Thief of Hope

Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she s sentenced to death for associating with the resistance After she s rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerfulSydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she s sentenced to death for associating with the resistance After she s rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much than ancient myth and legend When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption.But Sydney s fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem s success Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself
Thief of Hope Sydney a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years but there is no escaping fate when she s sentenced to death for associating with t

  • Title: Thief of Hope
  • Author: Cindy Young-Turner
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Please note: Originally read in October 2011; updating the formatting and adding disclosure.Book Info: Genre: FantasyReading Level: Older Young AdultRecommended for: Anyone who enjoys a good storyTrigger Warnings: Violence, sexDisclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: When her guardian, Edgar, is murdered by the Guild when she is 15, Sydney is left to survive however she can in Last Hope, a city at the edges of the ki [...]

    2. Sydney is a nineteen year old orphan of unknown parentage, but she was brought up by Edgar who had the misfortune to be hanged four years before for working against the all-powerful Guild. She makes a living by picking pockets in the town of Last Hope. As always in these cases, I wonder why Edgar, who seemed like a nice enough chap, made no better provision for her, and how it is that there are no respectable jobs she could be doing, and how come she appears to have no other friends apart from a [...]

    3. This is a long review, because it is a long and awesome story.-------------------------------------"Thief of Hope" is the stunning Epic Fantasy debut work by Cindy Young-Turner and her first book in the Kingdom of Thanumor Series. She is already writing on the sequel "Thief of Destiny", the continuation of Sydney's and Willem's Story.19-year-old Sydney lives in Last Hope, a town where life is anything but hopeful. An organisation, called The Guild, is trying to take up the reign with not always [...]

    4. Thief of Hope continues a trend that I’ve noticed of late: a female protagonist as something of a “chosen one”, with a mysterious past that lends her to great things. Hard to criticize the trope when I’ve written my own take on it, and honestly I think the idea is still fresh enough to offer interesting takes on it. Thief of Hope is one such book. While superficially the character of Sydney bears a resemblance to Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, Syd is a very different per [...]

    5. Sydney knows a thing or two about life on the streets. After her guardian Edgar is killed for his work with the resistance she flees her former home, living on the streets and relying on her own wits and people like her dubious on/off lover Zared to survive. When she is captured and sentenced to death she is saved by a wizard who opens her eyes to a world of magic she thought no longer existed in Thanumor. She also becomes aware of her own connection with faery folk the Tuatha and the bastard Pr [...]

    6. Thief of Hope, Cindy Young-Turner’s debut novel is pure delightful fantasy. The tale takes place in the city of Last Hope in the kingdom of Thanumor. The King rules in name only as the Guild, a greedy army has been strong arming the businesses and people of the kingdom. Despite conditions the people of Last Hope dream of a new king and overcoming the Guild. At one time magic was an integral part of Thanumor, but it has been banned, driving the wizards and fae to leave this realm. When the king [...]

    7. In the middle of a civil war a young urchin, Sydney, suffers a life filled with poverty and pain. She's never known her mother or father, and the only man that loved her was murdered by Schramming, leader of the Guild. The Guild has the city of Last Hope by the throat. Business' can't survive and the people suffer.In the streets of Last Hope, Sydney wanders the back alleys in search of herself. She turns to theft and prostitution as a means of survival. Betrayed by a con-man, she enters into the [...]

    8. Cindy Young-Turner has written a book that is catnip to the fantasy lover. I found Thief of Hope intriguing on multiple levels. We follow along with a young woman, Sydney, who is the heroine of the story. She doesn't know who her parents are and has been on her own since Edgar was killed. Edgar is a man who took her in as an infant and raised her as his own. Sydney lives in Last Hope in the Kingdom of Thanumor. Last Hope is where the lowest of the low reside. They are ruthlessly controlled by Th [...]

    9. Thief of Hope by Cindy Young Turner – ReviewBy MommaG on May 2, 2013When I started Thief of Hope, I thought it was going to be typical fantasy genre as the adventuring group quickly shaped up to be fighter, mage, thief, and cleric. The author, Cindy Young – Turner, kept the story from being stale or too cookie – cutter with the character development. Readers discover that the main characters are not predictably one- sided individuals motivated only by virtue or for the greater good.The her [...]

    10. You know, I get so excited when I get to write a good review for a debut author! And this one right here? This is going to be a GOOD review! ;)Thief of Hope is the first book in a series about our main character, Sydney, our champion, Prince Willem, and the Fae folk, the Tuatha.This is the part where I geek out a bit and tell you that I LOVE anything to do with the Tuatha. You see, in two MMO's I've played (one I currently play!), my main character has been Irish and has had Fae blood.The Tuatha [...]

    11. Originally posted at PaperbackDollsImaginative world building, unlikely allies, and the hint of a love story keep this novel moving at a brisk pace. Sydney’s rough around the edges and hovers just outside of respectability, and her on again-off again lover, Zared, makes the reader wonder if he’s to be trusted.Arrested for stealing from a Guild official, she’s sentenced to hang, but at the last minute, she’s taken to the edge of the forest and tied to the Wizard Tree where, in years past, [...]

    12. After her guardian is killed by the Guild, the ruthless governing council of the land, Sydney grows up as a thief on the poor and desolate streets of Last Hope. But when she is captured and sentenced to death, the mysterious wizard Oryn saves her life, and offers her a chance to help bring the bastard prince Willem to power, and in the process to overthrow the Guild itself.So begins "Thief of Hope," the impressive debut novel by fantasy writer Cindy Young-Turner. A character driven tale, Sydney [...]

