League of Liars – Astrid Scholte

Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal–to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.

But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension–where all magic comes from.

League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

League of Liars kicks off with a bang, and really doesn’t slow down until after sixty percent though. Seriously, I was hooked on the plot and so intrigued by both the main character, Cayder, and all of the side characters. I spent so much of my time trying to guess what each character had truly done to wind up in prison (I was wrong on all counts, unsurprisingly), and was definitely intrigued by the magic.

Basically, magic can be pulled from shadows by anyone and used to manipulate time. It seems pretty wonderful and convenient, but if you aren’t careful, dangerous things can, and usually do, happen. For this reason, any use of this magic has been made illegal by the government. These crimes are easily detectable as the magic leaves a temporary stain on the skin of any user, and even leaves a permanent mark on anyone who uses it to kill someone, regardless of wether the death is intentional or accidental. I found this magic system to be incredibly unique, and while I was a bit confused by it in the beginning, it became increasingly clear as I continued to read.

There was romance in this, and although it didn’t really appear until later in the book, I found myself pretty invested in one of the couples. We got to see a couple of small flashbacks over the course of the story, but I would love to see more of this particular couple, just to learn more about the way that their relationship developed.

There was a sequence of events towards the end of the book that felt pretty drawn out, and I found myself itching to skim read. That said, the way the book wrapped up overall has me really curious about the next book! I feel like what happened will really open the world up for readers in the next installment of the series.

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