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Marmell, Ari. Covenant's End: A Widdershins Adventure.

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Marmell, Ari. Covenant's End: A Widdershins Adventure. Pyr/Prometheus, 2015. 250p. $17.99. 978-1-61614-986-4.

Once she was Adrienne Satti, adopted daughter of aristocrats. Now she is Widdershins, master thief, battler of demons, and only worshipper of the forgotten god Olgun. Shins and Olgun are on their way back to her home city of Davillon after a self-imposed exile, with Shins looking forward to seeing friends and taking up normal life in the Finders (thief's) Guild. But evil forces threaten Davillon, led by Shinss enemy, Lisette, who has allied with supernatural powers to take over the Guild and infiltrate the government and the noble houses of the city. It will take all Widdershins s strength and ingenuity to rebuild her coalition of allies, defeat Lisette, and banish the demons from Davillon once and for all.

Shins is a heroine tailor-made for fans of kick-butt action. There are blood and mayhem aplenty, along with feats of derring-do and scary, unnatural foes. The banter between Shins and Olgun provides comic relief, although the snarky, contemporary tone ("Who the hens is so hot to find me?" Shins inquires) sits uneasily in the pseudo-medieval setting. While action is the focus, hints of depth and complexity in other (human) characters lift the story above one-dimensional swordplay. Fans of the series will be tantalized by unresolved plot threads in this final installment, not so much dropped as left to play out in the readers mind. The authors verbal antics sometimes intrude on the plot, but the series (which should be read in order) is strong enough to be a worthy purchase nonetheless.--Kathleen Beck.

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Author:Beck, Kathleen
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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