Title: Thief’s Cunning
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Companion to: Assassin’s Heart
Date Started: June 20
Date Finished: June 23
Format: ebook from the digital library
Allegra has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.
But lately Allegra’s getting fed up with everything being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. When she finally learns the truth about her family, though—that she’s a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of. But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.
So I wasn’t going to read this book when I initially found out about it. I don’t like ‘companion’ books. Especially when it’s been a few months since I’ve read the predecessor. And in Thief’s Cunning’s case, I didn’t really enjoy the first one all that much. But I’m a sucker for finishing things I start (most of the time) and I added it anyway. And let me tell you, I’m kind of glad that I did.
Don’t get me wrong Thief’s Cunning still had its issues. While in Assassin’s Heart Lea’s biggest problem was all her guilt, Thief’s Cunning had Allegra and she had two problems. The first is that she wants to be free. Apparently in the life that she currently lives she feels trapped. And I really don’t blame her for that notion. Lea and her extended family keep her pretty much housebound except for the odd job. Of course, it took me a while to figure out why – it’s been over a year since I read Assassin’s Heart – and when I did I had a head slapping moment. Duh.
Allegra’s second problem is her rashness. She’s very quick to assumptions. Like she doesn’t trust people because she’s afraid of being betrayed – like she was with Lea and Les – and she likes to blame others for her problems. Every time Allegra started yelling at someone in this book I had to roll my eyes a few times. I also didn’t like the whole instalove relationship in this book between Allegra and Nev. She goes to the menagrie once and instantly wants to go back because of Nev who instantly takes a liking to her too? Oy.
However, at the same time I liked Allegra’s relationship with Nev and the travelers. She trusted them a lot more than she did her family. And while all the different Gods thing was sometimes confusing, it was also really interesting. I liked the world that Ahiers creates in these two novels. I just wish there had been time to enjoy it instead of drama, drama, drama.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. While I did like Thief’s Cunning more than Assassin’s Heart, the MC is still very irksome. The ending too also felt very rushed and slightly repeated from the first novel.
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