Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
All of my super-favourite books lately have involved Bad People doing Bad Things for Good Reasons. Of course I was very excited to read a book about a criminal prodigy out to save the world.
Having previously read the first Grisha book, I had some idea what to expect from the worldbuilding and Bardugo’s writing, but I don’t think anything could have really prepared me for just how much I loved this book. It’s easy to see how Bardugo has grown as a writer since Shadow and Bone, running a much tighter ship throughout.
And the characters. Oh my the characters. It’s very hard to pick a favourite, I do adore them all. They come from such a range of backgrounds, and have such a variety of personalities, but it’s very easy to find something with each to identify with. I did particularly like Nina’s sass, she was quite delightful, especially when needling Matthias. I especially loved how they came together with their disparate skills and various preconceived notions, and found a way to work together.
In all, it was a fantastic beginning to the adventure, and kept me hooked right from the first page. I may have even sniffled a few times throughout. Highly recommended for anyone who likes to see realistic characters facing impossible challenges – both internal and external.