First things first, I absolutely loved the POV of Cassel, he's a great character. Specially since he's not your average teen boy, he's not the badass-wannabe that is becoming (or has became) a cliché in these days YAs. He's more soft, kinda sensible, yet not too soft. He's original and my second favourite POV in a book so far (the first is Sookie Stackhouse). Holly Black writes very well. In fact, for most of the book, her writting was my one and only reason to continue reading. Meaning, while the writing was epic, the story was a little on the too-slow side. The world I thought very interesting, except a little vague, you don't have that much of insight into the mafia of this world Holly Black created. The magic system, though, is well explained and interesting. But I missed info about this cons world. Also, I found that the solutions of the conflicts are too much on the easy side. Made me feel like the dangers aren't dangerous at all, the solutions are too convenient. The ending, though is pretty much bold, brave and I really enjoyed it. Now, I said the book is a little slow, but I still need to say that in the end some good, interesting things happen, and before them I was going to give only two stars to the book, because I thought nothing happened here. Of course, its the first book of a series, so I was expecting it to be slow and uneventful, since it's an introduction. But what happens in tha last pages is extremely wonderful. So, if you're looking for an original, almost-mature YA, this is it. Especially if you like (good) male POV. And although I'm not that much interested, I'am interested in the sequel, Red Glove. I liked the synopsis (much better that this first one in the series synopsis) and I hope that now that introductions are no more a need, Holly can write more stuff. So yes, I'll read the sequel eventually.