Monday, 30 January 2017

Review: Thieves at Heart by Tristan J. Tarwater

Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It started off sooo good. And it ended sooo... not quite as good.

The book starts off with Tavera as a little 6 or 7 year old girl assisting her mother who is a prostitute. She's then adopted by a young man, a thief who happens to notice her skills when she tries to steal from him.

The first third of the book was fantastic, the pace was fast but easy to follow along, you watch Tavera grow up through the years while also get a taste of what the side characters are like. But all of a sudden, the book speeds up and I'm no longer able to keep up with Tavi's age. made worse by the fact that after about 13 she doesn't really grow mentally.

I did enjoy watching Tavi go through all the phases of childhood and eventually reaching womanhood and discovering her sexuality... But, that's kind of where it ends.

After the first third of the book, the side characters disappear or are overshadowed by Tavi's inner monologue. And all you get is her just explaining things that have happened over the past few days (or years) for a few pages before the chapter quickly ends. There's no action whatsoever, no peak into her actually doing a heist. No exploration of what the Cup is like. Old Gam disappears, characters come and go, even her adopted father is barely heard from. The only thing you get are a glimpse of her thoughts which weren't very descriptive.

Would have been so much better if the author took the time to flesh things out.

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