Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Date of Publication: September 29th, 2015
Dates Read: July 28th – August 1st, 2016
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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Actual rating: 4.75/5 stars.
You guys, this book absolutely lived up to the hype for me. I was worried that everyone had oversold it, as that usually happens with books, but honestly Six of Crows deserves every ounce of hype it has received.
First of all, these characters were absolutely brilliant. There was always something new to learn about them! So well developed, intriguing, and each of them had so many facets of their lives that were revealed over the course of this book. Different body shapes, skin tones, fears, talents, disabilities, sexualities, histories, personalities… in my eyes, they were a testament to the fact that just because you’re not good at everything, doesn’t mean you can’t be good at anything. There were certain areas where some characters excelled, and others where they were not as successful, which I really loved. This is actually something that they mentioned briefly, and I was so happy to see it spoken.
I could go on and on about how much I love these characters. Each and every single one of the main six are now my babies, and I’m very concerned about what’s going to happen to them in the next book, Crooked Kingdom. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Nina Zenik, and honestly I’m trying to figure out a cosplay I can do for her… probably not going to happen, but a girl can dream!
I also really loved how I never really knew how they would pull off each stunt, and that the full explanation came from the next chapter from another character’s POV. Chapters usually overlapped with the previous ones, so no detail was missed and you actually got to see how that character did what they had to do. Like a magic trick being revealed! It kept me on edge, kept pushing me forward to read more.
I will admit that I was a little confused during the first 3-ish chapters, and I wasn’t really sure where this book was headed. But soon enough I caught on and I was hooked! I know some people may not like the flashbacks, but I like that the characters’ pasts were revealed in little spurts, and not all at once in a large block of information overload. I do, however, hope we get to hear more about Wylan in the next book!
I also really enjoyed the gangster vibe this book provided. Mixed with the fantasy elements, it was pretty awesome and different for me. This was my first Bardugo book, and her writing has just absolutely blown me away. Definitely want to check out more of her work!
Overall: SO GOOD. NEED MORE. NINA IS AMAZING.