REVIEW: Thieves at Heart by Tristan J. Tarwater
Tavera has grown up an outsider. A half-elf in a land of humans, she finds herself dragged through various jobs for other people’s benefit and used for their gain. When a thief named Derk plucks her from her latest job she expects more of the same from the cunning rogue, but instead finds direction, guidance and protection for the first time in her life. Her pa belongs to a group called The Cup of Cream, a group of elite thieves, scoundrels and other sorts who seek not only personal gain but to keep balance in the Valley. To join their ranks would please her father and give Tavera the acceptance she’s been seeking all her life. When the unthinkable happens, she is forced to wonder if the Cup sees her as just another tool their sleeve, or if they under-stand she is an individual with her own desires, whose heart beats faster with every take. When she needs them most, will they be there for her? She’s about to find out.
I was very excited to read Thieves at Heart and find out more about Tavera after reading Little Girl Lost. This book picked up shortly after the prequel ended which was nice, it almost felt like I was still reading the same book, only now it was a full length novel rather than a short story. After reading about all the horrible things that had happened to Tavera in her short little life I kept assuming that Derk had ulterior motives as her new “pa” and it took me about half the book to realize he really does think of her as a daughter and care about her wellbeing. I enjoyed the father, daughter dynamic between Derk and Tavi, the conversations and actions between them made it seem as if they had always been together, rather than Tavi kidnapped from her “ma” by Derk early in the book.
Despite this book being about thievery and Derk bringing Tavi up as a thief because she was good at it, I still wanted Derk and Tavi to be the best thieves they could and not get caught. They were easy characters to become attached to (although I was already attached to Tavi after reading the prequel). Anytime they were doing something dangerous I was forced to keep reading until I found out if they were safe or not.
Overall, this book is very exciting. It flows really well until about half way through and while it stays exciting it becomes a bit choppy to the point where you don’t realize that Tavi has aged anywhere from several months to several years between and within chapters until you’ve read for a few minutes. This choppiness along with some awkwardly worded sections became rather annoying by the end but it was ended on a cliffhanger and a great story so I am still really looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what happens to Tavi and Derk.
(On a side note, I would say this book is probably not a great read for a guy as it has a lot of woman coming of age situations in it that might not make it so exciting for a guy to read. Then again I’m not an expert so you never know.)
Thieves at Heart is available at Amazon: Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1)
Author’s website: www.backthatelfup.com
Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.