Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!
I have slowly been reading through Holly Black’s collection of works and this novel has been on my TBR shelf for awhile now. While I did read some of it, I listened to most of it. The audiobook was read by Jesse Eisenberg, who I am not a fan of, but if you are, this would be a great audiobook for you.
This world has magically touched humans, who can change a person’s luck, kill someone or transform them with a touch. The world has deemed them unsafe and it is illegal to be a worker, or someone who works magic. Cassel is from a prominent family of workers, though he has no abilities himself. In this world, worker families are similar to the mafia/organized crime syndicates. Even though Cassel cannot work magic, he is well versed in how to run a con. He will really need to lean on those skills, after being sent home from his boarding to his brothers who seem to be hiding something dangerous. Cassel’s family has many secrets, the biggest of his is that he gleefully killed his best friend/girl he liked when he was younger. He can’t trust himself and things become worse when she starts reaching out to him through dreams. Cassel beings questioning his brothers and everything he accepted to be true. Also, the brothers seem to have a weird connection to a white cat. Cassel will need to solve the puzzle if he wants to keep everyone he loves alive.
This book was decent. The plot was fast, the characters were developed, yet extremely unlikeable. I never really connected to the book. I typically don’t get into the organized crime novels and I wasn’t fascinated with the amount of mind games occurring throughout the novel. I will not be reading the rest of this series, but I can see myself recommending it to a certain type of mystery reader.