This was so much fun!! While also being really dark. It’s a hard balance to create a criminal group who are…actually criminals. I love Kaz desperately, but there is no doubt in my mind that dude is bad news. But the great thing is that as horrible as he is, Inej can totally handle him, so I feel okay wanting them to be in love. But I’m rambling too quickly without any background.
Set in Bardugo’s world from her Grisha trilogy, we get to explore Ketterdam and Fjerda. And our cast of six characters are from all over the world – I really appreciate a woman who creates a fictional world and still manages to have racially diverse characters. I mean, honestly, Bardugo is genius at world building. She’s created five nations with distinct people, values, languages, and cultures. Throwing them all together in one criminal gang and watching them hate and love each other is so much fun!
The heist the story hinges on is incredibly well-executed. Bardugo does a brilliant job of letting us in on Just Enough of the plan, then throwing everything into chaos and forcing her characters to be clever and quick to improvise. The stakes are high, the casualties real, and I got so invested in everything!
I also really loved that the chapters were given from multiple characters’ points of view. It furthered my awe of Bardugo’s talent, although I really wish we had gotten into Wylan’s head! He’s the only one of the main crew we don’t get inside of, and I’m not really sure why. It might have exposed his secrets too early, but I don’t doubt Bardugo could have managed her way around that.
If you like unlikely teams with ambiguous moral standards commiting crimes and pulling off elaborate heists, you will LOVE this book. But be forewarned! Although this plot is finalized, events at the end make a sequel inevitable!
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.
Release Date: September 2015