Alexandra Christo’s Into The Crooked Place is the first book of the Into The Crooked Place duology. And it was one if the most lusted after arcs at YALC. If you have read To Kill A Kingdom you will know why. If you haven’t go read it, it’s fabulous.
Magic rules the city if Creije, and Tavia Syn knows just how many trucks she needs up her sleeve to survive. Selling dark magic on the streets for her kingpin, she keeps clear of other crooks, counting the days until her debt is paid and she can flee her criminal life.
But then, one day, with her freedom in sight, Tavia uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the realm she calls home. Desperate to put an end to her kingpin’s plan, Tavia forms an unlikely alliance with three crooks even more deadly than her:
Wesley, the kingpin’s prodigy and most renowned criminal in the realm.
Karam, an underground fighter with a penchant for killing first and forgetting to ask questions.
Saxony, a Crafter in hiding who will stop at nothing to avenge her family.
With the reluctant saviours assembled, they embark on a quest to put an end to the dark magic before it’s too late. But even if they can take down the kingpin and save the realm, the one thing they can’t do is trust each other.Into The Crooked Place synopsis
I loved it! Fantasy, magic, crime lords and politics. The relationships between the main characters are just perfect.
Wesley and Tavia, both taken in by an underboss to Kingpin of Creije as homelss starving children. They became friends while they trained as buskers, selling magic and tricks. Wesley moves up to the position of underboss but still cares for his best busker Tavia, and will do anything to protect his town and his people.
Tavia just wants to free herself from her life debt and from Creije. To return to Volo and not owe anything to anyone.
Karam the fierce warrior woman of the Rekhu d’Rihsni, protectors of Crafters. She left her home and her family to learn her craft.
Saxony the mysterious beauty, employee of Wesley, friend to Tavia, Karam’s former love. And underground Crafter. Hiding from the kingpin, and those who would use her kind, in plain sight.
All have secrets and all have a reason to fight
I can not wait for book 2. Alexandra Christo creates a world, characters, and a story that draws you in deep and keeps you there. And there’s something for everyone, magic, crime, and murder. How do you resist? And the cover is stunning!
Into The Crooked Place is released October 8th 2019 through Hot Key Books and can be preordered wherever fine books are sold. If you can’t wait that long check out To Kill A Kingdom and revel in it’s magnificence.
Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a review copy. As always all opinions are my own.