Title: Into The Crooked Place
Author: Alexandra Christo
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of MacMillan
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this fantasy because I’ve been so anti-YA fantasy lately but oh my gosh I AM SO GLAD I requested this title because I loved it! I have a feeling some are going to compare this to Six of Crows and while it is a comparative Into The Crooked Place has elements of uniqueness and the comparison ends at “rag tag team of magical people taking on an evil”. I really enjoyed this one so let’s do a bullet review so you can see why!
Things I Loved
- the characters were introduced in an excellent way, it was well paced and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by learning who and what everyone is at once
- the dynamics between the characters was really cool, everyone vaguely knows each other and most of them rub heads, it was so well written and developed
- the magic system was unique and learning about magic with the characters was interesting
Things That Stood Out
- the LGBTQ rep was excellent, I love when authors naturally and authentically write relationships especially when they’re LGBTQ, just as they would be in real life
- the morally grey characters were all kinds of grey and it worked so well for me, I grew to love them and dislike them at the same time
- the ending has me wanting more, more, more