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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-In this Renaissance-esque sequel to Thief's Covenant (PYR, 2012), Widdershins is fighting to keep her tavern afloat. In the guise of Madeleine Valois, she plays the role of an aristocrat at parties but reverts to her more natural persona, black-leather-clad Widdershins the thief, stealing from the hosts of the soirees she attends. However, she soon finds herself caught up in a battle to save not only her inheritance from a man hell-bent on her demise, but also the town that she loves from a horrific beast. Even with her personal god Olgun always present, she quickly learns that she must enlist the help of her fellow thieves from the Finder's Guild, as well as oh-so-irresistible Commander of the Guard Julien Bouniard, the Church, and yes, even her devious would-be murderer Evrard d'Arras. Together they must discover how the fairy-tale creature Irouch has come to life, and what they must do to stop him. 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.-Wendy M. Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Widdershins Adventures
  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On March 22, 1974, Ari Marmell was hatched out of an egg laid by a rooster on the night of the full moon. Due a mix-up, he wound up in the infant ward at a hospital in New York, where he was claimed as a (relatively) normal human and taken home. He and his family fled New York barely a year later, either because his father received a job offer in Houston, or because they were chased by angry mobs with pitchforks; reports are unclear.

For the next 27 years, Ari lived in Houston. His father told him bedtime stories when he was in preschool and kindergarten, stories without which he might never have become a writer. He received his first roleplaying game--the red Dungeons & Dragons boxed set--at age 9, and the AD&D Players Handbook followed less than a year later. He spent very little time on class work or studies for the next, oh, 13 years, instead spending his efforts on far more important things like fighting orcs, riding dragons, and rescuing extremely beautiful princesses.

Ari went to college at the University of Houston. He began in the Psychology program, but quickly changed his major to Creative Writing. It was in the first week of class that he met his wife-to-be, who goes by the name of George. (No, it's not short for Georgia, Georgette, Georgiana, or anything else that could possibly make sense.) It was also in college that he wrote his first novel, one that he is now determined will never see the light of day, and charitably calls a "learning experience."

In short, Ari graduated in late '96, married George in March of 1997, honeymooned in New Orleans, worked several jobs he hated for the next several years, and quit the last of them in 2000 due to ongoing health issues. During this time, he wrote four more novels, two of which are actually pretty decent. It was also during this time that he managed to break into the roleplaying industry, having attracted the attention of Justin Achilli (developer of Vampire: The Masquerade) with a project submission inspired by his trip to New Orleans.

He and George moved to Austin in mid-2001 so George could attend graduate school while Ari continued to work as a freelance writer. They live there today, along with a large orange cat named Leloo and a smaller gray cat named Pippin who seems unable to grasp the notion that strings, ribbons, and plastic bags do not make up a viable part of the food chain. His first published novel, Gehenna: The Final Night, appeared on shelves in January of 2004.

Today, Ari is shifting his focus from freelancing to more fiction and novel-writing. His second novel, Agents of Artifice, was released by Wizards of the Coast in February of '09. His third novel, The Conqueror's Shadow, was released by Spectra in February 2010. (This was his first published non-tie-in novel.)

Ari's forthcoming novels include The Warlord's Legacy (Spectra, early 2011), the Goblin Corps (Pyr Books mid- to late 2011), and Household Gods (Pyr Books, 2012). You can learn more about him, and keep up with his news and release schedule, at www.mouseferatu.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Latoya on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Two Words: Amazing and Insane! Widdershins is back and trouble has found her once again! I love Widdershins, she is a tough chic that can hold her own and everyone else's too and with such snarky wit. I found myself smiling at her antics and her saucy honesty. Marmell has created an intricate and fantastic world in Davillon, with rich characters that have emotional depth that anyone can relate to dealing with loss, friendship and love. The story begins six months after the fiasco in the first book without the past and present narrative. The Church has abandoned the city and everyone blames Widdershins for what's happened.
Wanted dead by many and loved by some, Widdershins is about fed up with it all. She is not exactly herself since the death of her best friend and is a tad rusty on her thievery. She seems more distracted and less observant of her surroundings. Now in addition to everything she is going through, she is being stalked by a mysterious aristocrat, plus tasked with discovering the origin of the dark and mysterious creature, playing fright factor with the residents of Davillon. What she discovers is more than she or her god bargained for; can she survive to save them all? There is a hint of romance in this book but it's not the primary focus of the book. Renard is a thief that is secretly in love with an oblivious Widdershins and Julien is a guard that has arrested her on several occasions but somehow, I think he likes her. Both of these guys are great choices and very cute but Widdershins just hasn't caught on to that, yet. She has another admirer but I won't tell who. Overall, this is a great action-packed adventure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy's Ink on July 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cover:
I love these covers! I don't know how many times I've said this, but with all the YA books lately, I'm really missing illustrated covers. I think it's a very accurate illustrations of Widdershins, especially the clothes!

Writing:
Marmell's writing never ceases to amaze me. From the first pages I'm sucked into the world. His narrative is well-written and detailed, with plenty of humor and wit. What always annoyed me to no end in fantasy series was the many point of views. A lot of times, I really didn't care about all these side and sometimes random characters, and I just felt like skipping them. But I never felt like that when reading False Covenant. I was invested into the story from the major characters like Widdershins, Renard, and Julien's perspectives and even the side and new characters that appear in the book.

Setting:
Set in the Galicien city of Davillon, Marmell took a step away from the overused Medieval setting and instead gave us a French Renaissance with the nobles' hoop dresses and wigs, the guards' plumed hats and flintlock pistols, the architecture, and the names. This is my first time reading a book in that setting, which is a real shame, considering how good it is. The people of Davillon worship gods in the 147 Hallowed Pact. It was intertwined with the story so well and I found myself absorbed in it (which is a very good thing considering how central the religion is to the series, if you haven't already figured it out by the title).

Plot:
The plot kept me on my toes the entire time, I had no idea what would happen next. I was very tense and anxious with the suspense of it all. I enjoyed the first book but I have to say that the second definitely tops it! But, god, that ending was heartbreaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat Lyn on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
(Originally rated on Goodreads) **SPOILERS**

An amazing sequel to the Widdershins's Adventures, and now we deal all in the present (no flashback chapters). And the characters now have to contend with a much more insidious villain. Several expressive words come to mind for this book: thrilling, frightening, and at times heartbreaking. I don't want to give away any details, but I honestly hope more adventures are published. It feels like more can now be explored with the decisions made at this novel's end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookY on February 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Yes, I gave it 5 stars, but still, damn.this.book. because:

-that twist near the end was just -- ugh, nevermind, I don't want to talk about it!
-the next book is not out yet. Where the hell is it? I need to know what happens next!

I loved this book even more than the first one, and I liked the first one a lot. The story is excellently paced with enough action and adventure to appease even the most impatient reader. Also, in comparison to the first book, I found a vast improvement in the character development, in particular, I liked Widdershins a lot more in this sequel. In Thief's Covenant she had that spunkiness that, yeah, was cute and all but to me bordered on childish a lot of the time. Not to say that she's changed so much here that she's no longer our familiar sassy thief, rather, I was just able to take her more seriously this time around and was very happy with the result. I also liked that we got to know the supporting characters on a less superficial level, especially Robin and Julien.

so, in conclusion...where the hell is the next book? I read this one as soon as it came out, which feels like a really long time ago and -- oh, and I just checked and oops, it was only last summer. but whatever, I want the next book already! Highly recommend this series.
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