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Before he can take his place at the head of Kerch's underworld, thief and conman Bastian Brekker must assemble a team of assassins, thugs, and outcasts to pull off a seemingly impossible heist.
To do that, Baz needs to assemble a team of specialists. They are the Dregs: low on cash, flexible on ethics, and the one thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
A stunning new novel about the world of the Grisha, by Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm by New York Times Bestselling Author, Leigh Bardugo.
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Bardugo's Shadow and Bone was one of my favourite releases that year, but unfortunately the next books in that series paled in comparison. I hope that doesn't happen with this series as it has started really strong and ended on a great cliffhanger. I have high hopes for the series :)
This is a book I have read several times now because it is so enjoyable. Each time I finish I cannot believe that I have read just one book. Bardugo never stumbles over the multiple points of view, instead weaving them together seamlessly.
Do yourself a favour and read it.
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People have been recommending Six of Crows to me for a long time now. It's a book I've always meant to get to - who doesn't love a heist story? - but this year I finally sat back, opened it up and was sucked into the seedy underbelly of Leigh Bardugo's fantasy world.
As someone who hasn't read Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy this world was entirely new to me, and I loved it. 2018 feels like the year in which I'm rediscovering my first love, fantasy, after several years of being intimidated by it for a reason I still can't quite put my finger on, and Ketterdam has to be one of my favourite fantastical places now purely because Bardugo brings it to life so vividly.
While Ravka, which we hear of but don't go to in this book, seems to be a Russian-inspired country, there's no doubt in my mind that Ketterdam is a fantastical version of Amsterdam, with its waterways, merchant-run economy, and the entire districts whose cogs are kept whirring by a constant stream of gambling and prostitution. The Barrel, not at all dissimilar from Amsterdam's Red Light District, is ruled by gangs, and one gangster in particular has Ketterdam in his pocket.
Kaz Brekker is one of the most compelling protagonists I have come across in a fantasy novel in a long time. From the blurb I thought he would be very different to the kind of boy he is, but I love how Bardugo has imagined him; she straddles the line between 'criminal prodigy' and 'only a 17 year old' beautifully, creating a character who's had to grow up far too fast and has the dirt of the worst and best of humanity wedged under his fingernails. He's like that first sip of a bitter coffee in human form. It was also so refreshing to read about a protagonist who needs the assistance of a cane to walk and I'd like more protagonists like this please!
What makes Six of Crows really sing is its characters. The setting is brilliant and the plot is wonderful, but the characters are what make this book - dare I say it - perfect. Alongside Kaz we have his right-hand woman Inej Ghafa, who was stolen from her home and her family as a child and sold into human trafficking before she began working for the Dregs. Known as the Wraith, she's an expert at going undetected and is yet another example of Bardugo's wonderfully complex characters. Inej's faith is important to her and her morality is something she struggles with when she has essentially become Kaz's personal assassin, but how else is she supposed to survive in a land that sees her as a commodity that can be sold for profit?
I loved Bardugo's exploration of religion through Inej and through Matthias, another protagonist from Fjerda, the country next to Ravka, who has essentially been raised in a cult of witch hunters whose own religion teaches that Grisha aren't human. Like all six of the protagonists in Six of Crows, Matthias has found himself washed up in Ketterdam by accident, beginning the novel in prison thanks to a Grisha, Nina, who serves as another protagonist. I'll be saying this for all of them, but I loved Nina, too. A child soldier from Ravka, she was forced to work with Matthias, a boy trained to kill her, after the ship they were on sank and they found their way to Ketterdam. Nina is bubbly and vivacious and loves food - who doesn't? - and I particularly loved her friendship with Inej. There's no competition between them, just the utmost affection and respect and when I say I want more female friendships this is what I mean.
Then we have Jesper Fahey, another member of the Dregs who loves gambling and guns a little too much, but another character who is complex and, though flawed, incredibly loyal to Kaz. I adored his sense of humour and his shameless bisexuality. Finally there's Wylan, a boy with a knack for explosives and keeping secrets. He's the kind of character that grows on you as the story progresses, and once you get to know him you can't help but love him.
Six of Crows works because each of its protagonists are fleshed out and such fun to follow separately, but they also have brilliant chemistry as a group, too, which is for the best considering they have to rely on each other to pull off a heist that's believed to be impossible. Kaz makes a deal with one of Ketterdam's merchants to break into the Fjerdan Ice Court - a place that has never been breached - and smuggle out a prisoner associated with a drug that, when used on Grisha, turns them into unstoppable weapons who crave the drug more and more and eventually die as nothing more than husks of their previous selves.
