Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Originally Published: July 28th 2015
Format: Paperback (495 pages)
Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Wow, this book is fantastic! After seeing so many ridiculously positive reviews, I was slightly terrified that it wouldn’t live up to the hype for me. Fortunately, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is a fast-paced and exciting fantasy take on the ultimate heist.
The story follows gang leader Kaz Brekker and his selection of fellow crooks as they embark on a heist that will test them emotionally, physically and morally. We read the story through their various viewpoints, something which I think is highly effective in telling this story. At no point are the points of view confusing. I thought the character building was superb: I feel like I’ve known all these characters for years and, most importantly, I care about them. My favourite character is Inej, closely followed by Kaz and Nina. I loved her back story and seeing how a vulnerable young girl fleed from her abuser and became someone much stronger than even she could imagine.
The world-building is exceptional. The writing of this story is excellent and it did not take me long to feel fully immersed in the history and culture of the world that had been created. The descriptions are beautiful and I was easily able to visualise the story while I read. Unlike most people, I had not read Bardugo’s previous Grisha series but this did not stop me falling head over heels in love with the world and I didn’t find the terminology too difficult to deal with. I may indulge in the series at some point.
The story was fast-paced and action-packed. The crew come up against all possible barriers and yet I was constantly left surprised by the twists and turns that the story took. I think the Ocean’s 11 comparisons are justified: this is after all a story about the greatest and most unthinkable heist to happen to the Ice Court.
What did I love most about the book?
The characters!! Wow! I loved the multiple point of view’s. There were enough of them for me to fall in love with multiple characters as I learnt more about them, but not too many that I didn’t know who was who. My favourite character is Inej, closely followed by Kaz and Nina. I really loved that while each chapter held the main story together neatly, we also got to learn more and more about each of the main characters in their own sub-stories. These were perfectly woven into the story by Bardugo and I can’t wait to learn more about them in Crooked Kingdom.
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
“No mourners. No funerals.”
“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, exciting and action-packed read with a well written world and excellent character building, then I would highly recommend this! I can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom!
Have you read Six of Crows? What did you think?