Review: The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha

Series: Mercenary Librarians #2
Author: Kit Rocha
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: August 31, 2021
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

The Devil You Know is the second novel in Kit Rocha’s Mercenary Librarians series, which is everything that you might imagine – and so much more! This second novel in the series switches perspectives, allowing us to know other team members better.

Maya is a woman on the run, though you wouldn’t know it from the looks of her. By all appearances, she is calm and comfortable in the environment she and her little family have made for each other. Yet it’s hard to forget that she’s a genetically engineered genius – one that TechCorps would do anything to get back.

Then there’s Gray. Thanks to the events of the previous novel, he’s finally free of the Protectorate. But he doesn’t feel free. Perhaps that’s because he knows he only has a short period of time before his body begins to fail him – thanks to what the Protectorate did to him.

“Mozart was the perfect music for a heist.”

I had not realized how excited I was for the next installment in this series. Not until it was in my hands, at least. Now I know that I have been waiting all year for The Devil You Know. So, did it live up to that hype? You better believe it!

I’ll confess that I am still charmed by the whole concept of mercenary librarians. I thought that Nina would remain my favorite, as the person in charge of the whole organization. Now I realize how much I adore Maya. Not only is she a spark of life in this series, but she plays a pivotal role in how their whole operation works.

In other words, she’s really the reason the library works as well as it does, and that is enough of a reason for me to love her. Everything about her character is perfectly complemented by Gray. I love the juxtaposition between their chapters and personalities.

This novel answered many questions for me while making me fall further in love with the world and characters. I love that we’ve been consistently getting multiple POVs for each novel, and I hope that continues in whatever happens next.

On that note, I sincerely can’t wait for the next novel! I know, it’s a long way off. But I’m already excited. Can you blame me?

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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