In Tarretown, a place run by magic, where nobles and the higher classes rule over the poor, Isaveth and her family only have enough money to use common household magic to heat their home or light it. This magic was made for the lower class who could not afford the expensive magic reserved for people in higher classes than them. But, one day Isaveth’s father is wrongly accused of Governor Orien’s murder using common magic. Lawkeepers are forced to suspect him because of a suspected grudge against the governor and the fact that common magic was used to kill him. The poor were not allowed to use higher forms of magic, leaving them to only use common magic to do things or misuse them by killing someone. Isaveth and her three sisters are heartbroken, which leaves Isaveth to sleuth around and figure out who the real murderer is and clear her father’s name. Along the way, she meets a peculiar eye-patched boy named Quiz. The two are an unstoppable pair, finding more clues every step they take. But, is Quiz really helping Isaveth out of friendship? Or does he have hidden motives of his own? And, will Isaveth be able to clear her father’s name and find the true murder?
This book was amazing, and I wished it didn’t end after I read the last word. I loved the huge shock of Quiz’s true identity, and learning who the real murderer is. At first, it was hard to derive the book’s meaning because of the unexplained magic, but eventually the book explains, so don’t worry! I definitely recommend this book. I would give this book a 10 out of 10!