Kaz doesn't take on this mission out of the goodness of his heart to liberate the Grisha who are being mistreated or to bring order back to the world of the merchants, he takes on the mission because each of them will be rewarded with an inordinate amount of money that will pay off their individual debts and set them up comfortably for life. What ensues is a twisty, turny heist story that keeps you guessing at every turn and makes you genuinely worry for the characters' safety. I love that Bardugo doesn't make this story safe. Kaz has a plan and his plan has a plan, but when things go wrong - and they really do - these kids are forced to improvise if they're going to live to claim their reward.
It's been a few months now since I finished this book and I'm still thinking about it. The plotting and character development is exquisite. I fell for this book and these characters and this world so hard, and it's safe to say that this duology is now one of my all-time favourite series and this book has definitely earned a spot on my favourite books of all-time list. It was such fun to read, and it reignited not only my love for fantasy but also my love for YA done well. I escaped into a different world where all the threats and the tears and the love and the smiles felt real, and I will be gushing about it for a long time. And I'm not sorry.
I was so unengaged when I first tried to read Six of Crows back in March. I couldn't put my finger on it - it just wasn't clicking for me, and I stopped at around 25%. But four months down the line and it was like I was reading it with completely new story.
There's something about the concept that makes this book so consuming. A world of magic and underlying disorder, six criminals and a hiest. It's hard not to get sucked in.
I adore stories with an ensamble of characters and the fact that they are a band of misfits makes it all the better. We've got:
- Kaz, a young criminal mastermind who runs the streets
- Inej, a brilliant spy who can vanish in the blink of an eye
- Nina, a confident Grisha with the power to kill with a look
- Matthias, a witch hunter who is presumed dead
- Jesper, a gambling gunslinger who loves the rush of a fight
- and Wylan, a runaway rich kid with a gift for mechanics
Together they are the Crow Club, and they take on an suicide mission for wealth beyond their wildest dreams. How awesome is that?!
The characters are awesome, but there are a lot of them. Each of them have their own backstory which I think took a lot of time out of the book from the present day plot, and away from there being any solid protagonist. I would have preferred a fully omniscient 3rd person narrator rather than abrupt changes in 3rd person perspectives, which would've made reading more like shifting from one character's mind to another, which would've made connecting the puzzle pieces of the characters and their motives a lot more fun than simply being told.
Despite Six of Crows being a spin off of The Grisha series, reading them isn't necessary to fully enjoy this book. The worldbuilding and development had all the flare of a standalone story, and it was so good to see it from the eyes of such a diverse range of characters. It really enabled the world to expand to beyond a couple of locations, which makes it unique to other fantasy novels which tend to focus only on one.
Six of Crows is a YA story that is fresh and new from anything I've read before - it's no wonder it's taken the blogosphere by storm. Take note, other writers - this is how you grab your readers.
Diversity Note: POC and queer protagonists
Warnings: blood, torture, violence
So I finally yielded to peer pressure and picked it up last month.
I was a bit nervous about it because I was not well versed in the Grishaverse and because of the hype. The initial few chapters didn’t do anything to allay my fears. But I hate dnf-ing books and decided to stick with it. And boy- oh -boy, was I glad I did that.
Eventhough there was too much of the world and the characters to get used to, once you get oriented, the book is unputdownable. The fact that it is a heist rather than a revolution, which is the norm for fantasy, made it all the more interesting.
The care with which the characters are created is evident in each and every page of the book. Eventhough I loved Kaz, Mathias, Nina, Jesper and Wylan, Inej managed to borrow a tiny corner of my heart. There are either character driven novels or plot driven novels. It is extremely rare to find a book where both the plot and the characters are both so well developed and well etched that they sweep you off your feet. Hats off to Leigh Bardugo for managing to do that with such èlan.
Everything you need, SoC has it. Humor, romance, friendships, twists, turns and lots and lots of action. It as an epic tale of complex characters, amazing word building and a gripping plot.
The hype is real people. I repeat THE HYPE IS REAL!!! It would be a crime to miss this one. Stop procrastinating!!!
What happened to the rest of the book? Really disappointed that this finished with such a cliff hanger.
I hate it when books are released and the story finishes half way through. There is no real end to speak of it just stops abruptly.
So many questions are left unanswered - I shall not be buying the next book. Disgusted that I paid over £10 for this book - its going straight in the bin.
I really enjoyed this book. I know, I'm horribly behind the masses with this story.
I bought it as a Christmas present to myself (as you do), and I intended to only read it after I finished working on a project. It's been sitting there, staring at me, and needless to say the project has been neglected and Six of Crows has been read.
This story follows a group of six late-teens in a fantasy world. They each have their own skills that make them invaluable to the heist, but to say their personalities clash would be an understatement.
