Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1) [NOOK Book]

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Born in poverty, a half-elf in a human city, Tavera lives in a world where she doesn't belong -- until the day she meets Derk. Initiated into the elite group of self-made scoundrels known as the Cup of Cream, Tavera must choose between loyalty to her father and a place as one of the THIEVES AT HEART.

In this book, author Tristan Tarwater explores the development of a young ...
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Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1)

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Overview

Born in poverty, a half-elf in a human city, Tavera lives in a world where she doesn't belong -- until the day she meets Derk. Initiated into the elite group of self-made scoundrels known as the Cup of Cream, Tavera must choose between loyalty to her father and a place as one of the THIEVES AT HEART.

In this book, author Tristan Tarwater explores the development of a young woman, not as prologue, but as a story all its own -- a story of struggle, survival and loss, of the family we're given, and the family we choose for ourselves.

PRAISE FOR THIEVES AT HEART

"Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens... mixed with A Knight's Tale"

"A skillfully written, well-pondered fantasy memoir."

"A great start to a series!"

"Hope to get to meet Tavi again soon."

"Luckily for readers and reviewers alike, every so often a gem such as this comes along... that create our love of reading, and feed our obsessive need to find the next one."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013229853
  • Publisher: Back That Elf Up
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: The Valley of Ten Crescents , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,265,968
  • File size: 725 KB

Meet the Author

Tristan J Tarwater is the author of The Valley of Ten Crescents series, as well as several other stories that hope to see the light of day. Born and raised in New York City she remembers reading a lot, visiting Museums and the Aquarium frequently and wanting to be a writer from a very early age. Her love of fantasy and sci-fi spills over into what she reads and watches in her free time as well as the collection of dice, books and small metal figurines that reside in her home.
 
Tristan is currently working on the first round of edits of the final books in the "Valley of Ten Crescents" series as well as the beginnings of a short story collection of horror stories. Her work can also be found at Troll in the Corner where she writes the column ‘Reality Makes the Best Fantasy’. She currently lives in Central California with her Admin, Small Boss, a cat that knows it’s a multipass and Azrael.
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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Great character-driven fantasy

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1) by Tristan J.

    Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1) by Tristan J. Tarwater




    “Born in poverty, a half-elf in a human city, Tavera lives in a world where she doesn't belong -- until the day she meets Derk.” This is an entertaining coming of age story for the beginning of this series. The plot is character driven and realistic for the time setting. The only true fantasy element is the fact that Tavi is half-elf in nature, a Forester. There were no real magical elements, which made the suspension of disbelief easy to achieve. The characters were well developed, believable, and engaging. 




    Derk is a member of an elite group of self-made scoundrels known as the Cup of Cream, he sees potential in young Tavera and buys (or kidnaps) her from her prostitute “mother” with the promise of a better life. He cares and educates Tavi, to the best of his abilities, to become an honorable thief. Tavi is clever and learns quickly from her adopted father. It is clear that they have a respectful 
    relationship which I found endearing. The language is mild but descriptive and there are no overly harsh scenes.




    I noticed a small number of proofing issues present. Missing words or extra letters on a word that changes the meaning, such as though/thought and  given/giving.




    I think this story shows promise to be an excellent literary fantasy adventure as we follow the life and times of Tavera in the days of yore. This story ends with Tavi being initiated into the Cup of Cream at which time she sets out on her own. It will be interesting to see what develops next in this series.




    I was unaware "Little Girl Lost" is a short story and prequel to the first novel in the series "The Valley of Ten Crescents".  It is also FREE on Amazon at this time. I am not sure if reading this prequel would have enhanced my reading of Thieves at Heart or not.




    **Originally written for “Awesome Trilogies and Series” review page. May have received a free review copy. ** August 2, 2013

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    Where oh where did the plot go? Review brought to you by OBS st

    Where oh where did the plot go?

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell

    Beware of spoilers!!

    I had been very curious about this book from the moment I read the synopsis. I thought the idea of a girl being raised in a world of thieves would be filled with action and adventure. Thieves at Heart was not that tale which was a big disappointment considering how much I was looking forward to reading about Tavera’s world.

    Thieves at Heart starts off in a very interesting place with Tavera acting as a thief for the woman she was sold to who happens to also be a prostitute. Tavera is soon sold to a man named Drek who just so happens to be a thief but not just any thief, he belongs to the Cup of Cream—an elite group of professional thieves. Sounds like the plot of a dark and terrifying adventure, right? The problem was as soon as Tavera is taken by Drek and their journey begins the plot is nowhere to be seen!

    There is no climax. No arch to the tale. The plot becomes flat and nothing ever really happens. Tavera steals, has a few moments with Drek and his elite gang of robbers, gets her period then sleeps around with anything that looks like a man which was disturbing since she was thirteen. Or at least, I think she was thirteen. Tavera’s age was never really revealed until she became thirteen years old and she had been with Drek for seven years so keeping track of time that passed was difficult.

    The only really redeeming quality to the book was the setting. The descriptions of the places Tavera and Drek visited throughout the book were detailed and were solid.

    The book just wasn’t that interesting due to the lack of depth in plot and characters. It was a decent debut by a first time Indie author. I hope she will learn to better develop the pacing of the plot and the content in future novels. I wish her the best of luck.
    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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