Y’all, we are actually making progress on overdue ARCs!! (We’re going to ignore the fact that, over the weekend, I got a lovely box with more ARCs, a few I requested and some I didn’t. Progress is still progress! 😅). The Liar’s Knot is the second book in one of the most intricate series I’ve ever read. Like the first book in the series, The Mask of Mirrors, it took me a bit to get into it. But when I finally did, I couldn’t stop reading.
An ARC copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Publisher: Orbit Books | Release Date: December 2021 | Pages: 629
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Audiobook | Source: ARC/Library
Trust is the thread that binds us . . . and the rope that hangs us.
In Nadezra, peace is as tenuous as a single thread. The ruthless House Indestor has been destroyed, but darkness still weaves through the city’s filthy back alleys and jewel-bright gardens, seen by those who know where to look.
Derossi Vargo has always known. He has sacrificed more than anyone imagines to carve himself a position of power among the nobility, hiding a will of steel behind a velvet smile. He’ll be damned if he lets anyone threaten what he’s built.
Grey Serrado knows all too well. Bent under the yoke of too many burdens, he fights to protect the city’s most vulnerable. Sooner or later, that fight will demand more than he can give.
And Ren, daughter of no clan, knows best of all. Caught in a knot of lies, torn between her heritage and her aristocratic masquerade, she relies on her gift for reading pattern to survive. And it shows her the web of corruption that traps her city.
But all three have yet to discover just how far that web stretches. And in the end, it will take more than knives to cut themselves free…
- Massively impressive worldbuilding. I will never get over how incredible the worldbuilding is within not just The Liar’s Knot, but the entire series. With intricacies inspired by both astrology and tarot, I can’t lie and claim I fully understand it all. But it’s fascinating in its depth and lore.
- Secrets unearthed! It has been so stressful seeing Ren try to balance all of her secrets!! So getting to see how some things unfold when things are revealed (in some ways, to some people) was really rewarding.
- Evolution of relationships. Though the worldbuilding impresses me, it’s the relationships that had me binge-listening to the last, like, 8 hours. I have such soft spots for Grey and Tess. I hope we get more of both of them in Labyrinth’s Heart.
- Hard to keep track of, sometimes. This might have been exasperated by the audiobook, but it was really hard for me to keep track of names, aliases and allegiances.
- Length/slow beginning. I’m not sure what it is, but in both books in the series so far, I really struggled in the beginning. I understand the end needs to be set up but I wish it didn’t take so long? 😅 (Though, both times, it’s absolutely paid off, so maybe I just don’t know what I’m talking about.)
For me, The Liar’s Knot was an impressive sequel to an already complex and challenging first book; one that I enjoyed, despite taking quite a bit to get into it. I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by Nikki Massoud. Her range of accents is incredible and really brought the characters to life for me in a way that reading the first book physically could not. I’ll absolutely be listening to the audiobook to complete the trilogy.