The Gypsy Thief is set in modern day Rhode Island and is the story of Laura Calder and her love for two boys: Andrew Easton, a descendant of King George the First, and Miguel Dos Santos, a mysterious gypsy who has royal ties of his own. More than 300 years previously, a dying Portuguese princess named Gabriela cast a gypsy curse on King George the First who issued a royal decree to counteract that curse. In the spring of 2012, the time has come for the decree to be fulfilled: Miguel Dos Santos must die by the hand of Tristan Easton, the eldest son of the Duke of Easton. But when a tragic accident befalls Tristan, it is up to his younger brother Andrew to carry out the decree, a situation complicated by the fact that Miguel once saved Andrew's life. Andrew's father, the Duke of Easton, aware of Miguel's act of bravery, decides to let him live, but not without cost. He forces Laura into an impossible situation in order to save Miguel and her family. She must make a life-changing, heart-breaking decision, even as she tries to understand the messages from the mysterious disk she wears as a talisman around her neck, a talisman she must protect from the duke, as it is now her only tie to Miguel. Ultimately, The Gypsy Thief is a story of family honor and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love, a story to be continued in its sequel, The Dark Prince, and concluded in The Shadow King.
Release Date: November 27th 2012
Publisher: Vagabond Press
I didn't think by the title of the book that this would be such a historical genre book but I didn't mind at all. I liked the love triangle part of the story but there just seemed to be something missing for me.
I should add that the historical parts are just of bits of the story and the time, you don't need to know your history to read it. It's aimed more at a teen age anyway so it's not aimed at all for me and I can see I'd have loved it back then. I'm just too old now (sob story!)
I did enjoy it and I loved that the characters didn't get an easy ride with their decision making and I would be interested to see where this book could go in the series. Because there is something about that Dark Prince, I'd quite like to meet him!
A good YA book with enough to keep you turning the pages, a bit slow in parts but I loved the attention to detail and it's a good set-up for a series.