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Discover what comes next for heist trio Kaz, Inej, and Jesper - and the star-crossed Nina and Matthias - in the #1 New York Times bestseller Six of Crows, Book One of the Six of Crows Duology.
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.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity―and the adventure―of a lifetime.
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An Amazon Best Book of October 2015: Leigh Bardugo is a fascinating storyteller and in her latest book, Six of Crows, she’s stepped up her game even more. At the heart of the novel is Kaz Brekkar, a mysterious young man who has clawed his way to notoriety in a city fueled by corruption and greed. When Kaz is asked to perform an extremely dangerous heist in return for a staggering sum of money, he calls upon his most trusted compatriots to help. The story is told from multiple points of view and readers discover what led each character to Kaz in the first place, as well as his own shocking path. Six of Crows is a vivid, entertaining fantasy that boldly captures the imagination and leaves an impression well after the novel’s cliff-hanger ending. -- Seira Wilson
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- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Media tie-in edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1627792120
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627792127
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Lexile measure : HL790L
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.66 x 1.52 x 9.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So one thing I wasn't keen on in the Grisha series was the world building. I thought one of the struggles in the series was that either characters lacked development because they were just pieces to create the world or vice versa. But I think because there wasn't much to add to this setting, since it was already in the Grishaverse, that the characters could really shine. And trust me, shine they did -- sometimes a little too brightly. But we will get there. I liked Ketterdam, I thought it was a good extension of what we learned in the Grisha series, but I am also a little like unsure about it. I feel like there is more to learn, more to explore, but am hopeful for the next book.
I thought the power dynamic was well written and explained, but I feel like there was something ... missing. Like there was something that I feel like I needed to know before I could have that "aha!" moment of understanding about the way things worked in Ketterdam. Because it seems like there is a bit of a system that we were introduced to but not quite given all the information for, which seems odd considering I feel like we needed all that information to be able to fully get behind the plot and the characters.
I also was a little iffy about the name dropping from the Grisha series. I think a well placed tip of the hat to old characters can be nice for the fans that have read them, but it seemed like a little too much if you wanted to read this book as a stand alone. Without having read the Grisha series, I wouldn't have known Zoya's character to be able to make the connections as to why Nina acted the way she did. But I am glad that it happened. I liked the little throwbacks. But I would recommend reading the Grisha series before this one or else you may be a little lost as to the world, the references, and why this drug should not be allowed into the world.
The characters were so much grittier and dirtier than those we encountered in the Grisha series. Each had dark pasts and even darker presents, but they were so fleshed out. I didn't roll my eyes once at what a character said or did like I did while reading about Alina. I thought that each character was so well developed and I could see how this rag tag team of misfits perfectly in my mind.
I did think that at some points Kaz was a little larger than life. He was a great character and definitely up there for all time favourite characters but he was not my favourite out of this group. I was pretty wise to some of his tricks and wasn't always caught off guard by what he was planning on doing. I think part of the reason I liked him was because I could see so much of myself in him. But at the same time, I thought he was almost too good to be true. He had a s***ty life that we got to see through the flashbacks, but he went from scared to scary in such little time that it really was a little unbelievable. It took him like a year to become completely ruthless and also cunning. And while I do think living on the streets could breed that, I almost question if it could do so that quickly. I think it was almost as if he was written so harshly so that we could see the difference when he was around Inej.
Inej was my favourite character. She was feminine and yet still strong. I felt like she didn't have as complex of a backstory as the rest of the characters, but I thought she had the worst current situation. It was as if she was stuck in a place of unbelonging and wasn't sure how to get out. But I was fist pumping as she was climbing and making plans for her future. I was really proud of her for figuring out what she wanted out of her life. That was when I realized I saw Inej as my precious child and needed her to be okay for me to be okay. And that is when I realized I am Kaz.
One thing I loved about Inej was that she wasn't completely swooning over Kaz and stood her ground on wanting someone better for her because he wasn't perfect and she does deserve better. I think too often you see that the guy always gets his girl, but that didn't happen here and I'm actually glad for it. While I did like them together, I just didn't think that it was the right time for either of them to be with the other. I think they both need to grow a bit -- Inej into her freedom and Kaz into someone who can be both ruthless and caring at the same time.
