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Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Praise for Tristan J. Tarwater & The Valley of Ten Crescents series

'Great character-driven fantasy' - Kindle reviewer

'A story that is magical in its ability mesmerize' - Kindle reviewer

'Refreshing...I can't wait to see what's next.' - Kindle reviewer

'This is a great read, absorbing' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater's skill as a writer moves you along with the flow of the story, you get sucked in.' -Kindle reviewer

'A light-hearted read to break the monotony of so many cookie-cutter fantasy novels' - Kindle reviewer

'A promising first novel' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater creates a fantasy world that is rich and complex' - Kindle Reviewer

'A great story set in a beautiful, fantastic yet very realistic world.' - Kindle reviewer

'It's captivating' - Kindle Reviewer

'Engaging immersive world-building' - Kindle reviewer

'A solid first novel hinting at more fun to come' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater simply lets the world speak for itself' - Kindle reviewer

'Much better than a lot of self published books available these days.' - Kindle reviewer

'Outstanding' - Kindle reviewer

From the Inside Flap

The Valley of Ten Crescents (Series)
  • Little Girl Lost (A Valley of Ten Crescents Tale) -
  • Thieves at Heart (Book 1) -
  • Self Made Scoundrel (Book 2) -
  • Red Moon Rising (Book 3) -

Product Details

  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Back That Elf Up (September 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SSRQX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,987 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Tristan J. Tarwater is a writer of fantasy, comics and RPG bits. Her titles include The Valley of Ten Crescents series, Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars and Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. She has also worked for both Pelgrane Press and Onyx Path.

Born and raised in NYC, she now considers Portland, OR her home. When she's not making stuff up, she is usually reading a comic book, cooking delicious meals for her Spouse and Small Boss or petting one of her two cats. Her next RPG character will most definitely be an elf.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a fan of traditional fantasy. Elves are usually not my thing, and the plots that tend to come with fantasy bore me. For whatever reason, I just can't often get into a fantasy book.

But I just finished Thieves at Heart and it was the first fantasy book that's held my attention the whole way through. It doesn't exactly have a plot -- that is, external happenings driving the story -- but it holds up very well as a story driven by the characters. Well-- that's not entirely true, because how can you end on a cliffhanger if there's not plot? (And what a cliffhanger! I need the sequel!)

Anyway. It could use a bit more copy-editing, and there are some parts where uncommon words are repeated multiple times in a paragraph, and I have a pet peeve for the breath/breathe mistakes a lot of writers make, but it's still otherwise a well-written novel following a little half-elf girl's induction into a group of thieves. I enjoy the characters, the plots, Tavi's rebellious adolescence... Yep.

So overall, I give it four stars out of five. It's a great story to read, and you too will be wanting the sequel to be out *right now* when it's over.
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From the beginning of the book, Tavera, or Tavi as she is affectionately known, is an endearing character. We first meet her as a young child whose mother is Prisca the Tart - literally - a prostitute. While Tavi's mother is servicing her gentleman callers, Tavi hides in the shadows and pilfers money and valuables from the man's clothing. This doesn't seem like a great upbringing for a child, but Tavi doesn't seem to be suffering or have a bad life.

However, Prisca sells Tavi to a thief, Derk "The Lurk," who had noticed the young half-elf's abilities and takes her under his wing. And while she grieves for her lost mother, Derk ends up being a great father figure (except for the whole "thief-in-training" apprenticeship aspect) and seems to genuinely love Tavi. He protects her, he tries to provide for her, and has his sometime lover, "Old Glam," teach her the secrets of womanhood that he is unable to.

The story unfolds as Tavi becomes a young woman, hones her skills, and eventually has to learn to stand on her own. I enjoyed Thieves At Heart very much. I think Tarwater's characterization of Tavi and Derk was spot on; I feel like I really knew these characters, their fears, their ups and downs.

On a scale of 1-10, I'd say this is a strong 9. This is a book I would definitely recommend to fans of the fantasy genre, but also anyone who enjoys a story about a bond between two people who aren't blood relations, but are family nonetheless. I will be keeping an eye out for the second book in this series, which, according to Tarwater's website,[...] (I just had to throw that in there somewhere - what a great name!), is going to be a prequel focusing on Derk.

(Review written by Kathy, a Literary R&R book blog reviewer)
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I was expecting Oliver Twist with a twist, a FEMALE orphan taken in by a den of Thieves. I was expecting Paper Moon. What I got was Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with a half elf.
My expectations were high after reading Little Girl Lost (The Valley of Ten Crescents). When a vulnerable child has no parental figure, I cannot put down the book until the child is safe. Its like finding a lost toddler wandering in the mall; my heart tells me I'm in loco parentis. The Secret Garden, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1), Annie, Seranfyll, I just love this plot device.
In my opinion, Thieves at Heart misses the opportunity for relationship and drama. Tavi's education as a thief is largely reflected upon rather than explicated. There is a scene with an encounter with other children and their pet rabbit, a digression that does not further the development within the society of thieves. The story takes a long digression into her menstruating, showing almost nothing about her maturing, just about her bleeding. And Ugh, I guess I don't really want to read about that. Exploring wives tales about ways to make her breasts grow bigger is really uncomfortable and voyeuristic.
What was missing was things to catch your heart in your throat, close calls when Tavi is almost caught, or conflicts between Tavi and her adoptive father over her taking unnecessary risks.
There was too much mystery in this volume without enough revelation.
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This is the first story by Tristan J Tarwater that I have read, and I found it rather intriguing. At the very least I want to read more of the characters. I have only a few issues with the story: It's hard to follow a time line - sometimes it seems as if paragraphs jump in time, but you can't tell how much, or a scene just...ends, and it seems like there should be more to it. Some details are left out, others seem to almost have too much. Overall, though, a good read!
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