Fast paced, this adventure takes the reader from the anticipation of a hanging to the escape of a wanted felon. From hatred to confused feelings about a parent, feelings shaped by experience.
Tobias harbours ill feelings towards the father who abandoned him and his mother, condemning them to a life of hardship that included a certain amount of brutality. But, Tobias has the ability to open safes quickly, and this is brought to the attention of the patriot of The Family of Thieves who is determined to make use of it. This skill traps Tobias between his uncle and his farther both of whom want to steal the same item. Tobias’ life is further complicated by his relationships with young members of The Thieves Family and his farther.
There was another side to Tobias’ life. He had been brought up with the young queen who ruled the country. She too had been abandoned by a parent, her mother, a scientist whose scientific discovery tempted Tobias’ farther and would prove to be a potent factor in the lives of many people.
The author skilfully weaves the lives of several characters into a tale that grips the reader, perhaps not straight away but, it is worth reading, allowing the story to engage you. I was left wondering about Tobias’ farther and his motives, how the thwarted wishes of other characters will develop.