Nina was wonderful. I liked having a full Grisha who was trained at the Little Palace in this mix because it really connected the original trilogy with this new one. It almost cemented the story moreso than the name dropping of older characters. I thought Nina was extremely well written because while she was obviously in love with Matthias, she didn't let that stand in the way of her getting what she needed and deserved. She was clever, cunning, and used her strengths to her advantage. I liked that she was willing to do whatever it took to survive and keep those she cared about alive. She was just perfect because she acted like she was full of herself but cared more about the others than all of them put together. But she was the right mix of vulnerable and strong for me to be like "YAS SLAY ME NINA" because I would let that girl crush my heart any day.
Another wonderful thing was the female friendship between Nina and Inej. They could have easily been like "nah bro I ain't gonna eff with you" but they both worked to lift the other up. And they genuinely seemed to care about one another and what it meant for each of them to be placed in certain positions. Especially at the end when they had to change their heist plans -- Nina was so worried about what their change in plans would mean for Inej moreso than what it could possibly mean for her. And that is true friendship man.
Matthias made me realize just how much I love the strong stoic type because hot damn. Like I get where Nina was coming from tbh. And I loved that he was so weary about the whole prospect and what it would mean for him to be a "traitor" to his country. I think he had the best internal struggle of all the characters in the book, especially near the end. I am usually not a fan of the whole "I can overcome anything because I love this person" but the way that Leigh wrote his affections for Nina was amazing. I am glad that we got to see glimpses of their time together while they were surviving, but not all of it. It made the moments we did get to see feel even more intimate and special, which made me super love their relationship. I think they need to work through some issues but they are definitely my favourite ship out of this whole scenario. (Prob because I keep getting Nina on the quiz and therefore think I will eventually get my Matthias)
I liked Jesper's point of view the best. I liked seeing everyone from his perspective because he seemed to see everyone at their best, even when they were at their worst -- even himself. I think that was important to understanding that while they all had s***ty lives, there was still good parts to them. I feel like Jesper was the one that really kept everything together, even though it appeared to be Inej who did so. I feel like we had seen so much despair and hatred of oneself through everyone else's point of view, but Jesper didn't look at things like that. He made his bet and then did everything he could to make sure he came out on the winning end. It was like optimism except still sad because his life was kind of s***ty still. I don't know, I just really liked Jesper and I want good things for him.
I was kind of disappointed that Wylan didn't have his own pov sections. I wanted to know more about him and learn more about him from his own perspective rather than through everyone else's. I still thought he had good character development and was interesting but I think there is an extra layer of Wylan that we didn't get to see and because of that we still haven't really met him yet. I am hoping there will be more in the next book because I am thoroughly intrigued by his circumstances and what this type of war will mean for him. I am envisioning great things for him. And like Nicola and I talked about over DMs on Twitter, him and Jesper need to get a room asap.
Honestly, this is a huge cast of characters but Leigh does it so beautifully that you root for all the characters to succeed and be happy and find peace and you just know that isn't going to happen for all of them. They are all such beautiful disasters and I can't help but wonder what their future will be. I was a little worried with how many povs there were, but honestly I think I would have been disappointed without seeing things from everyone's pov -- hence why I was sad there was no Wylan perspective. This book heavily relies on the characters and they are some of the best written characters I have read about in a long time. My heart aches thinking about them and their struggles and worries for what will come from their future.
I thought this plot was much tighter than what we had seen in the Grisha series. There was a logical sequence and the twists and turns were all in a single direction to take us from point A to point B. The only thing I would say is that I was a tad disappointed that everything was explained to me so quickly. I wanted to have a bit more time to try and figure out exactly how they were able to do certain things and if characters did certain things on purpose or by accident. I felt like the "mystery" sort of aspect that comes along with these types of books was taken away from me at some points because it was told to me right away. I thought a lot of the directions the plot took were obvious if you were reading closely enough but there were still some that took me by complete surprise. I think I got wise to how Kaz operated and thus could figure out some of his plans for the heist. I also thought there was a lot of foreshadowing for one certain thing that was revealed at the end that I was like "yeah I am not surprised by that" even though I could see how one would be shocked.
