Book Reviews

A Book Review: The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston

Happy May!

I hope you are all having a wonderful may and I am back with a Blog Tour with my favourite The Write Reads…This one I am super excited to get to. It has been a while and I would like to thank both Dave and Rebellion Publishing for my free copy of the book.

Now strap yourself in… It is review time.


Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. He writes SFF prose and interactive fiction. Alex is married and lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged video game systems.

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 400 Pages

Publishing: 7th June 2022 (US); 9th June 2022 (UK)




A twisty tale of magicians, con artists and card games, where secrets are traded and gambled like coin, for fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Mask of Mirrors.

Never stake more than you can afford to lose.

When failed magician turned cardsharp Valen Quinol is given the chance to play in the Forbearance Game—the invitation-only tournament where players gamble with secrets—he can’t resist. Or refuse, for that matter, according to the petty gangster sponsoring his seat at the table. Valen beats the man he was sent to play, and wins the most valuable secret ever staked in the history of the tournament.

Now Valen and his motley crew are being hunted by thieves, gangsters, spies and wizards, all with their own reasons for wanting what’s in that envelope. It’s a game of nations where Valen doesn’t know all the rules or who all the players are, and can’t see all the moves. But he does know if the secret falls into the wrong hands, it could plunge the whole world into war…

My Review:

Where to start with this book. There is a lot I would like to talk about, however and I like I always do will do my best to avoid all spoilers. Now strap yourselves in and lets get started.

In the aim of being completely honest in this review there were bits of this book I really enjoyed, however that being said there are little bits of the book I was left unsure about. One of the things I liked about the book was the obvious research that had been put in place. It allows the book to feel more real.

The plot to this story is a little bit complicated to follow and I have to admit there where parts that made it hard to continue reading. This being said the book overall is very intriguing and an interesting read.

The ‘magic’ that is referenced was not quite what I expected however it is clear that it is incredibly important to the story and the way the story works.

I however do think that this book would be an incredible read for those who enjoy fantasy stories that have mentions of gambling, political affairs, con-artists and those vibes.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Does this sound like something you would want to read?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

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