Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
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.
Source: I purchased a hardcover (and it is such a gorgeous book!)
The book itself is gorgeous and I think it’s relevant to mention that because it truly adds to the experience. The book has black edges and red end paper and a gorgeous cover. The chapter illustrations are well done and the sections of the book that are broken into parts are completely black with white lettering. I don’t know that owning the physical book is necessary, but I will say that it added to it and I appreciated the book more as a result.
The story was gripping. The cast of characters were flawed and dangerous, each with their own particular set of skills and motivations, making them quite the crew of criminals. A very important heist came along and Kaz put together his crew to do what was typically considered impossible.
The story was dark and mature. It wasn’t a dark setting with naïve characters hoping to find their calling, as was the Grisha trilogy. Instead, these characters were already dark and had some pretty unlikeable flaws. None of them were innocent or longed for a more innocent life. Maybe Kaz was the worst of them, but at least he wasn’t pretending to save them or do the heist for anything other than the millions promised. The book was almost like an Ocean’s Eleven set in a dark world with magic and danger. The twists kept coming and plans changed, but the crew was well versed in the motivations of others and attempted to stay a step ahead.
The book was definitely entertaining and full of twists. The characters were all rough around the edges, and not entirely decent people, but they grew on me quickly and I was interested in all of their backgrounds and motivations and even hoped for things I knew better than to hope for.
I’m not going to try to compare it to the Grisha trilogy because it’s so different. It’s about something else entirely and, while I do miss characters like The Darkling, it was less about Grisha in general and more about gangs and shifts of power and greed. It did what it was supposed to do well. It’s great if you want more of the world without the same kind of story that was in the Grisha trilogy. If you’re expecting a romance or coming of age YA fantasy, this is not the book for you.
I highly recommend Six of Crows. It was well done and interesting. I loved the plot and the cast of misfits and I can’t wait to see what happens next.