Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Released September 29, 2015
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5

Summary

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 (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

First of all, we must all appreciate the beautiful cover of this book. The hardcover edition also has black on the sides of the pages, which gives the book a really cool appearance that matches the content. 

After just finishing a contemporary read, this book was difficult to get into at first, since fantasy novels sometimes have places and people with strange names that you have to remember. The characters felt like strangers at first, too, but I think it was all a part of the author's plan; information about each crew members' background was revealed as the book progressed. 

As you can tell by the summary, the main characters are part of a gang performing a complicated heist for a huge prize. It was interesting learning about what motivated each crew member to join in on this impossible task.  Our main main character is Kaz Brekkar, who has a particularly sad and interesting past.  I loved learning about his struggles the most. Keep in mind that the members of the crew are all teenagers. Even the toughest characters like Kaz, who has made himself into a myth, lets their vulnerabilities peak through. That really made them realistic for me, because although these are brilliant, accomplished people, they are ultimately teenagers.

This book was intriguing and exciting from the start, and kept up the adrenaline all the way through the last chapter with twists and turns. I would love to read Bardugo's Grisha series, which seems to be in the same world as this one and will help tide me over until the next book is released. I am SO looking forward to Crooked Kingdom, which comes out this September! I just wish it wasn't when school starts up again!

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