An electronic copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Will contain some spoilers for the first book in the series Scarlet
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.
If felt that Gaughen really upped the stakes in this installment. Now that Scarlet’s identity has been revealed she is not able to hide under the guise she’d created. This book is full of heartbreak and Lord Gisbourne really shows what he’s made of and becomes much more terrifying than he was in the first book.
Once again the writing is fast paced and the action scenes are vivid and easy to visualize. The common language that was used in the first book is present but not used as often because Scarlet is surrounded by nobles this time.
The one thing that really stood out to me in reading this book was the amount of emotions I felt. I went from heartbreak to anger within a few pages. It really did a lot to my feelings and left me feeling exhausted by the journey.
In Lady Thief we get to see a side of Scarlet largely absent from the first book–her noble side. We get a fuller understanding of what her life was like prior to her betrothal to Gisbourne. She has also had a few of her barriers drop and her emotions are easier to see.
The romance was heartbreaking as well as frustrating for me. A lot of Scarlet and Robin’s reasoning (mostly based on their honor and what was appropriate with one another) was hard for me to understand. Though the romance was incredibly heart breaking and written well I had a harder time connecting, to be honest.
Robin was a changed man based on the torture he endured. I loved that Guaghen didn’t gloss over the consequences of living through that type of ordeal. I felt his plight was very sad and I felt sorry for how it affected him and his relationship not only with Scarlet but John as well.
In my review of Scarlet I mentioned that I felt that Gisbourne didn’t live up the terror surrounding his story. In Lady Thief this all changes. Gisbourne lives up to the terrible reputation he had earned from his past with Scarlet. His interactions with her were painful as well as how the other noble men treated her. I found it difficult to read and couldn’t wait until they got what was coming to them.
Lady Thief was fast paced but painful because of all the emotions that translated so easily to me as I read. This sequel built upon the first book very well, increasing the stakes and really giving the bad guys the depth I’d missed in the first book. Overall though, I felt this was a tougher read for me and I think I might have preferred the first book to this one by a tiny, tiny bit.
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