Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Henry Holt and Company on July 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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"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." ~ Goodreads
Six of Crows combines two of my favorite things to read: books about thieves/heists and a complex and interesting fantasy world where the rules are still being discovered.
Things I Loved:
The heist plotline | I mean it had all the tropes and scenes I love, the gathering of the team, the bantering on the journey to do the heist, the reckless behaviors that could ruin the heist, and twists! Basically, it had everything I like about a good heist book and then some because these aren’t your ordinary modern characters, these are freaking fantasy characters with awesome abilities. Seriously though, all heist books forevermore should have some magic in them, someone get on that.
Building the characters | I mean don’t get me wrong, I probably fell in love with Kaz from the start since he’s this brooding bad ass thief, but his backstory is built up throughout the book and it definitely made him all the more sympathetic of a character. And Bardugo does this pretty much with ALL the main characters. Backstories are slowly unveiled throughout the book through flashbacks and character admissions. I really loved how the reader is put into the head of all the main characters since Bardugo gives them each their own POV, and it’s all done so flawlessly and makes these characters wonderfully fleshed out.
THE WORLD | Okay, so I came into this book without having read The Grisha Trilogy, so I was a bit worried that I’d have a lot to catch up on. While I did struggle a bit at the beginning, the world sort of unfolds itself in an effortless way throughout the book as you are exposed to more magic, more places, and all the different politics and wars that are going on throughout the different countries. Don’t get me wrong I definitely want to go back in read Grisha trilogy now because I’d love to know more, but I think for this book the worldbuilding is on point for what you need to know for the plotline. And I just love when worlds, even one’s that I’m not totally familiar with, grow and change with new understandings of magic.
What I Wanted More of:
The Ending! I mean okay yes it was partially perfect, like I can easily picture the end scene as a cliffhanger in a movie, but STILL! It’s definitely not the worst cliffhanger I’ve ever experienced, so there is a bit of some coming together at the end that will leave you decently satisfied BUT I just need to know more now. (Thank goodness that 1) the second book is already out and 2) it’s a duology so hopefully I’ll get the ending I so desperately need soon)
This is a wonderfully epic book that brings together the thrilling plotline of a heist and an interesting and complex fantasy world. I think that fans of Heist Society by Ally Carter would LOVE this book! And of course, I’d recommend this to YA fantasy lovers as well, particularly those who enjoy thieves, pickpockets, spies as their main characters.
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