Sunday, March 18, 2012
Author: Ari Marmell
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Summary: Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city ’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.
Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.
But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No romance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, on with the review.
I loved the premise of this book. A society of thieves; a strong, witty, intelligent heroine; a god who communicates with emotions and has only one follower; all amazing. The actual story was good, but not as good as it maybe could have been. Widdershins is this super skilled ninja who takes many stupid risks and has a god living in her head, which I thought was pretty cool. Having a deity to watch your back is very useful for a thief. Some of the humor was very good, some was not, and some could have been good but seemed better suited for a children's book. Also, the defeat of the demon-monster was over too quickly, though I must admit the way it died was commendable.