**I was provided with a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
The first book of the month is already done and I am quite proud and also extremely happy because I fell a little bit in love with Gambit. Who am I kidding? I absolutely adored it!
The world building was just fascinating. At the beginning you feel like you stumbled right into an Outlander novel, with everyone riding around on horseback and people talking with a Scottish accent. Yet, as you continue you find that this is just the life in the Outlying Lands, but the Core is even more advanced in terms of technology than we are now. Gambit is a speculative dystopian novel and while some people do have incredible powers and there is a very obvious divide between rich and poor and a rebel force that fights them, it does not feel like the generic dystopian set up at all. This is also mostly due to really great characters.
Willow is a headstrong and beautiful young girl, who has powers beyond anything the land has seen. But she isn’t perfect. While she does have a certain tendency to charm all the men in her life, she is both – vulnerable and strong. She knows that she has a temper and makes mistakes, but she always tries to make amends. Similarly complicated was her male counterpart Reece. It was incredibly difficult to like him at first and he definitely has secrets that are yet to be discovered. I knew that I shouldn’t condone his behaviour, especially his violent streaks, but I couldn’t help but like him. His actions are never glorified and that surely made all the difference!
Even besides those two, there is a variety of people that I still need to find out so much about. There are relationships I don’t understand, motivations I cannot yet comprehend. Everything in Gambit just left me endlessly curious! It didn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it definitely was only the start to what surely will be an action-packed and intriguing series. I wanted to give plus points for a character having my name (Katja), but then I hated her … well, ONE DAY someone will write about a kind person called Katja and she won’t be Russian and I will be happy.
Now there is only one question left: WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT?
Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! An intriguing start for the Prodigy Chronicles and I cannot wait to read more!
Have you heard of Gambit? Do you want to read it too?