Review of Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)Lady Thief
By: A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Publisher: Walker Childrens

My Rating:

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.

The Story:
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.

The Characters:
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.

Final Thoughts:
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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  1. says

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book 😀 I'm really excited to read it. But worried too. Have peeked at ending, though (A) And I'm not too upset about it. But oh. I'm worried about how hurt Robin will be 🙁 Breaks my heart, what happened to him in book one. Sniffs. Thank you for sharing. <3

  2. says

    So agreed that this one was tough to read emotionally, but I really loved the added depth for all the characters (Robin, villains, Scar, Much, Jon, gah, everyone!) since that definitely upped the stakes for me, making things more painful but also so much more meaningful for me. I am a little afraid but mostly excited to see what the third book holds, haha.

  3. says

    I agree that Gisbourne was shown as much more horrible in this installment, but at the same time, I felt just a tiny bit sorry for him. I kept hoping he’d redeem himself, but I think he was too far gone by the time we really met him. Great review. I liked both of these books equally, I think, but each for different reasons, and I really can’t wait to see how Scarlet gets herself out of this mess in the next book.

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