Title: The Knave of Secrets
Author: Alex Livinston
Series: N/A
Pages: 400 pages
HB or PB: E-Arc 
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: 9th June 2022 (UK)
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
E-Arc Provided by: Rebellion Publishing
How did I get this book: TheWriteReads
Format (e- or p-): Electronic
Purchase Book: Amazon

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…


This book was fantastic, a fast paced read and so many characters to read about. I was fascinated by Valen's Story amongst the rest. Card Tricks, and what it takes to win and acquire a particular secret and what it will take to get it. I would recommend this book to those who love a card game, playing and the trickery that goes on. It was a breeze to read and I read it in a couple of days. The writing was easy, fun and the characters were all interesting and all different from each other.

Seeing and reading from each character's point of view made this book more interesting then a normal read from one's perspective.

Overall, I was very happy reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves this kind of world. The magic, the card, the secrets.

StefyTalks Rating
The Knaves of Secrets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️