    13. Thief of Hope was absolutely wonderful. The story had me captivated from beginning to end. The prologue was a little rocky for me, but it was over fairly quickly. There was one or two minor grammar errors throughout the story. As soon as I began reading the book, I felt a deep connection with Sydney, the main character. The author makes the reader feel as if they were in Sydney's shoes, experiencing everything she is going through. The plot was very creative and flows smoothly. The author writes [...]

    14. The first book in a new fantasy series by debut author Cindy Young-Turner is a great read that makes you more than ready for the next book. Thief is tightly written and fast-paced. Sydney, engaging and unusual, is a thief of the streets, who throws her lot in with rebels fighting against the out-of-control and power-hungry Guild. The world Young-Turner creates is gritty and believable. The characters are well-drawn, interesting and draw you into caring about them quickly. The plot moves along at [...]

    15. Cindy Young-Turner paints a vivid picture of an ancient world (the city of Last Hope) reminiscent of old England. The heroine, Sydney, manages to survive by being a pickpocket (and a clever one at that) while evading members of the Guild (the authority.) Unbeknownst to her, Sydney with help of some new found friends, will play a major role in the crowning of a new king and learn of a legacy that shapes her entire future. Easy to read, I look forward to this author's next book!

    16. Fast paced, and hooks you in right from the get go! I loved the world Cindy created here and her fantastic characters. I can't wait to read what happens next! Write faster Cindy, please!

    17. Very good. Pretty dark, but a thread of hope throughout keeps it from being overwhelming. Strong female MC finding herself after tragic youth. Want more. 4.5 stars, I think.

    18. Sydney has lost everyone who was important in her life. She never knew her mother, and the only father she has ever known, Edgar, was taken by the Guild and hung for his actions against the authority. She's grown up in a world where she can't depend on anyone but herself.When the Guild comes looking for her, she knows she'll be put to death. She's a pickpocket who has the misfortune of nixing a few coins from a Guild official, and they're merciless. Sydney feels almost without worth, no one has [...]

    19. It’s not often I give out 5* reviews, but for this book, it’s necessary. The story follows Sydney, a commoner living in the city of Last Hope, working as a pickpocket and basically doing whatever it takes to survive. The oppressive Guild – the group running the city and the rest of the realm of Thanumor in lieu of a King – eventually catches up with Sydney – partly due to her own criminal merit and partly due to her association with her adoptive father, Edgar, who caused them plenty of [...]

    20. Following Sydney as she joins a rebellion to overthrow the stranglehold the oppressive Guild has on her city, this is a fast paced, plot focused fantasy. Unfortunately, I found the characterisation to be a bit weak, and the romance felt very superficial and rushed. I also found the world building to be almost non existent. There was also a good chunk in the middle that felt very repetitive, as it consisted of (view spoiler)[go somewhere, oh no the soldiers have found us, we must scarper (hide sp [...]

    21. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I apprciate the opportunity to read such a wonderful book. This book is set in a world that is in the midst of a civil war in a land ruled by the Guild. They are a tyranical organization that uses violence to rule the people. Sydney is a troubled young woman who has grown up in poverty using any means to cope and survive. She is drawn into the world of wizards, the fae, and the people figting for their freedom. This book is f [...]

    22. FABULOUS BOOK! A must Read.This was my first fantasy based book and I am so glad I selected Ms. Young-Turner's story. I traveled back in time to a world of wizards, magic and faes. The heroine, Sydney, has suffered a life of pain and poverty, which I felt right along with the character. She survives in a world that cares nothing for her. Her death sentence can end her suffering or give her a second chance at better life with a handsome King, Willem, who needs her help to save his people and rise [...]

    23. Imagine a time of Kings and Nobles. Where the use of magic is banned. Enter a young woman Named Sydney who has had more than her share of pain, loss, betrayal and where death has left it's mark upon her spirit. She is a child of the streets doing what she needs to survive and then is suddenly thrown into a world where people are depending on her to overthrow an evil source would you be up to that kind of adventure? I love the lead character in this story. She is not a princess warrior as she has [...]

    24. This was an amazing, fast paced story. I like the combination of fantasy, revolution, and hope with a hint of romance that the story entails. The story tells of a young woman's progression from a hopeless, just surviving day to day life to a life with hope for the future and moving on past the grief of loosing her father. Adding magic, wizards, and faery folk makes the story more unique and appealing. I can't wait for the sequel to see how Sydney's journey will continue.I received this book thro [...]

    25. slow start develops into an intricate novelThis novel nearly lost me. But something made me stay with it. It develops quite an intricate plot. Not a great book but an interesting one. Many of the characters are rather one dimensional, but the heroine develops light and shade as she develops, and the author isn't afraid to let bad things happen to good people. I was quite disappointed when it ended quite suddenly.

    26. Thief of Hope offers the reader superb character development and employs believable character relationships to reveal a tale of of political and sociological intrique. The fantasy context advances a clever metaphor for timeless concepts that are readily adaptable to the challenges of 21st-century life.Kudos to Cindy Young-Turner for effectively illuminating an emotional dimension of reality via an insightful fantasy world.

    27. Magic, action, romance - this book has it all. The main character is a young woman who, prior to the beginning of the story, has done whatever she was necessary to survive (including theft - thus the title). When things go horribly wrong, she expects to meet a horrific end, only to have fate step in and send her in a direction that she could not have imagined.

    28. Cindy's twist on the nature of the relationship between fairy folk and mankind is interesting. I also found the main characters well-drawn and easy to relate to. Her interplay between hope and squalor is delightful, too.

    29. Good storyLiked it a lot, the story was interesting and made turning pages fun. The author did a good job of keeping my attention throughout this book and used just enough description to make it real.

    30. I liked it but. it felt like a bigger story that was rushed along. It could have used more background info, character development, just more. I felt like I was hurried through to the end. The story could have been worked into a book twice as long.

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