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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell

Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Publisher: PYR
Page Count: 240 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
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.
I went into this book with basically no expectations. I honestly didn't have a clue what I was getting myself into, I just knew it sounded awesome. A YA Sci Fi? Yes please! I've been looking for some good YA Sci Fi so I was really excited to pick this one up. While the actual plot is fast-paced and exciting, the way it is executed had me confused a number of times as well as made it feel like things were dragging. Widdershins is a strong female protagonist, but there's nothing particularly relatable about her. I didn't feel connected to the story, nor the characters, but I definitely enjoyed it. Thief's Covenant is a quick and exciting read, with a slew of interesting characters, but the execution of the story fell a little short.

While I liked Widdershin's character (she's smart, spunky, brave, and tough) I didn't really connect with her on any level. There are also a lot of secondary characters in the story which made it difficult for me to keep track of who was who. There isn't a lot of character development, making it harder for me to really grow to care about anyone in particular. Also, there's no romance. As you know, I'm a huge romance junkie, but there are only flickers of romantic interests here and there, but nothing substantial. I really wish that some romance had been incorporated.

In addition to there being so many characters the focus jumps from character to character throughout the story making it hard for me to really get into what's happening in one situation. I also found this confusing at times; I had a hard time remembering what was just happening and following the plot line, or I would have to back track just to figure out what happened. The story is definitely mysterious and intriguing, it kept me guessing. The ending is also incredibly exciting, and I can't wait to start False Covenant!

Although I did have some issues with Thief's Covenant, for the most part it was an enjoyable and quick read. There are some confusing moments, and I would have liked more character development, as well as romance, but I am definitely looking forward to the next book! If you're looking for a good Sci Fi/Fantasy YA, pick up Thief's Covenant!


  1. Is it wrong that I positively love the author's name? And hmm. . . this book seems to be one worth checking out sometime. It's not often a YA Sci Fi really catches my eye. Great review, Anna!

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hahaha I love it too! His Twitter is Mousferatu LOL!!! I've been wanting to read some good YA Sci Fi, but I wish there was more SCI FI involved if you know what I mean.

  2. Great review, Anna. I received this book from the publisher as well, I need to get on that xD I love a good YA Sci-fi every once in a while :) I hope that I enjoy it.

  3. Great review. I haven't heard of this before but it sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing, I'm going to check this out.

  4. i almost picked this up the other day at the library. it sounded interesting and i love the cover. i will have to check it out next time.

  5. I ADORE a good sci-fi! So at some point it's very likely that I'll read this one. Dual narratives irk me sometimes; they're so fragile - either it works or it doesn't.

  6. This one looks good, but your review helped to temper my excitement a little, which is a good thing. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the review! I was wondering about this book, as I like sci-fi. Sorry you had some issues with it, but sci-fi can be hard to write sometimes. :)


  8. Is this a sci-fi?! I just thought it was fantasy, huh. I agree with you, I didn't really connect with anyone but I did enjoy the book overall. It was difficult for me to get into what was happening too when it kept on jumping back and forth so frequently.

  9. Great review!! I had not heard of this one. It's too bad that some of it was a little confusing and the character development was slow, but it sounds like it was enjoyable.

  10. I am on the fence as to whether I want to read Thief's Covenant or not. The character development and lack thereof is kind of a deal breaker for me. I guess I will read some other fantasy/sci-fi books and hold off on this one. Great honest review!


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