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.”
Six of Crows was one of the first books I came across after I started looking for book blogs, and it’s only nearly taken me a year to read it! 😀 When I first heard about it, the hype was everywhere and it was impossible to not see this book. I’m glad that I waited instead of getting caught up in the hype – it’d be a shame if I hadn’t loved this book as much as I did, because it’s very deserving of my love!
So, where do I start? Before you even start reading you see the beautiful design – inside and out. The map is lovely, and every chapter comes with a pretty design, too. I love it for all that alone! (of course, I’ve since found several books which are designed in a similar way – go figure!)
But wait, there’s more! 😉
There are six main characters in this, and most of them were introduced in one chapter which felt a little overwhelming. For a little while I wasn’t sure who was who, but as the book progresses it gets easier and it didn’t take too long before I could sort the names to their characters. Even if I couldn’t pronounce half of them. (How do you say Inej’s name? Anyone?) I know there are quite a few people who thought there are too many characters, but I disagree. I loved all the different angles and personalities – having said that, I do think that them being introduced together was a bit too much information for one chapter.
I was promised that I’d love Kaz, and I do! I love a good anti-hero, and this book has six of them. What more do you need? ❤
Everything that could go wrong went wrong. There is so much going on behind the scenes and in the characters’ minds that I have no idea how Bardugo managed to keep it all straight, but I salute her for it.
While there are no romantic relationships in this novel there is lots of potential for future love relationships. I kept wanting to push all the potential couples together and make them kiss since they wouldn’t do it on their own! Their stubbornness was driving me mad!
Six of Crows is full of realistic, well thought-out characters who never swerve from their personalities and who don’t disappoint. The world itself is believable and amazing, too, and it’s easy to see how much work has gone into creating it.
Besides being excited for the sequel, I’ve added Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy to my tbr list, too. Her world is amazing, and I won’t say no to spending more time in it! ❤
So, to summarise: Yes, I can see what the hype was all about. Yes, I’m glad I waited. Yes, you should read it!
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