The writing was beautiful and the prose was just great. The pacing was done extremely well with the flashbacks placed in a way that made the story flow rather than stifle it with too much back story and not enough action and adventure of from the present. If you want to know what surprised me the most, you can DM me on Twitter and ask and I will tell you if you want to know a spoiler and/or already read the book. Rather than the plot moving forward and then the character having to catch up, I think both were done simultaneously and it made for an enjoyable reading experience. I read 50% of the book before bed and then 50% the next day but it is definitely one you could read in one sitting. And you almost want to because you want to know what happens. I would say that the first 30% is mostly character and world introductions and can get a little heavy as you meet a new character and see how they know Kaz and why he is enrolling them in his mission, but after that it gets jam packed with action and is definitely worth the read.
I literally have no words though. Like it took me a very long time to write this because I needed to think of something to say other than "Go read this because it's awesome" even though that is very true. I applaud this book and not so secretly wish I had been the one to think of it first. But I wouldn't have trusted this story or these characters in anyone else's hands other than Leigh Bardugo.
Six of Crows is one of those books that I could truly kick myself for waiting so long to read. Now that I’ve finally finished reading it, all I keep thinking is what a fool I was to deprive myself of one of the most original and amazing fantasy stories I’ve ever read. I feel like I’m not even going to begin to do this book justice, but hopefully, since I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people on the planet to actually read it, you guys will all just nod your heads in agreement because you already know why Six of Crows is such a fabulous read.
For those unfamiliar with the basic storyline, Six of Crows follows Kaz Brekker, a teenage criminal mastermind, who has been offered an opportunity to achieve wealth beyond his wildest dreams. How? By completing what can probably best be described as Mission Impossible. He has to break into the Ice Court, a heavy guarded military stronghold that has never successfully been broken into before. Once inside, his mission is to locate and smuggle out a scientist who is being held hostage there because he possesses knowledge on how to amplify and weaponize magic. Kaz knows enough about the dangers of the Ice Court to know that, without the right team, this heist is going to be nearly impossible, possibly even a suicide mission. Lucky for Kaz though, he knows exactly who the right team is: a deadly gang of young thugs, thieves, and runaways who are just desperate enough to agree to be part of this crazy mission.
What I loved most about Six of Crows are the characters. Leigh Bardugo has crafted some of the most fascinating and unique characters I’ve come across in YA fantasy. I always enjoy stories that feature an anti-hero and with Kaz and his “Crows,” we have 6 anti-heroes! I love anti-heroes because they’re always such complex characters and these characters are no different. What each of the Crows have in common is that they have no family and they’ve each had to do some pretty awful things in the name of survival, including resorting to thievery and murder. Through flashbacks that give us backstory on each of the characters, however, Bardugo manages to make this gang of thugs so sympathetic that you can’t help but fall in love with them. I also liked the angle that each character seemed to have their own, sometimes selfish motives, for wanting to be a part of Kaz’s mission and it added an element of suspense at times, as I wondered if someone would sabotage the mission to serve their own needs.
It’s hard to pick a favorite character because they’re all so badass, but Kaz is definitely near the top of my list. As I’ve already mentioned, he’s a criminal mastermind. Even though he’s a teenager, his reputation precedes him and he is feared by many in Ketterdam, the city where the story takes place. Kaz can be as greedy as he can be cruel, but he’s also so brilliant, brazen, and daring that you can’t help being drawn to him. Kaz is also haunted by events from his past that left him alone and destitute, and he’s highly motivated by the desire for revenge against the man he holds responsible for what happened.
In addition to Kaz, there are also two badass female characters, Inej and Nina. Inej, known as the wraith, has a reputation for being somewhat of a ninja. Kaz calls her his spider because she can climb her way pretty much anywhere and can do so undetected, a very handy skill in their line of “work.” She’s also very skilled with knives and is perhaps the most murderous member of Kaz’s team. I just loved watching her in action as she cut down anyone who posed a threat to the team. What made Inej especially fascinating to me was the connection between her and Kaz. As much as Kaz tries to be all business, all the time and never show any emotion or weakness, it’s clear that he has a soft spot when it comes to Inej and her safety. It’s also pretty clear that there’s a good chance the feeling is mutual.
Nina is what is known as a Grisha, which means she possesses magical abilities. For the purposes of Kaz’s mission, Nina can use that magic to do useful things like slow people’s heartrates down until they lose consciousness. She can also use her powers for healing purposes, also handy when you’re on a super-dangerous mission. As we learn from her backstory, Nina’s people have been persecuted for years because of their magic -- imprisoned, tortured, and even burned at the stake. Because the Grisha are the ones whose magic would be weaponized, Nina has personal reasons for wanting to take part in this mission.
