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Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe

(The Streets of Maradaine #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, the second novel of the Streets of Maradaine series follows the Rynax brothers' crew of outlaws as they attempt their biggest heist yet and restore justice to the common people.

The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered--and not just the Holver Alley Fire. Poverty and marginalization are forcing people out of the neighborhood, and
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by DAW Books
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
We start this story with the crew from Holver Alley breaking into an office building to uncover the machinations behind whoever destroyed their homes. They are adjusting to the displacement the fire caused and the tensions put them from their new situations.

Someone has also been buying up the property left after the raging fire. Giving the team one more thing to uncover. And that is just what they do, imbedding themselves in positions to find out the truth behind the loss of Holver Alley.

Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Nobody does light frothy fun better than Marshall Ryan Maresca, and his latest series set in Maradaine seems like the perfect avenue to showcase his skill and passion for stories featuring boisterous action and rollicking adventure. Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is the second installment of The Streets of Maradaine starring the Rynax brothers and their ragtag crew of con artists and thieves, and like its predecessor, it is o
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Lady Henterman's Wardrobe, by author Marshall Ryan Maresca, is the second installment in the Streets of Maradine series. This is actually the third series from Maresca and they are all set in the same fantasy world known as the Archduchy of Maradine. The others are Maradine and The Maradine Constabulary. A fourth series called the Maradine Elite, featuring an entirely new cast of characters, will be releasing in the fall of
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-release
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is the latest in Maresca’s on going series in the Maradaine universe. It’s the sequel to Holver Alley Crew, which I have to admit is my favorite book 1 in any of his series so far. I’m happy to report that this follow up is just as exciting and fun as the last one.

Verci and Asti are still working with their crew, with the ultimate goal of finding whoever was responsible for the fire that destroyed Holver Alley. They have all had to make some adjustments as they have bee
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

LADY HENTERMAN’S WARDROBE is full of fast-talking one-liners, antiheroes, and complex heists. Despite not having read the first book, I was sold on the promise of thievery, shenanigans, and wit. Although I love a not-so-good gang, the Holver Alley Crew has a lot of members, alliances, and enemies. All of which means that LADY HENTERMAN’S WARDROBE had more plot than it really needed. Too many side characters were held up in safe houses, hunted by the po
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this 2 days ago and I'm still not over it. I can't stop thinking about it or any of the other books in the Maradaine sequence. I'm officially obsessed. So much so, I preordered the next 2 books. The Way of the Shield and A Parliament of Bodies. I need more Maradaine books. I need more of Verci and Asti and their fight of finding out what really happened to their Alley and why it burned. The only downside to these books is I found a few simple mistakes in the writing that should have b ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is the second in Marshall Ryan Maresca’s “The Streets of Maradaine” sequence, the first of which I thoroughly enjoyed reading last year. There’s a larger Maradaine universe being explored in other sequences, including youthful and magical vigilantes, and Holmesian mage-detectives, but this sequence focuses on the Rynax brothers, who have a penchant for elaborate heists, a number of slightly strange friends with specialist sk
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is second in the Streets of Maradaine series, and the first of Marasca’s many Maradaine books that I've read. This story follows Asti and Verci Rynax as their crew of thieves continue to look into those behind the Holver Alley fire that destroyed many homes. Though they've already taken care of those immediately responsible, with a nice monetary haul to boot, they know others are ultimately behind the fire. This tale opens with the crew attempting a break-in at offices ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

Publisher: DAW

Publishing Date: March 2018


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.7/5

Publishers Description: The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered–and not just the Holver Alley Fire. Poverty and marginalization are forcing people out of the neighborhood, and violence on the streets is getting worse. Only the Rynax brothers–Asti and Verci–and their Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common people. They’ve taken care of the people who actually b
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
In the interests of full disclosure I received an ARC from the publisher with, as I recall the enclosed letter to put up an honest review where I do put up reviews (end of legal disclaimer-is this a legal disclaimer?).

I was interested in Maresca's Maradine books, therefore I was quite happy to receive this tome and delve into the world. On the surface Maresca's world building reminds me of Tamora Pierce. Low on the magic using, and multiple series take place within the same world (Maresca-Maradi
Jessica Bronder
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Asti and Verci Rynax are still trying to find the person responsible for the Holver Alley fire. They have punished the culprits but there is more to this fire than those that set it. At the same time, someone is buying up all the burnt property. Who is it and why? And who is this new gang that think they can move into Holver Alley while the Rynax brothers are looking into the culprits for the fire?

I really enjoyed the Holver Alley Crew was a great story. I was very excited when I received a cop
Anthony Duncan
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rabbit hole of thievery, con jobs, and espionage

To simply describe the plot of “Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe” would bring to mind classic heist movies like “Sneakers” or “The Great Train Robbery”. You could read this adventure on its own easily, but you’d be missing out on the long game Maresca is building and the rich, fully realized world of Maradaine, which stands alongside Middle Earth and Westeros as one of the most intricate and lived in fantasy settings.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, 2018-new
I think the Maradaine books are getting more and more enjoyable as they go along. This was my commute book last week (read on the bus), and it was a delight to be able to ignore the annoyances of mass transit while keeping up with the Rynax Brothers and Co. As with the first volume of the Streets series, the action starts at page one, and I love the characters.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Uriah Mach
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a big fan of the Maradaine books, I was greatly looking forward to Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe. It delivers a good story, but has Empire Strikes Back syndrome; great highs, great lows, good pacing, but it leaves you hanging waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Mr Mareska successfully keeps all the balls in the air, and catches them, but some things that were done here feel like they were thrown in just because they could have been. A bit too disjointed for 5 stars, but more than good enough for 4
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: low-fantasy, fantasy
I'm crushing these books right now, and this was a fantastically good sequel to and delightful first book. I'm a sucker for heist/caper films and this sequence in the Streets of Maradaine is another terrific caper. It's got everything you want: twists, revenge, a good fake-out, betrayal, tension, scheming, and several "holy crap!" moments. And all of the crew (even the slow-witted Julien) get a moment to grow or shine.

