Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Page Count: 462
Kaz Brekker is the leader of the Dregs, a gang in Ketterdam. He is offered a job to break a scientist out of an impenetrable prison in the Ice Court and Kaz recruits his team on an impossible heist. Nina Zenik, a Heartrender. Inej Ghafa, the Dregs’ spy. Matthias Helvar, a former Drüskelle (Grisha hunter). Jesper Fahey, a sharpshooter. Wylan Van Eck, their willing hostage. And Kaz Brekker, the mastermind behind the heist. Told from multiple points of view, we learn who each of these characters are and we follow them into this heart racing heist.
Wow, oh wow! I did not expect that. I thought the Grisha trilogy was mediocre. The first book was ok but as I read the second and third books it just got worse. But this… this was AMAZING! Leigh Bardugo has blew me away. I didn’t see the greatness in her writing in the Grisha trilogy and maybe that’s my fault because I didn’t like the characters or the plot because I loved the characters AND the plot in Six of Crows. I see this Grisha world as something else entirely. The world building was so much better!
One thing I will say that bothered me was that all of the relationships are exactly the same. I don’t want to give away anything, but if you read this book you can definitely see who is in a relationship and each one of them is tensed and they each are too scared to show their true feelings. I get that people hold in their feelings and are scared to be vulnerable but are you telling me that all six characters have that same trait? Don’t get this confused with their personalities because all of their personalities are different and so great! I can’t even choose a favorite because I loved them all. At first I wasn’t a fan of Nina because I didn’t feel like I could really see who she was at the beginning but as the story plays out we see her fun, teasing and blunt personality.
Of course, because I’m on bookstagram I was no stranger to the name Kaz Brekker. I knew he was from this series and that EVERYONE loves him. But when the book started I didn’t see why everyone did like him. But much like Nina, and really all of the characters, I really grew to love them because we get to hear their back stories and see what brought them to where they are now.
The plot of the story was very suspenseful and I had a few laughs out loud because everyone seems to bicker at each other and it is sometimes entertaining. I can’t believe that these characters are teenagers. They are all between the ages of 16 and 18 and it amazes me that they have survived all of the things that they have been through and how smart they are. Kaz has a plan for literally everything. If something goes wrong, you can pretty much count on Kaz having a backup plan.
I highly recommend this even though I’m so late to reading this. It came out almost three years ago and I remember seeing it all over booktube but I never picked up. I’m glad I gave it chance after disliking the Grisha trilogy because this was truly so much better.