Thursday, May 21, 2015

*Review* A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Genre: YA/Fantasy
Published: June 23, 2015
Pages: 368
Ages: 12+


Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.


I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read Program.

This story starts off following three characters that have absolutely nothing in common. Crys, the rebellious teenage daughter of a bookseller, Farrell, the wealthy, misunderstood middle son of one of the cities most elite families, and Maddox, the only son of a poor peasant woman who has strange powers he doesn't fully understand and can't control. One of them (Maddox) even lives in another world called Mytica. Slowly, their worlds start to collide, and then things get really confusing for everyone.

For me, this book was one part fantasy, one part mystery, one part romance, and 100% awesome. I love books that don't just straight up tell us everything up front because the ah-ha moments when I figure something out before it's clearly said in the book make me feel super smart, but it's even better when those moments happen just before the revelation occurs in the book. When the clues are kind of there, and in retrospect it seems so obvious, but the author still kept the secrets even from me, it's basically magical, and I got several of these magical moments from this book.

The story is told in limited omniscient third person, and rotates through the three main characters. I enjoyed my time following Maddox the most because Mytica has magic. This method of telling the story gave us a well rounded view of the events, leading us to those major revelations, and helping us to figure them out on our own. And it was always clear who we were currently following because these three characters have very distinct speech patterns. 

My one complaint about this book is that it wasn't 1,000 pages long. I know that's a really lame complaint, but I really want more, and I'm thrilled to see that the author has several other books already published in this series because I need more pretty much immediately. Okay so it's apparently not exactly in this series because this is a spin off of another series, but I think it will appease my need.

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to pretty much everyone who is a fan of YA books like Harry Potter. - Katie 

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About the Author

Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series. Under another pen name, she's an award-winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she’s currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.

Other Books by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms Book 1

Falling Kingdoms Book 2

Falling Kingdoms Book 3

Falling Kingdoms Book 4

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