I really like this crew: they're not perfect, but they're tough, loyal, stubbo
Alysa H.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It pains me to round this 3.5 star review down instead of up, but as fond as I am of these characters and this world - and I am very fond of them indeed! -- the plot of this installment was kind of rocky. The supposedly central "heist" story starts strong but is quickly and too thoroughly waylaid by a series of outlying concerns and interests, and there are so many characters and concerns that they all get diluted to the point were it becomes difficult to take any single one of them seriously. B ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019reads
Excellent capering. I also really liked how the pull between family and the normal life is getting harder.
Ria Bridges
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maresca writes some of the most fun fantasy novels I’ve encountered in recent years, and this latest addition to the books written about Maradaine continues that trend. This one’s the 2nd book in the Streets of Maradaine series, picking up with Asti and Verci after they made their big score and began to seek info and justice for their burned-out neighbourhood. Asti’s past comes to bite him squarely in the butt, though, testing his resolve and sanity, which plots seem to go every which way and th ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, steampunkery
I felt this one lacked some of the fun of the first book in the series, but that's to be expected. We get new information and new character tidbits doled out, which was good - the strength of this series, so far, relies on the characters, and on the heists. They characters are all written very well. Even if the author doesn't spend a ton of time on them, they still come through in little moments. The heist in this one was both without a defined purpose and kind of uncomplicated, more just chaoti ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As always, a very well done book. It pretty much picks up where The Holver Alley Crew ended.

I do have to say that, although everything Maresca writes is amazing, this is my least favorite of his series'. There's just something about Verci and Asti where you feel that their lives really, really suck. Maresca's protagonists in the other books also have lives that suck, but somehow there's more hopefulness that the suck will end. If Maresca isn't careful, I could see this series devolving into the
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars - While I have loved most of the Maradaine books, this one isn't my favorite because there simply isn't enough resolved at the end of the tale. This feels like a connector tale and doesn't stand alone in either the plot, the characters, or the situations. Even the carryovers from the previous book aren't resolved, and it starts to feel dragged out. I am giving it 3 stars because I still love the world and I like the Holver Alley characters as much or more than I like any of the other ...more
Henry Lazarus
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The Holver Alley Crew may have found and destroyed the mobster who burned down their street, but he was acting on higher orders. Marshall Ryan Maresca has put Asti and Verci Rynax looking into the nobility of Maradaine but find themselves opposed by an old spy who had Asti captured by the enemy. There’s also a mage using his powers to control the local gangs. The answers lie in the trapdoor found in Lady Henterman's Wardrobe (paper from DAW) in the end there are more questions than answers in th ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it.

The Streets of Maradaine is not my favorite of the Maradaine series, what with its cold, violent street gang kids; and with its protagonists who have less than a solid regard for human life.

But... the protagonists are likable. And Lady Henterman's Wardrobe moves the overall story along.

I'm hoping the next installment will round out the street gang kids a little, giving them a bit of a third dimension. A flash of compassion now and then (or at least of SOME emotion other than malicio
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clever-heist
I really enjoyed this book. Way more than the first one. Now that the characters were solidly established, I really got into learning about them and their roles in this haphazard adventure. And Asti and Verci's relationship really captured me.
Really looking forward to the next one....the overarching plot seems deliciously twisted and very, very intriguing. Hope it lives up to the hype.
(Actual rating 3.5 stars)
L.E. Doggett
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maresca does an excellent job with this tale. His plot flows along well, his descriptions are great, his action scenes are well done. He gets into the characters' psychic deeply and they stay in character.

Remember this is part of a longer work with two other series going along with this inventive world but it fits in quite nicely.

I recommend it but this is a second in this series so read the first one first. And get "The Thorne Of Dentonhill" to see where this full tale started.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More capers, and more evidence that there is a much larger conspiracy/problem/movement/thing afoot in Maradaine. This one was a little more satisfying than the first "Streets of Maradaine" book, probably because the team really came together in this book.

I'm curious to see what really is up in the background of all of these books. Which also continue to be popcorn.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, a SUPERB read!!

The story starts with a jason Bourne-type scenario that had me wanting to shout "run, damnit, run".
Loaded with plots, sub-plots and counter plots, well seasoned with betrayal and a nasty double-twist thrown in just to make sure the reader has been paying attention, this offering is indicative of Mr Maresca's astonishing and varied talent. A shocking tragedy highlights the devastating consequences of gang violence.

Just a thought: with Mila off to University of Maradaine,
Jason Kivela
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darker than I really like, more people died than I would have liked. There were a lot of plots to follow, a bit confusing since not all of the characters were aware of what others were up to. Well written, good depth addd to the characters we met in the first novel.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
It hits just about all the notes you would expect from a heist book, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Plus, there was enough intrigue and hints of conspiracy, especially near the end, that kept me reading and will have me picking the next one up when it comes out.
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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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