Published by Pyr on Feb 21, 2012
Genres: High Fantasy, YA
Format: Hardcover from Gift
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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.
If you’re looking for a fun and playful youthful read, this is a book I’d recommend. It is a suspenseful story told with a back forth timeline that lets the reader discover what happened to get to the present, while also living the action in the present. It sounds a bit confusing, but is easy to follow, and adds an extra layer to the mystery.
Widdershins and Olgun are a great team. They have a unique partnership that allows them to work well together. For an invisible companion who doesn’t speak, Olgun is quite expressive and has a very well developed personality. He fits well with Widdershins’ strong and determined character.
Overall, this is a delightful read that manages to handle religion in a way that is important and yet not overpowering or preachy. Religion is a big part of Widdershin’s world, and yet it does not steal the focus from her crazy antics. I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.