False Covenant by Ari Marmell
(A Widdershins Adventure)

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It’s been over half a year, now, since the brutal murder of Archbishop William de Laurent during his pilgrimage to the Galicien city of Davillon. During that time, the Church of the Hallowed Pact has assigned a new bishop to the city—but it has also made its displeasure at the death of its clergyman quite clear. Davillon’s economy has suffered beneath the weight of the Church’s displeasure. Much of the populace—angry at the clergy— has turned away from the Church hierarchy, choosing private worship or small, independent shrines. And the bishop, concerned for his new position and angry at the people of Davillon, plans to do something about it. 

But a supernatural threat is stalking the nighttime streets—a creature of the other world has come to infiltrate the seedier streets of Davillon, to intertwine its tendrils through the lower echelons of society. Faced with both political upheaval and a supernatural threat to its citizenry, the local representatives of the Church are paralyzed and the Guardsmen are in over their heads. 

And then there’s Widdershins--who’s tried, and failed, to stay out of trouble since taking over Genevieve’s tavern; who’s known to the Church and the Guard both, and trusted by neither; who may, with some of her Thieves’ Guild contacts, have unwittingly played a part in the bishop’s plans; and who, along with her personal god Olgun, may be the only real threat to the supernatural evil infesting Davillon.

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About Ari Marmell

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The author of The Goblin Corps and the Widdershins Adventures series, Ari Marmell has also worked as an author of role-playing- game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. Born in New York, Ari lives in Texas with his wife, George; two cats; and a variety of neuroses. Visit him online at http://mouseferatu.com and on Twitter @mouseferatu. Visit his Widdershins page at www.facebook/Madeleine.Valois.

Author Residence: Austin, TX

Author Hometown: New York, NY
Published June 5, 2012 by Pyr. 281 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After the dramatic events of the first volume (Thief’s Covenant, 2012), street-rat–turned-noble-turned-thief—and now turned bar owner—Widdershins and her deity Olgun (still secret in a city with 147 recognized deities and a very strong church) are trying their hand at honest living, but it’s not ...

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City Book Review

To top it off, all this happens in the midst of turmoil over Archbishop William de Laurent’s murder (also partly her fault) in Davilon City half a year ago, where it all takes place.

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Since readers already know the back story, False Covenant is a much smoother narrative without all the flashbacks of Thief's Covenant.

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SF Signal

He doesn’t quite blow up Vulcan in this novel, but I get the sense that the author would not be afraid to do so, and certainly the Widdershins at the end of this book is NOT the Widdershins at the beginning of this book, and especially not the Widdershins at the beginning of Thief’s Covenant.

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SF Crow's Nest

Nobody survives the attention of Iruoch and Widdershins will need the help of the City Guards, the Church and the Finders Guild just to stay alive.

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And in all that time, Widdershins has truly tried her best.

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