Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – book 1 of the Six of Crows duology.
Published: 2015 by Indigo, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group.
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
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.
Saints. This is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Though these words hardly seem to do it justice. Saints! I fell in love at the first page, and what followed was an enthralling and gripping page turner! Never once throughout the book could I find a flaw with it.
So it’s certainly safe to say that I have fallen in love with The Grisha world all over again. Leigh Bardugo remains one of my all time favourite authors; and these characters have cemented a place as some of my most favourites, ever.
Without giving too much away of the plot; I will say that it instantly reminded me of Game of Thrones wish a slight splash of the heist film, Oceans 11 (please watch the 1960’s original, not the remake!) – and gosh, throughout the book, I felt like I was there with Kaz and the rest of The Dregs through their quest, and it was freaking phenomenal.
Throughout the book, I found myself laughing, crying and gasping. I took several breaks to compose my thoughts and get my breathing back to a steady pace (yes, it was that freaking epic!) and there was many a “be still My shipper heart moment.” Kaz and Inej. Matthias and Nina. My babies! I love all the characters through the story; but these four are my favourites; and have absolutely made their way into my list of OTP’s or One True Pairings. I drew strength from my favourite wraith and heartrenderer, and they both made their way into my favourite female fictional heroines. Kaz, you precious criminal; he embodies everything a flawed hero should have; and Matthias had me wondering about him from the word go, and mixed with the other characters, the plot and writing; I was left with an all round perfect book that will long stay with me, and everyone else I bet; long after the last page is finished, as well as leaving the reader as energised as I’m feeling now.
“No mourners,” Jesper said as he tossed his rifle to Rotty.
“No funerals,” the rest of the Dregs murmured in reply.
“I like it when men beg,” she said. “But this isn’t the time for it.” (Oh, Inej, you’re my hero, throughout the book I just kept admiring her strength).
‘But the night’s work wasn’t yet over, and the Wraith didn’t have time for traitors.”
“Matthias suspected that Brekker would drag the girl back from hell if he had to.”
(Kaz thinking about Inej)
“He’s heard other members of the gang say she moved like a cat, but he suspected cats would sit attentively at her feet to learn her methods.”
(Nina to Matthias)
Nina batted her glossy lashes at him. “You wouldn’t know a good time if it sidled up to you and stick a lollipop in your mouth.” (I could read a whole book just full of their banter).
(Matthias thinking about Nina)
Nina had blown into his life with the wind and rain and set his world spinning. He’d been off balance ever since. (Stop it, you, no dont).
Nina’s love for food:
“Eat what?” (Matthias)
“Everything. Stuffed cabbage, potato dumplings, blackcurrant cakes, blini with lemon zest.” (I laughed so loudly here: Nina is so relatable, though I wish I could savour food as slow as she does; she’s made me more determined to try!)
“Trickery is not my native tongue but I may learn to speak it yet.” (Life lesson, here).
I could go on, ranting endlessly about this book and all it’s majestic storytelling, but I recommend everyone reads this and it’s predeccors, The Grisha trilogy.
And thus concludes my review, thanks for reading 🙂