This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Sagas, Supernatural, 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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
So I kept hearing about this book Six of Crows, like hearing about it over and over. Seeing it on best of lists and on a ridiculous number of book blogs. I requested it from the library to see what all the hype was about. And hoo boy was it hyped correctly. I have seen quite a few comparisons to a teen band similar to Ocean’s Eleven and that is a true match. Set in an alternate Netherlands (shout out to my peeps!) Kaz is an upcoming crime boss who strikes fear in those he rules. Faced with a prison break that will make him insanely rich, he cobbles together five others to help him. Told in third person from all six perspectives, I went in a little apprehensive as that is a lot of thoughts to shift through. But they all made sense, a cohesive voice tied them all together. A group of teen thugs taking on a government set to destroy them and risking it all for one big shot, Six of Crows was a fantastic trip.
I have not read Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy (set in the same world, but in an alternate Russia), so I was not sure how her writing would be. Well no fear, it is great. Engaging and strong, she writes in a journey, a path to follow. The plot was well structured and had a solid foundation. The pacing built. It took a little bit for the story to ramp up, but when it did, it was non-stop. The characters all meshed well together, a cohesive unit that played very well off of each other. There was also a nice emotional pull to each one. None of them came into a life of crime easily, and their backstories added to the nuances of each.
Leigh Bardugo crafted a world that I will happily dive into time and time again. Six of Crows is an epic root for the thieves tale and I really want them to succeed. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. I may have to go find her Grisha Trilogy to reenter a piece of that world before number two comes out.
Favorite lines – “It’s not natural for women to fight.” “It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.
Biggest cliché – “My government would never do anything wrong. They exist to help us.”
Have you read Six of Crows, or added it to your TBR?