My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Published: September 29th, 2015
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. –Synopsis from Goodreads.
“You shouldn’t socialize with crows…they have no manners.”
I have been putting off this book for so long and now I’m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. Six of Crows is set in the same world as Leigh’s Shadow and Bone series, which I absolutely loved. Well, almost everything – Mal, can walk off a skiff in the Unsea for all I care. So I was pretty sure that I was going to love this one too, but I was not prepared for this book at all.
The story begins a couple of years after the Grisha trilogy, off the island of Kerch. It is told through 5 perspectives: Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina and Matthias. As the chapters alternate we do get glimpses of the past mixed in with the story playing out. I sometimes feel like multiple point of views don’t always work in certain books but Leigh completely masters it. It helped me get a better understanding of each of the characters. These type of anti-hero archetype characters could absolutely come off unlikable in the hands of another author, but Leigh knows just how to create epic protagonists with just the right amount of layers, badassness, sensitivity and banter.
One thing that I feel is important to mention is the relationship between the main characters, even if they seem sometimes to mostly care about themselves and the prize at the end – you can really see the bond that unites them and how they will never leave someone behind no matter the situation.
Six of Crows didn’t tie in with the Shadow and Bone series as much as I expected or wanted it to. There were only a couple of references made here and there. If you were looking to read Six of Crows before Shadow and Bone, you absolutely could. The only thing I felt was a bit lacking compared to the first series was the explanation for the magic system but you get enough to be able to follow.
If I had one negative thing to say about Six of Crows, it would be that it was too short LOL. I could have taken so many more pages of just them wreaking havoc on the world. Thank god for the sequel. There is absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. The characters, the story, the pace, everything was on point.
I feel like Leigh Bardugo grew as a writer so much with this book. Don’t get me wrong she’s did amazing work with Shadow and Bone but this book… just WOW! She went beyond my expectations for it with well-rounded broken characters that you just want to cheer for. It was such a fun read. It’s an absolute 5 for me.
I’m excited to see what will become of these heathens in Crooked Kingdom. Hoping we might see certain characters from the Shadow and Bone series, maybe a certain Ravkan king… who has a book coming out in January.