This is the first book by Ari Marmell that I've read, but after this
I'll definitely be reading more. Thief's Covenant is the first book in
this young adult series, called Widdershins
The main premise is that Widdershins is a thief who once had a chance to
become part of the aristocracy, but a horrific event forced her to
return to her old ways. What she doesn't realize is the fact that her
surviving that horrific event has drawn her into something far darker
and deadlier than even those at the highest level of power suspect. It
not only affects the aristocracy and the thieves' guild, but the church
This was a well-plotted and well-written book. Once I started reading, I
was drawn into the story and kept there, mostly by the characters in
the book, which were all interesting and unique. The characters were,
in fact, one of the best aspects of the book, the best being Widdershins
herself by far. The plot was convoluted, but ultimately made sense.
The setting was, perhaps, a little close to Dungeon & Dragons in
nature, but certainly didn't detract from the book. Again, the
characters pulled this up to a different level.
My only complaint/concern was that there were a significant number of
time jumps in between chapters in this book. I'm not afraid of time
jumps (if you've ever read my books, you'll know this), but in this
case, there were approximately four different time periods that readers
were expected to keep track off, and a number of jumps back and forth
between them. Some readers will find this difficult to follow, even
though there are clear headers in each chapter as to which time period
each is set in. This time jumping is, really, the only reason I didn't
give this book five stars.
But again, in the end I think the characters and plot save the book. It
was a fun, fast-paced read, with some great humor to off-set some of
the rather violent and darker turns at points. As I said, I'll
definitely be reading the sequel to this book, and be looking for Ari
Marmell's other books as well.