When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Again I reread this by listening to the full cast audio book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
And much like Six of Crows, this was destined to be a rave review. It continues along its dark and windy path, full of scheming and betrayals and found family. 💙
Each of my babies is still glorious, as well. It’s also nice to go over it and see the little bits I’d forgotten. I’d somehow managed to block out the heartbreak haha, so was sobbing over it anew! And also smaller bits like Inej’s competition and Kuwei and Jesper.
I also love getting more of some characters – Pekka and the Dime Lions, Kuwei, Wylan getting more of a lead and really coming out of his shell. And the introduction of Colm who is a hero and a saint 💙
I’d also forgotten just how much time you get with the Ravkan contingent (not loads but more than I remembered) which is so lovely. I really need to go back and reread those at some point.
This book is more fixed than the last, remaining in Ketterdam, which gives it strengths in being able to flesh out he universe and all the side characters, but doesn’t have the depth of the world of Six of Crows.
I also like how it rounds everything off at the end. Obviously not all happy but still final and giving us enough information to feel satisfied.
And obviously the glory and complexity of the capers. I like that it doesn’t always go right, but it does make it hard to follow when there’s so many schemes to track 😂 I do love a good scheming face though, so I’m all good with that!
An excellent resolution to the duology! 💙
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