Author: Leigh Bardugo
Related Words: criminals, crime, prison, crows
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of internatioal 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 of unlikely escapes
General Overview (No Spoilers)
If you’ve seen my reviews on The Grisha Trilogy by the one and the same Leigh Bardugo who wrote Six of Crows, you would know that I loved the trilogy and I love Leigh Bardugo’s books and writing.
Six of Crows was amazing. It carried the things we learned from the Grisha Trilogy into this series and Bardugo continued writing this amazing world, but with the six most unpredictable characters that always kept you guessing and you always loved no matter what. Criminals they may be, but to the reader’s eyes, they were amazing people.
You don’t have to read Grisha before going into Six of Crows, but it might help since there is a lot of terminology that is carried on from the previous series. And if you are looking for a great fantasy story, I would totally recommend Six of Crows. It’s amazing, the characters are captivating, and the plot is extraordinary. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book Crooked Kingdom.
Full Review (*With Spoilers*)
The novel starts out with Joost, a guard at some distant place, and he sees the jurda parem, a drug that enhances the powers of the Grisha, in action. They feed it to a Healer, and the end result is disastrous.
The book then switches to Kaz, Jesper, and Inej as they go and complete some business with Geels. From this point, the reader sees the power of the trio and gets the first taste of half of the Six of Crows crew. Kaz seems to be heartless, Inej is an invisible as a ghost, and Jesper was the jokester sharpshooter.
A few chapters later, the reader follows Kaz as strikes a risky deal with Van Eck. Van Eck wants him to break into the Ice Court, a high security prison that has never been breeched. The reason? To retrieve Bo Yul-Bayur, the creator of the jurda parem, from inside the court and bring him to Van Eck. In return, Kaz would get 40 million kruge. Kaz then forms a crew of six people, as they dare to take on this task with the hope that they can get the money to pay off their debts and have better lives.
As the story continues, the risks escalate and we get to learn more about each individual character– Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, Wylan. They were all labelled as criminals, thieves, and other despicable names, but as the reader reads on, we found out that there was so much more to that. Sure, they aren’t heroes; they aren’t superhuman beings, but they are still human, and great humans at that. And they all have pasts.
Kaz and his brother got scammed as children and eventually Kaz was left on his own to fend for himself after his brother died from sickness. Inej was put into pleasure house. Nina was captured. Matthias put in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, but hunted Grisha as a job. Jesper is a sharpshooter, but also a gambler. And Wylan was the runaway, who escaped his father. They were all such complex characters and were the best part of the entire book.
And the fact that Kaz was so confused about his feelings for Inej was adorable. For someone so smart, he’s so dense. And after Inej got captured at the end of the book, I wanted Kaz to go save Inej and confess his feelings. Pronto.
The book ends with Kaz and what’s left of his crew, as they go to Pekka Rollins and ask for money so they can go and rescue Inej. And that ending scene with Pekka’s belongings all smuggled away by Kaz was priceless. This crew of criminals is my favourite ever.
Crows symbolize everything bad– thievery, murder, death. And I think there’s no better word than to describe these amazing set of people.
Have you read Six of Crows? What did you think?