By Leigh Bardugo. #1 of Six of Crows Duology.
Grade : A+
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
Six of Crows is based on the same world as that of the Grisha Trilogy series. I have not read that series yet, but basically what I understood about the Grisha is that they are supernatural human possessing special gifts like altering some one’s looks, taking control of some one’s body, and much more. Six of Crows doesn’t tell a story about the Grisha, but it does include them and is set in some places in the Grisha world. Kaz Brekker is a 17 yr old leader of the Dregs, a gang in the city of Ketterdam. He is offered a huge sum for breaking in to the most secure prison, the Ice Court in Fjerda, and getting a scientist out who is making a drug that can enhance the Grisha abilities dangerously. But Kaz needs a group of people he can trust and who are skilled enough to pull this heist off. So the group or the Six of Crows that he gathers are :
- Inej : A young girl, trained acrobat, who walks without being noticed and can scale any walls with ease.
- Nina : A Grisha (Heartrender) who joins the quest to save the Grisha from the drug
- Matthias : A is a former Druskelle from Fjerda. he was caught in another prison in Hellgate, before he is rescued by Kaz and reluctantly joins the quest.
- Jesper : A sharpshooter, who is part of the Dregs
- Wylan : Son of the man who hires Kaz for the heist. He is used for his knowledge in demolitions and as a hostage against his father.
The Review :
Six of Crows is told from multiple perceptive, of all six members and some other characters. It is a long story, full of continuous twists and turns, each more shocking than the previous and everything happening at a very fast pace. At times, the reader is treated to a backstory as well, which helps to understand the characters but doesn’t necessarily help the story line at all times. What surprised and enthralled me most was how nothing was predictable in this book. When ever I felt that a particular thing will surely happen, something totally unexpected was thrown at me!
The character development of all main characters was the best. I especially adored Kaz and Inej. Kaz was a completely emotionless and highly witty with mastermind plans up his sleeve, and he has a limp. The only times he did show some emotions involved Inej. Inej is again a very strong character with a difficult past but with a dream to fulfill. I like how Ms. Bardugo hasn’t wasted too much time developing a love story aspect for Kaz and Inej, which would have been distracting to read in this fast paced story. I do ship them like several other readers of this book and I hope the second and final book does have some romance to swoon on.
I did take a hell of time to finish this book, which is not because of the book but because of me not able to dedicated enough time for it each day. Otherwise because of the pace of the story, you can easily finish it in a couple of days even though the book is a little big. It is an engrossing read! I recommend it to all fantasy, thriller genre lovers.
Have you read this? How did you find it? What are you reading currently?