Series: Six of Crows #1
on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
If you’re a regular of the bookish online community I doubt you haven’t NOT heard something about Six of Crows – and rightly so! I read this book when it initially came out last year, and loved it. With the sequel being published soon I just felt like it deserved a reread. As usual, because I loved it, my thoughts will be brief and spoiler free 🙂
The basic concept of this book is the cataloging of events that a group of teen misfits get up to in the slums of Ketterdam. This story is full of every thing you love and want from a page turner: love, suspense, comedy, adventure – basically a little bit of everything. The cast of characters are bountiful in variety, and I was SO happy to see that not a single character was predictable or easily categorized into any kind of trope. There is no classic funny man or dizty pretty girl with a big heart, each member of the crew has a purpose and will surprise you at every corner. The overall plot was amazing. Even during my reread I sat and read this in only two sittings – it’s that intriguing. The politics of their world and learning the back stories to each character from varying perspectives makes it so you are always learning something new. There wasn’t any point in this novel where I felt like clear world building or plot expansion was happening, I simply just wanted more.
More of their lives, more conversations, more sexual tension, and more of Dirtyhands devilish smooth talk. This is one of those stories that leaves you sad when it’s over, like you’ve said goodbye to your best friends and have to go back to reality. I could not, and most likely will not ever, get enough of this story. The setting is immediately crystal clear and the tone of the novel is so new to normal YA fantasies that you find yourself just a little disappointed in every thing else you’ve ever read before it.
If this is a book you’ve has been sitting on your TBR list for a while or just haven’t picked it up because you weren’t a fan of Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, seriously give it a try. I’ve heard (pun intended) that the audiobook is amazing as well. Each character really has their own voice and unique perspective that will inspire you to write or draw or create something in their honor to commemorate the time you graciously spent in their world