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False Covenant : A Widdershins Adventure

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It s been over half a year, now, since the brutal murder of Archbishop William de Laurent during his pilgrimage to the Galicien city of Davillon. During that time, the Church of the Hallowed Pact has assigned a new bishop to the city but it has also made its displeasure at the death of its clergyman quite clear. Davillon s economy has suffered beneath the weight of the Church s displeasure. Much of the populace angry at the clergy has turned away from the Church hierarchy, choosing private worship or small, independent shrines. And the bishop, concerned for his new position and angry at the people of Davillon, plans to do something about it. But a supernatural threat is stalking the nighttime streets a creature of the other world has come to infiltrate the seedier streets of Davillon, to intertwine its tendrils through the lower echelons of society. Faced with both political upheaval and a supernatural threat to its citizenry, the local representatives of the Church are paralyzed and the Guardsmen are in over their heads. And then there s Widdershins--who s tried, and failed, to stay out of trouble since taking over Genevieve s tavern; who s known to the Church and the Guard both, and trusted by neither; who may, with some of her Thieves Guild contacts, have unwittingly played a part in the bishop s plans; and who, along with her personal god Olgun, may be the only real threat to the supernatural evil infesting Davillon."show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Prometheus Books
  • Amherst, United States
  • English
  • 1616146214
  • 9781616146214
  • 335,979

About Ari Marmell

Ari Marmell(Austin, TX) is a fantasy and horror writer and the author of several original novels including"The Goblin Corps"and three Widdershins adventures, "Thief s Covenant, False Covenant, " and" Lost Covenant."He has also written gaming tie-in novels such as"In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles"(The Fall of Llael Book One) and worked as an author of role-playing game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. Although born in New York, Ari has lived the vast majority of his life in Texas first Houston (where he earned a BA in creative writing at the University of Houston) and then Austin. He lives with his wife, George; their cat; and a variety of neuroses. Visit the Widdershins page atfacebook.com/Madeleine.Valois, and visit Ari atmouseferatu.com, at facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mouseferatu-Marmell/181576062390, or on Twitter @mouseferatu."show more

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[G]enuinely adolescent (including occasional idiotic and immature behavior) high fantasy is rare enough that this stands out A romp with an edge and a feisty female lead: Fans will rejoice at the indication that this series has even more to come. -Kirkus Reviews "False Covenant" changed my status from ""loyal fan""to ""die-hard, I need every book Ari Marmell has ever written, obsessed-fan-girl."" This is a series not to be overlooked. It has everything a fan of fantasy could possibly want, and even those afraid to venture into high fantasy will love it. Anyone looking for a great story, check out the Widdershins Adventures novels. -What s Your Story (YA) I liked the first in this series well enough that I jumped this one up the stack a good ways and I'm glad I did. In theory this is a young adult series, but it reads just fine for this not quite so young adult. -Don D Ammassa s Critical Mass [E]nthralling. It s easy to get caught up in Widdershins s adventures. The mystery and suspense makes for an exciting read. With plenty of drama and a bit of humor and several surprises along the way, this dark fantasy series is decidedly charming. -SciFi Chick The descriptions and dialogues are often funny in an understated, subtle way, full of whimsical humor, banter, and funny similes The 14-year-old me would have loved these books, because they re immeasurably better than some of the ghastly media/RPG tie-in fiction I ended up reading as a bridge between children s books and fantasy for adults. Even now, well past the target age for YA literature, I had a blast revisiting Davillon and Widdershins. -Tor.com blog "Marmell successfully weaves in enough backstory to keep new readers interested, but they will be clamoring to read "Thief s Covenant," and will eagerly await the next books in the series." -School Library Journal What it does have in common with the first novel though is a fast-paced plot and a good selection of characters. The supernatural killer Iruoch is truly creepy and enough to make you nervous of the dark. This is another very good story from Ari Marmell and I m looking forward to the next volume. -SF Crowsnest I enjoyed the book A fun read--Widdershins and her antics with her personal god are always fun--and with a goodly touch of horror with the creature stalking the street. -SF Reader forum"show more