Their leader is Kaz, a ruthless young man who is the brains of the operation.
When a dangerous (but ridiculously well-paid) job comes along, Kaz gathers his elite team from the gutters of the city, and even from behind bars.
This was a lot of fun, as you follow the plans, hidden plans, double-crossing and triple-crossing of the players in this book.
It felt like Ocean's Eleven in a fantasy setting, as Kaz and co head north to a land of ice, where magic is forbidden.
The only downside for me, was the very obvious change of tone, when one of the main character's background was filled in.
I have to say, I was rolling my eyes at the info-dumps; but reading it quickly all the same, because I wanted to find out more about said characters.
I would definitely recommend this book. Now I just have to finish my project before I allow myself to get Crooked Kingdom... Or maybe I could accidentally get it this weekend...
What I find so incredible about this book, is that I genuinely care for and love all of the main characters, which is very rare for me. Each character is just so brilliant in their own right, but together they make for a truly unforgettable cast. Although I cherish them all dearly, I do have to put it out there that Kaz and Inej are my faves and that I may be slightly obsessed with Kaz!
The switch in point of views for each chapter was genius, as it definitely allowed me to get to know each of the characters better. It's truly a great skill to be able to write from so many different point of views, whilst staying true to each character and without causing the flow of the book to suffer. The whole organisation of the book was just immaculate, It was utterly thrilling to be slowly fed bits of information, at a time, about the characters' past. I much preferred playing that little waiting game than seeing all of the characters cards at once.
I really liked the way the world was crafted, with the magic of the Grisha and the skill of ordinary individuals intermingling so well. It was refreshing to see how people without powers of their own, still managed to makes themselves deadly, through honing their skills. This balance between being skilled and possessing powers isn't really done in fantasy, and it really should be done more often.
All of the romances in Six of Crows have my full blessing and support! I seriously adore all of the relationships in this book, but there's one in particular that I completely live for! I literally had everything I wanted in this book; morally grey characters, diversity (in many ways), romances in every variation, great writing, a freaking heist, YA characters that were mature and KAZ BREKKER!
Even if you weren't that impressed with the Grisha trilogy (like myself), please pick this up, you won't regret it!
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.
Oh, how I've missed my angsty YA stories.
I'm a sucker for a book filled with twists and heartache. Six of Crows has certainly help fill the Cassandra Clare void I've been in since Clockwork Princess!
I've had this book a while and finally caved to the Kaz Brekker hype...
And I'm here to stay for it!
This book was full of twists and turns (predictable in that I never doubted Kaz always had something up his sleeve).
The writing style was addictive enough that it pulled me through the multiple character POVs. I tend to have a habit of skimming through 'lesser characters' POVs in most stories - but I found that I enjoyed reading through all five of them in Six of Crows.
I'm emotionally invested in each of the main characters and that's rare for me. They all have their own horrific backgrounds and I can't wait to read through their development in the next book!
I'm diving straight into Crooked Kingdom because if my heart is going to be broken - I just want to get it over with!
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
Kaz knew death. He could feel its presence on the ship now, looming over them, ready to take his Wraith. He was covered in her blood.
The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall.
A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.
She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.
First I'd like to talk about the paperback copy of this book. I love everything about it. The cover is eye-catching. The artwork on the first few pages is fascinating. Each Part is separated beautifully, each chapter stands out so clearly, I even love the design on either side of the numbers, and the style of lettering for the first letter of each chapter. All those little details make it so beautiful to me, so much thought went into every single element of this book.
The story itself, wow, it took two chapters for my mind to properly open up to this amazing world that Leigh has created, once it did I was completely lost.
The writing style used is my favourite style, a novel packed full of head-hopping so you get a broader viewpoint of the story as a whole. I must admit, when reading in this style there is always a character I want to skim over, one that just doesn't appeal to me at all, but not this time. With each new chapter I found myself growing more eager to dive into the lives of each character.
This story is packed full of twists, unexpected turns and heart-stopping moments. Young, strong, resilient and lovable characters, and I cannot wait to see what comes next for them all in Crooked Kingdom.
Another thing I'd like to mention is how much I love Leigh's way with words, I found myself double reading sentences at times just so I could really live the words in my mind.
“It was like standing in the hallowed out trunk of a massive tree, something long dead and howling with echoes.”
I'll be purchasing more of Leigh Bardugo's books. I'm not ready to leave the Grisha Verse behind.
Thank you for an action packed story that will stick with me.
