Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #1) by Ari Marmell

October 9, 2015 Review 2

Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #1) by Ari MarmellThief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
Series: Widdershins Adventures
Published by Pyr on February 21st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 273
Length: 6 hours
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing and references to sex
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

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.

Thief's Covenant is an amazing young adult novel, one of the best I’ve read this year. This book is a very dark young adult book, and because of that I feel a lot of adults will be able to appreciate this story as well.

The Widdershins Adventures take place in a medieval world that has just started developing guns. The only part of the world that is at all fantastical is the race of gods that still influence the people. There was a pact of over a hundred gods formed and the people worship them. Those gods can help their worshipers in different ways, some grant success, some grant extra strength, and others are a little more evil than that.

The one thing holding me back from giving this a five bat rating was the constant time changes. Instead of following Widdershins from her childhood to her young adult years, the book starts out kind of in the middle of her life, then jumps to her childhood, then to the ‘present’, then just as the action gets tense back to her childhood, and so forth. I think the story would have been amazing if it had just been written linearly.

Despite the annoying jumps in time, Thief's Covenant is a great book, and I hope that the rest of the books in the series do not continue with the time jumps. As long as those are dropped I see great potential for a five-bat series here.

Notes on Audiobook: This isn’t available as a traditional audiobook. I got this one from They are a company that does audiobooks like old radio shows, so you’ll hear the door open, you’ll hear the sounds of the battle raging around the character, and they’ve also got some great musical scores in there as well. This type of audiobook is not for everyone, but Graphic Audio did an amazing job producing Thief's Covenant.

Series Titles:
  1. Thief's Covenant
  2. False Covenant
  3. Lost Covenant
  4. Covenant's End
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  • If you’re looking for another great young adult fantasy novel try The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee

2 Responses to “Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #1) by Ari Marmell”

    • James

      Not really 🙂 There were some hints of romance to come, but even then I don’t see it playing a large role in the series. I’ll be reviewing the Assassins of Altis by Jack Campbell next and there’s plenty of romance in that one.