This trilogy is one of the most original, most creative, and most fantastic trilogies I have ever read. Holly Black blends fantasy, magic, and the real world crime together to create the perfect Magic Noir world. If you are a fan of the Noir genre, of mob stories and con artists, of magic and twisted endings...this is definitely a series you need to read. The first book is called White Cat, the second is Red Glove. The final book in the series, which came out this past April, is called Black Heart. And it is a spectacular end to an amazing trilogy. What I love most about Black's characters in this series is that all though they have these abilities, they are human. They are so completely human that you feel and relate to each one of them. You want to cheer for them, you feel sad for them, you want them to get what they want, and not that other guy. That's what makes this series riveting - that, and the fact that you don't know which character is reliable and which one is telling the truth.
This is my Spoiler Free Review, so if you haven't read Black Heart yet or even haven't been introduced to the series, I'm not going to give anything away. But in Black Heart, Cassel gets himself mixed up in some very messy business. In the end, even if knowing what he is, you know that he's going to get out of it somehow. But even though your so sure that he's going too there's always a chance that he might not. Because, after all, it's the end of the series. And Never mind that the series is written in his point of view. That's just where the plot takes you. It takes you on this road, with curves and twists and almost every few chapters you're like, "oh crap," or "no, Cassel, no!" or, "Yes! finally!" The plot twists and turns are executed so perfectly, by the end you're left wanting oh so much more.
I found myself not trusting anyone that Cassel wasn't trusting. I found myself as confused and frustrated as Cassel was. I even found myself trying to guess what was happening with a sub plot and even then Black thew me off. That's what made me keep reading. The fact that I felt like I was Cassel, trying to figure out who the hell was going to double cross me next.
Black left a few unanswered questions though, toward the end. And that's the only thing that frustrates me, because this is the last book. There's so much more she could do with it, but then again, I'm not sure how far she could take it. It's like one of those movies where you think there could be a sequel but not really because they still tied everything up, yet left some things unanswered enough.
Yeah, I hate those movies too. :-)
The only, ONLY criticism I had?
The stupid cover. I HATE the cover. There is no picture of sexy Cassel. There is no theme of black / red/ white like it would be for Crime Noir. It doesn't fit. I don't like it. I want the originals back.
Black Heart is definitely the perfect end to an amazing trilogy. If you haven't read it yet, do it now. If you haven't even read the first book in the series, do it now. I promise you'll be hooked.