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False Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure (Widdershins Adventures) Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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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.
“[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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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.”
“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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-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.
I read hundreds of books a year, and honestly, they're pretty much all written by women. The genres I lean towards are mostly dominated by female authors, so rarely do I even try samples of books from a male author. I actually surprised myself when I decided to buy the first book but I am SO glad that I did.
Now, after reading book 2, the Widdershins series has become a favorite. It has everything I look for in a series. A strong ass kicking female lead, action, humor, some romance, and writing that paints a clear picture in my mind without bogging me down with info.
I love the characters, especially Widdershins. I can't help but be drawn to her. She's had it rough, yet still goes on with her life and tries to help her friends along the way. It's very commendable. Old characters return, plus we get to meet some new ones. I was very intrigued with Evrard, I hope we get to see more of him in the future. I liked this book better than book 1. I'm all about romantic elements in what I read, so I was happy to see more of it here. It was the perfect amount, just enough to add to the storyline, not take away or over shadow it.
I also have to give props to Mr. Marmell for creating, hands down, THE creepiest villain I have ever read. Parts of this book totally had me freaked out, and that normally doesn't happen to me. I swear this thing was created straight out of my own personal nightmares. The only thing that would have made it worse was if there had been a ventriloquist dummy thrown in somewhere. I'm freaking myself out just thinking about it. I also love how he's not afraid to kill off main characters, as we saw in Thief's Covenant. I rarely see that, so while it's sad, it's also refreshing.
Overall, this is a fantastic series that I would definitely recommend reading. I can't wait for the next one, especially with how this one ended.
The story itself is well told, on the whole, with excellent pacing, wonderful imagery, and fleshed-out characters. The primary budding romance in the story doesn't feel forced or overly false, and the action scenes are well played out.
The main character seems to suffer a bit much from the "admired and loved by all" syndrome. This might not affect each reader, but for me personally, I tended towards quite a bit of eye rolling as multiple characters were revealed to be infatuated with "Widdershins."
Several scenes move a bit too much toward the over-dramatic, with characters spouting Terminator-esque catch-phrases as villains die. That, and the (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) ending itself felt oddly anti-climactic, with the reveal of the villain's weakness lacking a major "punch."
However, the cons are fairly minor, and the story itself is quite excellent, although it is (parents be warned!) quite dark for a young-adult book. On the whole, I would say this is an excellent novel worth picking up at any time, with only a few flaws to mar its surface.
I have read most of this author's books and have enjoyed the journeys that I've taken through them. This book is just as enjoyable. I love it when I find a new author (one I had not known of in the past) who engages my imagination and makes me come back for more.
I gave this author only 4 stars because I think he has more to give. I feel that he has the talent and ability to write that "great book." He's not there yet, but he's so close! I will continue to support this author because his writing gives me pleasure. I don't ask for much more than that, really.
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I'm happy to say that False Covenant does not suffer from a sophomore slump, in fact, I enjoyed it more than the first book.Read more
I received THIEF'S COVENANT and FALSE COVENANT at the same time from the publisher and I'm just getting around to reading the latter now.Read more
Just finished False Covenant, the second Widdershins novel, which I read immediately after receiving it since I liked the first book,...Read more