Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
Review: Let me just say that this book was definitely WORTH the hype! Six of Crows is a high-paced fantasy about settling scores, with no shortage of twists, turns, and trap doors along the way. Leigh Bardugo’s writing is flawless and vivid, and since I listened to the audio book I was able to picture exactly what was happening. Every time I thought I knew what was happening, Bardugo took the story and flipped it on it’s head! The world-building in this book is incredible and it’s hard to believe that so much awesome can come from a single mind! Six of Crows is multiple POV, but it was done in a way that put all the pieces of the puzzle neatly together to create this epic heist novel.
Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker is basically the ultimate anti-hero. He’s the most arrogant, selfish, amoral protagonist I have ever come across in a book and I couldn’t get enough of him. He’s comparable to a magician, but he will never reveal his secrets and when his bag of tricks appears to run out, he opens a trap door that no one sees coming. Kaz holds the strings, and every move me makes is with cold calculation. Matthias thinks he’s actually a demon which is hilarious because behind all Brekker’s bravado he is still licking old wounds. The only thing that keeps him off-balance is Inej. She is widely known as the Wraith for her ability to slip through the shadows undetected. The Wraith could have you on your knees with a knife pressed to your throat in the blink of an eye.
Matthias and Nina were basically an old married couple throughout the book and I loved their dynamic! Their constant squabbling added humour to the story and Matthias is so savagely blunt I loved him to buts. Nina was sarcastic and witty the whole way through and I can’t get enough of her.
Am I the only one that was shipping Jesper and Wylan HARD? Their constant banter and flirting certainly didn’t go unnoticed by me and they’re so adorable cute that i just want to squeeze them! Jesper just wanted to shoot all the things and Wylan was so geeky and adorable.
I really loved how each characters backstory was revealed. Leigh Bardugo has crafted such lush characters full of depth and history. There was nothing lacking and just enough information was giving without it being too overwhelming. Honestly, this book deserves a standing ovation for all the awesome that occurred! It’s still hard to wrap my mind around everything that happened and I can’t wait to devour Crooked Kingdom.
Sidenote: was anyone else craving waffles while reading this book?
“No mourners. No funerals.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true”
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
“The dead request five more minutes.”
“You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.”