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Elemental Thief

(Ridley Kayne Chronicles #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  801 ratings  ·  176 reviews
A young thief. Outlawed magic. A heist that’s about to change everything.

In a near-future city shielded from the elemental magic raging through the wastelands, seventeen-year-old Ridley steals from the wealthy and secretly gives to those in need—which is far less of a crime than the other thing she spends her free time doing: using magic.

Ridley's managed to stay under the
Published August 14th 2018 by Rachel Morgan
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This would have been a great one. The world building is great , the conspiracy is lit. Unfortunately she had to go and put in the most stupid heroine I’ve seen all year. TSTL!!! Ridley is extremely ungracious. She’s not the first person to go through economic upheaval so having to watch her stew the whole book long...sigh. She kept spilling other peoples secrets,almost gave Laura up and why did Laura have to know about the figurine? She’s not quick in the head, how did she not realize that Arch ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a good start to a new series by an author whose previous fantasy series I really liked. The pacing, the writing, the story, the characters, all of it was good. But that's the thing, this one was good but not great for me. I think all the dangerous stuff and secrets and sinister plots and twists just felt like a bit too much, although they did keep things surprising and interesting. Also
Nia Markos
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I must say I am looking forward to the other books in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the magic world that the author has created, and her main characters are extremely well crafted.

The story is one of fantasy set in a dystopian world where magic is forbidden. It has great twists and surprises, some of which I didn't see coming. The "love interest" between Archer and Ridley is slowly building, as their past, not of the romantic kind, gets in the way of their trusting each other. Her friends, p
Mylissa Demeyere
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this new series. Once again Morgan creates a world full of intrigue and fantasy that had me turning the pages at top speed. Can’t wait for the next book!
Maria Elena | _mkarys
Actual Rating: 4.5

*I was sent an eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review*

Happy Relase Day to Elemental Thief!

I discovered Rachel Morgan thanks to my Soulmate and I’ve read all of her Creepy Hollow books, finding it was a very enjoyable series, perfect especially if you’re looking to pause massive series that are hundreds of pages long. So obviously when Rachel announced this new series, set in a completely new world, my friend and I were super excited for it! Knowing how much I’ve
Four years ago magical user caused a cataclysmic event which wiped out whole swathes of the world, now all magic use is banned and punishable by death. Citizens have two implants under their skin which prevent them from using magic which rages uncontrollable out in the wastelands.

Before magic broke the world Ridley Kayne and her parents were wealthy, living in Aura Tower, the premier apartment building in Lumina City. But her mother died in the Cataclysm and her father, a jeweller who fashioned
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riddle me this!

What do you get if you cross the world from Altered Carbon with Robin Hood?

Elemental Thief!!!!

At least these were the things that popped in my head as I was reading this book!

A dystopian world where the divide between the rich and the poor is extremely shocking.

Ridley does her best to maintain her grades, in the hope of having a chance at a better future. However, once she realises that she can do things that others can't, her life diverges on two different paths, her normal li
J.C. Ahmed
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan is a fun story about a heroine with magic powers who steals from the rich to give to the poor. When she's paid to steal an item from a rich family, she thinks it's no big deal. Turns out it is a big deal, and now she's caught up in a shadowy conspiracy. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
The premise is interesting but I didn’t connect with or really even like any of the characters.
Debbie Turk
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Outstanding 4.5 Stars. A Wonderful Start To This Magical Series!!⚡🍃✨

Ridley grew up in era when magic was still freely used by all. It was used in jewellery, fashion, technology, medicine & in any way that could be thought of to enhance people's things or lives. Her Parents are happy, she's happy & loved and life is good!!🌟

When Ridley was about 8 years old her World was turned on its head!😢 Earth had become so depleted by generations of abuse that a Global initiative grew. They wanted to harne
Marina :)
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*i was provided an eARC by the author in exchange for an honest review, so thank you again for that!*

Being a huge fan, probably one of the biggest ones, of Rachel‘s Creepy Hollow series, I went into this series with high hopes and oh boy, I was NOT disappointed! Her characters are usually strong, self-confident and awesome who want to make their world a better a place. This book isn’t an exception but while her other fantasy series felt kind of dreamy and had lots of magic in it, including magic
Diane Lynch
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Morgan’s ELEMENTAL THIEF is priceless. Seventeen-year-old Ridley Kaye is a futuristic Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. However, her bigger crime is for using magic in a world where it has been outlawed. This dystopian Urban Fantasy is suitable for young adults.

I loved this story. It was skillfully written and original. Ridley is a lovable character. Her family was wealthy until magic was outlawed. Now she is on a scholarship at a prestigious school hoping to make
Becky Gibson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun start to a new series! I especially enjoyed the world-building, in that magic had been a common practice until things backfired. I haven't read many books like that. Most of the time, magic is reserved for underground users (Harry Potter).

The premise intrigued me off the bat: Robin Hood-esque thief steals the wrong thing at the wrong time. Of course, she's got a secret up her sleeve, one we can easily guess before it's finally revealed. It makes her pretty B.A.

