A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
3.5 out of 5 stars.
“My name is Becca Hatcher. I don’t know what’s happened to me, where I am, or how I got here, but I know one thing. You’re going to help me get back home.”
Goodreads Description: 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.
A Book of Spirits and Thieves is a Falling Kingdoms spin-off series. I love the Falling Kingdoms series, so I wanted to check out this spin-off book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it sounded interesting from the description.
The concept of the book was really interesting, but I found it to be a bit boring at times. I was also trying to recognize some things from Mytica in this book that I remembered from Falling Kingdoms, so that didn’t help…lol. It’s kind of funny though, because with Falling Kingdoms I kept thinking about the BBC show Merlin and then reading this spin-off book I just kept thinking about Falling Kingdoms. So that definitely made me not appreciate and love this book as much as I probably would have had I not constantly think of Falling Kingdoms.
Aside from that though, it was still a good book. I still enjoyed it for the most part and I loved the tie in of Ancient Mytica and Modern-day. Becca slips into a comma and her spirit is sent to Mytica. In this book it switches between both worlds. It was nice to learn more about the world and the elemental magic that you see in the Falling Kingdoms series. I didn’t connect too much with the characters in this book, but I am hoping that changes in book two.
Overall, I did enjoy A Book of Spirits and Thieves, but at times it was a little boring for me. I would have hoped to connect with the characters more, but the story was still interesting and enjoyable. I love the way that Morgan Rhodes writes and she’s definitely on the top of the list of favorite authors. I think that me thinking about Falling Kingdoms did play a big part into why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. My mind just seemed to wander so much back to that series. I did like this one enough to want to read the next book though and I believe it gets released this month!
“I want to be respected. I want to be powerful. And yes, I want to be special. I want to leave a mark on this world so no one forgets who I was.”
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?
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