Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co on September 29th 2015
Genre(s): Fantasy (YA)
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I feel as though I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. Not much as really WOW’d me lately. If you actually follow my reviews you know that I just finished up the Grisha Trilogy by the same author of this book and was a bit disappointed. The main characters were whiny and annoying and I felt like a lot was left out of the backstory/history. I was hesitant to read another book by Ms. Bardugo even though this one had some promising reviews.
BUT, I’m glad I gave it a shot because this book amazed me. Six of Crows takes place in the same world as the Grisha trilogy but in the country of Kerch, a place barely mentioned in the other series. Kerch is an island with a large trading industry. It also has a vast criminal underground which is the focal point of this book.
Kaz Brekker is a very gifted thief. He more or less runs a gang called the Dregs. He’s ridiculously smart and has a pretty scary reputation that is in no way an over exaggeration of his character (I’ve also decided he’s a new book boyfriend) Inej is a girl stolen from her home, turned into Kaz’s spy. Her reputation is probably scarier than Kaz’s. She known as the Wraith and she’s probably the most dangerous. Nina, a Grisha hiding in the slums, feeling guilty for the things she’s done. Jesper an excellent marksman with a severe gambling problem. Wylan, a privileged runaway new to the life of the streets and gangs. Finally Matthias, a former Frjedan soldier turned convict with a serious desire for revenge.
They are offered the job of a lifetime. A highly dangerous, rather insane job. They need to do something that has never been accomplished before. This job is worth the risk because once it pays, could set them free from all the things holding them down.
These six characters are all equally fleshed out and play off each other wonderfully. They have very distinct personalities that I loved. There was not one single whiny, annoying character. The book is told in several different POVs which is something that doesn’t always work but in this book it really opens things up and tells every side that needs to be told.
And there is love but it’s so amazingly not an in your face yet important. The story is about the heist and the love is just a slow burn. And it’s not perfect, gooey love either.
This book just clicks. It’s dark and kept me guessing.
The only one (minor!) complaint I had is that I feel like it relies a bit too much on people having read the Grisha Trilogy. There were some events discussed and words used that I think might be confusing to people that weren’t already aware.
Highly recommend this book!