An Illusion of Thieves Book Review


Title: An Illusion of Thieves
Author: Cate Glass
Genres:Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: TOR Books
Publication Date: 2019
Number of pages: 352
Trigger warnings: child slavery, sexual assault, violence, alcoholism

Synopsis:
In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence.

Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy's aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.
Now back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies—a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they'll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.

My thoughts:
I was really interested in reading this book. The premise sounded intriguing. However, the writing disrupted my involvement in the story. It felt slow and uninteresting. I couldn't tell you much of what happened because I just forgot what I had read half of the time. There were also times when I felt that the dialogue was unnecessarily offensive.

Our main character, Romy is originally the mistress of the Shadow Lord, before she is dismissed. Romy possesses magic and is forced to hide this. Before entering the courtesan, Romy was sold as a child and lived a hard life. I didn't expect some of the content in this book and I wish that it had been labelled more clearly.

I liked how magic was described in this book, with the different characters depicting how magic felt to them. The use of magic was nice to see, for example, through being able to create doors to walk through walls. I just wish that the rest of the book had been as magical.

Overall, this book just wasn't for me. However, if it sounds interesting to you then you may find a new good read (there are many positive reviews on Goodreads)!

*This book was kindly sent to me to review, however, all opinions are my own.

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