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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,269 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 thr ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Pyr
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Jun 08, 2012 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adventure lovers and for some reason, Assassin's Creed fans
Recommended to Laurel by: Cover, and the few pages I read in zee bookstore

4.5 Stars

Thief’s Convenant was a book I purchased when I didn’t know what I wanted to get, but my mom was paying for me anyway so I bought it on a whim. And for that, I am sorry, Thief’s Convenant for thinking so lowly of you. You are so much more than what I’ve read recently.

This is the story of Widdershins a.k.a. Adrienne Satti a.k.a. Madeleine Valois a.k.a. Sister Elspeth. She has a rags-to-riches-to-bloody-rags past and currently lives the life of a thief in the Finder’s Guild in Davillon. S
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars at The BiblioSanctum:

Our protagonist in Thief's Covenant is a young woman who wears many masks and goes by many different names. Once she was Adrienne Satti, an orphan taken off the streets to be raised as an aristocrat's ward, but soon after was forced to shed her old life to escape arrest for a savage crime she didn't commit. Now, she is known simply as the thief Widdershins.

And really, how could I not be drawn to a book starring a character w
There was something niggling away at my brain as I was reading Thief’s Covenant, and it wasn’t until I read the author’s bio on the back flap that I realized what it was.

He has also worked as an author of role-playing-game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. His earliest novels were written as tie-in fiction for the games Vampire: The Masquerade and Magic: The Gathering.

That’s it, guys! That’s why this book seemed so familiar! It was like I was back
Jacob Proffitt
Dark in places, funny in others, Thief's Covenant is a fun, if somewhat flawed, ride. Adrienne, aka Widdershins, is as kind as she can afford to be. An orphan, long on the mean streets of Davillon, she has long made her way as a relatively accomplished thief—odd, then, to find her the last surviving member of an underground cult. This has both an up and a down side, but she's coping as best she can and trying to stay alive long enough to realize more of the up.

What develops from there is a great
First Impressions:

Ana: It is always a pleasure to see a straight-up Fantasy novel published for young adults and I was excited when I learnt that Pyr (a great adult Fantasy publisher) was coming up with an imprint for YA. Although I admit I was expecting a bit more of oomphage from this title, The Thief’s Covenant turned out to be a laid-back, fun, popcorn-Fantasy read with a cool girl-protagonist.

Thea: Like the shallow creature I can be, I fell for this book when I saw the cover (by the brillia
Blodeuedd Finland
I have read other books by Marmell, and even though this one is YA it's still bloody, but not that violent. How to explain, people die, a lot, but it's not shown as it would be in an adult book. Still, poor Widdershins.

At first I was not sure if I would like how it jumped in time, but it worked perfectly. Because each flashback showed me something new. First we got Widdershins as she is now, a young thief with few friends. Then there is poor Adrienne, alone on the streets, a pick-pocket among ot
Widdershins is the thief-turned-aristocrat-turned-thief formerly known as Adrienne Satti. For two years Widdershins has kept her former aristocratic life as Adrienne Satti a secret, in fear of being arrested for a crime she didn't commit. Widdershins survives by unashamedly stealing from the Davillon aristocracy.
Everyone in Davillon from the aristocracy to the Davillon guards to the thiefs worships one of the approved 120 deities, except Widdershins. Widdershins is the last living worshipper of
Thief’s Covenant is the story of Widdershins, a young woman formerly known as Adrienne Satti, who grew up an orphan on the streets of Davillon, escaped poverty to join the city’s powerful aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story, and then shockingly found herself cast down to the bottom rungs of society again. Now she’s clawed her way back up to the life of a successful thief… and the ghosts of her earlier life, make that lives, come back to call on her..

Ari Marmell, the author of this entertaining
Oh, I wanted to like this book. I love the clever thief trope and I had high hopes. But I won't say now that these hopes were shattered: that's exactly the mistake this author makes.

