Friday, January 29, 2016

Gifted Thief by Helen Harper

She's an orphan.  She has been taken in by the "bull" of the Sidhe and is almost treated like a servant.  She hates it but she has no other options.  When she's been insulted again and it's almost too much for her to stand, she notices the doorman is gone and she runs away.  She doesn't want anything to do with the Sidhe.  They have magics, lots of charm and beauty, riches and power.  She has nothing and likes it that way.

HarperFire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

As she's walking down the road on the other side of Sidhe barrier, a human stops and offers her a ride.  He seems nice, but she's wary.  She also knows what to do if he gets out of hand, so she says fine.  Time goes by and she's now working for the man who picked her up.  She's also an excellent thief.  She intends to go on one last job and then get out of thieving and do some search and rescue work.  She climbs well, isn't afraid of heights and hopes to save some people who are in dangerous situations.  She knows something is wrong when she gets to the latest heist's jewel and it's already gone.  Who took it?  Probably the Sidhe that sent her a summons to return to court.  She wasn't going but now she's going to have to save her boss.

This was an excellent read.  She calls herself Integrity and she's a smart defiant Sidhe who doesn't want to get involved with the clan wars.  She's a necessary component because she's the only one left of her clan and the magic is dying.  It's bad enough being among enemies but it's even worse when someone is trying to kill her.  

There's romance, magic, treachery, hatred, and stubbornness all wound up in this story.  It ends with her going one way and her potential love going the other but this is a series and that romance isn't over yet.  Neither is the danger to Integrity... 

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