Matthias is one of the characters that intrigued me the most. At first, I couldn’t stand him, but the more I got to know about him, the more I just grew to adore him. Kaz recruits him by breaking him out of jail and offering him a pardon for his crimes in exchange for his help with the mission. Kaz sees Matthias as one of the biggest assets to the team because he used to work in the Ice Castle and can therefore give them the overall layout of the place, how the security works, etc. Matthias is torn because he knows he should be loyal to the Ice Castle, but at the same time, how can you turn down a chance to be pardoned so that you can get your life back? What makes the whole situation even more complicated is that he and Nina have shared history and he holds her responsible for his imprisonment. Tension, much? I swear I was convinced those two were going to kill each other for about half the book! Beneath all that hate they seemed to have for each other though, you could sense there was something more, an almost smoldering attraction for one another. Let me tell you – I’m not usually big on romance, but I was shipping the heck out of Nina and Matthias!
Jesper and Wylan. While these two guys were clearly assets to the team as well with their knowledge of weapons and explosives, respectively, what I loved most about Jesper and Wylan was that they provided a bit of comic relief where the other characters were so intense all the time. Jesper and Wylan teased each other relentlessly and their banter was just hilarious at times.
The world building in Six of Crows is also top notch. Bardugo paints a vivid picture of Ketterdam with its rival street gangs swarming around duking it out for power. It’s a dark and gritty world, as well as a dangerous one, filled with assorted thieves, predators, and traitors. It’s hard to know who, if anyone, can be trusted. The atmosphere definitely creates a sensation that all of the characters are vulnerable to attack by anyone anywhere so they have to be in survival mode at all times.
The Grisha magic system is also well thought out and vividly drawn. I went into Six of Crows without having read the Grisha series, which was probably a mistake as I’m sure it would have further enriched my understanding of the Grisha magic and their history, but even without having read it, I still felt like I completely understood the magic and why it would be such a valuable weapon if it could be amplified and harnessed. Imagine practically indestructible armies of Grisha fighting on your behalf. You’d be unstoppable.
Action, Action, Action! As I’m sure you can imagine just based on the details of their mission, Six of Crows is truly action-packed. There are endless twists and turns, obstacles that need to be overcome, enemies that need to be taken out, plans that fall apart and then need to be improvised. Although the novel starts out at a fairly slow pace as we are meeting each character and establishing the world of Ketterdam, once Kaz and his gang get started on their missions, it’s like jumping on a thrill ride that doesn’t stop until the final page.
I can’t really say this is a dislike of the book, but it did take me about a hundred pages or so to really become invested in the characters and get sucked into the story. Again, I’m chalking up my slow start to needing extra time to understand the Grisha magic and how it worked because I didn’t read the Grisha trilogy first. Once I did get sucked in, however, there was no stopping me. It probably took me 3 or 4 days to get to page 100, but then I inhaled the last 300 or so pages in another day and a half. I guess my advice would if you are struggling to get into it, stick with it until they actually get started with the planning of their mission. It might be a slow build in the beginning, but it’s a wild ride from that point to the very end.
I truly loved pretty much everything about Six of Crows, hence why I’m kicking myself for having waited so long to read it. Up until now, Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series has been, hands down, my favorite YA fantasy series. I have to say though, Six of Crows is seriously giving it a run for its money.
RATING: 4.5 STARS
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People have been recommending Six of Crows to me for a long time now. It's a book I've always meant to get to - who doesn't love a heist story? - but this year I finally sat back, opened it up and was sucked into the seedy underbelly of Leigh Bardugo's fantasy world.
As someone who hasn't read Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy this world was entirely new to me, and I loved it. 2018 feels like the year in which I'm rediscovering my first love, fantasy, after several years of being intimidated by it for a reason I still can't quite put my finger on, and Ketterdam has to be one of my favourite fantastical places now purely because Bardugo brings it to life so vividly.
