A Book of Spirits and Thieves

23281737A Book of Spirit and Thieves. Morgan Rhodes Young Adult/Fantasy. 2015. 368 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Audiobook]

“If I can believe in magic, then, damn it, anything’s possible.”

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 mother’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 Hawkspear 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.

Morgan Rhodes has done it again! She has managed to write another book that killed me (though that death was well worth it).

A Book of Spirits and Thieves is a Falling Kingdoms spin-off book [You can read our review of Falling Kingdoms here]. This book rarely made references to Falling Kingdoms so I don’t think you have to read Falling Kingdoms to be able to read  this book. The only references made were to the goddesses and sorceresses mentioned in the book. Other than that, we have a whole new set of characters we get to love (or hate). But who knows? Maybe in the second book, Falling Kingdoms will be referenced some more!

Compared to Falling Kingdoms, I’d say that A Book of Spirit and Thieves is tad bit slower. However, the plot is equally as rich and complex as the first book mentioned. I actually didn’t expect the slower pace, but the world did need some building up here because it’s a prequel. The world here isn’t the same as the world in Falling Kingdoms.

Morgan Rhodes’s writing style is very easy to read. That’s great because fantasy books aren’t necessarily the easiest books to read. We follow 3 different points of views and each one is easy to distinguish. There’s this one point in the book where everything just clicks, and you’re unable to put the book down. I only have a problem with this one line, “…piece of feminist trash.” I understand that it’s the mind set of this one character, but as a girl, I cannot forgive it. I believe that the book would do well (if not better) without that said line.

Not only did this book have great writing (other than the quote mentioned above), but it also has a fantastic set of characters. It’s not as big of a cast as the one in Falling Kingdoms, so it’s much easier to follow. There’s a great familial aspect in this book which Falling Kingdoms lacks. I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I think this book is fabulous. I really hope that Morgan Rhodes pulls a Cassandra Clare and writes her 2 series in a way that they intertwine. That would be phenomenal! I really recommend that you pick up this book (or better yet, the Falling Kingdoms series). This author is going places.

I rate this book

A really really good read.
A really really good read.
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