Reader Reviewed Dishonour Among Thieves by Paul Durham

Dishonour Among Thieves

Written by Paul Durham
Part of the The Luck Uglies Series

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Rye, the star of The Luck Uglies is back for a second adventure in the richly imagined world of the Isle of Pest. Swept off on a night time adventure through the frozen landscape, as before, Rye discovers that it is not always easy to know who to trust or who will help you. Meeting a vivid cast of characters, including Slinister Varlet, Rye finds her way to safety with little to help her but her own courage and her ability to know who to bargain with.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, The Luck Uglies.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A really brilliant, alternative adventure. Exciting, funny and full of fantastic characters. I'm looking forward to Rye's next adventure already!' Read full review >
  • Dylan Sweet, age 10 - 'This isn’t my type of book but I’m sure many others will like it as it is well written and the plot is very clever.'  Read full review >
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 10 - 'This book was brilliant. You could tell the author was trying to keep you on your toes! I really enjoyed it.'  Read full review >
  • Thomas Newman, aged 8 - 'I really liked this book.  It was great because it was so different from anything I'd read before.  A very exciting book.  I kept wondering what would happen next.'  Read full review >
  • Mary Louise Kerr, age 14 -  'This was a long tale, but the colourful characters and the fast pace kept me enthralled.  I feel there will be more adventures for Rye in future books.'  Read full review >
  • Jemima Wilcox, age 9 - 'It is an exciting adventure book set in a fantasy world and quite scary in parts with a girl as the action hero. I really want to read the next one.'  Read full review >
  • Rachel Ilsley, age 11 - 'I love this incredible book and I really hope there will be a next one. Paul Durham is a great writer; I couldn’t put this superb book down.'  Read full review >       
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This was a very exciting book set 100's of years ago when evil creatures roamed the streets at night.  Rye discovers a secret world and outlaws known as the Luck Uglies.'  Read full review >  
  • Aoife Bolger, age 11 - 'The book The Luck Uglies has a thrilling plot of adventure and fear as well as a twist when was least expected. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to my family/friends.'
  • William Longlands, age 10 - '9/10. I never got bored with it and only stopped reading it when forced.'  Read full review >   


Dishonour Among Thieves by Paul Durham

The legendary Luck Uglies are the most deadly, dangerous band of men Ryley O'Chanter has ever met - and her father, Harmless, is their high chief. Having been in exile for ten years the Luck Uglies are back in Village Drowning, but bringing them out of the shadows and back together was has thrown up new dangers.

There is bad blood between Rye's father, and a sinister masked man named Slinister Varlet. As Harmless and Slinister vie for control of their men, Rye finds herself caught up in their dangerous game. Throw in a vengeful son, a dark curse, and a collection of thieves and smugglers and the stage is set for another page-turning adventure.


'The Luck Uglies has it all: a feisty heroine, monstrous creatures, and a brimful of humor, and horror, to keep the readers turning the pages.' Joseph Delaney, author of The Spook's Apprentice series

'Everything I look for in a book.' Cai, age 11

'Made me stay up too late reading because I was so gripped... impossible to put down! Overall a great read and would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it's that good!' Joel 12.

'Amazing! If I hadn't had to sleep I would have read it in one go.' Bill, age 12

'Excellent. Really fun to read' Louis, age 12

About the Author

Paul Durham

Paul works as a lawyer and lives in New Hampshire with his family and an enormous, bushy cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

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464 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

26th March 2015




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