Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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.
I'm a bit late to this party. It seems like everyone and their mother has already read this book. And the funny thing is, I haven't seen a single negative review on this book, nothing below 3-stars. All of my friends have loved it and there was so much hype around it when it came out.
To be honest, I was really suspicious about it. It couldn't be that good, could it?
Well, I was wrong. It is that good. Even better than I imagined.
You see, I wasn't the biggest fan of the Grisha trilogy, so even after everyone told me the two series are very different, I was still cautious. I was in a reading slump when I started this book and not many releases of this year have impressed me. But already after the first two chapters I knew I would have a marvelous time reading this.
And I had. I was hooked from page one right to the end. There wasn't a single chapter I found boring or dragging. Not once did I want to put this book down. There is literally nothing I disliked about this book, which hasn't happened in such a long time. It's one of those books where you can't turn the pages fast enough.
Sure, there was one character of the six I didn't like as much, Matthias, but I still loved his chapters. The story-line was just so captivating and the character-dynamics and dialogues so entertaining.
I haven't read a book with such well-developed characters in a long time. I love how shaddy, messed up and brilliant they are. There wasn't a single decision the characters made that I was angry about, which happened a lot in the Grisha trilogy. (I should stop comparing these two but I just can't help it.)
The plot-twists kept me on edge the whole time. I haven't seen a single twist coming (beside the ones I've been spoiled for, thank you very much tumblr) and Leigh Bardugo just astonishes me with how she came up with this story with all the twists and characters. This book was so much better than the Grisha book put together.
And I have nothing to criticize about the writing, it was flawless.
Honestly, I have zero complains, except: WHY IS THE SECOND BOOK SO FAR AWAY? and WHY WAS THE CLIFF-HANGER SO CRUEL?
In conclusion, this is competing with A Darker Shade of Magic for the best book I've read this year.