‘“I suppose I owe you the truth,” she said. “After all, I’ve come to ask for your help. But I warn you, this isn’t a tale for the faint of heart. It is a story of murder, and betrayal, and sisterly love turned sour.”
“So it’s a Tuesday,” said Sumi. “We can take it.”
Jack nodded. “As you say. It was, as it so often is, a dark and stormy night…”’
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.
But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
I didn’t anticipate writing a review for Come Tumbling Down, the fifth instalment in Seanan McGuire’s portal fantasy series. That’s not to insinuate I didn’t enjoy this book, or had nothing to say about it. I was just a bit lost for words when I finished this book.
However it’s been just a week since I put this book down and honestly my blood still rushes with excitement when I think about this book. Not only because I really enjoyed it (and it was my favourite instalment so far) but because I feel so excited about the future possibilities of where this series could go.
Spoiler Free Review
Title: An Illusion of Thieves
Author: Cate Glass
Series or Standalone: Chimera, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Adult
Publication Date: May 21st 2019
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
3 1/2 stars. I knew very little about An Illusion of Thieves when I requested it from Netgalley. Honestly, it was the divine cover that drew me in and I was happy to escape to a new, Italian inspired fantasy world.
An Illusion of Thieves centres around Romy, who at ten years old was sold by her mother to a procurer for the Moon House; an establishment where anonymous, unblemished girls and boys are transformed into courtesans to please men or women of wealth in both seemly and unseemly ways. For nine years, Romy was the companion and favoured courtesan to the Shadow Lord – a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all.
Although it was not a life Romy chose, she is not ashamed and enjoyed the privileges of being a member of the Shadow Lord’s palace. But when her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.
Back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies—a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they’ll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.
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