I do love stories about con artists. I love a good con, and that alone would make me like this series. I have rather come to love it though. The third one should be on my reserve shelf at the library by next week, and I look forward to seeing how this ends. These books have an original take on magic, different from your standard fantasy fare, and the characters would be equally at home in a mafia story. It's a different kind of magical realism, one that skews more towards the real than the magic, where magic is infused with reality rather than the other way around. Well-paced, enjoyable, with twists that feel organic to the story, not contrived. Great series.