Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell

Author: Ari Marmell
Title: Lost Covenant
Series: Widdershins Adventures #3
Publication:  December 3rd 2013 
Publisher: PYR 
Source: Publisher
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This third YA novel starring the young thief Widdershins combines the angst and vulnerability of any teenage girl with the high action of the best fantasy adventures.

It’s been six months since Widdershins and her own “personal god” Olgun fled the city of Davillon. During their travels, Widdershins unwittingly discovers that a noble house is preparing to move against the last surviving bastion of the Delacroix family.

Determined to help the distant relatives of her deceased adopted father, Alexandre Delacroix, she travels to a small town at the edge of the nation. There, she works at unraveling a plot involving this rival house and a local criminal organization, all while under intense suspicion from the very people she’s trying to rescue.

Along the way she’ll have to deal with a traitor inside the Delacroix family, a mad alchemist, and an infatuated young nobleman who won’t take no for an answer.

I still love Widdershins as a character but this was not my favorite book in the series. The pace was much slower and things actually started to get good at the end. This book seemed more like a getaway for her where she just so happens to try to solve a mystery and get into more trouble. There is of course lots of action and witty banter between Widdershins and the other characters. The story begins when she gets word that someone is trying to sabotage the House of Delacroix, which belongs to the family of her adopted father. In her efforts to help, she ends up in a big mess and bloodshed follows. She does her best to convince them she's only attempting help them but she succeeds in making herself look like the culprit. Meanwhile, back home someone is targeting Widdershins friends unbeknownst to her and I'm intrigued by this story line, I was hoping for more but I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. She also has a love interest in this one, who falls instantly in love with her. It's so funny to read how she interacts with her male companions and that she's uninterested seems to baffle them all. However, I have to agree with her on this one, though he is adorably ridiculous, I wouldn't want to be bothered with him. Overall, the story was okay, I liked that the main character learns that running is not always the best solution. Looking forward to how she handles the chaos that awaits her in Davillon.

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