Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
July 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I decided to pick up Six of Crows since I was hearing a lot of hype about it and I was told you didn’t have to read The Grisha trilogy to read it.
This book was a pleasant surprise, I haven’t read any of Leigh Bardugo’s other works but now I totally want to.
This book has everything! An incredibly rich and dark world, with several different locations and different beliefs, races and languages. Amazing characters that you instantly care about. A big rush of adrenaline trough it all and a tidy bit of romance win develop! Plus, The book was beautifully written!
BUT, although I really loved this book, I had a bit of a hard time in the first pages (first pages meaning more than 100…) because it was so slow…
The beginning was slow-paced and with a lot of new things to get used to (it was a bit difficult to get into it at first with a lot of weird / difficult names all around and a very complex world, but I got used to it after some pages in!). Maybe if I had read The Grisha trilogy first it wouldn’t have felt so difficult to get through the beginning… I don’t know. But after that it was so fluid and rich! It has amazing quotes and some cute, funny moments throughout the book that I loved.
Overall the book is pretty fast-paced (except for the beginning, but it also might be because we are getting used to the names and places and everything), and it never misses a chance to have some exhilarating moments! You get caught up in action after action but without loosing the characters background, that appear in a form of flashbacks! I really loved the plot of this book. Also it was super easy to see the difference between the different POVs and it was incredibly surprising and thrilling!
The book talks about a group of six “criminals” who assemble together to perform an “impossible” heist. In return they would receive tremendous amounts of wealth.
Kaz is the leader of the group, known as the Dregs. He is the one that puts together the team to embark on this mission. Not everyone in the group likes one another but throughout the book they learn how to team work and manage to overcome a lot of obstacles. The final objective of the mission is to get the person that is creating a drug called jurda parem.
The group is composed by Kaz Brekker aka dirtyhands, Inej – the wraith, Nina – a grisha, Matthias – a druskell, Jesper – mainly a sharp shooter and Wayne – who is sufficiently skilled with explosives.
Kaz Brekker is an amazing character and obviously my favorite. He is the best criminal I ever read about. He is very tough, strong and intelligent but sometimes also cocky, which gives him some charm. In this book we read about his past and we can understand why he does what he does and what made him become like that. In the end, you just can’t help but admire his character!
Inej is my second favorite character. She is a strong girl, but contrary to Kaz, she has her Suli believes which she lives by. She also known as the wraith or the spider that loves her knives. She is the spy of the group, since she is hardly heard or seen by anyone if not wanting but more than that, she is the one that keeps the group united.
Nina is a very strong female character and she is a Grisha – a Heartened. She has the ability to damage a person’s internal organs, but occasionally she can also do some good. She is also quite compassionate and loves to flirt, especially with a certain person…
Matthias is a strong character that has suffered a lot. During the book he becomes a better person, one that can finally see the truth instead of a label. He stops being a brainwashed Fjerdan to be a comrade.
Jesper is the funny character. He provided most of the comic relief to this dark story. He has a lot of skills but mainly he likes to use is revolvers. He has some gambling problems and that’s why he joined the Dregs. But once in the group he would follow and protect them anytime!
Wayne Van Dyke is the last member to join the group and not much is known about him until the heist starts. He doesn’t have the best past, but in the Dregs, he found his skills and persons he can trust. I liked how his character developed so much!
Some awesome quotes:
“Brick by brick, I will destroy you.”
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
To conclude, Six of Crows was a very delightful read full of amazing characters and a lot of twists. I am eager to start Crooked Kingdom and see where this is all going, because that end…..
Have you read Six of Crows?
If so which one is your favorite character and why?