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October 3, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Lost Covenant, by Ari Marmell

Book Review: “Lost Covenant” by Ari Marmell

So those of you who follow my blog may notice that I’ve been on a bit of thief fantasy binge right now. So staying true to that, my next review is of Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell. This is the third in his Widdershin’s Adventures series, and a standalone story in its own right. The thing that really makes this different from a lot of the other recent reads in this subgenre though is the protagonist; she is a feisty teenager with more than her fair share of character.

This is a book that can live or die on your opinion of Widdershin. At the beginning, her personality absolutely bugged the hell out of me.  She rather often gets carried in arguments with Olgun (her personal God with whom she communicated internally) and nearly anyone who comes in ear shot of her. With her heightened sense of hearing, that includes just about everyone. However, if you can meddle through the first 40 pages or so, she somehow does begin to endear herself to you as a reader. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when some side characters pop up to say some words in between every once in a while. She’s certainly not a timid or quiet thief, but she is very unique. I would explain as what she is, a teenage girl. They’re certainly not bad people, but they can annoy you just as often as they amuse you.

If you can get past her and read this story for what it is, a really fun and clean adventure, great! The story revolves around Widdershin’s attempt to unravel a plot to overthrow the Delacroix family in a city that is unfamiliar to her. Despite the new city, her old troubles yet again follow her and there is no shortage of fun roof-top leaping adventure and sword-wielding action. The plot was very entertaining and it had wonderful pacing.

While this wasn’t a title that I was crazy about, it was still a very good quick read and I can definitely see it resonating with the targeted YA demographic. I would recommend to lovers of clean light-hearted fantasy and adventure readers who don’t mind the occasional bit of silliness. Credit should go to Ari Marmell for writing a much-needed strong and entirely independent female protagonist that needs no man to run the show.


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  1. Stefan's Bookshelf / Oct 3 2013 2:59 pm

    I have been looking forward to this book. Is this the end of the series or will there be more?

    • minusbar / Oct 3 2013 3:01 pm

      There is definitely no sign of an end in sight. This is kind of a one-off adventure.

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