Oook. I couldn’t wait to write my review so I’m writing it now. Why? Because the last bit of this book made me a CRAZY WOMAN.
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Some will disagree with me.. but I HIGHLY recommend reading the Grisha Trilogy before this book. Yes, you might be able to understand this just fine without it- but it is in the same world, 2 years after the events of the first trilogy, and there are SO MANY nods (and spoilers) to the first series. Plus, it will make it much more easier to understand. I really think you’ll better appreciate this series if you do.
The Plot / Overall Experience
The plot is completely different than anything remotely resembling the first trilogy. In a nutshell, this book is a steampunk heist novel with a 1920’s vibe and a large dose of magic. Thats as much summary as you need.
Cmon now …Suits… Canes… Alleys… Thugs… Gangs… Robbers… Revenge… and even a hint at romance. How could it not be awesome?
Alrighty. So there’s the thing. It took me MONTHS to get through the first half of this book. I started out with the audiobook that I wasn’t a huge fan of – but I kept trucking on with it. Honestly I think the narration wasn’t exactly bad- but it killed it for me.
The first 40-50% of this book was really slow… or perhaps it was just information overload. Sure, it is set up – but blah. I didn’t hate it.. I just wasn’t super into it. It gradually built up steam more and more until BAM…70(ish)% was SICK. And that ending…. WOWZA. My heart… how can you not be hooked after that.
It is obvious that Leigh Bardugo carefully planned out this novel. I can’t rave enough about her. Though I thought this was a bit more confusing than Grisha- I still adore the precision and detail she puts into her writing.
This is always my favorite part. Leigh Bardugo is QUEEN of characters. The woman already gave us The Darkling (arguably the greatest villain of all time), Nikolai (um.. nuff said..).. and now Kaz Brekker.
Kaz. Freaking. Breaker. Lets start with you..
He straight up walked out of a mafia movie. He’s the epitome of badassery. He’s cunning, sly, mysterious, disturbed, and yet still has a heart that he tries to keep hidden. Best of all though, he’s unpredictable.
“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
The rest of the gang…
I mean I would LOVE to write them each a nice little summary… but I’d rather not give hints. I loved them all. Inej might be my second favorite. Overall, no character is left without a full backstory- something that will make you cringe and connect with them… and undoubtedly care WAY too much about them. Discovering each of them was a blast.
They hit me…
They hit me hard…
The relationships. They are STELLAR.
I can’t even describe how much the feels hit me for two people in particular…
aaandddddd………THE LAST FEW LINES…
KSDJLSKDFJS:DLKFJL:SDKJ RAVKA!! Please… Leigh… do what I think you’re gonna do… I BEG you…. I’m on my knees over here…