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Sancia Grado is a very good thief. Her natural talents are enhanced by a magical scrived plate in her head that allows her to sense the condition of objects to their molecular level. This helps her commit burglaries with amazing success. Merchant Houses control the magical technology called scriving that is used to code objects to improve or enhance their properties. They rule the land with their technology, but always thirst for more power.
Sancia is hired to commit a dangerous, but profitable, burglary of a heavily guarded warehouse near the docks. The burglary is a success, but Sancia’s curiosity gets the better of her and she looks inside the box she has stolen and finds a key. The key is an ancient artifact. It has magical qualities and can talk to her. Sancia quickly learns that competing Merchant Houses are trying to get possession of the key, and will murder her if necessary to get it. On the run, Sancia finds herself in the middle of a dangerous power struggle that could have disastrous consequences for everyone in Tevanne.
This is a very good first book in a new series. The characters are interesting and the world building is well done. The magical world is unique and fresh. The action is fast-paced, with plenty of twists and turns. I highly recommend you read this book.