Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Date Published: September 29, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Series: Book #1 in the Six of Crows duology
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.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
“We are all someone’s monster.”
Really great first installment to the series. It was action packed and character driven and I ended up really enjoying it. I will admit that I struggled with the beginning, about the first 50-70 pages or so but once I got past there I was hooked until the very end. Everything about this worked for me from the writing, to the plot, to the setting, to the alternating chapters. This was a well put together novel.
This was my first experience with Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I am so thoroughly impressed. I know that this is a spin off of her Grisha trilogy, which I haven’t read but this one can definitely be read without knowledge of that series. I will say though that I struggled with the beginning of this one because I feel like the world is already so established and I had trouble keeping up but I got into it pretty quickly. Also some of the terms were a bit confusing but again, I caught on pretty quickly.
The writing was absolutely amazing and the world building was very scenic and drew me in and made me so invested in the world. I loved it and I think she did a wonderful job with it and was one of my favorite aspects of this book. Another of my favorite aspects about this book were the character’s and their relationships with each other. It was so much fun watching all six characters interact with each other.
This story follows six characters and alternates chapters between five of them. I absolutely adore this cast of characters. I didn’t feel like there was a weak link in this group at all and I think they all went through really great development, especially Kaz and Matthias. I love the dynamics of this group and their conversations were hilarious and snarky. There’s also a teeny tiny bit of romance but it definitely takes a backseat to the heist and the action which I appreciated immensely.
I really don’t want to say anything else because I think going into it not knowing too much is best. I recommend this if you love a good heist story and character driven reads. I cannot wait until the next book is released and I am definitely interested in reading the Grisha trilogy because I need more of Leigh Bardugo’s writing.
If you’ve read this, I would love to know what you thought of it!