City of Saints & Thieves – Book Review

**Trigger warning: rape and descriptions of warfare 

“Rule 17: Let them fall on their spears. 

You have to know your enemies’ weaknesses, Bug Eye says. That much is obvious. What he also taught me, though, and what thieves and thugs and kings have figured out-the good ones, anyway is that your enemies’ strengths can also be their weaknesses. ” pg. 350

I started this book on a Saturday and about three page in it became clear that my plans for the weekend were going to be shot. At 432 pages City of Saints & Thieves was a fast and enjoyable read. Most of the story is set in a fictional city in Kenya but there are also some scenes in the Congo. Christina the sixteen year old protagonist was displaced after the death of her mother. Alone on the streets of Kenya she is taken in by the Goondas gang where despite here age and gender she rises through the ranks to become a virtuoso thief.  The gang becomes her family but Tina is a lone wolf at heart. And her heart is heavy with plans to avenge the death of her mother. So she bides her time, trusting few while she watches and learns and waits. The long awaited opportunity finally comes for Tina and without giving too much away I’ll say that even the best laid plans sometimes go awry. 

City of Saints & Thieves has some memorable characters. One of my favorites was Boyboy. He is Tina’s best friend who also just happens to be a technology wizard. Their banter(think of a typical roasting session between you and your bestie) during the book provided some laugh out loud moments. I read that Universal has optioned the story, and that Kerry Washington’s production company is in negotiations to produce it. As with all book to movie projects casting will be key. I’m telling you now that if they don’t get the casting for Boyboy right throw the whole thing away. Remember I told you that. 

I might have mentioned this before but most of the books I read I get from the library. If I like the book I will then buy a copy for myself which is what happened in the case of City of Saints & Thieves. I gave the copy I bought to my mother to read and she said she enjoyed it. If you are interested in a fast paced, character driven, modern day whodunit with a Kenyan and Congolese backdrop I would recommend City of Saints & Thieves. 

What are you reading now? 




  1. Mango Fudge
    December 12, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Sounds great! Well not the themes (rape/warfare/death) but, the Boyboy character sounds interesting thus again, this is another book I would like to read! Its so exciting that it may be turned into a bookInspirational post as always :).. I get library books from time to time but since, I'm a tad (very) slow at reading/committing to the process – to save myself from fines I mostly stick to browsing through in the library (haha). Currently I am struggling through 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison. I can't wait to do a review – its been a long time since I've been an active reader 🙂

    • Mango Fudge
      December 12, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      *turned into a movie (lol) (0_o)

    • Of the comely
      December 16, 2017 / 2:49 am

      I liked it. If you get around to reading it let me know what you think.

  2. Nerline Germain
    December 14, 2017 / 1:10 am

    It sounds like a good read. If mama loves it, that means it is very good. I will look for it in my local library. Thanks for sharing, doll!

    • Of the comely
      December 16, 2017 / 2:48 am

      You know it. Let me know if you read it.

  3. ahhhsoNeo
    December 21, 2017 / 3:54 am

    I'm off work all of next week so definitely looking forward to picking up some new books at the library – will put this on my wishlist. I tend to read mainly motivational books so fiction will be the way to go for a nice break.Happy Holidays beautiful.

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