Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

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.

Review:

I loved the Grisha trilogy, and when I saw this book for the first time all I cared about was getting more of Nikolai. Oh well, I got so much more! This book was better than the whole first trilogy, I loved every page, every character.

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

I adored this dark setting, with this gang of teenagers who all had to grow up fast in the Barrel to survive, they all had a brutal past, and they all want their freedom. The story follows the main six characters trying to break into the Ice Court, which has never been breached, and break out a prisoner who’s developed a drug that can destroy all Grisha and possibly doom the whole world. Of course, they’re not doing it for the glory, but Kaz has been offered an enormous amount of money; so he needs to find the right group of people, all crazy enough to go on this suicide mission with him.

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

This book has this Ocean’s Eleven feels to it, and I loved that movie, so add to that the Grisha world, and this was meant for greatness. The plot is so fast paced, there’s always something going on, and most of the time I though “okay, that’s it. They won’t find a way to get out of this” and then of course Kaz had somehow planned the whole thing and I sat there screaming because I was so freaking excited! Since the book alternates between various characters’ pov, you never know exactly who’s in on what’s happening, who’s scheming the next move, and who can really be trusted.

“Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I have beguiled you with my Grisha wiles!”
She poked him in the chest.
“Stop that.”
“No. I’m beguiling you.”

As the story goes on, we get to really know every character, and it’s amazing. They’re all so well rounded, and unique. I cried many times finding out what truly went on in their past, and seeing the way they gradually find a family in each other, even when they act as cold-hearted criminals.

She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.

Not that it was necessary, because the plot is mesmerazing as it is, but there’s some romance. Not too much, just enough to make you squeal a few times, and to make you wish for more. I have 3 ships, which I’m very eager to read more about very, very soon (pretty please, Leigh), that made me completely fall in love. The banter, the angst; it was all incredible.

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

Despite the dark atmosphere, the fighting, and all those criminal things, Six of Crows is amazingly funny, some characters will just steal your heart. Leigh Bardugo’s writing is stunning, it compels you, pulls you in, and it makes it impossible to stop reading.

manuela calloway sisters

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