Waiting on Wednesday: Into the Crooked Place

Waiting on Wednesday: Into the Crooked Place


Into the Crooked Place

Written by Alexandra Christo

496 pages

Published by Hot Key Books

Publication date: 8th October 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • I loved Alexandra Christo’s first novel, To Kill a Kingdom – see my full book review here.
  • The summary for this story is just ticking lots of boxes for me – firstly, the mention of dark magic. I love it when magic is something that is complex and difficult, with nasty consequences for using or misusing it.
  • The main characters all sound like anti-heroes, who are usually some of my favourite characters to read about. I like how varied they all sound and I love stories where a motley group of characters ends up thrown together by circumstances (especially when it becomes a kind of ‘found family‘ like Six of Crows or The Gilded Wolves).
  • Each character sounds like they have very different motivations and experience, which could lead to some interesting conflicts.
  • Creije sounds like a fascinating setting – I am already imagining a dark city where all sorts of shady deals are happening behind closed doors and one has to be extremely sunning to survive.
  • Also, feast your eyes on the glorious cover! I imagine it attracting lots of people to pick up a copy!

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains RoaredThe Exact Opposite of OkayTo Kill a KingdomStarfishThe GloamingThe Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me FeelThe Queens of Innis LearLegendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright RuinA Thousand Beginnings and EndingsEmpress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and GoldStorm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves,Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the CraneDragon Pearl,Last of Her NameThe FamilarsA Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the WitchOnce Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, RomanovEcho North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange TreeSpin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, CollisionRumblestarThe Last Spell BreatherThe Starless SeaThe Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, ContainmentHouse of Salt and Sorrows, Sanctuary, Stronger than a Bronze DragonGumiho/Wicked FoxPan’s LabyrinthThe KingdomThe Taste of RainThe Ten Thousand Doors of January, Chinglish, Winterwood. Harley in the Sky.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel WoodTangleweed and BrineSummer Bird BlueThe Pretender or The Gilded King?

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Thanks for reading!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Susan says:

    You and me both with this book, lady!!! I’m drooling over it!!! Aye!! I can’t wait to dive into its sure to be brilliance!!! And I completely agree with what you pointed out!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have just started reading it and really enjoying it so far! Hope you get your hands on a copy soon!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Susan says:

        I have a copy lol but I have September to get through and then the sequel to Gilded Wolves got dropped in my lap. While that doesn’t come out till Feb, my self-control is nada lol@

        Please let me know how you are liking it. DM me on twitter or something!!!

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      2. I am sooooo jealous that you have the sequel to The Gilded Wolves – I loved it! I will be putting my review up of Into the Crooked Place soon! (But may DM you before then!)

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      3. Susan says:

        Absolutely!! The second it hit NG and Edelweiss I hit the button. I wasn’t messing around lol. I was lucky I pulled my stats way up on NG. But it doesn’t come out till February. If you were able to get a copy or ITCP I would imagine you could snag SS?


  2. I am very excited for this one!


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