(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
The author of one of the previous giveaways I’d entered kindly sent me the first in his fantasy trilogy as well. I was quite surprised by how quickly and easily I was drawn into this world and the characters and their situations.
I found myself quite liking Harcourt as a character. I felt quite sympathetic towards him throughout a lot of the book and I really liked his relationship with Jalanna. There were a lot of sweet moments about that.
I was a bit unsure about some of the other characters Harcourt interacted with, I have to say. A lot of them weren’t really ‘good’ characters, but I found some of them still quite interesting and I would have liked to see more of their pasts and motivations.
It was intriguing to see the way the corruption had spread through the city. This isn’t the first book I’ve read which has a thieves’ guild, but I was quite interested by the fact that there was the cult that played such a big part in this. I was a bit disappointed not to see more about what the cult was trying to do, but I expect that might be covered more in the next two books in the trilogy.
There were quite a few dark moments in this book… more than I was really expecting. I was pulled more deeply into the story after Harcourt met Warden and I started seeing more of his skills as a thief.
This is definitely a world I would be interested in seeing more of at some point in the future. I’d like to read the next two books in this series eventually.