JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.
Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.
Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.
A futuristic fantasy world, anti-heroes reunited for one last adventure, and nothing is as it seems in this first time outing with new to me author. I was eager for the high octane rush that was sure to come with a story such as this and it did not wait long to present itself.
This story had a lot of moving parts and was layered with hints to a backstory and world building involving the main characters that played a huge role in the present, but was fed to the reader in bits and pieces through out. It was a loose plot though it possessed a fast, gritty tone that I thought well suited to the story. I found it a tough go at times and had to stop and re-read sections or wait for further pages to elucidate things to get back on track.
The main plot thread of protecting an old friend and a secret device from a criminal group was the easiest to focus on, but I found myself less interested and wanting more of what was happening with JT the orc and Austin the elf. The pair were once friends, almost lovers, and now have an acrimonious distant relationship at best. The flash backs helped get to know them better and what led to where they are at with each other now.
Speaking of their relationship. Their attraction is off the charts and the pair do eventually get down and dirty. I got frustrated with them and wanted to lock them in a bunker (closet wouldn’t be strong enough) and force them to talk things out since they both have skewed memories of the past. The end came and things were still unresolved. I will give things the benefit of the doubt that as this is a series, there will be more of their story in future books. Other parts of the plot are left open so this is not a far stretch.
There’s a bit of a love triangle type of affair going on, but I tolerated it because it felt more wishful thinking and a form of denial on the part of JT than anything real. Not to mention, I don’t think this pair will do conventional in the long run.
All in all, it was interesting, creative, and somewhat confusion for me. I’m willing to press forward with more of the series and the characters and would definitely recommend The Glamour Thieves to others who enjoy a futuristic fantasy mash-up.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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