Our customer reviews

Can we just talk about how good this book series is for a little bit? And how it seriously needs to be read by more YA readers? The fact that this book series is so unknown is shameful; Ari Marmell successfully balances clever humour, horrific villains, a plucky young heroine in a delightful, charming new favourite. I adored the first book in this new series, Thief's Covenant, but I'm in awe of Ari's ability to craft an even BETTER sequel to an already outstanding book! Everything I loved about Thief's Covenant was there, just amped up a notch or two; whether that was romance, terror, poetic writing or action. It's all there and it's all incredibly satisfying & enjoyable! Reasons to Read: 1.Fun romance... that isn't overdone: While Thief's Covenant only HINTS at some blooming romantic feelings, False Covenant is where we finally get to see it acted on (not all of it - I won't spoil who's involved!) which definitely adds a bit more emotional investment to the characters. It's uncommonly sweet and endearing, yet it never overpowers the rest of the story which is where it's true potency comes from. The complications which arise from it are so painful (UGH! Why do authors do this to me?!) and the consequences devastatingly real... yet all are perfectly appropriate for the story, I can't deny that. Did Ari kill me with his ending? Yes, he did. But for some crazy, book-loving reason in me, I sort of love him or it (or hate... I think I have a love/hate relationship right now, because I'm taking this a little bit too personally. But honestly, you'd understand if you just read the books!) It's impossible NOT to care about these characters <3 2.A writing style specific to an author: I actually tend to like this when author's do this, but I enjoy reading books when an author has their own specific style of writing that stands out from other authors. Lauren Oliver is one person I admire for her ability to do this in all her books; no matter how different they are, they still sound like a Lauren Oliver book. Ari's definitely one of those authors as well, who has such a distinct way of writing that appeals to me as a reader. In his Widdershins books, this easily comes across as a witty, precocious young woman with a poetic writing style which works so well for the mystical, creepy ambiance of the book/fantasy world. 3.Dark, horrific villainry: I can't stand it when an evil villain doesn't meet my expectations; I find too often that the bad guys turn out to be incredibly lame and rather mundane. But mundane doesn't exist in Widdershins books. Not one bit! Ari's familiarity with writing horror novels comes across so well in his descriptions of the villains Widdershins comes face to face with; which are such truly terrifying ideas, with graphic descriptions that just come alive right off the page that they're some of the best creations I have ever read in a book. Ever; it's completely brilliant! 4.Mystery, action, fighting, secrets! There is so much excitement for the number of pages this book has; so much happens, and I love that the development of the characters, world, and story continue right along from where Thief's Covenant left off. It's refreshing to read a fantasy book where the author has clearly invested a large amount of time and thoughtfulness to establish such an interesting setting for an equally fascinating story; and even rarer when you find a story that holds both the setting and story to such high standards and both come across as extraordinarily well done. And the fighting scenes are so good, they completely grab (and hold) your attention. 5.A delightful fantasy world: I love the different aspects of fantasy which are incorporated in these books; the religious aspect of the series is extremely important, and the mythology created for the various gods and goddesses and their role in public life is so intriguing. And the way that magic & mysticism are semi-related, yet still separate add to this mysterious facet of the world. Plus, I love that there's a Thieves' Guild, because let's be honest- Thieves' Guilds ALWAYS make things more exciting :) Honestly, I could go on. And on. But then I'd spoil the whole book for you, and that would be a shame because Thief's Covenant & False Covenant are some of the masterpieces of YA. I'll be quite content if Ari continues to bless us all with lovely fantasy works like this one (more please)! But honestly, why are you reading my review for False Covenant when you should be reading the book? I adored this book that I really don't have any complaints, except that I'm the founder of Julien's fan club. And I'm still a little bit upset on his behalf for what happens to him (read: heartbroken! devasted! I'm not getting over this anytime soon). ARC received from publisher for review.show more
by Brenna Staats
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