I received this book for free from borrowed from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on September 29th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
I’m pretty sure most people would probably end up DNFing this because it tends to be pretty drawn out and boring in the first half of the book. It’s set up that way so we can get to know all the characters. Leigh does this very well and once the plot starts moving in the middle, you can see how intricate the story leads. I suggest you keep trucking along because the story you think will happen keeps getting twisted.
So many revelations, so much back-story for each character, and the Grisha universe expands ten-fold. I liked reading from all these criminals point of views, it’s not every day you get to. There’s also several romances so I’m sure everyone will have a couple to root for. I have one couple that I’m supporting for sure 🙂
Jesper and his arrogant funny quips. Inej and her strong-will and secretive nature. Kaz and his brain which is always whirring. Nina and her witty remarks. Helvar and his attitude. Wylan and his wealthy upbringing ways. I pretty much loved the diverse cast. They’re all well-thought of and their dialogue really suits each of their personalities. It was like I could watch a movie and know exactly how they would look like and how their expressions would mirror what they were saying. Being all brought together for a single purpose was pretty genius. This plan that gets them breaking into the most secure prison was highly rewarding and risky but I pretty much gobbled it up after the slow start ended.
For fans who love a different take on the hero and villain role, you’ll certainly love the expanded Grisha universe with a whole cast of characters. I’m definitely on for another Grisha adventure.