Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: Thief


By:  Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Publisher:  Mundania Press

Publish Date:  May 2010

Format:  Paperback 267pgs, 5"x8" Trade size

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  1st Book in Sevy series

Recommendation:  Yes.  Do you like fantasy? Thieves? Go pick this one up! Such character connection here.

Book Synopsis:
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?

First Sentence:
She might as well have been invisible.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Sevy is a young girl and thief living in a city abandoned by most of the high class and nobility with nothing much left, as the factories have stopped too.  Sevy tries to take care of her one friend, Trena, just to find she has turned to prostitution as her handler promises her all the things she wants.  But, Sevy has her limits and wont join, not with this disgusting man.  Sevy has crossed paths a few times with the gorgeous oceanic blue-eyed man Jarro and Jarro ends up helping Sevy in a most dire way.  Sevy is looking for a friend and attaches herself with Jarro's unique group.  Yet there is one here who doesn't like having Sevy around, out of jealousy maybe, who is Irea.  She attempts to get to Sevy...one way or another...  And what happens when the group dissolves for matters greater than just going separate ways?

This is a fantasy read with thieves close and front. With that comes the battles they fight with others in a desolate city to survive, so there are fighting scenes and action. We also have different creatures present too; dwarfs, elves, mysterious dark elves, pixies, and more. The book doesn't waste time with unnecessary complete depictions of all the different creatures, but the creatures are present and you know of them. We do learn of the stories of the Dark Elves through the book as Sevy's one closest friend is one. But are the stories really true?

I thought this book was set up in an interesting way to get more story and view of time.  We have three sections which are different times of Sevy's life.  First how Sevy meets Jarro and becomes part of the group.  Second eight years later starting with Jarro's view, and leads into learning about Sevy's talents as a thief and the job they do together.  In which you learn more of the love here as well.  Then the third section, starting from a best friends view ~ Revik ~ and gets to the dangerous magic at hand.  I really liked this aspect as I got to see and feel the characters grow through out the book with out any loss in the connections with them.

I didn't realize I was so attached with Sevy and her love until the end.  I have to say I shed a few tears for them, and I don't do that.  I'm not one to cry when reading a book.  But this author did what I wanted her to do, yet desperately didn't want to see at the same time.  I loved it!  This is a way to take the chance with your characters and pushing them to be better along with making the readers love and feel for them.

Oh, I soooo enjoyed this read.  I even already ordered up the second book for me, Shades of War.  I'm really looking forward to getting more of this broken girl Sevy.

Are you curious about the books?  You can check out the authors site for her books, HERE at the Official Website for Sarah-Jane Lehoux.  Or go to the publishing site, Mundania Press and check out her books out as well, you can buy them here too. ;)

I purchased this book for my own reading enjoyment.

This book qualifies for the Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books.


  1. I like fantasy and yes I like thieves :D They are the best characters. Sounds good

  2. Great review, Melissa! I think that when a book makes you cry, to draw that kind of emotion, that's when you know a book is really good. At least, that has been my experience. I'm definitely going to keep this one in mind.

  3. Sounds like a good one, until the tears. I do avoid books that I know will make me cry.

  4. Thief is one of my favourite books but Shades of War is even better. SJ continues to grow as a writer--I was just in awe reading SoW and I'm so, so stoked for Masquerade. I can't wait 'til she finishes it!

  5. Oh I haven't heard of these. I must check this one out. It sounds so good. I don't like to cry, but the last good book made me shed a tear or two... so I will just have to suck it up and try it. :)

  6. Blodeuedd - Oh, I think you might enjoy this book as well. :) Hope you give it a try.

    Michelle @ TheTrueBookAddict - Hi! Hope you are well. Oh thank you. I was so surprised I had become so attached to the characters in the end to feel such strong emotions for them. It was wonderful! lol. I do hope you think about trying it one day.

    Carolsnotebook - Oh, the tears aren't a bad thing. I was so taken into the story and felt strongly with the characters I got carried away. I was very surprised I was caught up in the book so. But it's a good thing, as I really liked the book. :)

    Skyla - I have to get through a few other books, but I have to say I did go right to Mundania Press and order Shades of War just a short day or two after finishing this one. I'm looking forward to when I can sneak it in and then hound SJ for Masquerade. ;D

    Melissa (Books&Things) - I found these when I visited Mundania Press's site. I found lots of books there I want, but have to work through them slowly as I can't buy them all in one shot. lol. Oh, I hope you give this book and series a try. I just seemed to get all caught up with the characters here. Couldn't believe I was so emotionally invested and tied in. lol. It was great though.

  7. If you shed tears over a character's plight, which you don't usually do, then she must have really affected you. The author did a good job!

  8. StephanieD - I was very surprised with myself, but I did shed a few tears. It was wonderful! I have to say. :) thank you!

  9. Great review, Melissa! Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  10. Hi Jenn! Thank you for stopping by to check out the review. ANd glad you liked it. :) It was a great read. I do hope you check it out. :)


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