League of Liars synopsis
Shadows are dangerous. Edem is illegal. And liars are cowards.
Ever since his mother was killed in a freak edem-based crime, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal: to have illegal users of extradimensional magic brought to justice. Cayder dreams of becoming a prosecutor and, when he secretly accepts an apprenticeship under the city’s best public defender, he plans to learn every legal trick he can to one day dismantle defence arguments. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.
But when he meets all three criminals he is to defend, he finds they are teenagers, like him, and their stories are … complicated, like his. As their cases unfold, Cayder must race to separate the truth from the lies and uncover what really happened the night his mother died
League of Liars – my review
I think we would all agree that the phrase “page-turner” is overused, but Astrid Scholte truly writes the kind of novels that you can’t help but devour in two days because you just have to know what happens next. Having read (and loved) Scholte’s first two books I feel like I have kind of a vibe for what I’m getting into when I pick up one of her books and her latest, League of Liars, does not disappoint. This #LoveOzYA fantasy novel is packed with adventure, somewhat morally grey characters, plenty of snark, heist vibes, and the perfect blend of fantasy magic and sci-fi tech that I have loved in both her previous books.
The heisty action is all packed towards the end of League of Liars. I really enjoyed the way this let the reader get deep into the stories of each POV character, filling in what had happened to land each of them in their situation. I also liked how this meant that the pace built as the book progressed to an exciting and action-packed end.
I’ve seen this one compared to Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, and I think the gritty grey gang/heist vibe makes it a great comp. I think fans of Scholte’s other books will love League of Liars, and if you haven’t checked out her work yet this would be a great place to start!
League of Liars by Astrid Scholte
Out now from Allen & Unwin
Source: Free copy kindly provided by Allen and Unwin (thank you!). All views are my own
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Check out my reviews of Astrid Scholte’s previous books here: Four Dead Queens and The Vanishing Deep.
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