In the Sharpe family the worst thing you can do is be vulnerable in front of a mark. And everyone who isn't us is a mark. p.26 e-bookI'm a sucker for a good con game story. I loved Heist Society and Ocean's 11. Something about these especially when the main character is sympathetic makes me happy. Cassel is an extremely sympathetic character even as he explains how to swindle or outright steal from someone. There are some seriously horrific things going on this book though, but Cassel carries the whole book really well. The whole idea of curse workers is an intriguing one and there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn to their situation. I liked the whole world that Black built. It was very thorough and there were lots details that support the idea of the curse workers and their abilities and oppression as well as the fear that having people with the innate ability to change someone would bring. The mystery was sound and I enjoyed the resolution. Now I can't wait for Red Glove to come out and I will definitively read that one as soon as it is published.
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Question for people who have read the book. Do you think Cassel changed his dad into the chair that he hates but that no one in the family wants to get rid of? I know that is a weird detail to walk away with, but I was wondering if that one of the memories that got changed. Like if he did it on accident or if his brothers made him do it, but didn't have the heart to get rid of the dad like they should have. Maybe that's crazy though.**