“A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.
Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.
But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.”
Thief of the Night Guild follows on from book one in the Queen of Thieves series, Child of the Night Guild. Read The Secret Library review of Child of the Night Guild here! In book two, we continue to follow Ilanna after the events of Child of the Night Guild, in which she has grown even more as a woman, a thief and a member of the Night Guild. But now, on top of her responsibilities as a Journeyman of House Hawk, Ilanna must protect her young son from the clutches of the Night Guild.
As with all of Andy Peloquin’s novels, this book is a long one, but it took me several months to read this one because of the heartbreak alone. No spoilers here, but some deaths in this book made me put it down for a few weeks to recover. That was when I realised just how invested I had become in Ilanna and the other characters in the Night Guild.
Ilanna is desperate to be free of the Night Guild and plans to buy her way out of the guild by pulling off her biggest heist yet: stealing from and humiliating the esteemed Duke Phonnis. Ilanna’s plan is incredibly detailed and the realism is astounding, I dread to think how long the author spent researching the many topics needed to put this book together as perfectly as it was.
As a reader, it is very difficult not to connect with the characters in this book, and the terrible things that happens to Ilanna and her friends have stuck with me vividly since finishing this book about six months ago. Thief of the Night Guild successfully captures the depth and impact of issues such as bereavement, and physical and sexual abuse on the characters in a way that had me shedding tears.
As ever, the characters’ individuality, depth and stories are incredibly well written, and the story is very compelling.
The only downside I could feasibly find is that the build up to the heist was quite drawn out. This serves a purpose as the heist needed an incredible amount of organising, and it’s peppered with action and heart-stopping situations, but I frequently wanted to reach the main event. Is that even really a negative?
Thief of the Night Guild has earned itself a solid five stars!
Thief of the Night Guild is available on Amazon in e-book or paperback format – new and pre-loved. Books one and three Child of the Night Guild and Queen of the Night Guild are also available in the same formats, if you’d like the set! You totally will.
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