GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Theives at Heart” by Tristan J. Tarwater

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“  A great story set in a beautiful, fantastic yet very realistic world. ” – NathanP.

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Little Tavera is a half-elf child in a land of humans, an outsider dragged from bad situation to worse–until Derk whisks her away and adopts her as his own. Tavera soon finds out her new Pa is a master thief, a member of an elite group of professional scoundrels called the Cup of Cream. They make their money that way, sure, but thievery is as necessary as any other profession in the Valley of Ten Crescents; it balances society. To Derk’s–and her own–delight, Tavera grows into a natural thief and works her way toward membership in the Cup. Joining would finally give her some place where she belongs, and it would please the Pa she loves so much. But being a thief means being only one step ahead of the law. When the law finally catches up, Tavera must choose: go against her Pa’s wishes for the sake of loyalty and love; or obey him and survive.

This reader can’t wait for a sequel!

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of traditional fantasy. Elves are usually not my thing, and the plots that tend to come with fantasy bore me. For whatever reason, I just can’t often get into a fantasy book.But I just finished Thieves at Heart and it was the first fantasy book that’s held my attention the whole way through. It doesn’t exactly have a plot — that is, external happenings driving the story — but it holds up very well as a story driven by the characters. Well– that’s not entirely true, because how can you end on a cliffhanger if there’s not plot? (And what a cliffhanger! I need the sequel!)

Anyway. It could use a bit more copy-editing, and there are some parts where uncommon words are repeated multiple times in a paragraph, and I have a pet peeve for the breath/breathe mistakes a lot of writers make, but it’s still otherwise a well-written novel following a little half-elf girl’s induction into a group of thieves. I enjoy the characters, the plots, Tavi’s rebellious adolescence… Yep.

So overall, I give it four stars out of five. It’s a great story to read, and you too will be wanting the sequel to be out *right now* when it’s over.  –  Caytlin Reese

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