Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publish Date: September 29, 2015
# of Pages: 462
(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)
(From Goodreads) 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.
Six of Crows follows Kaz Brekker and the ragtag team of the Dregs gang members he assembles as they embark on a death defying quest to retrieve a hostage and collect a handsome reward.
Honestly, after hearing so much about this book in the blog world, I’m glad I finally picked it up! I purchased it over a year ago, so it had been hanging out on my TBR shelf, just waiting to be read. While I really enjoyed it, I think the hype kind of ruined it for me. It wasn’t the knock-it-out-of-the-park book I had been expecting. It was still an awesome book, but not as good as I was hoping it to be.
My favorite character was Kaz Brekker. He’s the leader of the Dregs and probably has the most depth in character. His childhood is riddled with hard times and heart break, and while he sheds most of his weaknesses as he gets older, he still wears his gloves–his armor–and a tough reminder of the past. His relationship with Inej is complicated. He wants her but isn’t sure how much of himself he can give her. I liked the interactions between the two characters–the push and pull as they sort through their feelings for one another.
My second favorite character is Inej. She’s a nimble little fighting machine. She relies on her skills of silence and being able to sneak into places undetected. She’s silent but deadly as she wields her knives with practiced precision.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Nina and Matthias. It had a very Romeo and Juliet feel to it, but I liked the how complicated it was. They like each other, but they’re not supposed to. It’s dramatic. It’s explosive. In the end, it’s sweet.
The story progression was good. Admittedly, I found the first half of the book somewhat boring, though necessary to build the plot. The second half of the book more than made up for any ennui I was feeling towards the beginning. There was a lot of excitement and action in the book, and I appreciated that it never felt rushed.
The plot itself was interesting. I liked the storyline, and the world building was fantastic. The gangs going up against each other added a nice element of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat at times, hoping none of my favorites were going to die. Given the situations they were in, it seemed likely that one (or more!) would meet their end.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. I’m looking forward to reading the second one!
“Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
“You have to know where you want to go before you get there.”
“There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.”
Have you read this book? Do you think it lived up to its hype?
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