I used to read fantasy almost exclusively. I started out with Eddings and McCaffrey, moving on to Lackey and the like. I moved on to other genres as I got older. Fantasy had lost its charm for me. Then I came across the cover for Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell and fell in love. Then I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it. By the time I turned the last page, I was firmly in love with Widdershins and her world!
Mr. Marmell knows how to write a compelling book: smart, smartmouthed irreverent, and bold female thief with an vivid world for her to inhabit and a memorable cast of characters. It is swashbuckling fun to watch Widdershins make her way in the world. How she became a thief and how she almost became a noblewoman put gooseflesh on my arms and shivers down my spine. Darkness dogs her through the streets of the Davillon and at times I wasn't sure if she would make it out alive. That tension and worry kept me turning the pages, holding my breath. I sped through the first half of the book in a single afternoon, barely coming up for air much less anything else. Thief’s Covenant reignited my love of fantasy, reminding me how wonderful it is when an author gets it just right. 4 and a ½ stars for this marvelous adventure!
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city's aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces-human and other-stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.
Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon's underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It's not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it's hers.
But now, in the midst of Davillon's political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she's built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her-but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don't finish the job first.
Age Range: 12 and up / Grade Level: 7 and up