Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Publication Date: 2015
Page Count: 465 (Hardcover)
Age Recommendation: 14+
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. ~ Goodreads
Have you ever read a book that first captures your heart, then it captures precious sleeping hours? If you haven’t, Six of Crows is that book. It pulled me into its wonderfully woven story of romance, action, mystery, and adventure. It’s one of those few books that you simply cannot put down, for anything. Despite your vision growing a bit fuzzy and inanimate objects starting to move on their own, you HAVE to see how it ends. There were some parts, especially near the end when I wanted to literally scream out-loud (but I couldn’t, because it was in some unholy hour of the morning) so I just had to hyperventilate and smile like an insane person instead. Most of the characters were likable and even the unlikable ones were ok because you knew why they were unlikable. Diversity? Check. Another one of my favorite things about this book was some of the diverse aspects of characters that were normalized, as they should be, and I LOVE It.
I love love love love practically everything about this book. I love the way the plot is set like some Ranger’s Apprentice book, but with a lot higher stakes and more action. I love the way each character has a somewhat unique personality (for balancing out 6 POVs, I was impressed) and I love the way that the characters interact with each other.
While some fantasy book struggle to set up a fictional world that it somewhat realistic and at the same time engrossing, Leigh had no such problem. She manages to set up an intricate world. Filled with magic, thugs, politicians, and everything in between, without completely overwhelming the reader. With fantasy books especially, the world is often as important as the characters.
I also love heist books. One of the reasons Death Note and Artemis Fowl seem to be some of my favorite stories, is because of the plotting and stealing and outsmarting that has to be done. Books like these never give the reader the full information, and leaves you guessing as the story unfolds.
The writing was fluid and I felt like it matched the story perfectly. The author was smart enough to write it in third POV, because first POV would have been a disaster with six main characters.
The characters themselves??? SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Yes, I may have found
another way to sink down the social ladder fandom to join! I adore pretty much all of the characters in this series. Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Wylan, Inej, Kaz, Inej. They are all so wonderful and smart and talented!!!! Just amazing. A++.
All in all, even with the hype, this book exceeded my expectations and left me thirsting for more.
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.
“Any other impossible feats you’d like us to accomplish?”
The barest smile flickered over Kaz’s lips. “I’ll make you a list.”
The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.