This book was SO GOOD. It opens with the main characters, master thieves and lovers Jacques and Isabel, pulling a heist. Immediately, you’re pulled into their world, and get to watch them pull off this job, even improvising when it goes wrong. The pacing is wonderful from the very first chapter, and it’s a hard book to put down.
Jacques and Isabel are two very strong, very compelling characters. They shift effortlessly in and out of the disguises they adapt, but on they’re own, they have a powerful dynamic and it’s a joy to watch them balance and challenge each other. Isabel especially shines, and her love for Jacques combined with her understanding of what makes him tick makes her the most formidable person he could ever come up against. And Jacques is almost insufferably clever, but with a good heart and a love for Isabel that is just as deep (if not deeper) than what she feels for him.
The supporting characters are fantastic as well. Franscenza Goy is one of my favorites, and I love where she ends up at the end of the story. I found it a little difficult to keep track of all of the aristocrats that Jacques and Isabel were mingling with, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.
There are a lot of typos throughout the book, unfortunately, and I think that the conflict that surfaces between Jacques and Isabel gets resolved a little too neatly, or at least far too quickly, but it’s a great book that’s extremely well-written, and I am really looking forward to reading the next one in the series.