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A Book of Spirits and Thieves + Teen Author Fest


A Book of Spirits and Thieves was my first read my Morgan Rhodes and it most certainly will not be my last.

You’ve seen copies of Falling Kingdoms all over the place, I know you have. That series is by Morgan Rhodes and this new book is a spin-off of that series. I’ve been saving the Falling Kingdoms series until I can dedicate some binge reading time to it, but A Book of Spirits and Thieves was a nice taste of what’s to come.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves opens with one of our main characters, Crys, skipping school and taking photos as she wanders the streets of Toronto. She’s not really sure if she even wants to finish high school, after all, she doesn’t need a high school diploma to be a photographer. Life has been kind of off for Crys lately; her two best friends just moved away, she’s not getting along with her sister, her mom doesn’t seem to care about her, and her dad left them two years ago. Little does Crys know though, things are about to get a whole lot worse when a package shows up at her family’s bookshop.

When that package reveals an ancient looking book whose text is written in a foreign language, Crys and her sister can’t help but take a peak. Soon, Crys’ sister, Becca, starts feeling really weird as she’s holding the book and before she can let it go a golden light surrounds her and puts her in a catatonic state. What kind of book is this? What’s happened to Becca and where has her spirit gone? How will Crys navigate this newly revealed world she lives in and who can she trust?

This latest by Morgan Rhodes is a must read for fantasy lovers and an easy starting point for those just getting into the genre. Don’t worry if you haven’t read Falling Kingdoms yet, you don’t need any prior knowledge to fully enjoy A Book of Spirits and Thieves.

You can meet Morgan Rhodes along with Natale Ghent and Megan Crewe this Monday, November 16th at this year's Teen Author Fest. These three Canadian authors will be at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch at 7:00 pm in the Chambers to answer all of your burning questions, share their insights into writing, and introduce their latest works with you. For more information about Teen Author Fest, click here

Image: Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms

By Rhodes, Morgan
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Gathering Darkness

A Falling Kingdoms Novel
By Rhodes, Morgan
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Rebel Spring

By Rhodes, Morgan