There's a good book in here, I think, if only a really serious editor took it in hand. But the language is stilted, albeit occasionally clever in a bloggishly fanboy sort of way (hint: he wrote Dungeons & Dragons manuals), staggering under the weight of the author's absolute inability to pass up even a single opp
I've been keeping an eye on Pyr's new YA division since they first showcased their new titles at BookExpo America - hello, a fantasy publishing company with an entire YA division? Of course I'd keep an eye on it. Nothing surpasses my love of high fantasy except, perhaps, my love of ice cream.

This is a great taste of what their new division could have to offer. With brilliant characters and a fantastic world, Thief's Covenant is a story that'll keep you hanging on the edge of your seat from the f
I decided I'd like what Jacob liked about this enough to deal with the dislikes I'll probably also dislike!

Well, I got the above right, anyway - both in terms of the liking and the disliking. Feeling too lacking in energy to say much about it, but one quote has to be shared:
The aromas of rotting garbage, alcohol, vomit, and human offal intertwined to form a vulgar scent that caressed the dank streets with all the false affection of a diseased trollop.

So much wrong in just one sentence.

Like Jac
Oh, figs! Thief's Covenant is a hard book to review, not because it's bad but because it's so darned good. It's Ari Marmell's first YA novel, following in the blood-soaked wake of the Corvis Rebaine novels and last year's The Goblin Corps, a book I read not even a few weeks ago. See, I liked The Goblin Corps, but I found it a bit loose, over-long at times and hard to get through, but worth the effort. Thief's Covenant, however, is a much quicker and tighter read, and it's all the better for it.

Den Plaag
This novel is enchanting. Clean, intelligent prose, cleverly heightened with a vocabulary-enriching word every couple of pages.

The setting breathes the aristocratic atmosphere of 17th-century France: guilds, rapiers, dirks and flintlock firearms, plus the occasional sledgehammer for flashes of sophisticated (yet simultaneously almost ultra)violence. Mixed in are an affection-inspiring heroine and a crisp religious belief system for hook, line and sinker.

Hints of what more the city of Davillon
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Widdershins is a thief in the city of Davillon, who has help from her personal God Olgun. However, she has a dangerous past which could end up with her being arrested or worse. Widdershins is an excellent character who is loyal and mischievous and Olgun is brilliant because, even though we cannot see or hear him, I can picture him so easily. Thief’s Covenant is a well written fantasy book, which has likable characte
I wish they allowed half-stars here, because this was definitely 3.5, a little better than "liked it" but infinitesimally below "liked it a lot." The best part about the book is the main character, Widdershins. She is everything you could want in a young, brash, kick-ass thief.

The writing was really good--expressive and descriptive, a lot of content within a slim book.

I had trouble with the timeline, since it jumped, not just between static past and present, but all over the place, from "now" to
Wow, what a well thought and put together story. This is what I have been missing with some of the tripe that gets published in this day and age.
I now have to go out and buy this book AND its sequal!
Loved it!
Today’s post is on “Thief’s Covenant” by Ari Marmell. It is the first in the Widdershins series. It is published by Pyr publishing. The cover is white with the main character, in black, on top looking down as she going to steal a statue. The intended reader is older young adult but anyone who likes good sword and sorcery tales will enjoy this. There is some language and the violence can be graphic but no sexuality in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Once she was Adrienne
WORDS. There are WORDS in them thar pages! Glorious, well thought-out WORDS! My faith in YA has been nominally salvaged for the moment!
Widdershins (which is kind of a dumb name and the author even picks on it a little, LOVE IT)/Adrienne is a female that kicks ass and doesn’t give a damn about taking names. And she just so happens to have a god sitting on her shoulders. Literally. He’s just a little invisible but he really does talk to Widdershins. His name is Olgun. Sure he can be a rather conve
Jane Stewart
3 or more stars for characters and plot. But deduct a star due to jumping around in time causing confusion and frustration.

The author has a university degree in creative writing. I want to know “who told him it’s good writing technique to jump around in time?” Is that what they are teaching? I do recall one “expert” saying authors should create hooks (or cliffhangers) at the end of every chapter. But I disagree. But I expect some readers are not bothered by it. Jumping around in time is the easi
Joshua Palmatier
This is the first book by Ari Marmell that I've read, but after this I'll definitely be reading more. Thief's Covenant is the first book in this young adult series, called Widdershins.

