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False Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure Hardcover – Jun 26 2012
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“[G]enuinely adolescent (including occasional idiotic and immature behavior) high fantasy is rare enough that this stands out…A romp with an edge and a feisty female lead: Fans will rejoice at the indication that this series has even more to come.”
“False Covenant changed my status from "loyal fan" to "die-hard, I need every book Ari Marmell has ever written, obsessed-fan-girl."… This is a series not to be overlooked. It has everything a fan of fantasy could possibly want, and even those afraid to venture into high fantasy will love it. Anyone looking for a great story, check out the Widdershins Adventures novels.”
-What’s Your Story (YA)
“I liked the first in this series well enough that I jumped this one up the stack a good ways and I'm glad I did. In theory this is a young adult series, but it reads just fine for this not quite so young adult.”
-Don D’Ammassa’s Critical Mass
“[E]nthralling. It’s easy to get caught up in Widdershins’s adventures. The mystery and suspense makes for an exciting read. With plenty of drama and a bit of humor and several surprises along the way, this dark fantasy series is decidedly charming.”
“The descriptions and dialogues are often funny in an understated, subtle way, full of whimsical humor, banter, and funny similes…The 14-year-old me would have loved these books, because they’re immeasurably better than some of the ghastly media/RPG tie-in fiction I ended up reading as a bridge between children’s books and fantasy for adults. Even now, well past the target age for YA literature, I had a blast revisiting Davillon and Widdershins.”
"Marmell successfully weaves in enough backstory to keep new readers interested, but they will be clamoring to read Thief’s Covenant, and will eagerly await the next books in the series."
-School Library Journal
“What it does have in common with the first novel though is a fast-paced plot and a good selection of characters. The supernatural killer Iruoch is truly creepy and enough to make you nervous of the dark. …This is another very good story from Ari Marmell and I’m looking forward to the next volume.”
“I enjoyed the book…A fun read--Widdershins and her antics with her personal god are always fun--and with a goodly touch of horror with the creature stalking the street.”
-SF Reader forum
About the Author
Ari Marmell (Austin, TX) is a fantasy and horror writer and the author of several original novels including The Goblin Corps and three Widdershins adventures, Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant, and Lost Covenant. He has also written gaming tie-in novels such as In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles (The Fall of Llael Book One) and worked as an author of role-playing game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. Although born in New York, Ari has lived the vast majority of his life in Texas—first Houston (where he earned a BA in creative writing at the University of Houston) and then Austin. He lives with his wife, George; their cat; and a variety of neuroses. Visit the Widdershins page at facebook.com/Madeleine.Valois, and visit Ari at mouseferatu.com, at facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mouseferatu-Marmell/181576062390, or on Twitter @mouseferatu.
Top Customer Reviews
I adored the first book in this new series, Thief's Covenant, but I'm in awe of Ari's ability to craft an even BETTER sequel to an already outstanding book! Everything I loved about Thief's Covenant was there, just amped up a notch or two; whether that was romance, terror, poetic writing or action. It's all there and it's all incredibly satisfying & enjoyable!
Reasons to Read:
1.Fun romance... that isn't overdone:
While Thief's Covenant only HINTS at some blooming romantic feelings, False Covenant is where we finally get to see it acted on (not all of it - I won't spoil who's involved!) which definitely adds a bit more emotional investment to the characters. It's uncommonly sweet and endearing, yet it never overpowers the rest of the story which is where it's true potency comes from. The complications which arise from it are so painful (UGH! Why do authors do this to me?!) and the consequences devastatingly real... yet all are perfectly appropriate for the story, I can't deny that. Did Ari kill me with his ending? Yes, he did. But for some crazy, book-loving reason in me, I sort of love him or it (or hate... I think I have a love/hate relationship right now, because I'm taking this a little bit too personally. But honestly, you'd understand if you just read the books!) It's impossible NOT to care about these characters <3
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Wanted dead by many and loved by some, Widdershins is about fed up with it all. She is not exactly herself since the death of her best friend and is a tad rusty on her thievery. She seems more distracted and less observant of her surroundings. Now in addition to everything she is going through, she is being stalked by a mysterious aristocrat, plus tasked with discovering the origin of the dark and mysterious creature, playing fright factor with the residents of Davillon. What she discovers is more than she or her god bargained for; can she survive to save them all? There is a hint of romance in this book but it's not the primary focus of the book. Renard is a thief that is secretly in love with an oblivious Widdershins and Julien is a guard that has arrested her on several occasions but somehow, I think he likes her. Both of these guys are great choices and very cute but Widdershins just hasn't caught on to that, yet. She has another admirer but I won't tell who. Overall, this is a great action-packed adventure.
The story itself is well told, on the whole, with excellent pacing, wonderful imagery, and fleshed-out characters. The primary budding romance in the story doesn't feel forced or overly false, and the action scenes are well played out.
The main character seems to suffer a bit much from the "admired and loved by all" syndrome. This might not affect each reader, but for me personally, I tended towards quite a bit of eye rolling as multiple characters were revealed to be infatuated with "Widdershins."
Several scenes move a bit too much toward the over-dramatic, with characters spouting Terminator-esque catch-phrases as villains die. That, and the (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) ending itself felt oddly anti-climactic, with the reveal of the villain's weakness lacking a major "punch."
However, the cons are fairly minor, and the story itself is quite excellent, although it is (parents be warned!) quite dark for a young-adult book. On the whole, I would say this is an excellent novel worth picking up at any time, with only a few flaws to mar its surface.
An amazing sequel to the Widdershins's Adventures, and now we deal all in the present (no flashback chapters). And the characters now have to contend with a much more insidious villain. Several expressive words come to mind for this book: thrilling, frightening, and at times heartbreaking. I don't want to give away any details, but I honestly hope more adventures are published. It feels like more can now be explored with the decisions made at this novel's end.
I read hundreds of books a year, and honestly, they're pretty much all written by women. The genres I lean towards are mostly dominated by female authors, so rarely do I even try samples of books from a male author. I actually surprised myself when I decided to buy the first book but I am SO glad that I did.
Now, after reading book 2, the Widdershins series has become a favorite. It has everything I look for in a series. A strong ass kicking female lead, action, humor, some romance, and writing that paints a clear picture in my mind without bogging me down with info.
I love the characters, especially Widdershins. I can't help but be drawn to her. She's had it rough, yet still goes on with her life and tries to help her friends along the way. It's very commendable. Old characters return, plus we get to meet some new ones. I was very intrigued with Evrard, I hope we get to see more of him in the future. I liked this book better than book 1. I'm all about romantic elements in what I read, so I was happy to see more of it here. It was the perfect amount, just enough to add to the storyline, not take away or over shadow it.
I also have to give props to Mr. Marmell for creating, hands down, THE creepiest villain I have ever read. Parts of this book totally had me freaked out, and that normally doesn't happen to me. I swear this thing was created straight out of my own personal nightmares. The only thing that would have made it worse was if there had been a ventriloquist dummy thrown in somewhere. I'm freaking myself out just thinking about it. I also love how he's not afraid to kill off main characters, as we saw in Thief's Covenant. I rarely see that, so while it's sad, it's also refreshing.
Overall, this is a fantastic series that I would definitely recommend reading. I can't wait for the next one, especially with how this one ended.