Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (September 29th 2015)
Hardcover: 465 pages
Series: Six of Crows #1
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I understand the hype! There’s action! There’s romance! There’s danger and suspense!
I’ve been trying to write this review for a while and I’m just not sure I write out coherently why I enjoyed this book so much, so here’s things I loved about it.
→ The beautiful cover. The detail in it is amazing.
→ Bardugo does an amazing job of creating characters that you just fall in love. Plus, she writes such awesome dialogue. I love the amount of snark that this book exudes.
“Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I have beguiled you with my Grisha wiles!”
She poked him in the chest.
“No. I’m beguiling you.”
“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
→ Kaz. The anti-hero. He’s not a nice guy, and he doesn’t want to be the hero. But somehow, he is.
“You love trickery.”
“I love puzzles. Trickery is just my native tongue.”
→ Everyone else! Every character is pretty darn awesome.
→ The romance. There’s a lot of potential couples. I loved them all. This little underlying tension. The romance never overtook the story. It was not overwhelming or underwhelming. Just perfectly whelming. (points if you get the reference!)
“What do you want then?”
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.”
→ The action! It’s a rag-tag team of thieves and hooligans who have to do the impossible heist!
Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.
→ It’s only teeny-weenie down fall for me was, the story has a lot of flashback/history of the characters (which is lovely except) that sometimes causes some uneven pacing.
All and all, it was a super enjoyable read with a gosh-darn cliffhanger that has me crying. Next book, please!
“You’re in shock, demjin,” Matthias said.”You almost drowned. You should have drowned.”
Kaz coughed again, and his entire body shuddered. “Drowned,” he repeated.
Nina nodded slowly. “Ice Court, remember? Impossible heist? Near death? Three million krunge waiting for you in Ketterdam?”
Kaz blinked and his eyes cleared. “Four million.”
“I thought that might bring you around.”
Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns you heart.
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