Thief Of Hope

Thief Of Hope

by Cindy Young Turner


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Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she's sentenced to death for associating with the resistance.

After she's rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic-long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor-still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much more than ancient myth and legend. When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption.

But Sydney's fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem's success. Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself?

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ISBN-13: 9780982820070
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 05/16/2011
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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Thief of Hope 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MommaSaysRead More than 1 year ago
Thief of Hope by Cindy Young Turner – Review By MommaG on May 2, 2013 When I started Thief of Hope, I thought it was going to be typical fantasy genre as the adventuring group quickly shaped up to be fighter, mage, thief, and cleric. The author, Cindy Young – Turner, kept the story from being stale or too cookie – cutter with the character development. Readers discover that the main characters are not predictably one- sided individuals motivated only by virtue or for the greater good. The heroine, Sydney, is flawed and so more like a real person. Sydney makes both poor choices and honorable ones throughout the story when confronted with issues of love, family, and the corrupt government in her country. She is a compelling character because it is not always easy to anticipate what she will do next and that keeps the reader intrigued and wanting more. There were several nights after my kids were in bed that I kept on reading just one more chapter, then just one more chapter….because I wanted to see what Sydney was going to do when certain plot points unfolded. I winced along with her bad decisions (No, Sydney…he’s no good for you!!) and cheered for situations that worked out well for her. This setting for this novel takes place in a country in which a magic has been outlawed so further interest is added for readers as they discover along with Sydney about magic, exiled wizards, and magical beings all wrapped in a scheme to rebel against the governing council known as “The Guild”. There are adult themes so I would suggest you preview the book before passing it on to any young adult readers. What does Momma G Think? MommaG gives Thief of Hope by Cindy Young Turner 4 cookies!
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
When her guardian, Edgar, is murdered by the Guild when she is 15, Sydney is left to survive however she can in Last Hope, a city at the edges of the kingdom of Thanumor. The Guild has been strangling all independent businesses, and Edgar was trying to organize people to put up a fight against them - he was caught and hung by Schrammig, the executioner and assassin of the Guild. Sydney ends up stealing and occasionally working as a prostitute in order to survive - she also must always be alert for Guild officials, as she believes Schrammig is still after her. However, one night she is unable to resist stealing a couple silver pieces from a Guild official that came into the tavern she was at and he discovered the theft and came after her. When she is taken to the forest and left to die, she meets Oryn - a wizard - who says he has been watching her, and now he wants her to join in to fight against the Guild, and help the illegitimate son of the deceased king, named Willem, to take the throne of Thanumor and get rid of the influence of the Guild. Will she have the courage to stand for what is right, rather than taking the path of what is easy? What part could she possibly play in this game of princes, soldiers and wizards? And will she be able to stay that one step ahead of the Guild if she joins in with the rebels? I really enjoyed "Thief of Hope." It is fast-paced while still giving good character and plot development, and was a lot of fun to read. It is pretty dark in places, and I wouldn't recommend it for young readers without a parent's vetting it because it has some pretty violent scenes, but I was impressed with its realism and clear-eyed vision of how things would really be in that sort of situation. A lot of fantasies sort of gloss over some of the more unpleasant truths, but "Thief of Hope" told it like it really could be, and provided a great adventure in the process. There are a lot of hidden depths in the characters - some are only hinted at, some are explored fairly thoroughly. The story is told exclusively from Sydney's point-of-view, so we don't know anything until she learns it, which I liked. Nothing against multiple points of view, but it is easier to keep track of things in a complicated plot when you don't have to remember who knows what at any given moment. This is definitely a book I highly recommend to people who like a good story - pick it up and read it right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After her guardian is killed by the Guild, the ruthless governing council of the land, Sydney grows up as a thief on the poor and desolate streets of Last Hope. But when she is captured and sentenced to death, the mysterious wizard Oryn saves her life, and offers her a chance to help bring the bastard prince Willem to power, and in the process to overthrow the Guild itself. So begins "Thief of Hope," the impressive debut novel by fantasy writer Cindy Young-Turner. A character driven tale, Sydney is a fascinating and deeply flawed protagonist who is constantly torn between what is right and what is easy. In her world, magic is outlawed, and the Tuatha, or faery folk, are mere myth. But Oryn and his apprentice granddaughter gradually reveal Sydney's secret past, as well as magical connections that may prove the key to the success of the rebellion. "Thief of Hope" is a fun ride, with interesting and well-drawn characters throughout. I recommend it to fantasy fans everywhere.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In the Thief of Hope by Cindy Young-Turner, after a race of fairies called the Tuatha seal the veil between their world and the mortal one they quickly fade into myth and legend as the mortal realm suffers under the rule of tyrant kings and wicked wizards.  After the latest in a long line of kings dies leaving no heir, there's a bloody scrabble for the throne between the nobles and the Guild with the common people of Last Hope trapped in the middle. One such commoner is Sydney, thief, pickpocket and adopted daughter of Edgar, whose defiance of the Guild ended under the hand of its chief tyrant Schrammig. After spending several years in hiding and struggling to survive, she encounters some of Edgar's old revolutionary friends and some new ones, namely Willem, bastard son of the former monarch. They are certain the way to victory lies in finding the mysterious Tuatha. Banding together, they attempt to overthrow the corrupt Guild, restore peace, and Willem's rightful place of the throne. While The Thief of Hope was by no means a boring read, at times the characters and setting did feel a bit generic especially in comparison to other fantasy authors like N. K. Jemisin, Alaya Dawn Johnson, or Brandon Sanderson. There was the Thief, The Beautiful Noblewoman, The Wise Ancient Wizard, and The Displaced Blond King, characters very common in fantasy but Cindy Young-Turner's in-depth and sometimes surprising back stories kept the characters from being too stock.