The main premise is that Widdershins is a thief who once had a chance to become part of the aristocracy, but a horrific event forced her to return to her old ways. What she doesn't realize is the fact that her surviving that horrific event has drawn her into something far darker and deadlier than even those at the

Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
Pages: 240
Publisher: PYR
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Buy it (Pre-Order): Hardcover

She is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon's underbelly looking to find answers, and justice with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshipers but Widdershins herself.

I started just casually reading Thief's Covenant one evening, but from the very first line, I was hooked. Ari Marmell spares us
the golden witch.
This is a very charming bit of alternate-world YA fantasy. In an alternate-France, a thief wanders about, trying to deal with a trauma from years ago...with a god stuck in her head. In a world where there are 147+ gods in the Hallowed Pact and that people worship, Widdershins/Adrienne Satti the Thief tries to deal with making ends meet AND trying to appease Olgun, the god that accompanies her everywhere invisibly. Marmell does a wonderful job creating this alternate world where anything and ever ...more

What a marvelous, well thought out book. Though the one thing that really stands out with Thief's Covenant is the writing itself. I can honestly say this book was fun to read, and I mean it in terms of not only the great plot and characters, but the amazing writing from the author. There are some of the best similes, metaphors, alliterations, etc. in here that I ever have had the pleasure of reading, and it did not feel overdone in the least.

The plot was great and it really was an entertaining
Fast-paced, snarky and occasionally surprisingly gruesome for a YA book. Widdershins is one of the better thieves in the city, but she didn't start out that way; over the course of the book we follow her adventures in the present day while also flashing back to see how she became Widdershins. Helpfully, the flashback sections are prefaced: Two years ago, Six months ago, etc., etc., so the time jumping never gets too confusing or feels forced. Naturally there are dark conspiracies and secret cult ...more
Widdershins est une jeune fille qui a déjà vécu beaucoup de vies différentes. On prend plaisir à la suivre et à apprendre davantage de choses sur elle et son monde !

Widdershins n’a pas été épargnée par la vie. Orpheline très jeune, elle survit comme elle peut dans la rue, jusqu’au jour où elle est recueillie par un aristocrate. Mais la vie ne lui fait pas cadeau et elle se retrouve accusée de meurtre. Devenue voleuse, Widdershins se retrouver mêlée, malgré elle, à une sombre conspiration…

Le pacte de la voleuse est le premier tome de la série Widdershins, écrite par Ari Marmell et publiée par les Editions Lumen. C’est

La fantasy, j’adore ça. J’ai toujours aimé. Mais, bizarrement, je n’en lis jamais. Je dois tout de même avoir du flair car toutes mes lectures sont des coups de coeur. Et Widdershins ne déroge pas à la règle.

Troisième titre des toutes jeunes mais fort prometteuses éditions Lumen, ce premier tome d’une série qui en compte déjà quatre à de quoi surprendre. On y suit l’intrépide Adrienne Satti. Ancienne fille des rues devenue aristocrate elle est aujourd’hui
Theif’s Covenant is a quick read. It is a young adult book that adults will feel comfortable with. The world is vibrant and the atmosphere is wonderful. Widdershins is an entertaining character to follow, despite the fact that her story is a rather familiar one. Theif’s Covenant is an excellent foundation for a vibrant young adult fantasy series.

Read my full review here:
originally posted at:

I have had my eye on the Widdershins Adventures for quite sometime now and by chance I got the third book in the post and Pyr kindly send the first two book for reviewing as well. Ari Marmell is best know for his adaptation books written for Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons and Dragons, but he has also written many original fiction stories, most of those published by Pyr.

As the story begins Ari Marmell doesn't hesitate a moment to i
Ari Marmell brings a fast paced, intense fantasy mystery in this break-out young adult novel. Check out my full review here!
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