Six of Crows (Six of Crows, Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis: 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.
About the Author: Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery, suspense
More Info: hardcopy, pages, published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29, 2015
Readers follow a notorious group of thieves, murderers, and downright criminals. They were proposed an outrageous deal: 30 million kruge (dollars) for breaking a well-known scientist out of an impenetrable prison in Fjerda.
No problem, right?
Not for Kaz Brekker, the monster criminal of the city. He collects his recruits to accomplish this impossible heist: a spy, a Heartrender Grisha, a sharpshooter, an intellect, and a Fjerdian soldier.
They go on a crazy journey to free the scientist who has created a dangerous, addictive substance of Jurda Parem that enhances Grisha powers and weakens the user. While Kaz’s only focus is on the money, other in his group have different agendas. Kaz has to keep them all in line, make an infallible plan, and hope they all make it out alive.
I am partial to this book right now, because it got me out of my reading slump. While I do believe this book is over-hyped, I still think that it lives up to the expectations placed on it.
❤ I love the design for this book. I think the stained pages are awesome. They annoyed me at first because my hands would come away with black sparkles, but the effect is so gorgeous that I no longer mind. Plus, have you seen the cover? It’s beautiful.
THE CHARACTERS! THE PLOT! This book was both character and plot driven creating the perfect match.
There are six main characters, as suggested by the book title. Kaz Brekker. Inej Ghafa. Jesper Fahey. Wylan Van Eck. Nina Zenik. Matthias Helvar. They form the Dregs.
Kaz is the leader of the group. He is ruthless, but with a soft spot for a certain spy. He’s almost legendary, known as Dirtyhands – supposedly the reason why he always wear gloves. He lives up to his reputation with his elaborate schemes and manipulative methods.
Inej, also known as the Wraith, is the acrobat of the group. Kaz has helped her escape certain fates by rescuing her and creating a new identity for her. She’s his shadow; Inej is the best spy in Ketterdam, so quiet that she even surprises Kaz on occasion.
Jesper is the sharpshooter. He’s the best shot of the group, with his special, favorite guns. However, he has a serious gambling problem.
Wylan is the son of one of the Kerch merchants. He was disowned by his father, and ended up with the Dregs.
Nina is a Grisha, a heartrender; she can manipulate a person’s body and organs. She reminds me somewhat of Celaena Sardothien in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight: indulgent, intelligent, powerful, dangerous, and loyal.
Matthias is the most unlikely addition to the group. He is a Fjerdan, a rigid, Grisha-hunting soldier.
They are all quick-witted, making the dialogue absolutely fabulous. The tension, sexual or otherwise, is maddening. While this book is relatively clean, (minimal profanity, sexual acts, gore) there is certainly suggestive content. The group is split into pairs of (relation)ships.
There were so many POVs in this book. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too much but the right amount. There were so many backstories and details woven into the story. Each point is important to the development of the characters and the plot.
I’m already almost done with Crooked Kingdom. These books are a relatively fast read. I would 100% recommend.
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