Asti and Verci Rynax have kicked their life of thievery
to the curb and gone straight. They have their own
business to run and Verci has a wife and child to
support. Unfortunately, all that changes when Holver
Alley burns, destroying almost every business in the area
and leaving them penniless and homeless. Can they
recover what they've lost with just one more heist? And
what will they do when the realize the fire wasn't an
accident, but was purposely set?
THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW is the first book in the Streets
of Maradaine series, but fans of Marshall Ryan
Maresca's works will already be familiar with the overall
world of Maradaine. THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW adds a new
dimension to Maradaine as it focuses on some very
likeable thieves and the world they have to navigate. I
love that Marshall Ryan Maresca keeps exposing us to
different facets of Maradaine as he expands the world
building for us with each new novel he writes.
Asti and Verci are the main characters, but Marshall Ryan
Maresca introduces us to a whole host of other characters
as well. I have to admit Asti and his struggle with his
anger captivated my attention the most, but I'm also
curious to learn more about Helene Kesser as well. Her
devotion to her cousin, Julien, is admirable, but she has
a wary edge that makes me want to know more about her
past and how she earned that edge. Perhaps the most
charming character, however, is Mila Kendish. I suspect
there are depths to her that we've yet to explore and I
can't wait to see more of her in future books!
THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW is a phenomenal start to the
of Maradaine series and another
spectacular tale from the gifted Marshall Ryan Maresca.
Solid world building and phenomenal character development
are trademarks of Marshall Ryan Maresca's fantasy novels
and THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW showcases these talents well.
Marshall Ryan Maresca is quickly becoming one of my
favorite fantasy authors and I can't wait to see where
this series heads next!
The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax's service
in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage
and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of
thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in
West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a
simple, honest life.
Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no
home, no shop, and no honest income--and saddled with a
looming debt--they fall back on their old skills and old
With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a
simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as
they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver
Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land.
Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti's crumbling
sanity, the brothers and their crew of amateurs and washouts
swear to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter