Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows (#1)
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.
(Summary from Goodreads.)
**Just a word of warning, it’s been about 6 months since I wrote a book review so I’m a little bit rusty…**
Six of Crows is the first Leigh Bardugo book I’ve read (I know, I’m one of the few people who haven’t read the Grisha series) and when I started Six of Crows I wasn’t sure whether or not to keep up. Thankfully this wasn’t the case and pretty soon I was really loving this world. Bardugo’s writing was actually kind of phenomenal because pretty soon I was loving the gritty feel of Ketterdam and I was half in love with some of the characters.
Usually multiple POV books are not my style but I have to admit, I really enjoyed seeing all the action from the main characters. Lots of stuff happens in Six of Crows and jumping between all the POVs definitely added to the suspense, but not in a way that made me want to skip back to a different character.
I won’t go over all the main characters in Six of Crows but Kaz in particular was done so, so well. Rarely in YA – or not very frequently – do you find YA characters as ruthless as Kaz and damn did I love it. He is truly a character who will do anything to get what he wants and I loved the dark side to him. Bardugo did a good job of avoiding making him into a softy or throwing a romance in to make him seem less cruel. Kaz embraces his cruelty and that’s part of what makes Six of Crows such a good read.
Also, it is a heist book! Been a while since I’ve read a book, let alone a heist book, and damn are they good. For me, what makes heists so fantastic is the combination of different personalities in the crew, and the planning stage. I can’t explain how much I love characters (in this case Kaz) who are basically geniuses when it comes to planning heists or crime – got to love the smarts.
And I can’t forget the ending. I accidentally read the blurb for the sequel, so I partly knew what was coming. I won’t give it away but I thought the author did a really good job of making the ending dramatic and slightly emotional without doing an all-out cliffhanger.
The only reason I gave Six of Crows 4 stars instead of 5 was that I didn’t read it all in one go. I put it down quite a ge times and didn’t have the irresistable urge to finish it as fast as possible. That’s definitely due to my reading slump, which lasted forever, and had I been out of the slump I think this would have been one to read in one go. So basically, read Six of Crows!