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The Curse of Chalion
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeffery Donaldson
4.5 stars, rounded up.
When I started this novel, I was skeptical. The blurb said it was a YA fantasy heist. It kind of sounded like a gimmick.

I shouldn't have worried; I was spellbound. Think of a mash-up of Ocean's Eleven and [b:The Lies of Locke Lamora|127455|The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)|Scott Lynch|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386924569s/127455.jpg|2116675], but in a YA context. Then throw in some romance, an intriguing magic system, and some seriously amazing female characters to the mix. Plus, the protagonist is an antihero. The characters were vivid, memorable, and treated with care. I cheered for their relationships and victories.

I haven't been able to sleep for two days because of the racing thoughts and palpitations this novel has given me. Which is probably why I'm writing this (probably incoherent) review at 2 in the morning.