If you see someone wandering around looking lost and like they’re looking for something (probably their heart), it’s most likely me. Because while I was all consumed into reading this book, someone stole my heart and ran away with it and NOW I CAN’T FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIND IT. (I KNOW IT WAS YOU, ALEXANDRA CHRISTO. I’M ONTO YOU.) So yeah. That person you saw moping around like a lost puppy? T’was me. I am that person. Low and behold.
This book initially drew me in with all the Six of Crows vibes, but the plot is definitely not the same, which is good, because it means it was original. I think the reason it gave off those feels is because it’s also a story that follows a gang working in an illegal business. Which, in this book, they’re magic dealers. Kind of like drug dealers but in a parallel universe. With that in mind, the internal conflicts of the characters (especially Tavia!) were really well written.
But, y’all, the synopsis does not lie. These four are NOT friends 😂 (Okay, that’s not ENTIRELY true 😏😉) They’re all hanging on to each other with precarious threads of trust, more or less, with nothing but a common goal keeping them from stabbing one another in their sleep 😂 And yes, it makes for REALLY good banter. Especially if the banter is coming from Wesley.
Look, I’m not saying you’re going to fall in love with Wesley, but you’re DEFINITELY going to fall in love with Wesley Thornton Walcott. No doubt. (Yes, you have to use all three names, he’s a prestigious underboss, okay 😂) What do we all love more than a morally grey character? A morally grey character who knows how to dress well and looks hella fine in a suit. Also, two things: Bow ties and cuff links. That’s all I’m going to say 😉 Remember those words.
As someone who has already read this book, I feel it is my solemn duty to tell you that… the ending CAN and WILL, RUIN YOU. There’s no way around it. Once you hit the plot twist near the end that makes you gasp aloud with your eyeballs bulging out of your head, there’s no going back. It’s onwards, full speed ahead, to your ruination. Also, the breaks are broken, don’t even bother with those.
You best believe I’m not joking when I say that the last three pages will make you WEEP and SOB and want to CLAW THE PAGES OUT MANICALLY AND DEMAND A REWRITE. We all think a character dying is the worst that can happen. Well, honestly, I beg to differ after that ending. Death would’ve been a mercy in comparison. Unfortunately, Alexandra Christo doesn’t know what that word means and we must all suffer greatly for it. There is no mercy to be found at the end of this book. All we can do is pray until the second one.