While Ravka, which we hear of but don't go to in this book, seems to be a Russian-inspired country, there's no doubt in my mind that Ketterdam is a fantastical version of Amsterdam, with its waterways, merchant-run economy, and the entire districts whose cogs are kept whirring by a constant stream of gambling and prostitution. The Barrel, not at all dissimilar from Amsterdam's Red Light District, is ruled by gangs, and one gangster in particular has Ketterdam in his pocket.
Kaz Brekker is one of the most compelling protagonists I have come across in a fantasy novel in a long time. From the blurb I thought he would be very different to the kind of boy he is, but I love how Bardugo has imagined him; she straddles the line between 'criminal prodigy' and 'only a 17 year old' beautifully, creating a character who's had to grow up far too fast and has the dirt of the worst and best of humanity wedged under his fingernails. He's like that first sip of a bitter coffee in human form. It was also so refreshing to read about a protagonist who needs the assistance of a cane to walk and I'd like more protagonists like this please!
What makes Six of Crows really sing is its characters. The setting is brilliant and the plot is wonderful, but the characters are what make this book - dare I say it - perfect. Alongside Kaz we have his right-hand woman Inej Ghafa, who was stolen from her home and her family as a child and sold into human trafficking before she began working for the Dregs. Known as the Wraith, she's an expert at going undetected and is yet another example of Bardugo's wonderfully complex characters. Inej's faith is important to her and her morality is something she struggles with when she has essentially become Kaz's personal assassin, but how else is she supposed to survive in a land that sees her as a commodity that can be sold for profit?
I loved Bardugo's exploration of religion through Inej and through Matthias, another protagonist from Fjerda, the country next to Ravka, who has essentially been raised in a cult of witch hunters whose own religion teaches that Grisha aren't human. Like all six of the protagonists in Six of Crows, Matthias has found himself washed up in Ketterdam by accident, beginning the novel in prison thanks to a Grisha, Nina, who serves as another protagonist. I'll be saying this for all of them, but I loved Nina, too. A child soldier from Ravka, she was forced to work with Matthias, a boy trained to kill her, after the ship they were on sank and they found their way to Ketterdam. Nina is bubbly and vivacious and loves food - who doesn't? - and I particularly loved her friendship with Inej. There's no competition between them, just the utmost affection and respect and when I say I want more female friendships this is what I mean.
Then we have Jesper Fahey, another member of the Dregs who loves gambling and guns a little too much, but another character who is complex and, though flawed, incredibly loyal to Kaz. I adored his sense of humour and his shameless bisexuality. Finally there's Wylan, a boy with a knack for explosives and keeping secrets. He's the kind of character that grows on you as the story progresses, and once you get to know him you can't help but love him.
Six of Crows works because each of its protagonists are fleshed out and such fun to follow separately, but they also have brilliant chemistry as a group, too, which is for the best considering they have to rely on each other to pull off a heist that's believed to be impossible. Kaz makes a deal with one of Ketterdam's merchants to break into the Fjerdan Ice Court - a place that has never been breached - and smuggle out a prisoner associated with a drug that, when used on Grisha, turns them into unstoppable weapons who crave the drug more and more and eventually die as nothing more than husks of their previous selves.
Kaz doesn't take on this mission out of the goodness of his heart to liberate the Grisha who are being mistreated or to bring order back to the world of the merchants, he takes on the mission because each of them will be rewarded with an inordinate amount of money that will pay off their individual debts and set them up comfortably for life. What ensues is a twisty, turny heist story that keeps you guessing at every turn and makes you genuinely worry for the characters' safety. I love that Bardugo doesn't make this story safe. Kaz has a plan and his plan has a plan, but when things go wrong - and they really do - these kids are forced to improvise if they're going to live to claim their reward.
It's been a few months now since I finished this book and I'm still thinking about it. The plotting and character development is exquisite. I fell for this book and these characters and this world so hard, and it's safe to say that this duology is now one of my all-time favourite series and this book has definitely earned a spot on my favourite books of all-time list. It was such fun to read, and it reignited not only my love for fantasy but also my love for YA done well. I escaped into a different world where all the threats and the tears and the love and the smiles felt real, and I will be gushing about it for a long time. And I'm not sorry.
What happened to the rest of the book? Really disappointed that this finished with such a cliff hanger.
I hate it when books are released and the story finishes half way through. There is no real end to speak of it just stops abruptly.
So many questions are left unanswered - I shall not be buying the next book. Disgusted that I paid over £10 for this book - its going straight in the bin.
