Tuesday, December 25, 2012

{Review} Self-Made Scoundrel (The Valley of Ten Crescents #2) by Tristan J. Tarwater

ASIN #: B0090NFRY2
File Size: 457 KB
Page Count: 380
Copyright: August 20, 2012
Publisher: Back That Elf Up

Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)

Dershik Cartaskin is the heir to the Cartaskin Barony, a distinguished and ambitious household in the Valley of Ten Crescents. When his father sets his sights higher than the Sword and the Seat, Dershik refuses to take on a legacy of unquestioned power, abandoning those he loves for their benefit and his personal desires.

Taking on the name 'Derk' and a life of thievery, he strives to transform his world. The Holy Church, a cunning streetswoman, a peculiar guide, a beautiful priestess and a secret organization; Derk must face them all and forge his own legacy within the Valley of Ten Crescents.

Kathy's Review:

I was looking forward to reading this one, as I had immensely enjoyed the first book of this series, Thieves at Heart. Self-Made Scoundrel is a prequel, focusing on Derk. The book covers many years of Derk's life, including his youth, so the reader can see the progression of events which made him the man he is. We see familiar characters like Old Gam make an appearance, and get a deeper insight into their complicated relationship. Not to give too much away, but Tavera, his "adopted" daughter, makes an appearance in this story, too. Tarwater does an excellent job of developing deep and complex characters, flaws and all.

I like the idea of this series having a prequel. If this had been the first book, I don't think I would have been as invested in Derk's story, his relationship with Sindra, and how he became involved with the Cup. I think it was a smart decision by the author to set up the series in this way. Now I am looking forward to the continued adventures of Derk and Tavi! I also wouldn't mind seeing more written about Derk's brother, left behind to rule the barony in Derk's absence. Overall, this is a wonderfully written and imagined series that will keep you emotionally invested throughout.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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