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.
Six of Crows is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2016. I was told again and again to read this amazing book, with fellow bibliophiles stating that it was SO much better than Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy. And it was. This book was fantastic — even though it constantly pulled at my heartstrings, leaving me screaming:
Leigh Bardugo: this book is brilliant. Yeah, you’ve left me in a puddle of sadness, but I absolutely loved this book. And there are so many reasons why I love it to pieces…
NOT INCLUDING MY ABSOLUTE LOVE FOR THESE LITTLE MISFITS! (I haven’t felt this way about a group of misfits since I actually watched Misfits for the first time, haha.)
This group of characters were definitely the best part. Can we call this group of characters “anti-heroes”? I’m not sure, but whatever we decide to call them, all of them were brilliant. Kaz Brekker quickly became one of my favourite characters in YA. I absolutely love the way that Bardugo decided to write him. He was not only intriguing, but the backstory that we received was very different from anything else that I have read before. I really grew to love his relationships with the various characters, and I use the term “relationship” loosely. He is very distant from nearly everyone.
Bardugo also writes two beautiful and strong female characters — a huge improvement from Alina from The Grisha Trilogy (I’m sure you guys know how much Alina annoyed me in the original trilogy). Inej Ghafa was one of my favourite characters. Her backstory was incredibly sad, but I just loved how strong Inej was and she never let her past define her, but instead allowed it to motivate her. Bardugo also makes sure that Inej has a strong friendship with the other female character: Nina Zenik. Nina was a great character, and I loved how Bardugo delved into her emotions and thoughts during her chapters. I just wanted Nina succeed. I wanted her to be happy. And every single one of her chapters was wonderful.
The remaining three characters were just as incredible: Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey and Wylan Van Eck. I loved the relationship between Nina and Matthias. At first I actually thought that Matthias would grow to annoy me, but his transition throughout the book was one of my favourites. He develops wonderfully. And Jesper and Wylan, two of my favourites as well (okay, fine they are ALL my favourites), were absolutely fantastic. I wanted more of both Jesper and Wylan, so hopefully Bardugo decides to focus on them a lot more in the next installment. Their scenes together were always entertaining and always gave me a chuckle.
The overall story was incredibly well done — Leigh Bardugo is one smart cookie. For someone to write a heist story, that person needs to be incredibly intelligent. And Leigh Bardugo is one smart cookie. The story has so many twists and turns and mysteries. There were moments that really surprised me. You can tell that Bardugo really planned out this story and endeavoured to write a smart, yet thrilling novel that grabs readers the moment it begins and doesn’t let them go until the very last page. And, perhaps, not even then. Because I need the next installment right now… but my order hasn’t actually come in yet *cries hysterically*.
This book left it beautifully open for the next book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m not going to talk about the ending of this book. Though, I will state that this: the book ended wonderfully. There was a firm conclusion, but there was also a lot of room for the story to continue. And I cannot wait until I have the second book in my hand to see what happens next!
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