Book Review – Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

INTO_THE_CROOKED_PLACE6The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

An enjoyable anti-hero romp!

I really liked the concepts in this and found the magic particularly fascinating. It does take a little while to get properly going – there’s a lot of world building needed to get us to the end, but it’s definitely worth it. The finale, in particular, has such a great cliffhanger.

Tavia is probably my favourite character, but Wesley really grew on me!! I loved him by the end! I liked all the characters, but those two definitely stood out.

I can’t wait for book 2, because I want more on Saxony’s kin, and also for the crew to win! (I hope! lol)


Buy Into the Crooked Place from Amazon UK.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

  1. Hi Nikki!

    I loved this book as well and CAN’T wait for the next installment. I was so excited to interview the author! You are absolutely right about the magic system and the anti-heros! I’m loving all the morally grey characters being written right now!

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