“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
―Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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.
One of my great literary loves is is a jolly good adventure. Fantasy is something I have grown into as an adult and one of my favourite series is Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. Imagine my excitement when her new series was announced! Six of Crows brings back Bardugo’s excellent ‘Grishaverse’ with a colourful and exciting new cast. I love everything about her stories; she is a master world builder and her characters are loveable, no matter what side they’re on!
Kaz Brekker is a criminal prodigy living in Ketterdam, a hub of trade where secrets are as valuable as gold and anything can be purchased for the right price. Kaz is offered the chance of a lifetime – a heist so challenging even he has doubts about the chances of pulling it off! Of course, he can’t do it alone and so he assembles a motley crew of thieves and criminals to make him richer than his wildest dreams. Other than the obvious challenges, Kaz must keep his crew from killing themselves – or each other – before the job gets done! There are secrets galore, hidden agendas and loyalties double-crossed; Bardugo’s cleverly constructed plot is structured and layered and engrosses the reader from the very first page.
As previously mentioned, Bardugo’s characters are fabulous in every way. She has mastered the loveable rogue; Kaz is a classic example of this. He is charming and confident – or perhaps more accurately, arrogant – and openly ambitions. He doesn’t discriminate when committing a crime and treats everyone the same, mockingly. However, like all great protagonists, he is also a tortured soul and surprisingly, Bardugo doesn’t shy away from darkness and violence in this book. There is a subtle level of menace; there are so many opportunities for something to go wrong and I love the way Bardugo kept me feeling like something bad was always around the corner. The tension and excitement almost had me off my chair many times! As for the other characters, they are all a little fabulous in their own way. The story is told from each of their points of view and so the reader really gets a sense of what they’re like, not just from one biased perspective.
I really can’t fault a single thing with this book or the author for that matter! Six of Crows is everything I could want in a book – exciting, action-packed, intelligent, funny, witty, tragic, silly and even thoughtful at times. I love the contrast between the playful (and threatening) banter of the crew and Kaz’s tormented internal monologue. Bardugo writes stunning fantasy and with the added bonus of a well-constructed heist, Six of Crows is a brilliant read! Only 80 sleeps until book two – Crooked Kingdom – is released!
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
PUB DATE: October 2015
Thank you to Hachette for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!