Loved this! Just a straight up great fantasy book right here. Great, unique worldbuilding. Loved the characters. Loved the exciting, heisty plot. Perfect build up to the next book. I just loved it, okay!
I think I had this idea from just looking at the cover that this book was going to be kind of dark and dour, and it’s not at all. It’s clever and funny, and yes there are some darker places where the characters experience hardship, but it’s also just a really fun book to read. There’s a nice sense of lightheartedness as you read that contrasts really well with the darker elements of the book. Just, so well done.
I’m honestly not even going to try to explain this book to you, a) Because that would be hard, it’s sort of complicated by the time you get to the end, and b) That would spoil it for you! I loved being surprised by this book. I really didn’t know anything going in besides that it had heist elements and some sort of industrial magic. That’s really all you need to know. Also, that it’s very good.
I hope I can get to book two soon. I ended up having to buy this one in paperback because an affordable hardcover edition was hard to track down, and now I have to wait for two to come out in paperback before I get it, because I just do. I also hope book three comes out soon! In the meantime, I’m definitely checking out all this author’s other books.
[4.5 stars, rounded up]