Synopsis: "They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken."
Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts. The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood. What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
My Take: If you've been following me on social media, then you've seen me talking about LOVING this book! Dude, it is like the darkest side of Oliver Twist, blended with the sass and grit of Sucker Punch. Andy sucks you into the world of The Night Guild, grabs you by your heart as Viola is broken, turned into a number, and beaten into submission, then learns to soar as Ilana, a member of the House Hawk, still painfully aware that as a woman she will always be fighting for her position in the Guild.
HUGE WARNING: There is graphic violence, sexual assault (Not graphic, but graphic enough.) and some really horrible stuff in this book. I would not recommend for young teens, but that being said I cannot WAIT for my boys to be old enough to read this.
Andy is brilliant in his portrayal of the struggles of being a woman in a man's world. He takes real-world struggles and extrapolates them beautifully to address many of the real world issues of today. All this while weaving an entertaining tale of fiction. Dark, haunting, beautiful, intense, and a mad rush of emotions. Andy drags you through the depths of despair, and leads you to soar with Ilana as she finds where she fits in the man's world of the Thieves Night Guild.
Also, for those who remember my review of Blade of the Destroyer, The Thieves of the Night Guild series takes place in the same world of Praamis and Voramis, and there is a sick part of me that would like to see the havoc that The Hunter and Ilana could create if they were to pair up. A fan girl can dream, right?
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