RATING: a roller coaster ride that ripped my heart out and then devoured my soul. Would read again and the rest. It’s a trilogy and I can’t believe I have wait an undetermined amount of time for the next book!
I’m on the hunt for new series that will destroy me since Throne of Glass and The Dark Artifices ended (because isn’t that what normal people do?). I think I’ve found it in this series! It’s like Six of Crows but with less ruthless deeds and more Glamour and magical wonder. And riddles. There are also little diagrams in the book of them, which is a nice touch.
It’s also got that ragtag misfit crew going on – another similarity to Six of Crows.
Severin is our dark and brooding leader who wants what is rightfully his.
Laila the beautiful girl, who loves baking, taking care of the group, but is also a clairvoyant and has a mysterious past.
Zofia the logician, who also likes fire a little too much. She’s also autistic and I thought Roshani portrayed that very well.
Enrique our historian, who I sympathise with so much because while he isn’t magical he studies palimpsest, records and objects. (Things to do with archives and manuscripts warm the cockles of my heart.)
Tristan the cute little nugget who loves tending his garden and a rather large tarantula.
And Hypnos, who is fabulous and maybe helping and maybe not.
I usually dislike books with multiple POVs but it switched between all the characters and I loved them all. I’ve never read any other of Roshani’s books but I loved The Gilded Wolves from the descriptions of 19th century Paris to the banter between the characters. This is definitely a must-read if you’re a fan of YA fantasy.