Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Published September 29, 2015 by Henry Holt & Company
Genres Young Adult, Magic, Fantasy
Ketterdam is a bustling hub of international trade and 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 know as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums and 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.
First things first, if you are going to buy this book, please buy the hardcover edition because it is so beautiful. The cover is amazing and the black edged pages, beautiful. I really liked this book; I was a little weary in the beginning because the first few chapters seemed a bit slow to me, but then the story really picked up. The book is told from 6 different perspectives; Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Matthias and Wylan. As mentioned above, Kaz is the thief, Inej is the Wraith, Nina is the Heartrender, Jesper is the sharpshooter, Matthias is the convict and Wylan is the runaway with a privileged past. The chapters alternate between all of the character’s perspectives, which I felt really gave the story a well-rounded feeling. I felt like I got to experience things from many different perspectives. We follow the characters as they take on a seemingly impossible heist, not only for the money, but also to save their country. Throughout these chapters, the characters also explain their back story buy flashing back to the past. I felt like we really got to know all of the characters, which can be difficult. The world building is also quite fantastic; I could see the streets of Ketterdam laid out easily. I did get slightly confused about the technology in the book, as there are no cars, but then there are tanks? That is really my only complaint about the book. I felt that it had the right amount of adventure, action and magic and the story flows very smoothly.
This was an entirely different type of YA fantasy book (at least for me). I felt that not only were all of the characters portrayed as strong even with some negative circumstances, but I loved Nina and Inej. There are both such a strong, independent female characters and although there are love interests, they are certainly not the focus of either of these ladies attention, which is nice to see once in a while. I really liked all of the characters in this book which is rare for me. Usually there is at least one character whose perspective doesn’t interest me that much.
This is the first book I have read by Leigh Bardugo and I look forward to reading more in the future. I am glad I waited to read this, as I don’t really like to wait for sequels very long and have already pre-ordered Crooked Kingdom which is the sequel to Six of Crows and will be released in September. Again, buy the hardcover if you are going to buy it, this one has red edged pages. I also have the Shadow and Bone series which I also plan to read in the near future. Happy reading!