Thief's Covenant (Widdershins Series #1)

Thief's Covenant (Widdershins Series #1)

by Ari Marmell


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ISBN-13: 9781616145477
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Series: Widdershins Series , #1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ari Marmell (Austin, TX) is a fantasy and horror writer and the author of several original novels including The Goblin Corps and three Widdershins adventures, Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant, and Lost Covenant. He has also written gaming tie-in novels such as In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles (The Fall of Llael Book One) and worked as an author of role-playing game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. Although born in New York, Ari has lived the vast majority of his life in Texas—first Houston (where he earned a BA in creative writing at the University of Houston) and then Austin. He lives with his wife, George; their cat; and a variety of neuroses. Visit the Widdershins page at, and visit Ari at, at, or on Twitter @mouseferatu.

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Thief's Covenant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! When I went to the bookstore I was looking for another book but this one caught my eye and I grabbed it and hoped for the best. Turns out it was great! It's unlike a lot of books out there. The way the author has written the book is very well written. Recommended book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Immediately drawn in. Perfect for those young adult readers who enjoy strong female characterd and who often search for well written books but still match the description 'teen'.
Brogue_The_Rogue More than 1 year ago
Ari Marmell has a delightfully humorous writing style. It lends an air of lightness to his stories that makes them airy, delightful, and fun, and his use of brilliantly imaginative (and colorful) analogy is simply a pleasure to read. I tend to smile the entire time I read his books, as you can't go more than a few pages without something humorous occurring. Despite all that, he spins a tale not lacking in gravitas. While the day-to-day interactions of the characters in the settings are simple, light-hearted, and enjoyable, the overall plot is anything but. It is complex, well-thought out, executed with exemplary style, and extremely enjoyable to experience. I will literally read anything he writes, regardless of genre or plot, so much do I enjoy his writing.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
Her past did not forget her. Widdershin, a skilled thief that leapt onto the scene and quickly grew to be one of the most famous thieves in the city; earning the respect, and ire, of many among the Finders Guild. None of them know that this lone girl has a secret. She is the last worshipper of a long-forgotten god, whose unseen hand has guided her since they first met. Once, Widdershin went by another name, Adrienne. She was a wayward girl, who quietly wormed her way into the aristocracy, before disappearing amidst one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history. Widdershin has worked hard to forget those memories, but not everyone has forgotten, and the horrors of that day continue to search for the one who escaped. “A witty rogue with a tragic past, forced to abandon everyone she knew and embark on a life of crime, always afraid that someday her past might catch up with her.” It all sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? And it should. After all, it makes for a good story. But what really sets Thief’s Covenant apart is how it actively engages the audience through their prior knowledge. Individually, each scene is carefully managed, a bite sized adventure that starts late and ends early, and offer up just enough information to guide audiences to the proper conclusion, while still leaving some questions unanswered. But where the story really shines is in its web of overlapping threads. Alternating between different characters, and different perspectives, the story focuses on how each narrative intrudes upon the other. Characters carefully plan their next move, while audiences watch and wait for the inevitable collision that will ensnare all of them. Through it all information is carefully managed, creating a string of questions and answers that encourage audiences to continually reevaluate both the story and its characters. Sometimes harsh, other times heartwarming, the story loves to flirt with serious issues, but first and foremost this is a light-hearted adventure and a fun ride. Each scene primes audiences for the next, then switches to something else, just to heighten the anticipation. Fortunately, while the writing is sharp, it’s far from challenging. Those who wish to will fly through this novel in a single sitting, while others are free to stroll through at a relaxing pace. A familiar story, even the first time, but very well executed. +Strong Description/Writing +Strong but Familiar Characters *Familiar but well executed Plot *Young/Easy Read -Occasionally harsh and graphic 4/5
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The story was alright. The constant point of view shifts made it a bit difficult to follow at times. Also I didn't enjoy the sudden climax and ending to the story. Literally, the last two chapters are the climax and end game of the story. All in all not something I'd recommend for what I spent. Still it was a decent read as far as fantasy goes.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I've been keeping an eye on Pyr's new YA division since they first showcased their new titles at BookExpo America - hello, a fantasy publishing company with an entire YA division? Of course I'd keep an eye on it. Nothing surpasses my love of high fantasy except, perhaps, my love of ice cream. This is a great taste of what their new division could have to offer. With brilliant characters and a fantastic world, Thief's Covenant is a story that'll keep you hanging on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. The fantastical elements of the story, when it comes to the god(s) involved, are absolutely fantastic; there's one moment where another fantastical creature comes into play that I didn't really buy. I'd have loved to see it maybe handled another way? But it all came together at the end in an understandable way; it just seemed a little out of place in the story. Besides that, though, I loved it - and that's saying something, considering how high I rank my fantasy. Even with its tendency to flip back and forth in the timeline to show more about Widdershin's past ("8 Years Ago," "Now," "Still Now," "2 Years Ago", etc.) I was kept hanging on the edge of my seat, excited to see if she'd survive the next roof-to-roof jump, or the next encounter with one of the Guild, or one of the Guards. Maybe it's because I'm on a video game kick lately, but the book read like an RPG game, which made me love it all the more. It had the excellent character development and world building and whatnot that you would see in a regular book, but the action just jumped off the page and came to life around you. Definitely don't start this if you only have a few minutes or so to read - you won't want to put it down!
