Book Review – A Game of Malice and Greed by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 4 stars

Warning: May contain minor spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If these two write a fantasy, I’ll devour it. If you’ve read their other books, forget them. This is a completely new world with new characters and is a dark Alladin retelling. 

Princess Austyn is a princess hidden by a veil and slave to traditions. When her guard, Cassius, accidentally sees her without her veil, he’s sentenced to death, But the evil empress offers him a chance at freedom if he finds a hidden treasure for her. Drake is a street thief who would be mad to refuse the idea of a fortune when he and Cassius end up in the palace dungeon together after Cassius refused the empress’ offer. 

The pair embark on a journey to find a magical treasure that will lead them to a larger adventure. 

What I loved…

The grumpy sunshine friendship between the two MMCs was top-notch. They’re complete opposites but make a hilarious duo. 

Whatever you expect for the genie… I doubt you’re prepared for Kyra. She’s a fun take on the lovable character and my favourite.

Princess Austyn knows her own mind from the start but is a prisoner of her own gender and has no power to make the changes she wants. But she has a little fun doing it sometimes.

What I didn’t like…

I struggled a few times during the first half of the book. I think that could have been seriously condensed. The fun banter between Drake and Cassius made it worth it. 

Final thoughts…

Another book from the twisted sisters to make me laugh and cry and scream and sigh along with the characters. And if you’re scared based off their other series, you should be.


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