Title: A Book of Spirits and Thieves
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Spirits and Thieves #1
Publication: 23rd June 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: YA, Fantasy.
Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge – A book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!
Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.
Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.
Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.
Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….
Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.
Morgan Rhodes is one of those magical word weavers who just hooks you in.
I bought this book a while ago and then never picked it up. Then I bought the sequel, despite the fact that I still hadn’t picked it up. Some may think that was stupid but after reading her first series, Falling Kingdoms (my reviews of 3, 4 +5), I knew I would love this one. Oh boy was I right! I’m really glad I left it so long because now I can pick book two up straight away! Although both of Rhodes’ series have Mystica, you don’t need to have read any of the Falling Kingdoms series to understand this. There are some nice nods to the series but Spirit of Thieves can be read as a stand alone series.
Rhodes writes in the style I love. There are multiple perspectives that all begin to intertwine. This book is written from three different perspectives and based in two places. Crystal Hatcher is from Modern-day Toronto. She lives with her mother and sister, Becca, in an antique bookshop. Everything seems normal until one day her Aunt sends a package to her mother, which they open, and Becca collapses into a coma. Unknowingly to Crys, Becca’s spirit has been sent through the book to another land, Ancient Mytica. There she can only be seen by Maddox Corso, a boy who can communicate with spirits. Finally, we have Farrell, a party boy from a rich family who is getting dragged deeper and deeper into a magical cult which seems to be changing him.
I went into the book not really knowing much about it. I loved the cult idea, it was so much more sinister than I was expecting. I especially love how everything links together throughout the book.
The book started off a little slow but once you’ve been introduced to the main three characters the pace picks up and things are constantly happening. I have high hopes for book two!