Book Review: Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger

TOGBANNER TOGKINDLETitle:  Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 165 pages
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – really liked it!

Elizabeth, forgotten daughter of King Henry 8th, is trapped in her own world of bitter hatred over the traumatic events of her past. She longs for greatness and is un-expectantly given the chance to chase down her dreams when a mysterious flying pirate ship lands on the palace roof. Soon she finds herself entangled in a monstrous injustice, forced to face dangers and step out of her comfort zone along with other famous characters from history against a tyrant who knows only cruelty. Together, Elizabeth and her new friends must stand up for their own futures before their dreams are snatched away from them forever.


Hello everyone and welcome to my stop today on the blog tour for Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger. Thank you to to the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Thieves of Greatness is a Historical Fantasy book about a young girl Elizabeth, one of two forsaken daughters of Henry VIII. Although Elizabeth is a princess her life is far from a fairy tale and she spends her days and nights dreaming of a life with greater meaning and greater purpose. As the story progresses she finds herself being whisked away on a flying ship setting out on a time traveling adventure!

I ended up really liking this story. I gave it a four out of five star rating and found it to be a light, entertaining read, never boring. It definitely wasn’t what I expected, for some reason I thought this book would be more heavily historical fiction but it was a blend between the historical fiction, adventure, and fantasy genres which was really interesting to have in one book and worked rather well. I thought the plot and characterization were fairly simple and easy to understand which is why I think this book would also do well with a middle grade audience as well as a young adult audience. I really liked the sense of adventure in this story, I found it very easy to lose myself on the adventure with Elizabeth and various other characters that I liked such as Neil and the Captain. If I had to pick a character that intrigues me in this book I would certainly have to choose the Captain. Not only is he cool and loving he is also a bit cooky and courageous which was fun to have all in one package. I liked the time travel element in this story and the references to historical figures. I thought those were really great touches in this story that kicked it up a notch for me.

I have read ALOT of adventure books whose protagonists are younger males and for me it was very refreshing and satisfying to see a young female as the protagonist in an adventure story. I really enjoyed that aspect of my reading experience with this book. I wish I had read a book like this when I was younger. Also, did you see the cover? How gorgeous is that cover?! I’m in love with it.

I definitely think this is a great debut book, I enjoyed reading it and it was a super fast read because it was fun and short in length. I definitely recommend to anyone who wants to ease into fantasy or that love books that blend historical fiction and fantasy together!

About the Author

ECBBorn in 1997, I spent my earliest years living on the East Coast of South Africa in the town of Pietermaritzburg. I spent my days climbing trees, on the beach or writing short stories for my younger brother. When I was eight years old, our family moved to England where I was exposed to a whole new melting pot of cultures. We travelled Europe as frequently as we could, fuelling my growing hunger to experience the world around me. When I was ten years old my sister was born, and my love for children and writing combined themselves into my imaginations. We returned to the tip of Africa just as I was entering my teen years, and since then we have explored our own country as well as our neighbouring ones. I started writing ‘Thieves of Greatness’ when I was fifteen, finished it by 16 and have now published at the age of 17.



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