Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult

Page Count: 462

Release Date: Sept 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

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.

There comes a day when a story is so enthralling that you just know the book is going to make a significant impact in a reader’s life. Six of Crows embodies creative writing and lovable characters that will stick with you long after the final page.

Beforehand it should be noted that this book takes place in the same world as the other Grisha books. I personally would recommend reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy first and then returning back to Six of Crows simply because there are so many references that readers will immediately catch.

It also helps having a bit of background into the Grisha culture and terminology before plunging into this amazing spin-off. Also Six of Crows takes place two years after the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy so spoilers will be mentioned in the newest Grisha book.

Moving on to the good stuff! This plot blew mind in terms of how Bardugo wove together so many elements and created this intricate web that had me snared from the beginning. We have a small group of characters who each have their own strengths and inner demons that they carry with them throughout a whirlwind of a journey that brings them together.

“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.”

I LOVED EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

All of them have backstories that are relatable to some degree and will definitely pull at your heartstrings from time to time. Kaz Brekker was one of those anti-heroes who you loved even as he was unleashing his “no mercy mafia side”. Kaz was the personification of a man who will do anything to get what he wants. And while he is beating other criminals to a pulp with his cane or gloved fists he also has a soft side that shows on occasion. Mostly this is due to Inej, or as he likes to call her Wraith. Inej is the light to his dark. She seeks more merciful/peaceful methods of conducting heists, but together they balance each other surprisingly well.

As for the rest of the group there is Jesper, the hilarious sharpshooter, Wylan, the sweet cinnamon roll clever and kind teen who has run away from home. Nina is perhaps my favorite character. She’s a Grisha who longs to return home, but she is determined to help Matthias, a Fjerdan who used to hunt Grishas. Circumstances pushed them together in their pasts and slowly they began to form a sort of forbidden romance since Grisha and Fjerdans are considered enemies. Also Nina loves waffles and food in general, but she doesn’t shame herself in having a curvier body than most people. She is so confident and an absolute role model! In fact all these characters are role models in some way!

This book contains POVs for each of the six members of the Dregs crew as they attempt to break into one of the most guarded strongholds. Bardugo makes this work and captures each character in their own individual styles that makes them all the more memorable. All of them create such a diverse group in terms of nationality, sexual orientation and so much more!

Comedy blends in perfectly with the dark undertones and magical adventure that pours off the pages.

“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.” 

Six of Crows is truly one of kind and the writing feels a tad different compared to Bardugo’s previous books. This isn’t a bad thing to say the least, but you can tell how much effort the author put into making this into a reality. And reading this did feel like a dream come true!

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Have you read Six of Crows? What was your favorite moment and character(s)?