One night in the city of Hearne, a young thief named Jute is instructed to break into a wizard's house and steal an old wooden box. It sounds like a straightforward job. Climb down the chimney, creep through the house, find the thing and get out. Unbeknownst to the boy, however, the box contains the knife that killed the Wind. Overcome with curiosity, Jute opens the box, setting off a chain of events that soon has him on the run from the wizard, his old masters in the Thieves Guild, and their client, who happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself. On his odyssey of escape, Jute is aided by an unlikely assortment of friends, including a guilt-ridden assassin, a reluctant wizard, and a hawk who just might be able to teach him how to fly. But the Darkness will do anything to find Jute, even if it means plunging the whole land into war.
So so book. It was a bit slow and boring in places. I did not like that its supposed to be about a young boy and his friends, but you barely saw the boy (Jute) in this book. Only a few small chapters of his role. The rest of the book was taken up with those I suppose are to be his companions in this "epic quest" story, but not a single one met up with the others. The whole book felt like one long set up to meeting and then ended without any of them actually meeting up or doing anything. Not sure I want to continue with this series.