Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Macmillan on September 29th 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, General, Action & Adventure
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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.
“We are all someone’s monster.”
I’ve been wanting to read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows for a while, so when I got the chance to get the series, I took it. Six of Crows centers around a group of juvenile delinquents who live in the fabled city of Ketterdam, and are offered a heist. One that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams, but is extremely dangerous and difficult to pull off. Kaz Brekker is the leader of the crew. A hardened survivor of the streets who has worked his way into a notorious gang. In order to pull of the heist, Kaz needs a crew with top-notched skills. The story is a crime caper, a romance, and an adventure story all wrapped up in one. If you start it, you’ll discover it’s difficult to put down.
What I enjoyed most about the novel were the characters. Bardugo has created a cast of characters that are complex, likable, and interesting in their own right to carry their own POV chapters. Even though the characters may not always do the “right” thing, and sometimes can be quite cruel, it was easy for me to sympathize and root for them. Aside from the characters, I also really loved her world-building. Even though the places described in the novel aren’t real, they felt as if they were. It was easy for me to visualize the scenes in my mind as if I was walking right beside them.
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
Another aspect of the novel I loved was the building of the characters’ relationships. This crew has been through a lot on their own and together, which shined through the dialogue. Nothing felt forced. Not even the romantic pairings. Bardugo has a way of making everything feel earned, whether it be relationships, emotions, or even prizes. Nothing comes too easily to the gang, and problems pop up in very realistic ways. This made the story very relatable to me, despite the fact I’ve never been in a gang, grew up in the slums, or been a criminal.
Series tend to be all the rage these days. Especially in the Young Adult genre. However, if you are looking for a relatively short one to begin (2 books), then I highly recommend Six of Crows. Not only are the characters complex and well-developed, the world building well thought out, and the plot well done, but the story is highly addicting. Once you begin this series, you’ll find it difficult to put down.