Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo. This tour is being hosted by Macmillan.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.
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.
That ending. I really want to know what is going to happen in the second book.
There is quite a bit of magic, worlds, and gods to learn along with the 4 main characters. It took me a bit to feel invested, but I ended up really loving the characters, especially 2 which I’ll talk about below. The magic was interesting and I hope book two will go into it even further. I really liked the mob feel to this world. For some reason, those books are starting to really stand out to me.
There are chapters that rotate through the four main characters with a few additional chapters with others that I can’t talk about. Tavia was probably my favorite. She deals in dark magic and just wants to get out of Creije and live a peaceful life. But she was tough and loyal. The underboss of Creije, Wesley, is what would be considered a friend to Tavia. They were both essentially orphans and they worked on magic together before Wesley became the underboss. Wesley is brutal and a smartass. Super morally gray, but I loved him a lot. His weakness was obviously Tavia and I really want that relationship to happen. Wesley has a very weird issue. He has been hearing the voice of a young girl in his head. We find out later in the story why she might be there and even later, who she is and what is happening. Wesley believes it’s his punishment for killing the old underboss. This voice is constantly telling him how much of a monster he is.
Now for our other two. Karam is a fighter that works for Wesley. She is the other person he sort of trusts. Or at least as much as he can. She left her home and family behind to fight. Saxony is another fighter with a secret. She and Karam had dated and then broke up. But both still have feelings for each other. This is another relationship that I hope happens. Saxony is friends with Tavia. They are probably best friends. Karam isn’t a fan of Tavia, but she does the best she can for both Saxony and Wesley.
Wesley is given a magic potion by his boss and he gives it to Tavia to sell, not really knowing what it is. But he feels safe enough because there hasn’t been new magic since the war ended. Crafters are the only ones that can make new magic and they have been killed or are in hiding. But this potion has a very strange affect on a buyer. He took it and started to rage, complaining about the voices in his head telling him to hurt and kill. It turns out that this actually is new magic and that Wesley’s boss must have Crafters under his control. The magic is dangerous and if it gets out, everyone will be fighting and killing each other. Wesley cares about Creije, so he decides that he needs to kill his boss. A boss that is mostly a blur of a person. Wesley hasn’t seen his face and doesn’t know where to find him. He comes up with a plan and has Tavia, Saxony, and Karem work with him. Saxony wants revenge, so she’s in. Tavia and Karem are loyal to Wesley, so they agree, too.
While they are trying to find this island, the group goes through a lot of challenges. They have to face their biggest regrets and risk their lives. During this time, we find out a lot more about the characters. Wesley is power hungry and wants to be the next boss, but he is determined not to be evil. But power corrupts many and it’s a risk for him. Things come out that are secrets and not everyone can be trusted. And then the ending. It was a bit intense and I need to know what happens next.
I went back and forth on what I wanted to rate this and decided on 4. I almost went 4 1/2, but I round those up to 5. And while I enjoyed this book a lot, there were parts that dragged a bit. So not a 5 star. I definitely loved it and will be reading the second book.
Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy for review.
Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found organising food crawls over London and binge-watching Korean dramas.
Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).
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Have you read Into the Crooked Place yet? Is it on your TBR? Do you like mobster/gangster types of books?