Ｔｉｔｌｅ：Six of Crows
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
✩ Kaz was manipulative. He definitely understood people and knew how to get them to do what he wanted. He was also a big planner, and never went into things without a plan. He was distant emotionally and went out of his way to make people see him as a bad, tough person.
✩ Nina was kind of funny. I feel like she liked making jokes more out of everyone. She also seemed to be really observant. She picked up on things easily and did her best to learn about others. She was intelligent and had a strong moral compass.
✩ Inej was more independent than others. She took pride in being the Wraith and not letting others decide her fate. She was also really sneaky and good at spying on others.
❝ Geels looked at Kaz as if he was finally seeing him for the first time. The boy he’d been talking to had been cocky, reckless, easily amused, but not frightening–not really. Now the monster was here, dead-eyed and unafraid. Kaz Brekker was gone, and Dirtyhands had come to see the rough work done.❞
I waited way too long to read this book. I’d always heard the Leigh Bardugo’s writing was amazing and now that I’ve read this I can totally see it. I’m so happy that I finally got to it because it’s just one of those authors/series that I knew I wanted to read, I just had to find the time for it.
But anyways, let’s actually get into this review. One of the things that I definitely have to give Bardugo props for in this book is how well she handles the number of characters. I feel like most of the time when there are more than a couple of key characters they tend to blend together and it gets really hard to tell them apart. They also tend to be not very well developed and it’s hard for me to remember names, let alone who did what. That didn’t happen in this case. I think reading from each of their perspectives also helped to establish them as individuals.
Each character felt unique and well fleshed out with their own secrets, motivations, and fears. I really enjoyed seeing the different interactions between the characters as well. I also liked all the humor that was worked in because it worked so well with the characters we met. It was usually making kind of dark jokes or threats at one another. It just made the book even more enjoyable ❤
❝ In all his dreams he hunted her, sometimes through the new green meadows of spring, but usually through the ice fields, dodging boulders and crevasses with unerring steps. Always he chased, and always he caught her. In the good dreams, he slammed her to the ground and throttled her, watching the life drain from her eyes, her heart full of vengeance–finally, finally. In the bad dreams, he kissed her.❞
Some of the relationships I enjoyed the most seemed to be the ones that were more complicated, haha. Like Matthias and Nina. They were supposed to be enemies and had this kind of rocky history. She’d betrayed him so he couldn’t completely trust her, but there was also something else going on between them. She was also trying to make amends but seemed to be holding something back. It was tense between them but I liked the way their characters developed over the journey.
The other character relationship/interaction that I really enjoyed was between Kaz and Inej. They had a strong bond where they trusted one another completely on the job, but in more personal terms it was kind of uncertain. Kaz seemed very reserved and distant. He didn’t like to be close to people and he almost enjoyed making people see him as this terrible person.
❝ “I’m going to pay someone to burn my kruge for me.”
Kaz fell into step beside him. “Why don’t’ you pay someone else to pay someone to burn your kruge for you? That’s what the big players do.”❞
The plot itself had me rooting for the characters the entire time. It was this seemingly impossible job that Kaz had pushed them all into. Everyone had their own reasons for committing to it and you wanted them to solve all these problems. They not only had to find a way to get their prisoner but had to fight off their competition.
I think something that worked well for the story was Kaz’s tendency towards secrecy and complex planning. He seemed to be one step ahead and have all these backup plans for when things inevitably went wrong. I was always waiting to see what secret plan he’d made to get them out of whatever mess they were in. I also liked that his plans tended to be kind of ridiculous in that they tended to be really risky and totally genius.
Admittedly, it was a little confusing at the beginning because I hadn’t read the Grisha Trilogy first. I’d heard before that it was recommended you read them before this series, and I have to agree. I pushed through it anyway because I was doing a group buddy read and slowly learned about the world as I went on. It’s nothing that can really keep you from enjoying the book. If you don’t like spoilers, however, I’ve heard this book spoils the fate of one of the characters from the Grisha Trilogy, so there is that.
All in all, I think this was a fantastic read and I will definitely be checking out Bardugo’s other books very soon. I highly recommend this series and keep an eye out for my review on the sequel/conclusion to this wonderful duology!