Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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.
Read: July 2016
Rating: 5 / 5
*Minor spoilers ahead*
This book was absolutely amazing! I love the Grisha books so when I learned about this book I was considerably excited to read it! It’s full of action, funny, interesting, endearing even and most of all – it’s gripping! I could barely put it down!
The plot is just superb! Who doesn’t love a good heist story? And into the most heavily guarded, dangerous place there could be!? The fact that it was set in the Grisha universe made it all the better and although the Fjerdans are mentioned several times in the trilogy, in this book we get so many more details and perspective from an actual Fjerdan who has come to realize that not all Grisha aren’t monsters after all.
The characters are all fantastic! They all feel so real, each with their quirks and traumas, and their bravery! My favorite is Nina, the fierce, loyal, selfless Heartrender who says what’s on her mind! (I’m really scared of what’s going to happen to these babies in Crooked Kingdom!!)
“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.”
“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”
“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”
“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”
“Zealot,” she said weakly.
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”