“Remy took a deep breath as she stood on the edge of the narrow plunge board. Above her, the old material of the big tops roof was close enough to touch. Below her was nothing at all but air dirtied by dust and tobacco smoke, and then, sixty feet below, arranged around the sawdust of the circus ring, there was the crowd. She could almost hear their silence, the collected indrawn breath of five hundred people.”
As the finale of the circus show Remy is used to capturing the show, used to the attention. But up on the trapeze covered in greasepaint she feels like she can fly away and the crowd will never know who the ‘Little Bird’ is. Then one night as Remy is performing her closing trick, one man jumps from the crowd, believing she is actually falling, a man with mismatched eyes, and that is the start. From that point one Remy’s life will change and because of a man with mismatched eyes, a precious jewel and a master who has something to hide.
Victorian setting; check, circus; check, steampunk style technology; check, touch of romance; check, greatest friends and allies; check. The Diamond Thief had it all and I couldn’t put it down!
The story was awesome and made even better by the setting. It was Victorian London with a steampunk slant and a french main character who resided in the circus. Remy was also a jewel thief, but not through choice as her master has something over her. When he sets her the task of stealing one of the most precious jewels known to mankind she goes along with it in the hope that it will free her and her friends. The story wouldn’t be what it is without the danger and adventure that trying to steal the gem brings though and once Remy was scaling the skylight of the Tower of London looking for a way to steal it everything kicks off in a major way. I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the book and I loved every minute.
The characters were really interesting and I loved the wide array of classes, cultures and ages that appeared in the book. I liked that it wasn’t instantly clear who were the bad guys and who were the good and it did a lot to remind you about never judging someone just because of their background or the image they portray. I really liked the Professor for example but I wasn’t always sure if I could trust him, a bit like Remy herself. I really loved J and Desai though and Remy herself was an amazing character, so selfless even though she came across as a harsh jewel thief!
The writing was a little bit rushed at times especially when there was a lot going on and I did feel like I missed a couple of things occasionally and had to go back once or twice to reread a page but at the same time I was rushing a bit because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were a couple of things I thought were a little vague in the story and one thing in particular that is nagging at me to do with one of the characters but I can live with that because of how great the rest of the story was.
I think this will make the perfect read for any 9+ who loves historical fiction without too much history, a bit of romance and a lot of action, and especially anyone who loves the circus and performance! I had been waiting to read this book for ages before I managed to get to my copy and I am so glad I finally have because it definitely was as good as I thought it would be.
The Diamond Thief was published on 14th February 2013 by Curious Fox. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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