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Early Review: Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Lady ThiefTitleLady Thief 

Author: A. C. Gaughen

GenreYA Fantasy

SeriesScarlet (Book 2)

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

FormatHardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0802736149 (Walker Childrens)

ISBN-13978-0802736147 (Walker Childrens)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

Quick & Dirty: This book left me completely speechless, it was that phenomenal. Brimming with romance, adventure, hope, and suspense, this is a must read for all YA fantasy fans.

Opening SentenceThe Fire breathed, the dying embers flaring and cooling in a hot pulse.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Scarlet is in a tough situation.  She is madly in love with Robin but since she married Lord Gisbourne she is bound by honor to stay virtuous.  It seems as if her and Robin will never get the happy ending she has always dreamed of, but then Gisbourne returns to Nottingham and offers Scarlet a deal.  If she is willing to come and play the dutiful wife while the prince is in town, he will agree to an annulment.  Scarlet knows that Gisbourne is up to something, but this might be her one shot at happiness so she agrees.

Prince John has come to appoint a new Sheriff and it is the hope of the people that he will choose their beloved Robin Hood.  But Prince John has a plan and her treacherous husband is a big part of it.  Even though Scarlet is acting the part of a noblewoman she still tries to help the people of Nottingham in any way she can.  Still rebellious as ever, her actions don’t go unnoticed or unpunished by her enemies.  But it is all a well played game and soon she discovers that she is a much bigger player then she ever thought possible.

Scarlet is the ideal heroine.  Not only is she strong, intelligent, and resourceful, she is also kind, gentle, and beautiful all around.  She has always had an extremely strong will and letting someone into her heart wasn’t easy.  Once she opened up to Robin she became a more complete person, but she can never truly be with him until she gets rid of Gisbourne.  Scarlet has sacrificed so much for the people of Nottingham, it is time she finally does something for herself.  I Loved Scarlet in the first book, but I felt like she became someone I could truly admire in the sequel.  She grew so much as a woman and her fierce loyalty and clever wit made her a force to be reckoned with.  I completely adore her and can’t wait to read the rest of her journey in the next book.

Robin Locksley is just as dashing and charming as he was in the first book.  But he has some demons in his past that come to surface and he might not be the hero everyone thought him to be.  For me his faults humanized him and made him a more relatable character.  He is broken in his own way, which made him a perfect match for Scarlet.  They have an epic kind of love that was beautiful and heartwarming.  Not only do they have amazing chemistry, they also complement each other perfectly.  I loved getting to know more about Robin and his past.  He is an amazing man and I felt that he was deserving of all the love and devotion he got from Scarlet and the people of Nottingham.

I was actually a little scared to read Lady Thief because I loved Scarlet so much, and I was worried this one wouldn’t live up to its predecessor.  But I am delighted to say that this was a fantastic sequel and maybe even slightly better than the first.  This was easily one of my favorite fantasy books of all time, it was seriously that good.  The plot thickens tremendously and Gaughen threw so many wonderful twists into the story that kept me totally engrossed the whole time.  There was action, romance, mystery, and suspense all blended perfectly into a magical setting.  The characters were easy to relate to and my love for each of them grew so much more.  Gaughen’s writing captivated me from the first page and the dialect adds immensely to the beautiful atmosphere she created.  I’m not going to lie, the ending was torture and I am going to have a serious book hangover, but it was totally worth it.  Suffice to say, I absolutely loved this book and I think everyone should read this series.

Notable Scene:

“Why would you even want this, Gisbourne?” I asked. “It’s a fool offer.”

“You have my word I won’t kill you, and that once the prince leaves you will have your annulment. Should you accept, you will dress, speak, act, and be fully disarmed the way a lady befitting your station should. These are my terms, and if you would accept them, you need only come to the castle and join me in my chambers.”

“Tell me why.”

“Why isn’t important,” he told me, smiling a little.

“The only thing you need to consider is what you’re willing to do to marry your dear hero. Because trust me, love, you’ll never get an annulment from me otherwise. And if this doesn’t go the way I want and you are not under my roof, when I become sheriff I will have no guarantee for what blood my displeasure will purchase. I’m being—what’s the word—kind.” He smirked at me in the darkness.

Scarlet Series:

1. Scarlet

2. Lady Thief (February 11, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Walker Childrens/Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Scarlet.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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