By far this has been my favorite read of 2015. This first installment of a new fantasy series by Bardugo is a stunningly compelling story with epic adventure centered around a band of misfits who set out to take on an impossible heist. The story is compelling but the characters are what make this novel a must read for any YA fantasy lover.
Kaz, the leader of the band has many tricks up his sleeve and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Jesper, the sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager will charm readers and have them laughing out loud! Matthias, a run-a- way with a privileged past is an amazing, complex character! Inej, aka The Wraith, is the spy of the group and nobody’s secrets are safe with her around. Nina pretty much has it all! Beautiful Nina…. She’s strong, loyal, and has such a big heart. Right up there with Kaz, she’s my favorite of the bunch. And then there’s adorable Wylan. Kind of the outcast of the group and hasn’t really found where he fits yet.
I can’t wait for the next installment. Highly recommended.
“This has all the right elements to keep readers enthralled: a cunning leader with a plan for every occasion, nigh-impossible odds, an entertainingly combative team of skilled misfits, a twisty plot, and a nerve-wracking cliffhanger.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)