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I have not read anything like Ari Marmell’s, Thief’s Covenant. I mean, come on! A deity who lives and speaks in the mind of thief? Pretty cool, right! And the opening scene…! Wowzah… The story follows commoner turned thief turned aristocrat turned to “most wanted”, Adrienne Satti, aka Madeleine Valois aka Widdershins. Due to an unfortunate fire, Adrienne Satti finds herself placed in an orphanage where things just didn’t work out. So off she goes, to live a life on the streets, and eventually learned the ins and outs of thievery. And it’s during one of her acts of thievery, that Adrienne/Widdershins chances upon Alexandre Delacroix who changes her life forver. I will admit, when I first started reading Thief’s Covenant, I was so confused. Who was Adrienne talking to in the rafters? Who is this other woman that we are following now? Why is this person she’s whispering to not even answering her back? But after a few chapters, I got into the groove of things, and fell in love with this story. I became completely addicted to author Ari Marmell’s writing. The way in which he flipped between past and present, weaving the tale, and filling in the gaps through time causing the story to come full circle was done absolutely seamless! Allowing the reader to fully understand the life of Adrienne Satti, by following her from the day she loses her family to her current situation, made the character seem more real and made it all the more interesting. And don’t even get me started on his descriptions. They were straight out of a horror movie! I was able to easily picture the carnage that occurs in Thief’s Covenant, right down to the sound and smells. Incredibly written. There was no need to question how something happened? In the end, all is answered. And boy, were they ever! Thief’s Covenant is chock full of plot twists and turns, and multiple gasp worthy moments. There were things that I honestly did not even think would even happen. There were many “omg, are you serious?” moments during this read, for me. I absolutely loved the way in which Mr. Marmell incorporated the used of the different gods that people/homes prayed to. It brought a whole new twist to this already addicting read that I there was no way I could tear my eyes away from the pages. The hilarious one-sided “conversations” that Adrienne has with Olgun, the god that is in her mind were one’s that I always looked forward to. I loved that Olgun didn’t exactly communicate with words, but rather with emotions in which Adrienne some how knew what was being said. It was so fun to see that Olgun had a sense of humor and wasn’t a god who was all self-righteous and proper. I also enjoyed the other various characters that we are introduced to in the book such as Adrienne/Widdershins’ best friend, Genevieve who, despite her own handicap, is a strong and self-sufficient woman. And the various male friends that Adrienne has all made me smile with their quick humor, sweetness, and cocky attitude. There wasn’t much in the book that I didn’t enjoy and am very much looking forward to starting the next installment, False Covenant. I recommend this book to fans of fantasy, rags to riches type stories, and strong female leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I dont like fantasy books, but this one has an interesting plot, amazing characters, and agood overallnwriting style. I read the whole book today and I'm definately going to get my hands on the next one as soon as possible!
