Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo
Published September 29, 2015
my rating: 5 out 5 stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
My thoughts: Non Spoilery
My god this book was amazing! I never wanted to put it down and I am currently experiencing withdrawal like symptoms because I need to have Crooked Kingdom in my hands right now!
While I liked the Grisha Trilogy well enough, this book is way better! If you have read the Grisha Trilogy and didn’t like that and you’re worried about giving this a try I would definitely encourage you to pick it up. You also don’t need to read the Grisha Trilogy before reading this. It was fun seeing other character’s names from the Grisha Trilogy pop up, like Zoya. I loved Zoya.
I think the best part of this book was that it kept you guessing, the plot wasn’t overly obvious and had enough twists and turns to really keep you on your toes. I also really liked the gradual releasing for all of the characters backstories, it was done very nicely with a little bit here and there. It’s not a giant information dump that’s hard to keep track of.
There’s also a great selection of characters, they were the most ragtag group of outcasts and I loved all of them, even Matthias and I really didn’t like him at the start, but he grew on me. Nina was one of my favorite characters, right after Inej of course, Nina was so sassy and just tough as nails, the way she wouldn’t let fear overtake her was massively inspiring.
But Inej was my absolute favorite character! I loved reading through her POV the most, and I just loved her entire character. I thought it was so cool how she could be so silent and deadly, and any girl who wields knives as deadly as her is okay by me.
Btw. Does anyone ship Jesper and Wylan together? Because I do. They had a fun friendship that started with heckling and gradually evolved into a great bond.
And then there’s Kaz. Kaz’s character blew me away. Inej is still my favorite character, but Kaz is on a whole other level. I envy his brilliance and ability to think so far ahead in situations and also how he’s so sure of his opponent’s movements and reactions. That takes a lot of smarts and having such an amazing handle on people that I really don’t possess. He was so cocky and arrogant, and his hubris turned out to be his hamartia.
It really solidified that there is always someone bigger and tougher than you.
This book was so good and it will leave you begging for the next one.