So Narra's father was a complete hard ass who raised her as a thief in the Guild - think "faction". After he dies under suspicious circumstances, he gets branded as a traitor, and Narra feels pressured to live a model thief life to clear her (and his) name.
Narra is a bit older than Bogle's typical heroines (mid-twenties), but her relationship with her father and his death have left her emotionally raw. Although Narra is a leading member of the Guild, helping train potential and new members, she reacts impulsively and tends to lash out. I anticipate that we will see her doing a lot of growing up and resolving her emotions.
The first time we meet Narra is a playful yet intense scene that frames the rest of the story just so. It's actually my favorite scene of the whole book. Narra's best friend Erik is her perfect complement. He has his own rough and tumble background which I will let you discover on your own. What follows this incredible introduction is nothing short of skilled storytelling and talented writing that feels very fantastical without necessarily being so. Packed full of action and sassy, "Queen of Thieves" is sure to capture your attention and imagination.
This story is a bit "older" than Bogle's usual works. However, nothing happens in this book that would make it unfit for Young Adult, New Adult, and high school collections.
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.