Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Release date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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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 had a little bit of an odd experience reading Six of Crows. I read the first half in a couple of sittings, but then had to put it aside for a while to focus on some other things. And honestly, at the point when I set it aside, it wasn’t hard to do so. I was enjoying the book, but I wasn’t glued to the story yet. When I finally came back to it a few days later, it was like a switch had been flipped — some plot things started picking up IMMEDIATELY, and some character stuff started to be revealed, and I was finally — fully — on board.
One thing I did like immediately, though, was the setting. Once again, Leigh Bardugo slays when it comes to creating a sense of place. She’s crafted a setting for this duology which — while being new — fits perfectly into the Grisha world. It’s quite different from Ravka — Ketterdam isn’t based on Russia, for starters, and it’s not a very friendly city, at least in the areas where our characters frequent — but it’s built up effortlessly, and I had no problem jumping into this new setting.
But what about characters and plot? Well, before I jump into those topics, I feel like I need a bit of a disclaimer — especially regarding the characters.