Published: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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. (goodreads summary)
Oh lord this book. This book! This book is on such a higher level then Leigh Bardugo’s previous Grisha Series (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising). I liked the Grisha books, but I didn’t love them. Alina got on my nerves quite a bit, these characters from Six of Crows have traits that should get on your nerves but don’t. You don’t have to read the Grisha books before reading Six of Crows, you can if you want because it’s still a good series, and while it does introduce you to the Grisha and what they are capable of, it’s not necessary for this book. Six of Crows is set in the same Grisha universe as the other books and takes place two years after Ruin and Rising, but this time it’s in an alternate Netherlands instead of Russia. So yay, no Russian style words to stumble over while I’m reading, point one for SOC! This style of writing is darker then Shadow and Bone and the plot is freaking awesome! It’s a highly strategized and meticulously planned heist. First a group of street gang kids have to break a convicted felon out of a highly guarded prison. Then, with his forced help they plan to break into the Ice Court, an even more heavily fortified place that has never been breached, all for A LOT of money. I can’t tell you how many times they stressed how much money was on the line.
So we have a group of 6 with third person narrative bouncing around between 5 of them. You would think it would get confusing but it doesn’t, they all have their own unique voice. I think the third person worked really well. It kept us in the dark for a lot of things so we saw the plan layout as it was happening instead of being privy to the knowledge like the others were. The world building was great, a little more believable then with the Shadow and Bone. In the Grisha series the importance and the power and conceitedness of the Grisha really gets shoved down you throat. Outside of Ravka though, the country equivalent to Russia in the Grisha series, Grisha are seen as witches and are hunted down likes dogs. I liked the change in atmosphere, it also makes you a little more compassionate toward the Grisha you meet along the way, because the ones in Shadow and Bone were pretty slap worthy, even the main character at times.
So characters, we have six and they are all well developed with interesting back stories that you only get small glimpses of. The leader of the group is Kaz Brekker who is an intimidating street gang leader with a secret past. Then we have Inej who is just straight up awesome.
“You may still die in the dregs.”
Inez’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”
She is known as “the Wraith” and gathers Kaz’s secrets. Jesper and Wylan are a funny bunch. Jesper has a gambling problem, loves his guns and his one liners had me snickering to myself. Wylan is the newest member of the gang and the butt of everyones jokes, mostly Jesper’s. Nina was my favorite, a Grisha Heartrender in hiding she has a history with Matthias the convict. You get bits and pieces of it slowly though out the story and it always had me dying for more more more justanswermyquestions!
“And what did you do Matthias? What did you do to me in your dreams?”
The ship listed gently. The lanterns swayed. His eyes were blue fire. “Everything,” he said, as he turned to go. “Everything.”
I put off reading this book for two reasons.
- I wasn’t in love with the Grisha series before it.
- I was going to wait for the next book to be out just in case the hype was well deserved.
Well joke is on me because It was amazing and that ending had me almost shouting out loud in my office. And The Crooked Kingdom doesn’t come out until September 27th so don’t mind me I’ll just be sitting here slowly dying if anyone needs me. .