Convince Me To Read (16): Spirits and Thieves Series by Morgan Rhodes

Posted July 23, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 8 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (16): Spirits and Thieves Series by Morgan RhodesA Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
Also by this author: Falling Kingdoms
Published by Razorbill on June 23rd 2015
ISBN: 1595147594
Pages: 359

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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.

Jamie’s review

This is a great spin-off series that helps expand the world that Rhodes has created in Falling Kingdoms while not alienating readers who may not have read that series. It brings together little pieces of both our world and Mytica which is super exciting. As well, we are able to see the history behind the events that are currently happening in Falling Kingdoms, which is SUPER COOL. Since this is only a trilogy, and the second book is out at the end of the month, if you are hesitant about starting the epically long Falling Kingdoms series, try A Book of Spirits and Thieves first to determine if you want to know more about the world (Spoiler: you will).

I think the characters in this one had better introductions than what we got from the characters in Falling Kingdoms. I really liked Crystal and how she was doing her best to be a good sister while also forging her own path. It was interesting to see her dynamic with her family because she wanted answers and instead of just asking questions, she did what she could to find the answers. She was very thorough in her research and tried to see both sides of the story before coming to any conclusions. It was refreshing that she wanted to make a name for herself but also wanted to be a good sister because I am sure she will come to realize that both can be done.

I really liked having Farrell’s perspective because he was on the complete other side. He doesn’t wholeheartedly believe in what he’s doing, but he believes in it enough to keep doing it and I think it will be interesting to see how he merges what he knows about the Hawkspear Society with what Crystal knows about it. I think there is a lot of room for character growth with him and he is will be my favourite by the end.

However, Maddox’s point of view was the best because we were back in Mytica. I loved seeing the early stages of the world I’ve come to know and love because it was SO different. And I am really excited to see how it grows and changes and what that means. Plus we are learning more about the history!! And OMG! So many new twists and turns which will only add to my enjoyment of Crystal Storm when it releases! I also really liked that even though Maddox had magic, he was intimidated by it and didn’t necessarily want to use it. I think there are too many characters out there who just use whatever they are given and don’t think about the consequences, but not Maddox! Plus, I started to really love him and View Spoiler ». So I can’t wait to see where that heads next!

I think the plot was pretty interesting. I liked how the Toronto plot overlapped with the Mytica plot and I am really excited to see where it goes. For me, though, Rhodes’s stories are character heavy. And these characters are really delivering. They are all fairly selfish and want answers to please themselves so I can’t WAIT TO SEE WHERE THIS GOES. I haven’t been this excited about a new series in a long time so I’m super duper happy right now.

I do think that some of the story was a bit rushed and there were some big reveals that were kind of glossed over. We learned what the reveal was, but not what it meant for the story and I think that is something we see too often in these kinds of stories. It is all about the immediate drama of revealing the twist rather than the long term drama of what it means for the future of the story. I am sure it will be expanded upon in the next book but I am still a bit hesitant because what if it doesn’t really get addressed again in the future?

Overall, I highly recommend A Book of Spirits and Thieves AND Falling Kingdoms because both are excellent and have excellent characters and Canadian author! That’s all.

Convince Me To Read (16): Spirits and Thieves Series by Morgan RhodesThe Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes
Also by this author: Falling Kingdoms
Published by Razorbill on June 28th 2016
ISBN: 1595147616
Pages: 368

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In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes's highly acclaimed Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.

Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca's spirit to Ancient Mytica--the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca--and the remarkable book in their possession.

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with volume two of the Book of Spirits and Thieves series, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

Jamie’s review

I have died. I’m dead. Like super dead. This book, this series, this world, they all slay me. I have a good chance of being revived in time for Crystal Storm and then dying again after I finish that one. But man! I love getting the backstory to Falling Kingdoms in The Darkest Magic. It makes my reading of these books that much more interesting. I had a few issues with this one but otherwise I am THOROUGHLY SATISFIED.

The Bad:
One thing about the way that these books are written is that there is instalove everywhere. You meet someone and three days later you are super in love with them. And that’s fine, except it’s not that believable — especially when you read it about every single character. It’s basically like: Person A meets Person B and three days later they are a couple and soul mates. Which is fine if you’re into that sort of thing, but I am not. I think the most realistic relationship in this one is between Crystal and Farrell and I am not even a fan of them together.

The Good:
Literally everything else. Like, adults were a part of this! They told the kids what they needed to know but were there for (most of) the steps to solving the problem. But the kids were still kids! They snuck out! They tried to solve the problem on their own and failed! It was excellent. I also liked that the adults were just as wrapped up in the events as the kids were. Too often with fantasy books the kids think they can just solve the problem on their own and parents are oblivious (or in a magical coma) so they don’t ask for help. But Crystal asked for help and received it. She also wanted to be in the know and the adults trusted her (to some extent). It was wonderful. And Becca was able to grow in this one a lot more than in A Book of Spirits and Thieves because she was given her own point of view. I’m not going to lie, when I saw she had her own point of view, I thought View Spoiler » but it was refreshing to see how the magic worked with her and that she was her own person instead of just Crys’s sister or Maddox’s BFF/Crush/True Love.

I loved being in Maddox’s mind because I love Mytica SO MUCH. I could spend forever in this fantasy world (and trust me, I spend a lot of time rereading the FK books) so having this addition and a portal to our present day world? Hello, let me find that please! I feel like Maddox has grown so much over the course of the story and I am really excited to see where he is going to go next. View Spoiler »

I am still not a fan of Farrell. I think he is a lot of things that if I wrote them out I would have to ** and !$@ the letters so you don’t see what I’m saying. I don’t think he is a good guy and I don’t think he has room for a redemption arc. I feel like the ending is going to change him a lot though so LET’S SEE. But I don’t think Crys and him are a good match. Nope nope nope. I’m nope-ing out of there. HOWEVER, I did quite enjoy their ballroom scene and I am such a sucker for those tbh.

I am so excited to see how the plot develops both in Toronto and in Mytica. I feel like this has so much potential for explosive and danger, but also sweet and sentimental. I love this series and I will PUSH IT ON PEOPLE FOREVER (looking at you Dani) so START BOTH THIS AND FALLING KINGDOMS ASAP!

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This is high fantasy at it’s finest and I think Dani will enjoy the complex relationships between the characters. I think she’ll also be rooting for some HEAs but WHO KNOWS if we will get them. Dani will fangirl tf over this one with me and I think she should immediately read A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES and THE DARKEST MAGIC!



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About Morgan Rhodes

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

8 responses to “Convince Me To Read (16): Spirits and Thieves Series by Morgan Rhodes

  1. I haven’t read this series yet but I’m obsessed with her Falling Kingdoms books and added these to my TBR when I started reading those!

  2. I love love love this series. I have been anxiously waiting to read The Darkest Magic and I know it’s going to be awesome. I love having this spin-off series to make the year-long wait for the Falling Kingdom sequels to come out more bearable. Great reviews Jamie 😀

  3. Eveline

    I haven’t read the Falling Kingdom series yet, but I hope reading this will give me a better idea if it’s worth the investment (for me)! 🙂

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