Review: Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Title: Lost Covenant
Author: Ari Marmell
Genre: fantasy
Series: Widdershins Adventures #3
Pages: 277
Published: December 2013
Source: purchased
Rating: 4/5

It’s been six months since Widdershins and her own “personal god” Olgun fled the city of Davillon. During their travels, Widdershins unwittingly discovers that a noble house is preparing to move against the last surviving bastion of the Delacroix family.

Determined to help the distant relatives of her deceased adopted father, Alexandre Delacroix, she travels to a small town at the edge of the nation. There, she works at unraveling a plot involving this rival house and a local criminal organization, all while under intense suspicion from the very people she’s trying to rescue.

Along the way she’ll have to deal with a traitor inside the Delacroix family, a mad alchemist, and an infatuated young nobleman who won’t take no for an answer.

Covenant's End is another actiontastic adventure with the snarky and witty Widdershins. Over three books, this has really emerged into a special series and character. However, it isn't a perfect world she lives and  Shins is not the same person she was before the events of False Covenant. Death, destruction, and doubt color every aspect of her life and Widdershins is more lost at sea than ever. She makes poor decisions, reacts before thinking, and makes mistakes and spends the rest of the novel trying to fix them. Her humanity shines through here just as much as her godly connection.

Widdershins is given a new location and new kind of problem to fight with in book three. Taken out of the familiar Davillon and away from her allies, this really is a different kind of fight for the thief; she's more alone than ever, even with Olgun at her side and in her head. Her skills are put to the test in new ways and Marmell creates a wholly new kind of antagonist to match wits with the former Adrienne Satti. It's an exciting read and I loved that the author didn't fall back on things or ideas that had been done before. 

Taking place so far from the established world and involving so little of the known characters, Lost Covenant feels more standalone-like than the previous novels in the series. It's wrapped up neatly enough for a satisfactory resolution but Marmell leaves just enough unanswered to leave room for a further Widdershins novel. It's full of the trademark humor and wit that I've come to expect and love from these books and characters. I do wish that they could be a little bit longer -- less than 300 pages feels way too short when spending time with Widdershins and company.

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