For an impossible job, you have to put together an impossible team. A convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes all must work together to do what everyone says is impossible. This story follows a highly functioning dysfunctional team as they try to do an impossible heist for a bigger score than they’ve ever seen. This book has it all from action and adventure to romance to really big guns and explosions. Bardugo weaves a compelling tale that takes you into her world and doesn’t let go until the story is over.
- Concept: 8 The book has a strong Mission Impossible vibe going on, but in a very unique way. Bardugo gives us just enough of the plan for us to think we have an idea of what’s going on only to turn it on its head and take us for a whirlwind of an adventure.
- Writing: 9 I have to admit, I had a little trouble with the book at first. The character’s names were very unfamiliar along with all of the Grisha subtypes that weren’t explained straight away. Once I got past that and knew what was going on, the book was perfect.
- How long did it take to get into the book: 9 After the first chapter I was hooked. I think the first chapter should have been more like a prologue, but either way it worked very well.
- Character Development: 8 All of the characters had major issues and slowly worked on them throughout the story. I think it was a little too much of an overhaul of some of the characters, but overall they grew throughout from the circumstances they were in.
- Plot: 10 This story had me on the edge of my seat and I stayed up way too late a couple of nights to get “just one more chapter” in before bed.
- Pacing: 9 Each chapter jumps from character to character and usually gives us a glimpse into their back story. Their back stories were needed, but sometimes it was hard to be pulled back in time when I really wanted to just keep moving forward.
- Ending: 8 I can truly say I didn’t see the ending coming, and I really thought it’d tie itself up a little better. Part of this is my own fault. I read this book on my kindle and when the book was done, it said I was 77% of the way through, so I figured there was a bunch more story to cover. There was nothing inherently wrong with the ending however, and I can’t wait to see how the story finishes in the next book.
- Cover Art: 9 I like it! It ties into the theme, but without giving anything away. That being said, I think it would have been even cooler to have the Dregs tattoo instead.
- World Building: 10 The way that Bardugo paints Ketterdam and Hellgate, I’m glad there’s no chance I’ll ever go there. She built such an ugly beautiful world that I feel like I really know what the streets of Ketterdamn look like.
- Would I read other books by the Author: 10 Absolutely! Bardugo’s writing style reminded me of Ocean’s Eleven and I can’t wait to find out more about the Grisha and finish the story!
Follow-up Questions – Definite Spoilers
Will Wylan be changed back?
Is Nina going to be able to withstand the effects of the jurda parem?
How will Kaz get back at Pekka?
Will Kaz get over his fear of touching people and finally settle down with Inej?
What ever happened to Anya? We see her in chapter 1, but they don’t say what happened after she broke out of her prison.
Will we find out the back story of the Ice Court? If the Grisha did in fact build most of it, was there a different relationship between the Grisha and Fjerdans or was it contracted/slave labor?