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False Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  81 reviews
It’s been over half a year, now, since the brutal murder of Archbishop William de Laurent during his pilgrimage to the Galicien city of Davillon. During that time, the Church of the Hallowed Pact has assigned a new bishop to the city—but it has also made its displeasure at the death of its clergyman quite clear. Davillon’s economy has suffered beneath the weight of the Chu ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

First let me begin this review by stating how much I liked the first book of the Widdershins Adventures series, Thief's Covenant. That, however, still left me quite unprepared for how much I enjoyed this book, its follow-up. To be honest, I'm still reeling from the ending, and feeling not just a little bit heartbroken, but only because of how the story impacted me so emphatically. A book that makes me feel like this, even if

Soon, my darling...
Yes, I gave it 5 stars, but still, Damn.This.Book. because:

-that twist near the end was just -- ugh, nevermind, I don't want to talk about it!
-the next book is not out yet. Where the hell is it? I need to know what happens next!

I loved this book even more than the first one, and I liked the first one a lot. The story is excellently paced with enough action and adventure to appease even the most impatient reader. Also, in comparison to the first book, I found a vast improvement in the character d
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Widdershins is trying to be law abiding tavern owner after the events of Thief’s Covenant. However, a sinister creature is terrorising the city of Davillon and the fate of the city rest on her and her friends. Widdershins just cannot catch a break as everyone is distrustful towards her and Olgun; however I did like how we got to know more about her friends in this one and their feelings towards her. This is a really
Blodeuedd Finland
First I have to say, evil author alert (in a good way of course!). This time I stopped reading and shouted no!!! (and by now my poor bf is used to me going crazy over a book). So he "listened" while I rambled on and cursed the author and then hurried and finished the rest of the book. I think Marmell might just take the first place for biggest shock in a book this year. *still in shock*. Well done there.

As for the book, I do like Widdershins and her constant companion Olgun, and I am so curious
Joshua Palmatier
Just finished False Covenant, the second Widdershins novel, which I read immediately after receiving it since I liked the first book, Thief's Covenant. These are YA books, which I don't normally read, but the first sounded interesting (kind of like my own Throne of Amenkor series) so I decided to check them out. I'm glad I did.

The premise of this book is that Widdershins, a thief in the city of Davillon, has taken control of her friend's bar and is discovering that it isn't as easy to run as she
After really enjoying the way gods were presented in Thief's Covenant, I was excited to continue learning about them in False Covenant. Based on the blurb it seemed like the focus would be even more on the occult side of the the world, and I certainly wasn't disappointed on that front! A dark, shadowy figure is terrorizing the people of Davillon, but oddly no one is killed or even injured. That's because it's just a ruse set up by the new bishop in order to turn the people back to the Church. Ho ...more
Warning: Upon finishing this book, you may experience feels.

I don't just mean the kind of feels where you're sad that you finished a good book, or that you wish something else had happened, or that you loved it a lot. I mean the kind of feels you feel at the end of a good season finale, where you're screaming and wanting more and half crying because there was a lot of drama and awesome and you just don't know how to handle yourself.

If you can't tell, False Covenant meets all the expectations I h
the golden witch.
Our favorite thief and god are back in "False Covenant" - another adventure where the supernatural haunts the streets of Davillon, there's romance in the air, and more shenanigans with the Finders' Guild and the crew at the Witch. With this installment of the series, Marmell takes us to soaring highs and plunging lows and takes the George R R Martin school of fantasy very seriously and reminds us that no character is safe. I loved this volume in the series, and I can't wait for the next one!

Really fantastic, much better than the first book. Excellent pacing, the character development improved quite a bit (although our main character is still a bit of a Mary Sue) and there was a lot of good, tense action. Romance was in the air as well, but not in a bludgeoning sort of way that you might expect; it was just a little bit sweet.
Chronique :

Le pacte du mensonge est le deuxième tome de la trilogie de fantasy Widdershins d’Ari Marmell, publiée par les Editions Lumen et vendue à 15€. Je tiens tout d’abord à faire remarquer la sublime couverture, dans les mêmes tons que la première (et la tranche des livres alignées rend très bien dans ma bibliothèque ;) ). Pour les fans, cela ne serait sans rappeler les couvertures de Licia Troisi. Au départ, c’est justement ce qui m’a attiré dans ce
It's not common for me to give five stars but fuck me did this deserve it. Urgh just so much more bad-ass, bloody and generally horrifying (in a good way) than the first book, I just can't..

I loved the developments I saw in each character, going into much more depth with the supporting characters we saw in the first book but were never really focused on. Robin, for example, was given so much more to her character which I loved. Again with the main character Widdershins, she kept her snarkiness
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A few weeks ago I read the first book in the Widdershins Adventure series by Ari Marmell, Thief's Covenant, and was pleasantly surprised with the story that he managed to put down. I read only one of Ari Marmell's earlier works, In Thunder Forged, set in the Iron Kingdoms franchise, but I was hooked onto his writing style from the go. In Thief's Covenant, Ari Marmell completely builds his own universe and does so superbly, there was th
Entertaining from the first page to the last! If you already loved the first Widdershins story, you'll certainly love this one! I almost could not stop reading during the last 100 pages. Even if I did not like the outcome at the end, but at some point I was sure something like this would have to happen.
I am pretty much looking forward to the next story!
Selena Lang
I liked this one better than the first book. It moved a bit faster and was a more interesting story line. Good series..looking forward to the next one.
"Malgré un début un peu laborieux pour moi, cette suite m'a beaucoup plu par bien des aspects : l'humour, les personnages qui gardent leur personnalité, les légendes de ce monde, un univers plus sombre et qui promet encore bien des aventures et des déconvenues. Une suite qui pour moi mérite d'être lue. Une plume toujours aussi prenante et un dieu (Olgun) encore plus attractif que dans le premier tome. J'ai maintenant hâte de poursuivre la suite de leurs aventures et de voir comment ils vont tous ...more
Rated R for strong violence, great quantities of gore and horror (*shudder*), a definitely creepy atmosphere, and strong language that would give a movie an R rating just for that.

