Thursday, July 30, 2015
A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
ARC received by Edelweiss.
Morgan Rhodes has had a successful run with her on going series, Falling Kingdoms, and now she's created a spinoff series that brings the modern world in contact with Ancient Mythica.
Crystal and Becca Hatcher live with their mother and work in the family book store. Things haven't been the same since their father left them and has never contacted them. One day a mysterious package arrives for their mother from their aunt. Crystal, being the rule breaker that she is, opens the package addressed to her mother to find a book. Once her disappointment has passed she opens the book to find that it's written in a foreign language. Becca takes the book to investigate it and is immediately effected by the book in a magical manner. Now Becca is in a coma, Crystal has to explain to her mother something unexplainable, and she has to figure out how her family and her father are tied to all of this. As she delves into the mystery of what happened to Becca, Crystal will learn family secrets that could tear her family apart and put Becca in danger.
Maddox Corso lives in Ancient Mythica, where he is known as the witch boy. Driven by debt he works for a thug of Mythica that spins Maddox's abilities and sells Maddox's services for high prices. When the Goddess finds out about Maddox she imprisons him to ask him to find a missing princess and a book. While this is going on Maddox starts seeing the specter of Becca Hatcher. He doesn't know why she keeps following him or why he is the only one that can see her, all he knows is that she dresses, talks, and acts differently than anyone else in Mythica. Together they must figure out the mystery laid before them by the Goddess and also how Becca can return home.
Farrell Grayson is your typical rich kid bad boy. Ever the fighter, rake, and disappointment to his parents, Farrell belongs to a secret society that all of his family members belong to. This elite group is run by Markus King, and the things this society does could make anyone's skin crawl. As Farrell keeps falling down deeper into this rabbit hole, he slowly starts losing himself and becoming someone even his younger brother cannot recognize. His path will cross with Crystal and both will learn how their lives, families, and futures are interconnected.
I really enjoyed this spinoff. There are not that many similarities to the other series, which is refreshing, but the writing style is still the same and that's great! I love how Rhodes can weave in magic, mystery, suspense, love, revenge, and friendship in her novels. She gives such great life to her stories and characters.
4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Edelweiss.