Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: September 29, 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.
This book was great! I really enjoyed it. The best part was definitely the unique and diverse cast of characters that Bardugo put together. I wasn’t really a fan of Matthias, but I loved everyone else. Especially Inej and Kaz. I honestly want to be Inej when I grow up, which is crazy because she’s like 16 years old. All the characters in this book are so young but scarily badass.
Troubled and brooding male leads can get into annoying territory, but I thought Bardugo did a good job with Kaz’s character, so I never felt that way towards him. Aside from just the characters being great, the rapport and relationship between them was equally great. Some of the dialogue between them had me giggling.
The book is told in alternate POVs, so you get to hear from every member of the crew except for Wylan. You might think that could get clunky, but I honestly had no issues with it at all. I actually liked being able to see through everyone’s eyes and I hope in the next book we get to hear from Wylan’s perspective.
The actual heist part of the book was action-packed and suspenseful. There were some moments that had me at the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen. I simultaneously hated and liked the ending because although it’s not something I wanted to happen, it was a good way to lead us into the next book.
Now, this book takes place in the same Grisha world as Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone Trilogy, but it is a separate story and you do not have to read Shadow and Bone in order to enjoy Six of Crows. I wanted to familiarize myself with the world before jumping into Six of Crows, so I did read the first two books in the S&B Trilogy. I’m kind of glad I did because I felt like I had a better grip on all the different Grisha powers and the different country names and whatnot. I think the only thing about not reading S&B before going into Six of Crows is I feel like some of the Grisha powers aren’t fully explained as far as what they can actually do and the extent of their power. Very brief explanations are given and it can leave questions for the reader, but maybe Bardugo plans to go into it more in the next book!
Overall, I thought this book was great and I definitely recommend it. It will leave you wanting to be a part of their crew for sure!