Title & Series: SIX OF CROWS (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
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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.
NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Gorgeous writing, interesting and intriguing characters, an epic and harrowing and breathtaking adventure, and a richly detailed, fascinating and imaginative world are just some of the things that make Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS a riveting and unputdownable story. Its alternating points of view allow readers to get to know each of its main characters – Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper and Matthias. Its twists and turns will keep them guessing. Its dangerous mission will put them on edge. And its scheming mastermind of a leader will leave them wondering whether he just might pull off the impossible.
Kaz Brekker has been looking forward to the day where he can finally exact his revenge against the man he blames for his brother’s death. After years of waiting, planning, biding his time, the end is almost in sight. He just needs to pull off one more job. A theft that will be the biggest, riskiest, most dangerous, least likely to be successful he’s ever attempted.
Just making the deal puts him and his crew in danger. He’ll be lucky if they all survive long enough to make it out of Ketterdam. Succeeding at breaking into the impenetrable Fjerdan Ice Court and escaping alive is a feat that even the invincible Dirtyhands may not be able to accomplish.
But with the six-member crew he put together and his well-thought-out plan he’ll have the best chance possible to beat his rivals, achieve the unachievable, and destroy his enemy once and for all.
Leigh Bardugo created a story, world and characters that are completely captivating and all-consuming. The world is elaborate and exquisitely crafted. It will instantly ensnare readers and ensure they will never want to leave. The different personalities, abilities, motivations and backgrounds of each of the characters make them likable, appealing, compelling. The plot is danger- and tension-filled, delivers the unexpected, reveals secrets, offers up insurmountable obstacles, and promises to be exciting and nerve-wracking and surprising.
The author incorporates a number of thought-provoking issues in her story – slavery, morality, humanity, hypocrisy, greed, vengeance, compassion, cruelty, fear, trust. And she does so in a way that they become an integral part of the story and don’t feel like add-ons.
SIX OF CROWS is stunning and lush and complex and astounding. And with a daring and treacherous heist, extraordinary feats of strength, courage and bravery, a skilled crew of cunning and clever thieves, deceivers, schemers, a heavily guarded fortress, a heartbreaking sacrifice, a double-cross, and the promise of even more to come, it is a read that is guaranteed to be indescribably awesome.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
About Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.