Throughout the book you stay curius and wanting to read more and more. At the beginning you get a suspicious feeling about the Thief Lord. So you stay reading to figure it out. Once you do, you just can't stop reading because it is so good. But part of the best part is the fact it takes place in Venice. It is so interesting and you get a feeling that you are there with them while you are reading. The author knows how to keep you on your toes.