IN-PERSON SIGNING: Margaret Owen — Little Thieves

Meet Margaret Owen at our Lake Forest Park store!

On Friday, October 22nd from 7pm until 8pm, Third Place Books is proud to welcome Margaret Owen, the author of The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk, for an in-person signing at Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park). Come celebrate the release of Margaret's new book, Little Thieves

  • No registration is required for this event. 
  • Masks are required. No exceptions.
  • A copy of Margaret Owen's new book, Little Thieves, is required to join the signing line. Copies will be available for purchase!

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About Little Thieves. . .

A scrappy maid must outsmart both palace nobles and Low Gods in a new YA fantasy by Margaret Owen, author of the Merciful Crow series.

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl...

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love—and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele's dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.


Praise for Little Thieves. . .

“Do you like Kaz Brekker? Then this book is for you. I shouldn't really have to sweeten the pot, but, here, I will: this book contains a chip-on-her-shoulder criminal mastermind, a shapeshifting snark factory of a half-god, 'a collection of billiard cues that unionized to solve crimes' (sorry are you already laughing? hold on to your hat cause there's much more where that comes from), and many other memorable characters thrown together to vanquish an abusive despot. Margaret Owen's latest fantasy novel will have you in stitches and in your feelings. Go ahead and dive in."
—Niki Marion, Third Place Books

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail and has worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned. She now spends her days writing and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. She is the author of the Merciful Crow series. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. She resides in Seattle, Washington.

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