Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Where did I get it? The Local Library
Summary: 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.
This is the first of Leigh’s book that I have read but I feel safe to say that I am in love with her work already.
The world of Ketterdam was an intricate place with bustling streets and original and imaginative sights, smell and sounds. I could not have been more immersed and overwhelmed (in a good way) if I tried.
The plot follows six characters who have been given the job of breaking into the ice-court, a prison that has never been breached before. Kaz and his crew of criminals have to work together in order to survive and win their reward.
Along the way we are treated to a whirlwind of suspense and surprises and I thought the use of third person – though not my favourite- was extremely effective in this case. You don’t have to read any of the Shadow and Bone series before Six of Crows but this is a complicated book and the Grisha world was at times a little confusing though not enough to put me off this book in the slightest.
There was a small element of romance (amid all the action , scheming and fighting) but it did not become the main focus of this masterpiece and for that I’m glad. That said, I could not help but fall in love with both Kaz and Inej and I am most definitely be rooting for them.
All of the characters in this book, with the exception of one, were criminals and they would go to any length to stay alive and on top without losing a second of sleep over it. However, despite all of this I loved each and every character and surprisingly their ruthlessness did not worry or bother me at all.
Six of Crows ended on cliff-hangar and I have VERY high expectations for the next book, Crooked Kingdom.