Thief's Covenant

Thief's Covenant : A Widdershin's Adventure

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Amherst, United States
  • English
  • 1616145471
  • 9781616145477
  • 336,092

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"[T]he plot is relentless and the characters likable. . . . [A] classic adolescent journey. For teens already reading adult fantasy but wanting something a bit more on their level, this hits the spot perfectly."
--Kirkus Reviews "I wouldn't be surprised if exciting new fantasy authors were one day compared to Ari Marmell."
--Fantasy Book Critic

"Marmell has a clever sense of humor."
--SF Signal

"Marmell's debut YA novel is a dark, brutal fantasy set in a complex and engaging world...Widdershins is an intriguing heroine, able to handle herself on the streets, though her naivete shows at endearing moments. Readers seeking out a strong heroine in a well-crafted fantasy world will enjoy this title and look forward to the second."
--School Library Journal

"Widdershins is not your average heroine. Adept with her blade and her wits, sassy and sensitive, she should appeal to older teens both male and female."
--RT Book Reviews, Three Stars (ENJOYABLE- Pleasant Read)

"An interesting world is created in Thief's Convenant, with many twisting conflicts that converge into one. ...The setting is a very enjoyable city that every fantasy lover would embrace without a thought. All of the characters are lively, and everyone will love Olgun, Widdershin's personal god."
--Sacramento Book Review/ San Francisco Book Review
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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 at, and visit Ari at, at, or on Twitter @mouseferatu.
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2,391 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 23% (561)
4 38% (901)
3 27% (649)
2 8% (186)
1 4% (94)

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Fantasy books were my first love; they were the books which originally drew my attention to books, and the main reason I became so involved wtih reading. Unfortunately for me, I've found it difficult to find fantasy books I thoroughly enjoy, especially those that fit the YA genre. Thief's Covenant is an astounding and charming fantasy book; it's a very well-written and enjoyable story featuring amiable characters and an engaging storyline. This is a new favourite of mine, and I'm eagerly anticipating the time when I can read the sequel! Although it's relatively unknown, this is one YA book that shouldn't be ignored by fantasy fans! Reasons to Read: 1. Talented writing: Ari Marmell is no stranger to writing or publishing, with a number of works under his belt already. But his venture into the YA world deserves high praise and I'm hoping to see more from him in the future. The way he writes the story of Widdershins is mesmerizing, and his ability to tell the story from a number of perspectives deserves applause. I was most impressed with his skill to incorporate both humour and horror in the story, making it an excellent, multi-faceted story. 2. Creative world development: Easily one of my favourite parts of the book, I enjoyed discovering more about the world Ari had creatively written about in Thief's Covenant. It was nearly reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's Tortall and one that was rich in details and history, one that came across as being very real yet magical at the same time. 3. A captivating heroine: Widdershins is a phenomenal heroine to read about, and the perfect main character for a fantasy novel. She's clever and precocious, and has that sort of instant charm that's hard to come by as a book character. It takes a special kind of story and writer to create this type of character that really sticks with you, and Widdershins will easily find her way into your heart. 4. An exhilarating plot: The way the story is told in Thief's Covenant, involves a few chronological timelines which jump around back and forth a bit. Although it was a bit confusing at first to keep the details straight, it actually worked as an effective way to gradually reveal the background to Widdershins' story and retain some of the mystery. Plus, there's a good amount of action and adventure to keep your fingers glued to the pages, trying to find out what happens. This is definitely an author, and book series, to watch. It's stimulating and thrilling story, one that is soon to be a new favourite for many readers. Review copy received from more
by Brenna Staats
Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell was an exceptionally elaborate fantasy novel. It was intricate, detailed and unbelievably put together. I feel the need to stress this and point this out because I read a lot of books that attempt to create a novel of this caliber, but they can never quite hit all the right buttons. They may get three things right out of four, which is amazing, but very rarely do you find a novel this meticulously created. There were no loose ends, no loopholes, and no mistakes, no plot fall backs, the characters never faltered, the storyline never wavered, and the editing was perfect - I'm completely and utterly blown away by this novel. I'm also saddened that some don't seem to see this. The POV's, the details, and the in-depth characterization, they all come together to create this powerhouse fantasy novel but everyone can't see past the foundation to the beauty underneath. Well, I saw it, and I loved it! Ari Marmell is a fantasy writer, plain and simple. Fantasy has become a much easier genre for all types of readers to enjoy, but some of us still like them like this. Intense, full of action, set in a world that is both dangerous and fruitful, segregated by the poor and the rich, bad and evil, with a strong and thoughtful prose and a medieval vibe with a rich fantasy backdrop. The main character has many aliases, but at her core she's the same in all of them. Whether she was Widdershins, Adrienne Satti, or Madeleine Valois, she's an intelligent, strong, witty, and extremely fun character to read about. Her relationship with Olgun was endearing and lovely. She's by far one of the toughest female leads, physically at least, that I've ever come across. We get to witness her growth throughout the novel, both intellectually and as she ages. We get glimpses and flashbacks of her life before the present, shining light on the people she's met and certain occurrences that have influenced her life, which expertly weaves together a sense of obscurity and suspense throughout the novel. The past made the future in this book. It crafted it like a sculpture and we get to watch it unfold! Though dates were never specified, I found myself in a violent, desperate and dangerous 17th-century France, with a girl who had a God in her head, a pack of characters who either wanted her dead or her heart, and a thick sense of evil coating every page. The separation between the privileged and the unprivileged sort of made me think of a twisted fantasy version of Robin Hood, but instead of giving your earnings to the poor, you shove them in your own pocket and start looking for your next victim. This novel also made me work for it. I had my dictionary open on my lap just in case, coming across words I've never even seen, let alone read in a young-adult novel and instances that required an intense religions background. I learned a lot while reading this book. How many young-adult books do you read that make you crack open a dictionary? How many books make you delve into your own belief system? This is the first I've come across in a very long time that earned more than my excitement. It earned my love! Non-stop action, amazing characters, a beautiful writing style, and a powerhouse fantasy novel. Ari Marmell reminded me why I love reading fantasy, and I hope he can do the same for you!show more
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