day, else end up meat in a gutter or, worse, a pawn in the schemes of the more competent manipulators in the city. Imagine New York, with all the water, sewage, subway and financial services shut down for a day (and the resultant frustration and madness), and you have every day in Sanctuary.

In contrast to the popular and prevalent high-medieval settings of the day, Thieves' World was, at latest, analogous to the late pre-Christian Roman Empire. As one would expect in a series with several authors, each composing a separate chapter in the several thousand pages of the story, the writing could be uneven at times. Regardless, it was never a case of too many cooks spoiling the soup.

While it would be inaccurate to say Thieves' World wasn't filled with stock characters, initially, it was what the various authors turned these main points of view archetypes into that kept readers coming back for more. The heroic, undefeatable soldier became the serial rapist (and closet homosexual), while the wicked witch/necromater became the façade of a coquettish mage with a (very, very) deeply buried heart of gold. The slaver/crime boss became the patriot, the shape-changing mage with immeasurable power a pawn to his anyone who fed his sex addiction, and the benevolent but tough-as-nails mage as belonging to a monastic doomsday cult and a transsexual lesbian.

Sadly, the series stopped rolling out installments in the mid-1990's.

*spoilers for previous anthologies end here*

In Sanctuary, the novel by Abbey from 2005, we return to the mean streets of an even more ravaged city for a much needed update. The cult of the mother goddess, Dyreela, has been expelled and, seemingly, eradicated, allowing the denizens of Sanctuary a tentative breath of relief. Molin Torchholder, former high priest and architect of Vashanka (god of war and storms), discovers a vengeful remnant of the cult, however, and scrambles furiously to complete certain plans and set others into motion in order to protect the city he detests with a passion. Caught up in his plans are Cauvin, formerly a novice of the bloodiest of Dyreela's splinter cults and rescued from death by Molin 15 years before, and Bec, his brother through Cauvin's adoptive family. Cauvin is essentially trained as a thug, and puts his former training to use breaking ruined mansions up for stone to sell through his adoptive father, while Bec is the sheltered child fascinated by his brother's more visceral abilities while remaining confident in his own abilities as a scholar. As Molin, Cauvin and Bec wind their way through the story, we catch up with the stories of those characters prevalent in the previous five anthologies of the series, some of whose ultimate fates proved a bit anticlimactic.

Unlike previous Thieves' World installments, this story is concluded within the pages of one volume, and is written solely by the one author (Abbey). As a result, it's also a frenetic page-turner, my having read all of the approximately 500 pages in a day. The level of action, detail and sheer genius of the writing is akin to the best of that of the previous various anthologies.

If you enjoyed GRR Martin, Greg Keyes or R Scott Baker, and haven't read any of the Thieves' World series, definitely give it a go if you can find an extant copy - the first anthology was entitled, similarly, Sanctuary, published in 1982 and consisting of Thieves' World (1979), Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980) and Shadows of Sanctuary (1981). Sadly, not having read at least 2 of the anthologies (the second being Turning Points, of 1986), you're likely to find the tales in the Abbey novel much ado about folks who mean nothing to you. However, if you have read any of the series, and missed the colorful yet bleak denizens of the Empire's most insignificant city, you'll relish every page, as I did.
Damand
If you like thieves world you will like this. Much of it is told as "story telling" by the old priest/wizard to the young boy and it does fill in a ton of history about Sanctuary, I had to skip some of it , but overall a good read.
Munimand
This was an amazing look at time having passed in a place we once knew so well. Then to put a really good story in that setting once again. It sure made me wish to return to Sanctuary again in the future.
Anen
Was and is one of the best fantasy books out there
Beydar
I'm not even halfway through, but I'm thoroughly enjoying this. This is a story by a single author so the writing is much more coherent than the earlier anthologies. I was annoyed at first by the fake swearing that a child character engages in, but I've gotten used to it by now. Beyond that, it seems far more of a mature effort than the early Thieves' World stories, though the expected reading level seems a bit lower. Even if you've never read any of the older work, this seems to stand alone on it's own. If you're familiar with the old work, it is pleasant to hear all the old names again.
Tenius
book condition as advertised
2nd read - 1st was when it was originally published
A continuation in the thiev's wold series. Aspirins books are always full of details and intrigue. Anyone into fantasy type books will love any in this series?