Title: Into The Crooked Place
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publication Date: October 8th 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.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
I really wanted to love this book more. I enjoyed Christo’s debut To Kill A Kingdom a lot (you can read my review here) and had high hopes for this book as well. However it ended up being disappointing to say the least.
So there are actually four main characters in this book and the chapters kind of rotate between them. I thought that having four main narrators was interesting but it did make things kind of confusing.
First up we have Tavia, she was at first a character I didn’t like but as the book went on I ended up liking her by the end. I think she had a lot of solid development throughout the book and I’m excited to learn more about her in the next one.
Next is Wesley, who was probably my favorite character out of the four. He’s such a sweetheart trying to be a tough guy. I also thought he was the one to have the most interesting backstory. I do wish that there had been more from his POV. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with him.
Saxony is the next character I want to talk to about. I liked her well enough in the beginning but then she made some questionable choices and said some questionable things that annoyed me so then I didn’t care about her all that much.
Karam is my second favorite character. Another sweetheart who I absolutely adored. She’s basically a giant teddy bear. She was another character who went through a lot of development and I can’t wait to read about her in the next book.
There is some romance between our four characters but there aren’t any love triangles which I was happy about. The romances were subtle but still really cute and I liked both of them a lot.
I feel like the writing could have been better. The pacing was a little slow especially in the first half of the book which made it hard to get through. I just wish there had been something more when it came to the writing.
I feel like the first half of the book was really slow plot and story wise and things didn’t get interesting until the second half. The story itself could have been great if the way it was told had been better. The world Christo created was so cool but everything as a whole fell flat.
This book had the potential to be great for me but unfortunately it didn’t deliver. I was so excited to read it and I’m sad that I didn’t like it more. I do think I’m going to read the sequel since this is only a duology and not a series. If you read this book I hope you like it more than I did!