Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
About: 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 (taken from www.leighbardugo.com)
Kelsey’s Thoughts: I only very recently read Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy this spring, and realized what I had been missing this entire time. Six of Crows takes place in the same universe, and came out just this past fall. By some amazing twist of fate, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch party at the South Irving Library and meet Leigh Bardugo and get AWESOME fake tattoos and it was super rad. As is Six of Crows!
Bardugo’s main strength is definitely her world building. The fictional, semi-Eastern European country of Ravka feels incredibly real. The city of Ketterdam, our primary location, comes alive in Bardugo’s hands. Through the eyes of Inez in particular, you feel like you’re there. You can see the dark alleys and the creaky stair ways she frequents. You feel the cold and the wind.
However, where her locations come to life, Bardugo’s characters fall a bit flat in this one. Which is a disappointment, because she felt so connected to them in the Grisha books. I am willing to bet that taking on six separate point of view characters was probably an overwhelming investment after only having two major characters in her previous series. So…I can forgive her.
Conclusion: Definitely recommended for both fantasy and heist fans! It’s like if Ocean’s Eleven was about teens with intense super powers and also it was set in Russia. READ IT.