Cassel Sharpe comes from a long line of con artists, and Cassel is no exception, but there is one thing separating him from the rest of his family-Cassel isn’t a curse worker. Curse workers have many different talents. Cassel’s mother can change people’s emotions, his brother can break people’s bones, his grandfather can kill, and they all do this with a touch of a bare hand.
Cassel is currently at boarding school while his mom is in jail for a con gone wrong. He likes his school and is working hard to fit in, but when he wakes up on the roof of a dorm with no idea how he got there, his life is about to change. Expelled, at least temporarily, Cassel is shipped off to live with his grandfather and given the task of cleaning up his family home. While digging around in his family’s junk and trying to get back into school, Cassel begins to uncover a sinister plot that leads him to believe his family is running the biggest con of all time…on him!
I love Holly Black and she definitely delivers. The world of the curse workers is unique and unlike any other fantasy story I’ve read. The mystery is heart-wrenching. How hard would it be to learn that the bad guys are your family and that they’ve intentionally kept huge, horrible secrets from you? It is a fast-paced, quick read that left me ready for the next in the series.