Thieves at Heart

12810758Tavera, an orphaned half-elf, has been taken in by Derk, a thief that is teaching her the art to steal without getting caught, both by working alone and working together with others. Her goal is to be let into the Cup, a secret society for thieves that has a pride in what they do, but also are “better” than the scum who steal or hurt others for fun. Follow Tavera growing from a young girl to a woman and her struggles in the Valley.

This story is a continuation of Little Girl Lost, and is about Tavera’s life after she fled from the sausage-maker. It’s not as much as thievery, as you’d think, but more about the struggles of growing up. Although rather well-written it left me wondering what really happened to the girl before Little Girl Lost. Where did she come from? What happened to her parents? The book also ended rather abruptly and I expected to read more about the girl in the next book, Self-made Scoundrel. I wanted more adventure and sometimes it felt like the books skipped in time just as it seemed to become really interesting. But though my expectations were high and the book completely different from what I thought it would be, I enjoyed reading about Tavera’s growth and struggles. I also learnt more about the Valley of Ten Crescents, which is where they live.

In short, I’m disappointed but the book was still good and I liked it.


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Little Girl Lost

91xOLfbXFkL._SL1500_Tavera is an orphaned part-elf who’s sold to a sausage-making woman. The girl quickly learns how to work around the shop to not get a beating and doesn’t find the life too bad. When her employer is out, Tavera takes the opportunity to play with some interesting items she found in a hidden storage. But one day the store is robbed and in her despair, Tavera forgets to remove some ribbons she put in her hair and the woman founds her wearing them with the sausage machine missing part. In fury she cuts Tavera’s ear as Tavera runs for all she’s worth.

This is a prequel to Thieves at Heart, the first book in a series called The Valley of Ten Crescents by Tristan J. Tarwater. Short stories can be tricky – especially prequels – in my opinion. Sometimes you give away too much, sometimes you build up some mystery. Tarwater did well in this regard. However there were some spelling mistakes. I can forgive that though, as the story was well done and I really wanted to read Thieves at Heart right away afterwards to see what happened to Tavera, also hoping to learn more about Tavera’s past.


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Little Girl Lost (The Valley of Ten Crescents #0) (Kindle Edition)