I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this fantasy novel, particularly the first half in which the original premise is established. Sancia is a gifted thief sent on a mission which has important consequences for her and for all the characters involved. The fantasy element of the novel centers around the ability to use sigils to "program" objects with individual powers. All the action takes place in one city dominated by merchant families (a bit like Renaissance Venice).
This is an exciting novel, well thought-out and developed with interesting characters and an engaging plot. The author has established the beginning of a trilogy by finishing with some issues unresolved. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.