I liked that Ridley questione
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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After loving her previous books, I knew that this story was likely to be good. What I didn’t imagine was that all the twists and turns in this story would have me glued to the pages and anxiously awaiting what would happen next. Quite a lot happens in this story yet it still leaves you with unanswered questions. Which means I can’t wait to see where things go from here. I don’t know how many books Ms. Morgan is planning for this series but I definitely kn
Joey Berube
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this new series by Rachel Morgan. Like her Creepy Hollow books, the world-building is super strong. Also like her Creepy Hollow books, these are primarily adventure novels centered around the heroine. Ridley Kayne is awesome. She's complex, layered, and has a good moral compass, even when she does bad things. Archer is also an interesting character, though we don't really get to know him. The plot is slow to get moving, but once it starts, the pieces all click in place quick ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure what it is exactly about Rachel Morgan’s writing that is so addicting, but it most definitely is!

Her latest book Elemental Thief tells the story of Ridley Kayne. Ridley Kayne is no ordinary teenage girl...not only does she steal from the rich to help the poor, but she has magic! After a mysterious stranger is murdered outside her home and her best friend framed, Ridley’s life becomes full of unexpected turns as she learns more about her world and the people she thought she knew, and
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magic has been outlawed since the magicists attempted to gather too much power and ended up destroying most of the towns and cities. However, Ridley Kayne not only still uses magic, but she actually has magic inside her, something that seems to be unique to her. Even before the prohibition she has been keeping this a secret from the world.
Ridley is such a cool character and has a Robin Hood thing going on, stealing from rich people, selling the goods and using the money to help other people who
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I didn't expect liking so much this book, I thought it would be an okay read but it got my heart halfway through the story. I honestly like Ridley and her strong beliefs & constant/rational mindset. Of course she gets frustrated when there are people she loves in danger, but she is curious with caution.
And oh boy, Archer already seems a super interesting character. I think I'm gonna fall for this man the more I get to know him. We got glimpses, but he is still a mystery.
The worldbuilding is int
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Morgan is one of my auto-buy authors. I LOVE the Creepy Hollow series (I haven't read Emerson's story yet). It's in my top 10 favorites. Her contemporary romance novels (under the name Rochelle Morgan) are also really good. They're cute, clean, adorable, and addicting. 

I was really excited when I heard Rachel Morgan was writing a new fantasy/dystopian series. She does an awesome job at world building, and her characters always have depth and outstanding growth. This is such a great start
Winston Crutchfield
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely a young adult novel, which I didn’t realize when I picked it up. 5 stars for engaging writing and likeable characters, fascinating setting and avoiding many common powered-girl tropes. Lost a star for poor structure such as action recaps and failing to set up plot turns. Will be interested to see how this author develops. I got this one during a free promotion but I’m likely to buy the second.
Jadyen (jayjaysbooknook)
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid 4 Stars! It started off a little slow for me and I thought it might drag on but it picked up quickly and didn’t let down! I love Ridley and loved all the little puzzle pieces and how they were revealed and pieced together just right.

Definitely recommend giving this book a try. I’m dying to get my hands on book 2 so I can continue this eye opening journey!
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I quite enjoyed this book and read it quite some time ago, filled with good magic, twists and turns. You never really know what is going to happen.
It's really easy reading, fun and before you know it, you end up finishing the book even though you're sure you just started it! Really looking forward to the rest of the series!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a fun read! This story is basically a dystopian fantasy, interesting combo. Lots of plot twists keeping the book entertaining and unpredictable (well, I may have predicted a little of it, but not some of the biggest reveals). I had trouble putting it down and am definitely looking forward to the next one in the series!
Carina Shephard
3.5 stars

Overall, liked it. It blended dystopian and fantasy in a way I thought was really unique, and several elements set it apart from your typical YA novel. The one thing that really hindered my enjoyment of the book was the language; it was completely unnecessary and quite frequent.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
mmm,, like it was interesting but i feel like the tension was not quite there? all the major plot points felt more like events leading up to the main event rather than the actual main event itself
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Elemental Thief is a new post apocalyptic urban fantasy by Rachel Morgan. I really enjoyed her Creepy Hollow series, but this one was just ok for me. There was pretty good world building, but I didn’t connect with the characters, like in other series. However, that could be because this is the first book in the series.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very grounded in the YA world. I’m much older than that but enjoyed the story enough to overlook the episodes of teenage angst. It’s a fun read and introduces you to an alternative world where we had magic, tried to enlarge on it, and destroyed our control over it. Magic becomes dangerous and outlawed, so of course, the story is about a magic user flying under the radar.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, i-own

Unlike other first books in most other series, this one cannot stand alone. As a stand alone, it is a truly terribly written book. The plot doesn't really get going until half way through the book, and by that time the whole 'clueless powerful heroine' act is frustratingly annoying. The trope, while it's overdone already, has nothing new or unique to bring to the table in this book. The second half was jammed packed full of new information - none of which makes sense beca
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Good world-building, though not very original (many of the elements were predictable what with it being a walled city where everyone is told stepping out means instant death). Adequate plot. Boring, flat characters. Felt no connection to them. Didn’t care what their fates were. Also, the writing was bland.

Yes, there was a cliffhanger, but the story did wrap up its initial question.

The story could have been much better had the author worked at character development to give them enriching personal
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Rachel Morgan spent a good deal of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making, crafting endless stories of make-believe and occasionally writing some of them down. After completing a degree in genetics and discovering she still wasn’t grown-up enough for a ‘real’ job, she decided to return to those story worlds still spinning around her imagination. These days she spends much of her ...more

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