In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence.
Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.
Now back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies—a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they’ll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
An illusion of thieves was excellent!
I enjoyed the start even though we never get to see enough of Romy’s life with Sandro to feel for him, but felt the fallout of that was a little harsh. When she got to Beggar’s Ring, though, I found it so compelling. Her relationship with Neri and trying to get him to understand was really well done. And then I loved the heist element so much! (I know, so shocking!)
All the crew were fantastic and well fleshed our even though you don’t necessarily spend much time with them. And I loved the ending. I can’t wait for the sequel!
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