Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 27th 2012
Series: Talisman #1
Genres: Fantasy, Gypsies, Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
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.
Try to keep up here, because this is the backbone of the story. Way back when, a King George I had an affair with a gypsy woman, who later turned out to be a princess that carried his child. She refused to give him the child and put a curse on the family the moment right before her death. This curse will come into play in the current time, 2012, with the two oldest sons of both families having to end this once and for all.
On one hand we have the descendant of King George, Prince Andrew. On the other, we have the gypsy bloodline, Miguel. That is essentially the historical aspect, as the rest is really in the present, but these two boys are actually royalty. It’s like a male version of the Princess Diaries, albeit loosely. Very loosely.
Caught up in all of this by chance, is Laura Calder, who eventually gets involved deeper than any of them. I loved her as a protagonist at most times, she was reasonable and realistic. However, towards the end I noticed she started to make some not-so-smart decisions. Her dishonesty is what irked me the most, she would kiss one boy one day, then accept a ring from the other the next day. She played both sides, actually admitting to herself she was cheating, but still not breaking it off or telling her boyfriend the truth.
This is heavily focused on a love triangle, with two totally opposite guys. I seriously can’t get enough of love triangles when they are done well. Plus, Laura is torn between a prince and essentially the ultimate mysterious bad boy-isn’t this every girl’s dream?
All in all, THE GYPSY THIEF reminds me of a classic fairytale: entertaining, charming, sappy, and a little cheesy. It isn’t for everyone, but it was for me and I will for sure be reading the sequel.