An Illusion of Thieves is the kind of fantasy novel that immediately bonds you with a badass central character whose intelligence and wit overcomes the many obstacles thrown into her path. Romy is a courtesan for a wealthy noble, trained to be an expert in all things. She’s worldly-wise in a place where most don’t stray more than a few blocks from their homes. We see her forced to adapt to the poverty she escaped from, paired with the struggles of surviving on your own in a city that spits on your existence. For a lot of the book, magic is this ephemeral kind of thing, forbidden by the masses and idealized by those with magical abilities. There’s intrigue and devious plots aplenty, presenting a compelling string of conflicts that constantly entangle Romy and the fate of her home. The writing is top notch with its extremely personal connection to the protagonist. Overall, it’s a well-done fantasy world that’s both exciting and deeply moving.
An Illusion of Thieves
by Cate Glass
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.