“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.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
Uncaged Review: I began this book, and the first time I looked up I was already 25% the way through, I got sucked into the story so quickly, that it astonished me. The Night Guild controls all the crime, and they “buy” children and train them as thieves and pickpockets to keep the money flowing. This book follows the story of Viola/Seven – from when she is sold to the Guild by her alcoholic and abusive father at the age of eight. Being the only girl in the group and the smallest one, she is determined to make it, against all odds.
This is a dark book, and a completely different type of book that I’ve read before. Mr. Peloquin will take you on a mental roller coaster of a journey and you will become completely engrossed and invested in Seven and her journey. Don’t expect erotica, or your happily-ever-after scenario, but do expect the creative flare of a master of words with this author. By the end, you may need a couple days off to get your thoughts back together after reading this book. Reviewed by Cyrene