terilhack More than 1 year ago
What really struck me as something in the Thief’s Covenant was the span of time portrayed in the story. Like a jar of marbles, pieces of Adrienne Satti's life slowly come into focus for the reader between present day chapters. As readers move through the book so much is built up upon the character's story and histories together that one cannot be but amazing at the fluid progression and perfectly time divulging of the past inherit in TC. Adrienne Satti is a survivor. From childhood brought adult, Adrienne has suffered at the hands of fellow man and t much break she is trying to survive all of her adventures as they twist and turn beneath her feet. The Thief's Covenant is a most amazing story of heartbreak and triumph, while surround by luscious world building. The entire book takes place behind the walls of a city named Davillon, and through the eyes of Adrienne the inner workings of the people are revealed. From the rich houses and past the fancy parties to the retch covered streets and the marketplaces Ari Marmell has produced Davillon for readers. Rich in description and details TC has taken on a mantel of fantasy so well that it was hard to put down. With a strong group of characters that have a fantastic voice throughout the story I just did not want to leave their heads. Adrienne Satti keeps sing dealt the low hands in life, but as she struggles to stay alive and also to find it in herself to move on and seek absolution in her faults is fresh. Adrienne or Widdershins trusts little of the world and questions just another everything. With a string attention to detail this character can move stealthily through a world of heavy thievery competitions and a lengthy set of rules. Trying to keep away from the jail cells and the assassins, Adrienne struggles to keep herself together but also take on dangerous new challenges. With several supporting character's making appearance throughout the story readers will feel compassion, delight, and heartache alongside the characters as they struggle to right wrongs setting place in their city. Readers will delight in this new fresh release that keeps them at the edge of their seats airing for more. With more nicknames than your average person Widdershins will capture readers with her voice and wit while she runs from all sides of the laws. The Thief's Covenant is a new series that is not to be missed.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Fantasy books were my first love; they were the books which originally drew my attention to books, and the main reason I became so involved wtih reading. Unfortunately for me, I've found it difficult to find fantasy books I thoroughly enjoy, especially those that fit the YA genre. Thief's Covenant is an astounding and charming fantasy book; it's a very well-written and enjoyable story featuring amiable characters and an engaging storyline. This is a new favourite of mine, and I'm eagerly anticipating the time when I can read the sequel! Although it's relatively unknown, this is one YA book that shouldn't be ignored by fantasy fans! Reasons to Read: 1. Talented writing: Ari Marmell is no stranger to writing or publishing, with a number of works under his belt already. But his venture into the YA world deserves high praise and I'm hoping to see more from him in the future. The way he writes the story of Widdershins is mesmerizing, and his ability to tell the story from a number of perspectives deserves applause. I was most impressed with his skill to incorporate both humour and horror in the story, making it an excellent, multi-faceted story. 2. Creative world development: Easily one of my favourite parts of the book, I enjoyed discovering more about the world Ari had creatively written about in Thief's Covenant. It was nearly reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's Tortall and one that was rich in details and history, one that came across as being very real yet magical at the same time. 3. A captivating heroine: Widdershins is a phenomenal heroine to read about, and the perfect main character for a fantasy novel. She's clever and precocious, and has that sort of instant charm that's hard to come by as a book character. It takes a special kind of story and writer to create this type of character that really sticks with you, and Widdershins will easily find her way into your heart. 4. An exhilarating plot: The way the story is told in Thief's Covenant, involves a few chronological timelines which jump around back and forth a bit. Although it was a bit confusing at first to keep the details straight, it actually worked as an effective way to gradually reveal the background to Widdershins' story and retain some of the mystery. Plus, there's a good amount of action and adventure to keep your fingers glued to the pages, trying to find out what happens. This is definitely an author, and book series, to watch. It's stimulating and thrilling story, one that is soon to be a new favourite for many readers. Review copy received from publisher.
MuzikManik More than 1 year ago
takes some getting into but an excellent story. absolutely love the way it reads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovable characters and entertaining banter. The switching of time periods was disorienting at times and the way the author communicates the god's speech is a little heavy handed. It's not only fairly violent but also ha some graphic gore in places. Only recommended for 14 and up. Overall this is a great adventure novel with a unique mythology and plenty of twists and surprises. Looking forward to a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is #1 in the series. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really need some help here! Is this the first book??? Nome of the books say if it's the 1st, 2ed, or 23 ed!! Can someone PLEASE point me in the right direction?!?! Please answer back to MissPotato!! Thanks! ~MissPotato Sorry, I don't like to use my real name!!