Holly Black continues her theme of unreliable characters in the final instalment of The Curse Workers series. In some ways this was the best novel in the series and in other ways the worst.
Firstly, the good points. I loved the fact that all of the characters were vying for the trust of Cassel and all of them were completely untrustworthy. I loved the fact that Cassel himself never stopped lying even when he was trying to go straight. Cassel very much remains an unreliable narrator, neglecting to tell the reader information. Holly Black writes ambiguous characters so well and, when I was reading, I never knew who the good guys or the bad guys were. Even after finishing the novel I'm unsure, such is the skill Black has. In terms of characters taken as a whole, this was the best in the series by a mile.
However, I feel Black spent too much time dwelling on the romantic entanglements of the characters. Cassel and Lila and Sam and Daneca, I can't honestly say I cared enough to spend that much time reading about it. Particularly when, for most of the book, the two couples were barely even on speaking terms. It just didn't do anything for me at all and I was hankering for the story to go back to being about the cons.
Character-wise, I found this to be an excellent read. Plot-wise, though, it fell short of my, admittedly high, expectations and the storylines of the previous novels.