"Lady of Knives" by Chad Banks


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Post January 29, 2010, 08:39:47 PM

"Lady of Knives" by Chad Banks

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this story yet. I really liked it a lot. Action, characters, dialog, setting -- everything was put together seamlessly. Very good stuff, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Post January 30, 2010, 07:12:34 PM

Re: "Lady of Knives" by Chad Banks

Lester Curtis wrote:I'm surprised no one has mentioned this story yet.



I just read it, and I agree. It's easily one of the best stories I've come across in a long time. Mr. Banks packed a lot of worldbuilding into a small package. It's really good work. He manages to convey a lot of information without infodumping or through having characters discuss things they should already know.

The consistency and complexity of the social structures within the packs of street urchins was especially well done. It's not an easy thing to accomplish, and this was first rate. The two packs we get a glimpse into have a vibrant realness which I've never seen done better, ever.

The reader can see the evolution of how the pack leaders maintain their positions through a complex system of rewards and punishment, and how freakin' smart you have to be to actually lead groups like these.

I echo Mr. Curtis's sentiment. I hope there is more of this stuff out there, somewhere. If it's already been published, just tell me where.

Read it, people. It's a keeper.

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Post January 30, 2010, 10:15:41 PM

I found another of his stories, here:

http://reflectionsedge.com/index.php/20 ... he-shaper/

Very different from this one, but every bit as well-written.

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Post February 11, 2010, 11:27:07 AM

Lester Curtis wrote:I found another of his stories, here:

http://reflectionsedge.com/index.php/20 ... he-shaper/

Very different from this one, but every bit as well-written.



Very nice! I agree!
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Post February 11, 2010, 11:47:10 AM

Re: "Lady of Knives" by Chad Banks

Bill_Wolfe wrote:
Lester Curtis wrote:I'm surprised no one has mentioned this story yet.

...The consistency and complexity of the social structures within the packs of street urchins was especially well done. It's not an easy thing to accomplish, and this was first rate. The two packs we get a glimpse into have a vibrant realness which I've never seen done better, ever.

The reader can see the evolution of how the pack leaders maintain their positions through a complex system of rewards and punishment, and how freakin' smart you have to be to actually lead groups like these...

Bill Wolfe


Brad Weeks's "Way of Shadows" features a guild system of child thieves, "wetboys" (assassins with magical abilities), and other trades that sounds similar. (The book has two sequels, but the guilds or clans are less prominently featured in the later books.)

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