Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold--as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought... that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.
This was a really fun read, and I totally loved A Curse As Dark As Gold, Bunce's previous book, and the writing here didn't let me down! There were a few "lagging" bits in the middle, but I liked the world building and detail with the characters and their backgrounds. Everyone had a story. I also love how Bunce weaves together all the little details, even things you thought were not important play a role in the end. Such a lot of fun! The sequel, Liars Moon, will be coming soon. The only real problem I had with this novel, and I'm not even sure I want to post this, but I will the interest of noting my thoughts: there is little here to really distinguish this book from a whole lot of other fantasies I've read (the Tamora Pierce series come to mind). While I really enjoyed the book, it just didn't seem different enough to make it stand out--not that I'm even sure how one would do that in a field so saturated. Anyhow, my two cents :)