This is entertaining, well written, and exciting--but I am probably understating the violence and shock value of some parts of this book. You have been warned.

It reminds me very much of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner--and as much as I enjoyed Widdershins's adventures, I like Turner's version better, mostly because
Two Words: Amazing and Insane! Widdershins is back and trouble has found her once again! I love Widdershins, she is a tough chic that can hold her own and everyone else's too and with such snarky wit. I found myself smiling at her antics and her saucy honesty. Marmell has created an intricate and fantastic world in Davillon, with rich characters that have emotional depth that anyone can relate to dealing with loss, friendship and love. The story begins six months after the fiasco in the first bo ...more
Laurie Treacy
Widershins is an alternate reality French version of Katniss. Tough, smart, a fast thinker, fighting to stay alive while mired in dirty politics and espionage, solving mysteries and falling in love. If I loved Thief's Covenant, I adored False Covenant.
The storytelling doesn't jump back and forth as it did in the first book, it is linear and clearer now, hence my increased love. Davillon is reeling from the murder of the visiting Archbishop and has closed off the town. Widdershins is now running
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
While this book had the same wit and humour that was present in the first book, it was more subdued and less adventurous. Widdershins is obviously still grieving for everyone she lost in the first book, and this reveals self doubt that wasn’t there previously. She is much more human and vulnerable, and a lot less thief-like and confident.

Even Ogun seems subdued, which is very unfortunate because it makes him much less present in the book. At times, it is almost possible to forget he is there wit
Today’s post is on “False Convenant” by Ari Marmell. It is the second in the Widdershins Adventures. It is 280 pages long and is published by Pyr Books. The cover has Widdershins leaning against a white wall, she is the only color with her dark leathers and her lovely red hair. The intended reader is Young Adult but if you enjoyed the first one this is not a disappointing second novel. There is no language, no sexuality in this book but there is graphic violence and the villain is pretty creepy. ...more

(Note: This post will contain spoilers if you have not read the first book, Thief's Covenant.)

To say that I loved False Covenant would be an understatement and I think the name Widdershins will be on the lips of fantasy readers everywhere this year and for many to come. There are several things that make this book an excellent read.

The Setting - Davillon has a renaissance France feel to it. The city is rich, vibrant, and full of life. I was easily able to picture everything from the cobblestoned
How did we end up here?

I received THIEF’S COVENANT and FALSE COVENANT at the same time from the publisher and I’m just getting around to reading the latter now. As much as I loved the first book time happens and it ended up getting buried in my pile and my subsequent cross-country move. Since the third book is coming out in the fall I figured I might as well get on this.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

As with the first book there are WORDS about these pages. Glorious, wittily crafted words t
“If she hadn’t already known, she’d never recognized the lie for what is was.” Pg 1

Ari Marmell has packed a punch in his sequel to the Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant. Widdershins is pushed and tested almost to her breaking point in this poignant return to the world of Davillion and the host of gods and characters that inhabit it. Marmell has wrapped a heartbreaking struggle of one character against her past and her world, and just as everything turns to the worst, but she finds a shred of hop
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I really enjoyed this sequel to ‘Thief’s Covenant’. The book starts with Widdershins dealing with the aftermath of a loss from Book 1. She’s also trying to stay legit as she has a new business venture, as well as a new and growing friendship with a certain member of the guard. But of course she’s Widdershins, so trouble finds her and she gets wrapped up in another supernatural mystery.

Shins is such a great character; she’s tough and yet almost impish. I enjoyed her a lot as the main character, a
Ken Kugler
I was unexpectedly happy with this book. In the first book of this now ongoing series I enjoyed the story while having noted that was while haveing very little sympathy for the main character, Widdershins.
Widdershins is the sole believer in Olgun, a god that protects and gives Widdershins intense acuity. She moves faster and observes things most miss. She is also able to react at supernatural speed.
In this latest adventure, the new Bishop is trying to gain more attendance at the church. To do
SO, so good! I loved Thief's Covenant but I have to say that False Covenant is definitely an improvement.

Even if it did completely break my heart.


Can we just talk about how good this book series is for a little bit? And how it seriously needs to be read by more YA readers? The fact that this book series is so unknown is shameful; Ari Marmell successfully balances clever humour, horrific villains, a plucky young heroine in a delightful, charming new favourite.

I adored the first book in t
Chapter by Chapter
Of the two Widdershins novels, The False Covenant is, by far, my favorite. I’ve decided that I want Widdershins as my friend. Seriously! I absolutely loved her in this book. And her loyalty never ceases to amaze me.

The False Covenant was a darker, creepier read than its predecessor, Thief’s Covenant. In The False Covenant we are re-introduced to the characters that we know and love *cough* Renard *cough*, and are also introduced to new characters and new evils.

The False Covenant picks up six mon
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Ari Marmell was born in New York, moved to Houston when he was a year old, moved to Austin when he was 27, but has spent most of his life living in other worlds through a combination of writing and roleplaying games. He has been writing more or less constantly for the last dozen years, though he has only been paid for it the past five. He is the author of multiple roleplaying game supplements incl ...more
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