Review: A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves Trilogy #1) by Morgan Rhodes

on Oct 12, 2015
Crystal Hatcher and her little sister, Becca, are working in the Speckled Muse, their
mother's downtown Toronto bookstore, when an unexpected parcel arrives. Inside is the object that
will change their lives forever: a large leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language.
When Becca opens it, she falls into a deep coma that sends her spirit to another world. 

Meanwhile, on the ritzier side of town, Farrell Grayson parties away his parents' fortune.
When the mysterious leader of a powerful secret society invites him to join his inner circle,
Farrell seizes the chance to prove his worth—no matter how much he has to sacrifice.

Worlds away in Mytica, merciless goddess Valoria hunts for the elusive treasure that will make
her ruler not only of her realm, but of all the unseen worlds that lie beyond it. But Valoria's plans
are thwarted when Maddox Corso, a commoner, meets a pretty stranger from a faraway land
who desperately needs his help, Her name is Becca Hatcher, and when Maddox realizes he's
the only one who can see her, their meeting feels like much more than chance.

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance

Review: I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I'm a fan of the Falling Kingdoms series, although I didn't enjoy Gathering Darkness as much as the first two installments.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves dropped me right back in the world of Mytica and reminded me why I love Morgan Rhodes writing.

Well, not at first. Actually the book was quite slow to start, this being my only major problem. If I wasn't already a fan of this author/series I definitely would have stopped reading sometime during those first few chapters. Also the original cover (on the left) is so much better. It fits the story perfectly, unlike most covers. I don't really understand why they changed it. They should have let the cover on the right be for the fifth Falling Kingdoms book or something else.

What a wonderful, intricate plot. And I loved the bookshop, reading about a reader just tends to double the happiness a book brings. Rhodes balances the alternating point-of-vies beautifully. Every character was incredibly unique but they also meshed well together.

Yay, a fellow bookworm. Go, Becca, go! Becca is such a cool character to read about.

Maddox, oh sweetheart. I had so much sympathy for Maddox and he was possibly my favorite character. I love how brave he becomes, and how he and Becca compliment each other so well.

At first I really, really did not like Crystal. I sort of despised her honestly. Mostly due to the fact that she didn't seem to understand the wonder of books. *insert gasp here* Yet she grew on me. Her dedication to finding her sister really impressed me. Plus she kept Farrell constantly on his toes which I loved. 

I strongly disliked Farrell at the beginning. Mostly because I was afraid he would be a one dimensional character; the rich kid who whines about everything but also gets everything he wants. But near the end I truly sympathized for him. He is arrogant and rude, but can be charming and I see good in him and I hope goods things happen to him in the next book.

The ending was crazy! So many twists, so many reveals and surprises. So magical. The wait for the next book is going to seem endless. I highly recommend this book!

~ Important Links ~
Read my review of book #2
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Learn more on the authors website

About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and ardently shipping RumBelle. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


Intisar Khanani said...

Sounds like an intriguing series--guess I'm going to have to add it to my TBR list! So glad to be reading your reviews again. :)

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