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False Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 Ratings  ·  130 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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Leah Cossette If you ask me, this book is stronger than the first. It doesn't have the back-and-forth in time switching from the first book, which I think makes it…moreIf you ask me, this book is stronger than the first. It doesn't have the back-and-forth in time switching from the first book, which I think makes it a lot easier to read. The witty banter and sense of ongoing adventure from the first book are retained. Old characters and new characters mesh nicely, and the villain is bigger and badder than the one from the first book. If you liked Thief's Covenant, I think you'll like this one. (less)

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Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This second instalment in the Widdershins Adventures series was of a similar quality to the first. Which means it was fast paced and fun! That said, I'm no longer sure I'd call this a light fantasy series. It is full of humor and action, but has plenty of dark happenings.

Widdershins is laying low after the devastating events at the end of the first book. She is trying her best to run Genevieve’s tavern, but it is not going particularly well. The economy has taken a severe downward turn in Davil
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
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
Jacob Proffitt
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This one is much improved over the first in the series as both the problems I had with it were removed (the time jumps) or at least improved (the intrusive authorial voice). I still like Shins as much as I did in the first, and her supporting friends were as strong or stronger here.

You can't really read this one without reading the first (at least, I strongly recommend against), so I'll keep the rest of this short. I liked the story immensely. It was creepy and dark and yet the antagonists had a
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.40 ***

This was another very fun and fast read, and I ended up reading all night, trying to not be freaked by the storm which was destroying the trees and roofs around... But the action kept my mind occupied and before I knew it, storm was gone and the sun was creeping up the horizon. ... And the more than 250 pages were done!

This was soooo much creepy fun!!! It still is a YA Fantasy with a kick ass girl protagonists, but this go around the reminiscing is gone and the absence of time jumps
Excellent writing,
Super scary villain, and
A great cast of characters

Honestly, this is so much better and more developed than any of the mainstream fantasy drivel you're reading.
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
First of all, I'll give you my actual rating: 3.5 Stars. I would've given it more, but I didn't really like Irouch. And yes, he's esential, but still.

I don't know what to write about. Well... Except that I love Widdershins, or Madeline, or Adrienne. She's soooooooo cool. And badass. Even if it's with Olgun's help.

And Olgun. You. Are. So... (ummmmm)... *bumps head against wall (purposly)* aaaaahhh mazing. Yes, that's it. 'Cause godly is quite obvious.

Anyway, I hope I can read the next books!!

Soon, my darling...
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
False Covenant is a good follow up to Thief's Covenant. I'm knocking half a star off my rating though because of yet another heartbreaking death of a character in this series. I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. I'm going to take a break from this series now and think about whether or not I want to continue.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017

Also, Iruoch is so creepy. I've never had a villain make my skin crawl so much.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
That was an excellent sequel. Everything I had issue with? Gone or a natural part of the novel and plot. Love love lvoed ths. Loved how creepy Iruoch was, loved how snarky and banter-y Widdershins is.. great second novel..

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usagi ☆ミ
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!

Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Joshua Palmatier
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.75

The bad guy in this creeped me out *shudders*
Blodeuedd Finland
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
Dr susan
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
False Covenant is even better than Thief's Covenant. The news of 2 more Widdershins's books helps to mitigate the sadness of finishing book 2.

I had forgotten that the horror in False Covenant is not subtle. I should not like these books. I do not like books with multiple points of view, deaths of multiple liked characters, monsters that would give Buffy's the Gentlemen (Hush) nightmares, and only bits of romance. False Covenant is so well written and so enthralling that it overcomes all those ne
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series is great. Love the twists and turns,the plot, the world-building and the character development. This author is also not afraid to shake things up and 'make sacrifices' where necessary. Its unexpected but works. Love the writing style and the fast-paced irreverent humour found in the voicesof the characters. Looking forward to Book 3.
Na Dine Bookaddict
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!
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, ya
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.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
כל דמות שנייה מאוהבת בגיבורה. הטון הקליל די לא מופיע בספר הזה. ההפקה של גראפיק אודיו עדיין מעולה. ממשיך לספר השלישי.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty terrifying actually, Great writing however
Selena Lang
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at

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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
False Covenant (Widdershins Adventures, #2) by Ari Marmell

This was a must-read for me after reading Thief’s Covenant! I literally could not wait to get back home and order this book straight away (since I was on holiday when I read the first one)! False Covenant of course did not disappoint me at all as it gave me everything the first book had and more – action, intrigue and of course a touch of supernatural.

The story – 4/5 stars:

Goodness! The world of Widdershins has swept me in the book as soon as I started! Honestly, the world setting and a thief a
Nearly a year has passed, and on the surface little has changed. Widdershins continues to rob from the rich, tweaking the noses of Guards and fellow Finders along the way. But like the nobles she stalks, Wid’s antics conceal a deeper pain. Death has left its mark on the city of Davillon. Some fight to save it, while others see an opportunity to strike, including a creature of legend, drawn by the sweet bouquet of fear, and a terrible hunger.

Fans of the first book will find this a familiar read.
Okay since when is the second book in a series better than the first? Because WOW.
Maybe the characters did grow on me in the first book and I was just glad to see them in action again but theres a lot thats better in this book. The storyline isnt messed up like a broke day soup (throw-everything-you-have-in-randomly-and-hope-for-the-best). Descriptions were bit shorter and a lot funnier. I actually laughed reading this book! What the hell!

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