What is this book about?

Kaz Brekker is a criminal prodigy and mastermind with the entirety of Ketterdam’s squalor in his thrall. When he is presented with a job that holds the security of the world in its balance, with the promise of a handsome little reward at the end, he wastes no time piecing together the perfect band of misfits for the job. The job is to infiltrate the impervious Ice Court; the most secure prison in the world. With a mind like Kaz’s on the job, what could possibly go wrong?

Why is it boring?

There are a lot of changes in point of view. There are six members of Kaz’s little heist job, and we get all of their perspectives throughout the novel, plus a bucket of backstory. It could get tedious at times, but I’ll be the first to say that was very rare. All the characters are brilliant and their characterization leaves you wanting to know more, so rarely do you get frustrated with those moments of exposition.

Who would you recommend it to?

If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo in general (this novel is set in the same world as The Grisha series) then there is no question you will adore this. It’s a fast-paced, witty, action-packed, ingenious little heist novel packed with a gorgeous crew you will individually adore, and you will wish it never ends. Nothing quite like seeing a masterful plan unfold, and that is exactly what reading this book is like; watching all the little pieces click together was a delight. I am a huge fan of heist/con-job novels and this was definitely the cream of the crop.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

Because it is the opposite of boring. Bardugo wrote a masterpiece that had just the right amount of pitfalls followed up by rewarding successes. You will wish you were a part of this little gang and hope it never ends. Luckily book two, Crooked Kingdom, is out now so you don’t have to wait!

Rating: 5/5

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Tharuka lives in Western Australia, gradually working her way through law school and life in general. When she isn’t procrastinating study or working, you can find her living off tea, biscuits, and the neighbourhood gossip as she makes her way through her ever-expanding personal library of sci-fi and fantasy.

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