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- Print Length: 385 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250318378
- Publisher: Hot Key Books (October 8, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2019
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QQZ4K2Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"With its gangland details, creative magical caste system and surprisingly brutal characters, Into the Crooked Place is very much its own thing. And that thing will likely be a story you can’t put down." ―Culturess
"Christo offers the reader creative and thoughtful backstories for each protagonist, along with fully realized worlds rife with magic...Everywhere are people of color and acknowledgment of LGBTQ characters―nice touches not always seen in fantasy." ―Booklist
"Christo has done an amazing amount of worldbuilding with this book, creating magic and lore I have never heard of before. The way her characters use magic, the mythology of each of her characters within their backstories, and the timing with which these backstories are revealed – pure magic, pun intended!" ―MuggleNet
"If you’re looking for a story of angsty teens with the world’s biggest chips on their shoulders, look no further! ... It’s a gangster heist story dealing with a lot of heavy themes, but I think everyone will find something to love in this story.... It's a wonderful read with awesome characters." ―The Nerd Daily
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I was pretty excited Santa brought me this book for Christmas. I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom and was excited to read Alexandra Christo’s newest story.
After a few chapters of character introduction and world building, the story takes off with action, magic, tentative alliances, evil mind control, and some strong romantic attraction with morally gray characters (my favorite). The ending is a devastating cliffhanger, and I can’t wait until the next installment in this exciting series.
If you had the choice would you want natural magical abilities that are hard to control, or only be able to use magic with charms and potions you carried with you and had to replenish?
Clean rating: 🧼🧼🧼1/2: for some kissing.
Also, without spoiling anything, can I just say: THAT ENDING THOUGH!! The last 2-3 pages absolutely wrecked me, so book 2 can't come soon enough!
The setting of this book is in a fantasy city called Creije where magic is forbidden (whoomp, there it is). At night, black market traders sell charms and potions to people looking for a little extra, where they split the profits with their crime boss masters. Tavia is one of these, and her boss, Wesley, used to be her childhood friend until he was corrupted by power and became just as evil as everyone else. When he sends her off with a new potion, she doesn't think much of it, until her friend, Saxony, stupidly drinks it, and ends up becoming slightly, well, not herself.
As the truth of the new magic sinks in, Tavia realizes that Creije and its crime system is even worse than she thought. Especially since the Kingpin, Ashwood, is looking to expand his reach and, you guessed it, take over the world. She, Wesley, Saxony, and Karam, Wesley's bodyguard, must band together and join their pooled forces in order to save Creije from falling into darkness under a reign of dark magic and terror. But in order to do that, they'll have to confront the darker shadows haunting each of their pasts-- and some of the secrets that they're hiding might well be deadly.
As I said, the characters were fine. I felt like they checked a lot of boxes, to be honest. Wesley and Tavia are the childhood friends who still care about each other but pretend not to. Wesley is the smooth-talking dapper criminal who seems to have been created with the intention of fan service. Karam and Saxony were an F/F couple who broke up but still have feelings for each other, which is refreshing to see, but their sexual tension-fueled constant bickering started to get a little old, after a while. You could pick up this cast and drop them into virtually any other fantasy novel that came out within the past five years, and whether it's SIX OF CROWS or THE GILDED WOLVES, they could still fill out virtually the same roles, in a virtually similar storyline, without much change to the plot.
I also feel like it's hard to suss out the target audience for this book. The cover and writing style feel like this is geared towards younger teens/older middle grade, but the writing itself is peppered with swear words and the characters appear to be older teens. I don't know if it's gritty enough for older teens to really enjoy, but the subject matter might be too dark for younger kids.
To this book's credit, I liked it a lot more than SIX OF CROWS (which I have tried to read and ended up dropping in irritation 3+ times) and THE GILDED WOLVES (which I managed to finish but gave a terrible review). I even liked this more than the author's previous effort, TO KILL A KINGDOM, and it seems like the author really looked at the feedback readers gave her for her previous book and tried to implement it in this book, to mostly great effect. The characters were likable, even if they lacked the depth I'd like to see in books like this, and the magic system was interesting. There were also some truly chilling scenes in here, and moments of some really descriptive writing.
