Review : A Book Of Spirits & Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

2016-07-15-09-22-44.jpg“A modern day Outlander. . . . filled with adventure and danger. . . . a breathless tale that only Morgan Rhodes could tell.”—Hypable

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. 

The lives of Toronto teens Crystal and Becca Hatcher revolve around helping their mother out at the family’s used bookstore, the Speckled Muse. It’s a relatively uneventful after-school job, until a package arrives addressed to their mother, Julia. Thinking it’s nothing more than run-of-the-mill inventory, Becca opens it and removes the book inside, unwittingly triggering an ancient magic and intertwining their fates with the powers that flow from the mysterious leather-bound book. Two parallel worlds collide, and Becca is left in a catatonic state after her spirit is snatched from modern-day Toronto back to the ancient world of Mytica. Crys is guilt-ridden, having witnessed the entire event, and vows to do whatever is necessary to save her.

Written in alternating perspectives that shift between modern-day Toronto and the ancient kingdoms of Mytica, Rhodes delivers a rich and suspenseful series opener that will leave readers breathless.  (From: Goodreads)

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Title: A Book Of Spirits & Thieves

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genres: YA, fantasy, kingdom

Publisher: Razorbill

Edition: Paperback, 2015

Pages: 359 pages

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*!!!3 out of 5 stars!!!*

Fast paced.  Nervous.  Excited.

My Synopsis:

The Hatcher sisters received an ancient book, which was directed to their mother,  from their aunt.  After touching the book, Becca went into a coma.  Crystal wanted to find out what happened to her sister.  She found out a secret society which had a lot to do with her dad’s runaway…

The Grayson’s is the richest family in Toronto.  It had been a year since the eldest brother, Connor, died.  Adam now was sixteen and he was granted to get into the secret society which his family all were a part of it.  Farrell was the trouble kid, the second child.  He had been promoted into the inner circle of the society and he still had a lot to learn…

In ancient Mytica, goddess Valoria was reigned.  She forbad any magic performances.  However, Maddox could do some tricks.  He actually didn’t know how to control them well.  He could see the spirits and draw shadows.  And oddly, he met a soul named Becca…

Bookpick:

Morgan is one of my favourite author.  I love Falling Kingdoms series very very much.  (You can find all the reviews here.)  Spirits & Thieves series is a spin-off of Falling Kingdoms series.  I’m a huge fan of Mytica, so ,of course, I had to pick up this book.  Besides, it has set on my shelf for a time.

The Setting:

There were two places.  One was modern day Toronto, and the other was ancient Mytica.  The main spots in Toronto were the bookstore — The Speckled Muse — a.k.a. Hatchers’ house, Hawkspear Society, and Markus King’s home.  The place in Mytica was in northern part which was probably the location of Limeros.

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The settings are well-done.  This book doesn’t have a map.  However, I believe that anyone who has read Falling Kingdoms series and loves it knows that geographical location.  If you haven’t read Falling Kingdoms, please, read that first and then come read this.

The Main Chracters:

Crystal ‘Crys’ Hatcher [17, platinum blond hair (natural: ash blond hair), icy blue eyes]  She was a clever girl.  Due to her sister’s weird condition, she started being a detective.  You might say that she was silly because this is very dangerous.  Well…then, other stories’ heroines might be stupid as f***!

 

Farrell Grayson [the rich delinquent] He was a jerk.  As much as I hate Magnus from Falling Kingdoms series, the hatred I feel toward Farrell is beyond description.

Silence meant thinking.  And thinking meant remembering.

Farrell really wanted to put this aside.  His big brother, Connor, ‘s death.  It had been a year.  At first, he thought (as all the people said) that Con had committed suicide, but later, he wasn’t so sure anymore.

“If you come anywhere near Adam again, I will personally slit you open and watch your guts spill onto the floor, and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.  And if I hear that you ever do this to another woman, you will deeply, deeply regret it.  Understood?”

He was super protective of Adam, his kid brother.  However, I don’t like superhero wannabe.  You don’t kill people just because they did something wrong.  If you do so,  that means that you do something wrong as well.

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Maddox Corso [the boy with magic] He couldn’t control any elements, but he had a magical power.

The golden glow from the book coated her skin and gathered in her eyes for a moment longer before it finally extinguished.

Becca stared straight ahead, her expression slack.

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Rebecca ‘Becca’ Hatcher [the coma spirit]  She went into a coma and her soul travelled to ancient Mytica.  There, she met Maddox, hoping him to help her get back to Toronto.

Her fearful tone pulled at him, and he finally met her gaze.

A whisper of relief moved through her eyes.  “My name is Becca Hatcher.  I don’t know what’s happened to me, where I am, or how I got here, but I know one thing.  You’re going to help me get back home.”

No wonder I am always told that spirits would stick to the people who can see them.  Mostly, it’s because they want their help.

The Side Characters:

Daniel Hatcher [the runaway dad] He had left for what he thought was good for his family.  He was wrong.  It seemed like he was not a dad material at all.  However, in the end, you can see that he still was.

Julie Hatcher [the overprotective mom] I don’t get why she hid so many things from her daughters.  She was good.  She had been hiding some important details for years.  Why all the mother or father said they needed to protect their children so they hid the big things from their kids?  Maybe it would be a good idea if they had just told them the truth and had had them prepared.

Jackie Hatcher [the who-knew-too-much-got-too-many-trouble aunt] Jackie the awesome traveller aunt, in fact, had a lot of secrets.

