MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
37/50 – 2021 Goodreads Challenge!
Yes, I gave this fan favorite, turned into Netflix tv show 4 stars. Why did I give it 4? I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The final hour really saved it for me from giving it 3 stars. And I realize this is a very unpopular opinion based on the fact that it has a 4.46 rating with over 500,000 votes on Goodreads.
Great characters and a great story, has an Ocean’s 11 feel to it. If Ocean’s 11 had magic in it and Frank Oceans character was a lot shadier and the leader of a street gang, misdirection type heist novel. This would be much better as a read only rather than what I did with kindle whispersync to read and listen.
“No one chooses to live in the Barrel if he has another option.”
This is the story of 6 individuals. 6 POV’s and multiple narrators. And this is where most of my problems came from. There were times where I got a little lost from who was talking because each narrator talked as multiple other characters that other narrators talked as. There were 3 maybe 4 different voices for Kaz, including his own narrator and I’d get confused on who was talking when I wasn’t able to give my full focus.
With 6 POV’s, we got backstories that led up to why everyone was where they were. Some of it was good, some of it felt like it didn’t matter and was just fluff to make the book longer. It didn’t start getting really good until after the 50% mark.
“They would learn to fear her, and they would know her by her name. The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
It was also quite predictable, even the twists that were thrown in. Now, the second to last twist is a really good one that I didn’t expect, so I really enjoyed that one. But almost every other twist was quick to point out.
I know I’m being a bit too critical of it, because I did actually enjoy it! I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Still a great read despite the few things I didn’t like and I plan on reading book 2, Crooked Kingdom.