Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Publish August 27, 2015

In contemporary Toronto, Crystal and Becca Hatcher open a mysterious package and discover a strange and magical book that captures Becca and pulls her spirit into a parallel world. Not too far away, infamous playboy, Farrell Grayson, has been invited to join the inner circle of the Hawkspear Society – a clandestine organization that relies upon the magical powers of its leader, Markus King, to rid the city of evil. Worlds away in Ancient Mytica, young Maddox Corso is struggling to understand and control his abilities as a necromancer, when the spirit of a young girl appears to him – the first spirit with whom he can communicate. When the evil goddess, Valoria, summons Maddox, he discovers that his fate and that of his spirit-companion are intertwined, and its effects are beyond anything he’s imagined. Three worlds collide in A Book of Spirits and Thieves, Morgan Rhodes’ spinoff from her popular Falling Kingdoms series. An unlikely, yet seamless blend of high fantasy and modern day soap opera, Rhodes’ intricately plotted, multi-dimensional adventure is a guilty pleasure. Family secrets, handsome bad boys, and a liberal peppering of medieval violence move the action at a brisk pace, while Rhodes’ snarky humour and talent for literary sucker punches keep the melodrama in check. The first in a promising new series from a perennially popular author, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is a grown up fairy tale whose happily ever after is yet to come.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Morgan Rhodes
Razorbill Canada, Penguin Random House of Canada
ISBN 13: 978-1-59514-759-2

Karen Doerksen
Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.  

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