“Good.  Always remember: Markus King stole everything from us — including your damn husband — and now I’ve stolen something from him.”

Oh my God, aunt Jackie was a piece of art!  Fabulous!

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Adam Grayson [the perfect kid who his parents disagreed] Although Adam had the King’s mark, it didn’t function well.  Therefore, his brain was still clear to think for himself.  He is probably my favourite character in this book.  He turned to be a nice guy from a silly young kid.

“You agreed.  When Markus gave you the choice to stay or go, you chose to stay.  You got to the point of no return, and you went beyond it, kid.”

Well…it wasn’t like Adam could say no at that moment.  Markus King had just killed a man in front of his eyes a few seconds ago.  Who would know what would Markus do if Adam refuse to join the society?

“Good magic.  Public executions.  Prophecies.  Gods of death.”  The pain and doubt on Adam’s face had swiftly been replaced by fierceness.  “Do you even hear yourself?  Taking the law into your hands, whether you’re waving around a magic knife or not, isn’t good.  I doesn’t make him any less evil than that guy he had on the stage.”

Thank God!  At least this one had something inside of his brain!

 

Hawkspear Society:

Today, tomorrow, and always.

Blood for blood.   Death for death.

Markus King [the king of hell ≒ Crowley fr. Supernatural] He made me loathed.  How could he talk about heroic deeds when what he did wasn’t really heroic?  He was being Dexter, killing those unlawful.  This made him an outlaw also.  Besides, he wanted the book.  That book.  Nobody would think that he wanted that book just for his library collection.

“A hawk, because it watches from high above.  It sees all — nothing escapes its attention.  And a spear, the weapon that, to us, represents protection and defense.  We are an organization committed to truth and justice.”

“When wielded by an immortal, one can carve loyalty, obedience, and trust into another’s very skin.  Three qualities that are rarely found in your kind.”

Let’s Get Into Some Details:

Last night she’d gone platinum blond.  Her scalp still burned from the peroxide, and she resisted the urge to scratch it, hoping her hair wouldn’t start falling out from the abuse she’d heaped upon it.

Although…bald might be cool to try out for a while.

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Becca lurched up to her feet off the small sofa.  “I can’t seem to let go of it.  I’m trying, but I can’t.”

The golden page began to glow.

Crys swore under her breath.  What the hell was going on?

Indeed.  Whaaaaaat???  A soul-eating book?  I thought this kind of thing would only showed up on Supernatural.  (My apologizes.  I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural.  I started Season 1 around this March.  And now I’m very proud to announce that I’ve caught up with it, currently waiting for Season 12 in October.)

Gillis stared at him with utter amazement, which was completely normal reaction.  The trick had impressed many over the three years Maddox and Livius had been traveling together separating many lords and nobles from their gold.

This was basically Maddox’s life.  Travelling with his guardian a.k.a. con man to cheat richers for gold.

Maddox turned toward the entrance to see that a girl now stood by the golden archway leading into the huge room.  She gazed around, her eyes wide.

The first met of Maddox and Becca.  And needless to say, you and I both know that they would somehow draw to each other.

“My purpose…my mission, Adam…is to help protect this world from evil — true evil — that would do irreparable harm without my interference.”

This Markus King was seriously a real world con man.  He was a brilliant liar.

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“I’m going to need a moment to pick up my jaw off the floor,” she allowed herself to admit.

“Of course.”

Markus presented his magic to Crystal.  Yeah, well…I would probably have a stroke if someone show their magic to me because I don’t believe there’s magic out of the pages.

But then, in the split second before he rolled the window back up, she noticed that he wasn’t alone. Someone was sitting next to him.  Someone she recognized, but it took her a moment to place the face.  And when she did, it made no sense to her.

It looked liked the boy who’d tried to steal her bag.

Being a smart girl, Crystal quickly figured out that Farrell was onto something.

“Lucas, I have to tell you something very important.  Are you listening?”

“Sure.”

“If anyone hurts my daughter?  I’ll kill them.”

He took Lucas’s head between his hands and twisted.  The sound of his snapping neck echoed brutally off the walls.

Lucas fell to the ground beside Crys, his eyes still open, cold and staring.

YEAH!!!  PAPA won!

My Favourite Parts:

“I don’t go to school here,” she said.  “Sorry.”

“But-”

“Someone else will help you, I’m sure.  Good luck.”

See?  That’s my girl!  Crystal didn’t wanna help Farrell when they first met.  HAHAHA!!!

“Tell Markus that if he’s going to send spies after me, he should send smarter ones.”

Charming.  “I’ll think about it.  And the second favor?”

Crys stood up, took a final sip from her glass of ice water, and then poured the rest onto his lap.  “Go to hell.”

Nice show!

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Best Quotes Ever:

Farrell Grayson had a few smiles in his arsenal.  A self-indulgent smirk; a cold, cruel twist of his lips; and a charming, crooked grin that had manage to work its way into her heart before he’d happily stomped on it.

Markus, however, only had one smile, one that at first glance had seemed to be genuine.

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Recommendation:

I gave this book three out of five stars.  If you like Falling Kingdoms series very much, you can read this.  If you don’t like Falling Kingdoms series, then don’t bother.  This book isn’t as exciting as Falling Kingdom, just so you know.  I still like it though.

Happy reading, guys ~ 😀

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