Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux: Review by AimeeKay

In the crumbling city of Eloria, there is one indisputable fact: everyone has a price. Protestations of morality and better judgment have little meaning when confronted with the chance to obtain the unobtainable. The only question remaining is just how much a person is willing to sacrifice in order to win their heart’s desire. 
Sevy has always been a quick study in the wicked ways of Eloria. She has no qualms about taking what she wants, and when the love of her life is mysteriously murdered, Sevy will stop at nothing to get him back. Elvish black magic, necromancy and demonic pacts are of little consequence if it means she can once again have her beloved at her side. But is she willing to murder her only friend to get the job done?

I enjoyed this book, it really drew me in. I really liked the world that Lehoux has created. The different races and how they interacted. I liked her characters as well. The different parts of the story told from different characters points of view gave me a chance to see inside their heads. I liked Sevy, she was strong and funny. At the same time she was very human, some of her choices just made me want to shake her.

Reading the story reminded me a lot of some of the fantasy novels I read when I was younger. It seemed familiar, but in a good way. I like to try to guess where a story is going while I’m reading it. Certain things I didn’t expect, and after specific events I had pretty much figured out how it was going to end. Even then, I wasn’t disappointed in the ending. Also even though it is the first in a series, it is a stand alone novel, so don’t be worried about cliffies or anything.

I do want to learn more about the rest of the world that Lehoux has created. Thief is the first book in the series. I am hoping that Shades of War, the second book in the series, delves deeper into the different races and cultures of her land. I’m also hoping it is as enjoyable a read as the first.

If you are a fan of traditional fantasy I definitely recommend this one. It was a fresh change of pace from the flood of YA fair that is out there today.

‘Til next time.

Melissa's note:
If you are interested in the book, I'm having a giveaway of the set. Tomorrow is AimeeKay's review of Shades of War the second book in this series. 
To see the post by Melissa of My World in Words and Pages go HERE! To enter for the giveaway you can enter on that post or just enter in the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is for both books in pdf format.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I never heard of this book before, but it sounds like something I would enjoy. And yay! for the giveaway! :)

  2. I am glad that this can be read as a good stand alone novel without a cliffie that is always a bonus for me and hey I am all about reading books with good world building. Great giveaway!

  3. I am reading this on in December, hopefully :)

  4. Oh, stand alone is nice! I like a series but when each book works as a stand alone it's very nice because those cliffies kill me! I love fantasy and I look forward to seeing what you think of the next one!

  5. I like the sound of Sevy. I mean the character that can make you cheer and shake her sounds like fun. :) I can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for reviewing!

  6. Cool giveaway! And I love fantasy books that can take me in to a different world!

  7. It's always so interesting to have a great world like that in a story.

  8. Great Review! I like that you weren't disappointed even when you knew certain things were leading to a particular point. And then that you were still surprised. Man, I hate when the love interest dies. That really sucks. I'm wondering about that part of the story. I'm a sucker for a good romance. I don't think I've EVER read an elf book. Think I'll enter the giveaway.

    Thanks for the review!

  9. I loved this book, definitely think everyone should enter the contest! Thanks for all the comments!

  10. Oh wonderful AimeeKay! Glad to see you enjoyed this one. :D I do enjoy my fantasy, and this one fit right in with me as well.


Thanks for commenting! I ❤ comments!