Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 462 Edition: Kindle Publisher: Holt & Company (July 28, 2015)
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.
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
Six of Crows is one of those books that you know you will never, ever forget. With its unforgettable and magnetic characters, its eerie atmosphere, and full blown magical world building, Six of Crows will take you on a journey you’ll wish will never end.
A couple years ago, I read Shadow and Bone, which introduces readers to the Grisha world. Honestly, it’s been so long, I barely remember anything about the book, although I hate to admit that. So, I can vouch for you and say that it’s absolutely not a requirement to read the Grisha Trilogy before stepping into the pages of Six of Crows.
I’m not really even sure where to begin… so let me start by telling you how much I fully enjoyed each and every one of these diverse characters. We have six unique and original individuals that we follow throughout the book, each sharing their perspectives with us – Kaz, Jesper, Nina, Inej, Wylan, and Matthias. Honestly, I’m not sure which I liked the most! I loved them all!! They were all so wonderfully developed, with their eccentric personalities and backgrounds. But if I had to choose, I’d say Kaz and Jesper were my favorites. Kaz is such a bad ass, with a thirst for revenge unlike anything. And Jesper… absolutely adorable. He had me laughing out loud with his witty banter and outgoing personality.
“There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.”
This book threw me for a loop at the beginning. I wasn’t expecting quite so much backstory, but that’s what we get for about the first half of the book, which is the only reason this wasn’t a full five star read for me. I just recently got out of a reading slump, so that may have been the reason why I was having a bit of trouble in the beginning getting into it… because I can say that I did enjoy hearing each characters backstory and the book wouldn’t have been the same without it. And after the backstories… the action begins and doesn’t stop till the very last page!
For Bardugo to have created and developed such diverse and unique characters, this book has put her on my top authors list. Up there with V.E. Schwab and J.K. Rowling. She has invented such a magnificent story and I can’t wait to get into Crooked Kingdom, which I’ll be reading with Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Lilly @ Lair of Books, and Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo.
I would highly recommend this book to literally everyone. And I mean that. I feel this story will appeal to anyone, whether you prefer Fantasy reads or not. Come let Bardugo take you on a wild ride through the Dregs! You won’t regret it!
Date Read: 10/16/2016