[Review] Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

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*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Into the Crooked Place
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: Ocotber 8, 2019

The 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.divider_line (1)Review: I was super excited for this book, especially after reading her debut To Kill A Kingdom last year. This book has such a great cast of characters and an incredible world, which I hope gets explored more in the next book. I will say it was a slow start and when I originally picked it up I wasn’t in the mood for it but I’m glad I waited because I think I appreciated it more.

I think the strongest aspect of this story is the characters. There was just so much chemistry, tension, and banter between them all. I was seriously side-eyeing Tavia and Wesley the entire time because they kept shoving their feelings away! The plot wasn’t overwhelmed by the potential romances though. It was kind of more about fighting the good fight to save the city and weed out the Big Bad.

This fantasy is steeped in magic and betrayal and I kind of enjoyed how everyone was kind of in a love/hate relationship with each other. There was almost zero trust and honestly anything could have happened.

There were some clever twists thrown in, especially toward the end. Some I saw coming, but others definitely took me by surprise. I’m also really intrigued by the magic system and I’m interested to see how everything is going to go down in the next book after that unexpected ending. I think if you enjoyed Six of Crows and Ace of Shades you’ll have fun with this book because it’s got a great ensemble, lots of crime, and magic to boot!

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