Review: A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Book 1 of Spirits and Thieves series

Release Date: June 23rd 2015

Rating: ★★★★★

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.


A Book of Spirits and Thieves is a companion novel for Falling Kingdoms series. It centered around three main characters; Farrell Grayson, Crystal Hatcher and Maddox Corso. The first two characters’ POV takes place in modern day Toronto, while Maddox’s takes place in the world of Mytia.

Crystal and her sister Becca help their mom run a bookshop while they stumble on a package their aunt sent for their mother. They open it and find a book with a golden hawk drawn over its cover. Becca opens it but finds herself pulled into it as if by magic, after which she falls into a coma. After that, Crystal starts to ask questions determined to help her sister even if things between them weren’t that great after their father abandoned them. Her mom is also hiding things from her which makes Crystal even more persistent to find the truth about what happened to Becca and what the Hawkspear secret Society has to do with it?

On the other hand, Farrell Grayson is the son of a rich family. The tragic incident of his older brother’s death caused him to be disinterested in anything but drinks and girls. His family isn’t the most attentive or caring, so he finds himself under the influence of Markus King, the leader of Hawkspear Society. Let’s say it is like he sold his soul for the devil.

The Plot

Readers of Falling Kingdoms, would definitely noticed the similarities between the two books. I have no idea why it’s written is such a way. However, the new settings and the characters actually took my mind off this issue. I had my doubts about how a modern take on Falling Kingdoms would be but I’m actually pleased by what I found. The plot and pace were perfect. After the halfway mark, the twists were happening and I could not put the book down. I finished it in one sitting.

The Characters

Crystal Hatcher | She was such a surprise for me. She is persistent, honest, down to earth, kickass and doesn’t get BSed from anyone. She is not swayed by simple compliments, even if she liked them (she’s girl after all). Even though she is serious most of the time, she compensates for it by her choice of t-shirts with funny sayings on them. I think that is a great way by Rhodes to portray this side of her this way.

Farrell Grayson | Like Crystal is the equivalent of Cleo in FK, Farrell is like my bae Magnus. So of course I’d fall in love with him instantly. He is definitely troubled by his brother’s sudden death. An older brother whom he learned a lot from. However, Farrell has a deep desire for acknowledgment, as a guy who lived in the shadow of his oldest brother who was the smartest and brightest, according to his parents, leads him to dark places and making choices he might not really feel strong about.

One thing I noticed that make me more in awe of this woman’s care in writing her characters’ psychology, was the very subtle, almost unnoticeable, change in Farrell’s thoughts and attitude after he received the second mark of the society which makes its recipient more susceptible to being controlled and blindingly loyal.

Maddox Corso | He is the magical backbone of the mythology along with Becca in modern day. Being both children of higher magical beings is going to be interesting to see where both stories end up. He and Becca have this semi-insta-love that reminded me of Alexius and Lucia in Rebel Spring. They were cute and innocent, which was refreshing. Maddox learns more about his family by the end of this book. However, his story is like an introduction so I’m eagerly awaiting for the next book and his struggle against Valoria.

Farrell and Crystal | *sigh* it is like Cleo and Magnus again. These two started and ended this book as enemies but I have great hope in their love. Markus assigns Farrell the mission of spying on Crystal and getting close to her to know what she knows about the book of magic, The Bronze Codex, in order for him to gain Markus’ trust and be allowed in his most trusted inner circle. He does so not knowing his rival is no less cunning than he is. I really enjoyed their interactions especially when she figured he was part of the Hawkspear society and he was lying to her. The end is such a worrying one but again I am hopeful Farrell is going to snap out of this trance he is in and I have complete trust in Morgan Rhodes.

Favorite Quotes:

“how stupid to abandon something I loved because someone I loved abandoned me.”

“His mother thought he was nothing, especially compared with the perfect genius Connor was or the full-of-potential angel Adam was. But Farrell was not nothing, and this proved it in black and white… [] One day, he’d force Isabelle Grayson to eat every last one of her words, as if they were ingredients in a rancid soufflé.”

– “Can you do me a couple of favors, Farrell?”
– “Depends on what they are.”
– “Tell Markus if he’s going to send spies after me, he should send smarter ones.”
Charming. “I’ll think about it. And the second favor?”
Crys stood up, took a final sip from her glass of ice water, and then poured the rest onto his lap.“Go to hell.”

– “Becca run!” Maddox yelled.
– “Becca? Who is Becca?” Valoria asked, Barnabas, Sienna, and Camilla were now up to their shoulders in the mud.
– “Oh, that’s just another name he likes to call me, now and then” Barnabas called out. “Adorable, yes? Sorry my young friend, but I can’t run at the moment. I’m busy sinking to my death.”




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