This was the strangest Fantasy I’ve ever read, but I really enjoyed it! From the first chapter, it drew me in because as much as I love heist movies, I’ve never read a book about a heist before. After this review, I’ll be scouring for more heist books, please, if you have any suggestions/recommendations, tell!
Rent in New Metta is through the cavern ceiling. When Granu barely survives her first gig teaching students who attempt to fillet her for lunch, the baby-eating troll ends up unemployed and facing eviction. Granu's only prospect for income is grueling work in the tar pits. That is, until her playboy best friend devises a perfect, if suicidal, scheme—a heist! The Covered Bridge, the largest source of income for the city, has New Metta well under hoof. In a week, TCB Corporation pulls in enough cash to buy a small country. It's the ideal target, but security is top-notch. Granu needs three things to survive this heist: a crew of specialists, impenetrable sun protection, and gallons of grog. There’s just one thing Granu doesn’t plan for—those damn meddling billy goats.
Thank you to The Parliament House who gave me the opportunity to be part of this blog tour. Another great read!
From the blurb, you can already grasp what will happen. Most of the book is the buildup to the heist and the structuring of the team. I received this book as an ebook and thought Thirty-Eight chapters were a lot for a simple heist. However, as I read, I flew through the chapters. It paced out good and didn’t drag. The characters had backstories and personalities that were interesting. Set underground in a city called New Metta with many creatures, you’d think life would be different but the author linked it back to the human world. The references and issues faced by these characters were a mere representation of what we face today.
With topics, such as equality, hierarchy, sexism and many more mentioned it didn’t make the book just about a heist. There was still that constant humor between the characters yet the seriousness of each other in their own way that made the book entirely realistic even if the characters were a bunch of trolls.
At one point I loved Granu because she wasn’t naïve or soft-spoken like they represent other females. Yet there came a point in the book where she became bossy and I know, being the leader of a heist that wasn’t even your idea is nerve-wracking but she could’ve chilled out. Granu’s an interesting character because most trolls have big black eyes while she had green eyes if I’m not mistaken she’s a mixed breed. Weird.
Kradduck, the supposed player of the group that gets all the ladies not only because Granu finds him handsome (I ship them) but because he works for the place that they want to pull a heist. It’s initially his idea because he hates how they cheat and embarrassed his mother. Kradduck’s motive is revenge while Granu and Fillig just want a better life where they don’t have to worry about their bank balance.
Onto Fillig who’s the sensible one of the trio? I think he’s a mixture of Kradduck and Granu. He still gets the ladies, sometimes, but he’s thoughtful and always has Granu’s back. That’s something I love about the three of them, through this entire book, these characters looked out for each other. Nothing and no one got in their way or changed their feelings about each other. It really showed the bond they have for each other and meeting at the same place every day after work and knowing each other since they were in elementary school.
Then there’s Len, Granu’s stalker neighbor who, at the start of the book, seems to be obsessed with her. He’s a hacker who you can guess, gets involved with the heist. Len’s character isn’t what I imagined being. You’d think, a hacker would be smarter than that. I won’t give away what he did, but his character is a classic representation of how power and superiority can corrupt someone’s mind.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. The plot twist, I did not see coming; I knew there was something that would happen but I never thought something like that would happen! There are a few that caught me off guard so I had to finish the book instead of doing my homework.
Another five stars read, not just because I enjoyed it but the plot was well-paced, characters had a deeper meaning while still playing it off cool so that readers would enjoy it. With it being Fantasy as well! It’s definitely something you’d want to pick up if you want something utterly new in Fantasy.