Review: Six of Crows

Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 builds on the world of The Grisha Trilogy, but in an entirely different setting. First of all, the Little Science is not really the focus of the book, though it is a big part of the background. Secondly, it is more about this squad of underdogs that carry out an amazing heist. Kaz and his Dregs have taken up the job of liberating important world-threatening cargo from the Ice Court. Now, at the start, they are mostly disorganized in motive – they want the money, sure, but their reasons for joining are different. Kaz wants the money for his revenge, Inej too, Nina wants to help Matthias get out the predicament she put him in, Jesper needs it to pay off his debt. Wylan, is, well, mostly along as a leverage.

Slowly, through the progress of the various stages of the heist, we learn about the characters, their pasts, their relationship to one another. It sets up the friendship and the romance wonderfully. As for the heist, what is a good heist story without something wrong. There is a undercurrent of urgency, of fear for the characters that Bardugo builds splendidly throughout the book, partly by alternating the perspectives such that it heightens the suspense. The Grisha Trilogy was good, but I see why everyone has been raving about Six of Crows. I can’t even imagine how everyone who read this at release could wait for Crooked Kingdom, especially with that ending. Overall, a thrilling well-written adventure of a book, which is certainly what I expected from an author of her caliber.

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