I was so unengaged when I first tried to read Six of Crows back in March. I couldn't put my finger on it - it just wasn't clicking for me, and I stopped at around 25%. But four months down the line and it was like I was reading it with completely new story.
There's something about the concept that makes this book so consuming. A world of magic and underlying disorder, six criminals and a hiest. It's hard not to get sucked in.
I adore stories with an ensamble of characters and the fact that they are a band of misfits makes it all the better. We've got:
- Kaz, a young criminal mastermind who runs the streets
- Inej, a brilliant spy who can vanish in the blink of an eye
- Nina, a confident Grisha with the power to kill with a look
- Matthias, a witch hunter who is presumed dead
- Jesper, a gambling gunslinger who loves the rush of a fight
- and Wylan, a runaway rich kid with a gift for mechanics
Together they are the Crow Club, and they take on an suicide mission for wealth beyond their wildest dreams. How awesome is that?!
The characters are awesome, but there are a lot of them. Each of them have their own backstory which I think took a lot of time out of the book from the present day plot, and away from there being any solid protagonist. I would have preferred a fully omniscient 3rd person narrator rather than abrupt changes in 3rd person perspectives, which would've made reading more like shifting from one character's mind to another, which would've made connecting the puzzle pieces of the characters and their motives a lot more fun than simply being told.
Despite Six of Crows being a spin off of The Grisha series, reading them isn't necessary to fully enjoy this book. The worldbuilding and development had all the flare of a standalone story, and it was so good to see it from the eyes of such a diverse range of characters. It really enabled the world to expand to beyond a couple of locations, which makes it unique to other fantasy novels which tend to focus only on one.
Six of Crows is a YA story that is fresh and new from anything I've read before - it's no wonder it's taken the blogosphere by storm. Take note, other writers - this is how you grab your readers.
Diversity Note: POC and queer protagonists
Warnings: blood, torture, violence
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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.
Oh, how I've missed my angsty YA stories.
I'm a sucker for a book filled with twists and heartache. Six of Crows has certainly help fill the Cassandra Clare void I've been in since Clockwork Princess!
I've had this book a while and finally caved to the Kaz Brekker hype...
And I'm here to stay for it!
This book was full of twists and turns (predictable in that I never doubted Kaz always had something up his sleeve).
The writing style was addictive enough that it pulled me through the multiple character POVs. I tend to have a habit of skimming through 'lesser characters' POVs in most stories - but I found that I enjoyed reading through all five of them in Six of Crows.
I'm emotionally invested in each of the main characters and that's rare for me. They all have their own horrific backgrounds and I can't wait to read through their development in the next book!
I'm diving straight into Crooked Kingdom because if my heart is going to be broken - I just want to get it over with!
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
Kaz knew death. He could feel its presence on the ship now, looming over them, ready to take his Wraith. He was covered in her blood.
The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall.
A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.
She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.
What I find so incredible about this book, is that I genuinely care for and love all of the main characters, which is very rare for me. Each character is just so brilliant in their own right, but together they make for a truly unforgettable cast. Although I cherish them all dearly, I do have to put it out there that Kaz and Inej are my faves and that I may be slightly obsessed with Kaz!
The switch in point of views for each chapter was genius, as it definitely allowed me to get to know each of the characters better. It's truly a great skill to be able to write from so many different point of views, whilst staying true to each character and without causing the flow of the book to suffer. The whole organisation of the book was just immaculate, It was utterly thrilling to be slowly fed bits of information, at a time, about the characters' past. I much preferred playing that little waiting game than seeing all of the characters cards at once.
I really liked the way the world was crafted, with the magic of the Grisha and the skill of ordinary individuals intermingling so well. It was refreshing to see how people without powers of their own, still managed to makes themselves deadly, through honing their skills. This balance between being skilled and possessing powers isn't really done in fantasy, and it really should be done more often.
All of the romances in Six of Crows have my full blessing and support! I seriously adore all of the relationships in this book, but there's one in particular that I completely live for! I literally had everything I wanted in this book; morally grey characters, diversity (in many ways), romances in every variation, great writing, a freaking heist, YA characters that were mature and KAZ BREKKER!
Even if you weren't that impressed with the Grisha trilogy (like myself), please pick this up, you won't regret it!