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  • Good read, great characters

    Great characters and lots of action, a bit overlong with too much running about in the sewers. Not Wells best but still enjoyable.

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  • First Martha Wells book

    This is the first Martha Wells book I picked up, and it blew me away. Sure I can nitpick, but overall this is a great book with a great cast of characters in an engrossing story

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  • A pleasant low-fantasy heist

    This was a pleasant low-fantasy heist. It was a bit slow, but fortunately that was what I was in the mood for when I picked this up. The heist is less thrilling than, say, a Locke Lamora or a Kaz Brekker kind of heist. 60% from the end though, I did get quite impatient and decided to speed-read. I think my main issue is that the characters aren't that magnetic to me. I thought it would be one of those books that will slowly peel away the layers of the characters as I read on, but they remained pretty much the same. Nicholas felt politely stoic the entire way through, which might be due to his characterization, but I felt like he was keeping the reader at arm's length as well. His thoughts were always about the heists, and whatever moments were dedicated to backstory and motivation were all told with clinical detachment. Madeline, too, to some extent felt remote; she rarely thought of anything other than Nicholas or the heist, and I still have no clue why she's so dedicated to Nic. She even admits so herself, and the revelation of how she and Nic met was a little underwhelming to have been pushed back to the latter half of the book. Same for Nicholas's bloodline, which didn't really affect anything, so I was confused why it was treated like some kind of big plot twist. Neither of them had much of a character arc, which was a little disappointing, because I thought Nicholas had a great potential for one. So overall this book was just okay. It was well-written with likeable characters on the whole, but the pacing and the lack of depth to the characters made me knock-off a couple of stars.

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