(Barry’s score 4 stars)
A creature of the other world, an unnatural entity bent on chaos and carnage, has come to stalk the nighttime streets of the Galicien city of Davillon. There’s never a good time for murder and panic, but for a community already in the midst of its own inner turmoil, this couldn’t possibly have come at a worse one.
Not for Davillon, and not for a young thief who calls herself Widdershins.
It’s been over half a year since the brutal murder of Archbishop William de Laurent during his pilgrimage to Davillon. And in all that time, Widdershins has truly tried her best. She’s tried to take care of Genevieve’s tavern and tried to make a semihonest living in a city slowly stagnating under the weight of an angry and disapproving Church. She’s tried to keep out of trouble, away from the attentions of the Davillon Guard and above the secrets and schemes of the city’s new bishop.
But she’s in way over her head, with no idea which way to turn. The Guard doesn’t trust her. The Church doesn’t trust her. Her own Thieves’ Guild doesn’t trust her.
Too bad for everyone, then, that she and her personal god, Olgun, may be their only real weapon against a new evil like nothing the city has ever seen.
False Covenant is the second installment of the Widdershins series, you can check out my review of the first book Thief’s Covenant here (link). While book 2 picks up shortly after the end of Thief’s Covenant, I really don’t think that you need to read the first book to enjoy False Covenant.
False Covenant doesn’t jump around with a lot of back story as the first book did, but the story did wander off a little too much with secondary characters. Having said that, I did enjoy watching Adrienne Satti’s, (aka Widdershins) character grow throughout the book.
I guess what I really like about Ari Marmell’s Widdershins series is that I am reading a YA novel that doesn’t feel like a YA novel. It is simply a well-written fantasy novel. I recommend it and I give it 4 stars.
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