Saturday, December 17, 2011

Guest Review: Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Mundania Press LLC
ISBN 1606592274 
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?
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Michelle’s Thoughts:
Sevy is a streetwise seventeen-year-old girl struggling to survive in the slums of a violent city.  When she meets Jarro, the charming leader of a street gang, she is determined to win his heart by being the best thief he's ever seen.  But unfortunately for Sevy, Jarro's jealous mistress isn't so pleased to have the young girl join the gang, and is determined to use the darkest magic imaginable to stop her.

I know when I'm enjoying a book when I get to the last page and wish that the story would continue on.  This book grabbed me from the very first page and held me until the very last.  Thief has all the elements of a captivating fantasy: truly dark magic, noble characters, a sinister villain, and an unpredictable plot.  There is also a wonderful romance in this book between Sevy, the street urchin, and her beloved Jarro, the man who rescued her from the streets.  Their relationship is complex, and fraught with angst.  The tension between them kept me wanting more.

The book is grim and, especially at the end, quite graphic.  However, the violence and gore were germane to the plot and setting.  And although I  admit that, at times, I was put off by the language (I'm never a fan of the c-word), but at the same time, it too reflected the grittiness of the city and its characters.

Thief is one of the best books I've read all year, and I look forward to reading the squeal.

Michelle's Rating: 5 Wine Glasses!

Michelle Scott’s biggest dream is to discover a coven of vampires or a pack of werewovles living somewhere near her home in Detroit.  Until that day, she’ll read about them instead.  She loves urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror.  You can read some of her work on her


  1. I had not heard of this author or this book. Generally, I am not one for the grittier stories though I can appreciate someone writing with authentic-ism.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Wondeful review! I actually have this one on my shelf but haven't gotten to reading it yet. It sounds really good though I'Ll have to bump it up my TBR list!

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