Inevitably, the plan put in place by the cold, calculating Kaz doesn’t run all that smoothly and under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have cared all that much, but I fell for Inej, or the Wraith, which is her gang nickname. I wanted her to be able to move on and resume a better life for herself. And then, once we are pulled right into the heart of the story, Bardugo reveals hidden layers of the main character in the middle of plot – ‘Dirtyhands’ Kaz, himself. It’s very well done. The character development throughout the story is masterfully handled – you only have to read a handful of reviews to realise these characters matter to readers.
And I haven’t even started on the plot, yet. Because for a book in this sub-genre to really work, we need to have a clear idea of what’s at stake, what the plan actually is, how it goes wrong and what happens next… There are any number of places where an author can slip up during the delivery of a novel in a criminal underworld fantasy adventure – and I’m not particularly forgiving of a lot of them. I don’t like it when the plot wanders, or one character takes over, or a romance blossoms right in the middle of what should be an action adventure story, or the major climax isn’t so major after all. So I regularly abandon books which have committed these crimes, unfinished and of course, unreviewed.
Six of Crows deftly skips around all these potential pitfalls as if they don’t exist. Every single requirement is triumphantly nailed such that this one became increasingly difficult to put down. And once I finally finished it, I suffered from book hangover so that I struggled to find something else I wanted to read – this hardly ever happens to me! So, at the risk of sounding like everyone else in the universe, except for those embittered, six-legged critters on Io, this is an excellent read and very highly recommended to… well – anyone with a pulse, really.
I loved this book. I loved the characters and their dynamics with each other. I loved the plot line, and how complex it was. I loved how it switched point of view, it helped you to like each character for who they are and to learn about their past and what made them who they are. (Although I would have loved it to be just Inej and Kaz.)
I liked how the two main female characters were friends and lean on each other, and also whenever they discussed boys - that was a lot of fun.
I ship every character with who they are written to be with and I was pleasantly surprised by that because I didn’t feel that way with Leigh Bardugo’s other Grishaverse.
I liked how complex Kaz is and how you slowly find out about his past and why he acts the way he does. I also love him and Inej, OTP right there.
I’m excited to read Crooked Kingdom and see what this team gets up to, and to see if Kaz’s revenge plan works!
The start of this book was perfectly written. It drew me in completely, and made me hungry to learn more about the world - which is wonderful! Mostly set in either Amsterdam-like or Nordic-like countries, which gives it a really unique vibe (for fantasy books), and with a massive melting pot of characters and cultures.
The first third is action-packed and exciting. The middle third is a little more introspective - there's a lot of walking, talking, and learning about the characters' pasts. We focus on six main people, and basically every pair of them has some sort of link or tension... I love that we know what they think about each other, and in most cases this genuinely changes in believable ways through the book.
The end suffers a bit because, where I expected it to close things off, it just sets a cliffhanger up for book number 2. I've read number 2 now, and this IS justified story-wise, but it felt jarring and is the main reason this book in itself is only four stars.
Ultimately, I don't think this book will blow anyone's mind or change their opinion of the genre, but if you'd like to read a young adult fantasy heist book set in a melting-pot city, where a crew of neer-do-wells band together... this will feel familiar, but is executed brilliantly, and will do what it says on the tin. I enjoyed it :)
I struggle to read anything crime-ish. It’s probably the only genre I’d say I avoid and the fact that this was based around six criminals pulling off a heist had me dreading it.
All I can say it, I’m so glad I put aside my initial worries and tried this book. I’ve fallen head over heels with every character. The perspectives, the detail, just everything about this book is insanely good! Every time I thought I had anticipated Kaz’s next move, I was blown out of the water!
It was just spectacular, Bardugo is such a talented writer. I’ve fallen in love with the Crows, this book, the sequel, the Grisha, everything! Couldn’t put it down.
Plus, this collectors edition has spectacular artwork. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Definitely recommend spending a bit extra to get this one
Okay, dang, where do I even start with Six of Crows? I first read Six of Crows back in late 2017, and I just loved it from the beginning until the end. The plot, the characters, the world, and just the writing style? Loved it.
I’ve never so strongly loved and admired fictional characters than I have with Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Jesper Fahey, and Wylan Van Eck. (let’s forget about Matthias Helvar, shall we?) In each of them, I found parts of myself that I had often pushed away or dismissed about myself. These characters are by no means perfect, but that is why I love them. They’re all incredibly flawed.
The characters were really well written, I was really emotionally invested in the fate of them and their relationships. At times it did feel like they were a lot older than their stated ages and if you had told me they were in the mid twenties I would have believed you. This might turn people off of he characters, to.me it.made them.more relatable to me- but so do wonder about their intended audience.
In conclusion it was a great piece of fiction and I will definitely be reading the sequel, Crooked Kingdom confident in the knowledge that I will enjoy it.