Book Review: Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A. C. Gaughen

5 Apr

To read my review of the first book in this series, Scarlet, click here.

ImageThe Sheriff of Nottingham is dead, and a new sheriff must take his place. Among the contenders for the position is none other than Gisbourne, Scarlet’s spurned husband, who returns to Sherwood Forest with an ultimatum: Scarlet must live in the castle with him while Prince John is there, or he will make her life a misery when he is nominated sheriff. Ill-advised as this may seem, Scarlet takes him up on it, and ends up suffering one blow after another. Just when it seems things are looking up, the band of thieves finds itself a member short, and Scarlet is once again bent on revenge.

Though I didn’t like this book quite as much as I loved Scarlet, it was still a gripping, engaging read. Much to my surprise, it didn’t suffer from “middle book syndrome” which I’ve found with a lot of trilogies–where the middle book is simply a plodding bridge between the exciting beginning and the ultimate climax. Lady Thief managed to continue the story of Scarlet, picking up the old plot and warping it into a new, equally exciting one.

The main characters are all just as lovable, even with their rough edges, as they were before, and I found the love between Rob and Scarlet a bit easier to take and more believable this time around. I still loved Scarlet’s voice and her struggles to make herself become more “noble” and the strength she found when she found out who she truly was.

My only real complaint is this: the villains seemed too comically evil. They laughed cruelly, threw tantrums, relished in the pain of their victims… and I just didn’t see much of a motive. I prefer villains who, if they are not justified in their villainy in some way, are truly frightening. I just didn’t get that from Gisbourne or Prince John. Whenever they were on the page, they annoyed me more than anything else.

That said, this was still a great book with an ending that will gut you (and someone else). It promises an even better sequel, and I’ll be snatching it up as soon as it comes out (even if it’s only listed as Untitled with no release date yet on Goodreads…)

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