I suppose if you enjoy YA fantasy, and especially the titles I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you'll probably really enjoy INTO THE CROOKED PLACE. It wasn't quite my cup of tea but it passed the time and managed to keep me invested where similar books did not. I might be reading the sequel, as this book ends on a cliffhanger, and I'm curious to see how everyone ends up.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
3 out of 5 stars
By far, the book's strongest point is the writing, which flows very well. Each character has a different voice, but the storyline and writing is still consistent throughout. There are also a lot of creative elements in the book which I enjoyed.
However, the book still had a couple of major flaws which detracted from the story. First, the author has created an entirely new world, and there is a lot to learn about it. Unfamiliar names of cities, areas, and realms, different words in an unfamiliar language, a government and underbelly structure in the city, and so on. It's too much to take in all at once and I grew frustrated with trying to remember the more minor characters and why they were important and what different words meant. It works best if you only focus on the major points and try to ignore the details, but that's not how I like to read books. And it may have been partially because of this that I had trouble getting into the story. I found myself skimming in parts just so I could finish the book and I never really felt compelled to pick it up and read based on the story alone. I connected somewhat with Tavia and Saxony, was a bit interested in Wesley, and didn't care for Karam all that much, which also didn't help. The basic storyline is interesting, but with the amount of information thrown at me and not connecting with the characters all that much, it's hard to say that I really enjoyed the book.
Note that this book is the first part of a two-book series. I completely missed this fact and so wasn't prepared for the cliffhanger ending. I will likely read the second book, in part because I do want to know what happened and in part because I read two other books this year that were part of a two-part series where the second book was much, much better than the first.
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The build up is excrutiatingly slow. The first 30% of the book is spent world building and introducing us to our protagonists Tavia, Saxony, Karam and Wesley. By the time they start on their quest to bring down Ashwood I had genuinely stopped caring. I much prefer "show don't tell" storytelling and for some reason I felt like I was being told (in minute detail) about every nuance of their intertwined relationships with both each other and their environment. Strangely, the world building element never really gives you a sense of what the various Realms actually look like so the characters are moving through a landscape that is ephemeral and seems to consist largely of towns with rather Victorian sounding cobbled streets or forests.
There are a couple of good set pieces - the Courtesan's House and Ashwood's Castle - where action takes the forefront. Even then, there is the tendency to meander off the point and stretch the action out for far more pages than is necessary to tell the story. Primarily this is achieved by showing each scene from each of the 4 main character's viewpoint - by the time you get around to reading the fourth viewpoint you have had enough and are more than ready to move on and all tension has dissipated.
Even worse a fifth character gets introduced about 60% of the way through, Arjun. Even once he has been identified as one of the Leaders by the Phantoms he is still a shadowy figure in the story and we never get to find out much about him. He just pops up now and then to add some magical fire power. He is also very much a fifth wheel as there are underlying romantic undercurrents between Wesley and Tavia and Karam and Saxony (I did heartily approve of the LBTQ+ relationship).
The reveal of the source of the voice in Wesley's head came as no surprise. The only surprise was that when he went through the Regret Trial and it was witnessed by the others nobody recognised the source (I'm trying hard not to give it away as this is supposed to be a twist). The book leaves us on a "cliffhanger" for the future of the intrepid 5 but I have no desire to see how things work out for them - all I want to know is will Karam and Saxony finally get it together and if my suspicion as to the true identity of Wesley (of course Blood Magic was used to hide him in plain sight - honestly, this again) which, if I'm right, makes the whole Tavia thing rather unsettling.
On the whole I found this overlong and boring. What it needed was a lot of red pencil and strong editing to pare everything back.
I've adored reading this book, and has a cool almost final fantasy vibe to the world. I've really enjoyed having 4 POVs to follow and it really goes into the characters motivations throughout. Something I really enjoyed about the authors first book to kill a kingdom which I equally adored. Also, if the audio for TKaK is anything to go by, the audio version of this book will be incredible!
An early favourite of mine is Tavia. She seems to be the cheeky, quick witted and hard to understand type. But she really develops throughout the book, while she's still just as cheeky and quick witted she begins to soften as the deep relationships with the other characters become apparent.
Don't get me started on the ending! Talk about leaving a guy wanting more. I seriously cannot wait for the authors sequal to come out and answer my questions already!
Would wholeheartedly recommend to any fans of Alexandra's work or anyone that's into a kickass gangs attempting to save the world, with magic and general badassery.
Also - Wesley is a new-found treasure