Published: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
My Rating: DNF @ ~50%
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A high-stakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice
In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.
For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down…but even the most powerful men can be defeated.
Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own.
So, I feel like this was not the right time or format for this book to work for me. I picked up the audiobook so I could whittle down the tremendous number of new books I had on my review list and it never quite clicked. Partially, I think this was due to narration style – the narrator had the same voice for every character and they all muddled together.
This was a weird situation because this book has SO MANY THINGS that I usually love! Ryia is a gang enforcer with a bloody terrifying reputation. She’s also hiding under an assumed name and she’s running from the Guild because she has magical powers. People with these powers are usually spirited away shortly after birth to become slaves to the guild. When the opportunity to steal a powerful object from the Guildmaster arises, she takes the offer and sets off with a group of harebrained fellow criminals.
It sounds so awesome, right?? I just never connected with any of the characters and even though I listened to it for four hours straight while driving (and therefore with nothing else to do) I couldn’t tell you much beyond the basic synopsis I just gave. Rather than force my way through a book I wasn’t enjoying, I decided to DNF at around the 50% marker. I might give this a second chance in the future.