Book Review: Honor Among Thieves: The Road to Neverwinter by Jaleigh Johnson


Title: Honor Among Thieves: The Road to Neverwinter

By: Jaleigh Johnson

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 288

Release Date: February 28th, 2023

Publisher: Random House Worlds

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Discover the thrilling origin stories of the bard Edgin, the barbarian Holga, and their whole adventuring party in this official prequel to Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
Edgin Darvis’ life is a mess. All that he has left are his lute, his dashing good looks, and...not much else. After a chance encounter with badass bruiser Holga, Edgin is forced to take a hard look at his bad choices. But the road to redemption is long, and paved with unforeseen expenses. Fortunately, the world is full of rich fools begging to be parted from their money.
And so Edgin and Holga do what any sensible entrepreneurs would do—they form a crew.
Joined by a charming rogue, Forge Fitzwilliam, and Simon, a sorcerer with an intense inferiority complex, the team sets out to line their pockets with both well-earned and ill-gotten gold. Together, Edgin’s crew battles monsters across the realms: gnoll raiders, fey witches, and more fall beneath their sharp weapons and sharper wit. But when they encounter a new, more sophisticated villain, keen blades and piercing blue eyes may not be enough.
Their target? Torlinn Shrake, a wealthy eccentric known for abusing his servants and hosting lavish parties.
The plan? Play dress-up, sneak into the Shrake estate, and fill their pockets with as much loot as they can carry.
The catch? Shrake is hiding a terrible secret: one that could endanger the lives of everyone Edgin has come to care for—even if the loot is too good to pass up.


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Reading this book has opened up a new world of adventures and Jaleigh Johnson is a wonderful companion.

I am familiar with Dungeons and Dragons and the new movie Honor Among Thieves, but this book brings the reader back to the beginning of the companions journeys, filling in the blanks the movie skims over. It was fun to use the characters I've already gotten to know from the movie and really figure out who they were.

Of course, Holga is my favorite character. She is so strong, but has a soft spot for Kira. And her love of potatoes is very relatable and so funny. The other players in the game mesh well, and what they lack, they make up in witty retorts.

Toward the middle of the story, I found myself drawn into Simon's story and how they companions found him on a dark island being attacked by a strange plant. This was my favorite part and what I remember the most.

Favorite Quote:
“I suppose she’s right,” Edgin said, speaking half to himself. “No one gets the perfect night or the perfect life, do they?”

I was completely enveloped in this world, loving every aspect of it. For that in itself, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Jaleigh Johnson has a wonderful way of writing. I've picked up another of her books and am exited to read it. Johnson could be another favorite author.

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