Review: False Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #2) by Ari Marmell

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pyr (June 5, 2012)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

The Church is finally lifting its interdictions and the city has begun to recover, but much of the populace – angry at the clergy – has turned away from the Church hierarchy, choosing private worship or small, independent shrines. And the new bishop, concerned for his new position and angry at the people of Davillon, plans to do something about it.

Through a combination of trickery and real magic, the bishop fakes the appearance of a supernatural threat, stalking the nighttime streets – something just frightening and just unnatural enough that it should drive the people to turn back to the Church for protection. It’s a hoax that might have worked, had it not provided cover for a true creature of the other world to infiltrate the seedier streets of Davillon, to intertwine its tendrils through the lower echelons of society.

Davillon faces not only a new political upheaval if the truth comes out, but a true supernatural threat to its citizenry. The local representatives of the Church are paralyzed by infighting and their own complicity. The Guard are in over their heads…

My rating: 4/5 Stars – A good read. I really enjoyed it.


False Covenant is as good as, if not better, than the first book.  The plot is fantastic, the relationship between Widdershins and Olgun is as compelling as ever, and the villain is beyond creepy.  In fact, the best part of the entire novel is the villain’s dialogue.  We also learn more about Widdershins’ friends and get introduced to Igraine and Evrard, who quickly became two of my favorite supporting characters.  Once again, I feel that this series has a very adult tone, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to someone interested in more mature fantasy novels.

The main reason why I haven’t rated this book five stars is because a major character dies towards the end.  I should have realized after reading Thief’s Covenant that Marmell loves to kill off his characters, sometimes for no discernible reason other than to devastate Widdershins.  But the death in this book is particularly troublesome because the character who gets the axe is one I had truly grown to love.  I suppose you could argue that this character’s death is the impetus for the decision Widdershins makes in the epilogue, opening up many doors for new adventures.  But still, I wish Marmell had found a better way to get there than by killing off yet another supporting character.

Ultimately, I did love this story, and I’m definitely going to pick up the third book in the series.  But now I know: no character is safe.  Anyone can die at any time for any reason. Fair warning.


Reading Order:

  1. Thief’s Covenant – read my 4 star review on Goodreads
  2. False Covenant
  3. Lost Covenant – expected December 3, 2013

About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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