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Thief of Hope, Cindy Young-Turner’s debut novel is pure delightful fantasy. The tale takes place in the city of Last Hope in the kingdom of Thanumor. The King rules in name only as the Guild, a greedy army has been strong arming the businesses and people of the kingdom. Despite conditions the people of Last Hope dream of a new king and overcoming the Guild. At one time magic was an integral part of Thanumor, but it has been banned, driving the wizards and fae to leave this realm. When the king dies, the Guild appoints one of their own to rule. Willem the illegitimate son of the king, must come forth, battle and reclaim the throne which is rightful his. The tale is enchanting and the characters believable. The protagonist is a young woman named Sydney. She has never known her mother and was raised by a man named Edgar. He taught her everything she knows and she loved him like a child loves her father. Edgar worked to resist the Guild and was hanged by their evil leader, a man called Schramming. He is a ruthless evil man who is the executioner and assassin for the Guild. At fifteen Sydney watched him take and hang Edgar. Since that time, Sydney has lived on the streets. She has been a thief and a whore to survive. She takes a couple of coins from an official and is sentenced to be hanged. A promise made to Edgar and a wizard save Sydney from the hang man’s noose. The wizard takes her into his realm, where she learns that those in the magic realm are ready to assist Willem in reclaiming the throne and that magic will return. She meets others who will play a part; a monk, an ex-knight, the wizard’s daughter and a messenger. The wizard asks Sydney to help. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful and dark as this small group work to regain the city of Lost Hope and eventually the throne. The romance that develops between Sydney and Willem is believable and the journey they face a difficult one. The monks and townsfolk of Last Hope are brilliantly portrayed and you get caught up in their fears and emotions. The wizards good and evil are both frustrating and delightful as they speak in riddles and truths. Sydney is more vital to their success, then anyone realizes. She thinks she is nothing more than a thief and a whore…but she will soon discover that she is so much more. I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
gymmom_027 More than 1 year ago
Sydney has lost everyone who was important in her life. She never knew her mother, and the only father she has ever known, Edgar, was taken by the Guild and hung for his actions against the authority. She's grown up in a world where she can't depend on anyone but herself. When the Guild comes looking for her, she knows she'll be put to death. She's a pickpocket who has the misfortune of nixing a few coins from a Guild official, and they're merciless. Sydney feels almost without worth, no one has valued her since Edgar's death. Love has been almost nonexistent in her young life, a life full of strife. Oryn finds Sydney left to die in the forest outside Last Hope, and brings her across the magical boundary. He brings a little hope back into her life, and though she doesn't know it yet, she's one of the keys for the hope of the realm. At Oryn's home, she meets other exiles, in preparation for a revolt against the Guild. The bastard son of the King is ready to take his place on the throne, all Willem needs is the help of the people of Last Hope. For Sydney, it means learning to trust someone other than herself. For Willem, it means trusting Sydney's senses, her ability to see what others cannot, to know what has been forgotten. Thief of Hope by Cindy Young-Turner is a tale told through the twists and turns of a place where the Guild controls lives, brings death, and most of society under it's boot heel. The Guild has taken over this realm, outlawed magic, and forgotten that the fae ever existed, nothing more than myths and fairytales. Willem offers a chance to bring change, to give freedoms and safety, to crawl out of the shadow of the oppressive Guild. Sydney hasn't trusted anyone in a long time, but in Willem she sees a possible future, the possibility of a free life. Willem sees in her the possibility of hope, if she can change, have faith, then others can as well. It brings new meaning to the tireless battle before him. Each is drawn to the other like moths to a flame, Willem to the hope that Sydney can give, and as well as the hope he can give. Each is what the other needs, but it is a love that can't exist. Or can it? The bastard King and the one-time pickpocket have to learn if love can exist where you want it, where you need it. Thief of Hope exists in a place where magic has been bled out of the land, and the people are suffering for it. Not all magic comes in the form of wands or spells (though that can be found in this story as well), but in the ability of the land to renew itself, heal, for the people to have hope, and for the oppression to be alleviated. Willem and Sydney can help make this happen, but through their time together, love and need blossom. But, will it survive? Is it meant to be? I wish I had the answer to these questions, and it's my hope to find them in the next book in the series. I would like to see Willem and Sydney together, but can the bastard King take a former pickpocket as his bride and queen? Can Sydney accept something else? I'll be waiting to see what's in store for this pair. There are excellent secondary characters in this book as well, so I'll also be looking for some of their continuing story. Lovers of paranormal romance will find a sweet romance at the core of this book, and magic lovers will want to take a peek as well. There's a mysterious world waiting to be discovered. 5 out of 5 fairy kisses for this reader. Most excellent tale, and I'll be looking for more from this author.
wicked-romance More than 1 year ago
This was my first fantasy based book and I am so glad I selected Ms. Young-Turner's story. I traveled back in time to a world of wizards, magic and faes. The heroine, Sydney, has suffered a life of pain and poverty, which I felt right along with the character. She survives in a world that cares nothing for her. Her death sentence can end her suffering or give her a second chance at better life with a handsome King, Willem, who needs her help to save his people and rise to the throne that is rightfully his. This story pulls you in and doesn't let go. Who will win? The odds are not in their favor. I wanted them so desperately to win and so will you! Download this book now. You won't regret it.