Book: Six of Crows (Six of Crows 1) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Six of Crows after having finished The Grisha. While I enjoyed that trilogy I wasn’t in love with it (with the exception of one character of course) so I feared it might be the same with this one. It is also a heist type of story and I am not usually drawn to these types of settings. I shouldn’t have feared though. Character wise and writing wise I did feel this was a step up from that trilogy, and I loved every minute of it.
Like I said, this is a heist plot. While of course there is something bigger at stake for The Grisha universe, most of the main characters are in it for the money. I liked that, because let’s be honest, we all can’t be heroes. This group certainly has very little heroes. The plot in itself is strong. It wasn’t predictable except for the ending. (Because let’s be honest, we all knew they were going to be double crossed from the start.) But my interest didn’t lie with the plot.
It was with the characters. The characters aren’t the hero type of characters with the exception of maybe Mathias, and even he has his demons to deal with. They are rich and deep, and there wasn’t a character in there that I disliked. It is written in a third person multiple point of view. We get all the characters from the heists point of view, with the exception of Wylan. The relationships between the characters were also interesting. There some romance there brewing between some of the characters, but it didn’t really take centre stage.
Kaz is the one that thinks up most of the plans and was the one that took on the job. He’s more ruthless than the others I feel which has a lot to do with his background. Then there was Inez, the wraith and pretty much Kaz’s right hand (wo)man. I thought her nickname was a bit tacky, but I started liking her really quickly. She has such a strong mind, and throughout this book she starts to realize what she wants to do with her own future and she doesn’t want to settle for that small bit her love interest has to offer her.
Jesper is another character that comes from Kaz’s gang. He is more loose than some of the other characters, quicker to joke. A bit arrogant too. He was my favorite of the characters. He’s my new love. Hands off.
His evolving relationship with Wylan was cute to see. Wylan, as a character, was not one I was immediately drawn to. He was a bit meek, a tad naïve. He was also the only character of the team that we didn’t get a point of view from. Throughout the book he grew more into his own though, and showed his worth to the team in small doses.
Lastly we have Nina and Mathias who have a bit of a history. It was interesting to see how their relationship grew throughout the book. Mathias and Nina had a lot to work out. Next to that Mathias had to figure out where his loyalties laid. Loved hearing bits and pieces about the world that he grew up in that is so different from Rafka and Ketterdam.
Nina can snark like the best. Seriously. I really liked that about her.
While it isn’t nessecary to read The Grisha trilogy before reading this, it might be better to be able to understand the references to the events and some characters from those books.