After all of the good things said about this series, I finally took the plunge at the end of last year and picked it up-and when I picked it up I just could not put it down.
Title: Six Of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Date published: September 29th 2015
Page Count: 491
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.
Never has a book made me sit on the edge of my chair for so long! Six Of Crows is a brilliantly written fantasy heist story with endearing characters set in an intricate and complex world. Bardugo writes in a way that creates constant suspense and tension with thrilling action scenes and I could not put this book down once I really got into it. I simply can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
Firstly, the story is written perfectly and builds towards the epic and intense heist at the Ice Court. We are slowly introduced to each of the six main characters as well as the primary aspects of the heist-the location, the inevitable and often impossible obstacles and, importantly, the object which is to be stolen by this gang of criminals and miscreants. In many books, this period of writing that acts to set up the story and introduce a number of characters can be slow and at times, boring. In Six of Crows, this introduction is written perfectly and we get a clear idea of each of the main characters, and early on in the book I found myself emotionally invested in each of the characters.
The main action scene of the book is built up slowly, chapter by chapter, and all the little pieces of the plan are set up perfectly. We could see the plan Kaz, the leader of the group, made work well, but also fail at many points. There was so much tension during the heist, at times I was hoping that all of the characters I grew to love would get out alive.
While we could consider Inej the main character of the book, we get a little more insight and focus on her character, all of the six primary characters are given a detailed backstory and a well developed and explored personality. The switching between the various characters (third-person) POV in each chapter is seamless and did not hinder the flow of the story. Little nuances and plot holes could be explored and addressed and it was satisfying to see each of the individual stories told through each character come together as the heist progresses.
The switching between the various characters POV in each chapter is seamless and did nit hinder the flow or storytelling-it enhanced it. Little nuances and plot holes could be filled in and it is satisfying, and entertaining, to see each of their stories and part in the grand plan s merge together as the story progresses.
While the story does feature Grisha, which features prominently in Bardaugo’s other series The Grisha (which I have not read, but definitely will in 2017), I felt like it was not the primary focus of the book, but rather added a bit of context as to the motive behind the heist.
Six of Crows is a thrilling heist story with great characters and suspense throughout the book that made my heart pump while reading. I cannot recommend this book enough and I am looking forward to continuing the story once I finally pick up Crooked Kingdom.