This book has ruined me. I loved it so much that I’m beginning this review at 1am because I just can’t sleep after finishing it. This book came out September 29, 2015, and is by Leigh Bardugo (whom I love very very much). The book is told from 5 different POV’s but they are told so that it does not get confusing. This book is going to be the reason I fall asleep in class tomorrow, and I’m totally okay with that. I read the Grisha trilogy by Leigh and I absolutely loved it so when I had the chance to buy this gorgeous book, I took it. The hardcover is absolutely beautiful and I should probably stop talking about how pretty this book is and get into the summary and review.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
There are few books that I have read that don’t allow me to sleep. I love reading books like that. They are able to keep me so wrapped up in the story that I don’t know what is going on, or what time it is. Six of Crows did a fantastic job of keeping me invested in the story and in the characters. I fell in love with all the characters. They were amazing and I honestly want the 2nd book right now because I miss them already.
I guess there are spoilers in the next paragraphs, but it’s nothing major. Just the six character names, their personalities and basic plot information.
There isn’t really a main character in this book but for me, Inej stood out as the main character. I loved her character so deeply that every time it would be her chapter (her POV) I would perk up a little bit more because I loved reading what she had to say about the situation they were in. She is the more rational and unemotional character in the book. Not in a bad way though, it’s just who she is. She is a strong female heroine who, even though she comes from a rough past, is still fighting. She could have given up but she didn’t and I guess that’s why I love her so much. I honestly have nothing bad to say about her, besides the fact that I wish she had gotten with you know who. *wink, wink*
Then there’s Kaz, whom I didn’t hate but grew frustrated with. He’s an incredibly complex character that has a lot going on in his head. I loved his character, I basically loved all the characters. They’re all well developed and have varying personalities that make the book worth reading. Kaz doesn’t trust a lot of people, almost no one to be exact, but he trusts Inej to do what needs to be done to complete a job. That’s a good part of the reason what happens on the big heist happens.
Nina is the other female protagonist in this book and to be honest I wasn’t completely sure how I felt about her until I had read her POV a few times. Nina is a badass heroine, much like Inej is, and she does a lot more than she thinks she is capable of. She risks a lot to help out Kaz and his team of street thugs and thieves. Nina grows as a character throughout the book and while I liked her, in the beginning, I absolutely loved her in the end.
Matthias is a Drüskelle, someone who hunts Grisha for trial and execution at the Ice Court. He is introduced as a prisoner at Hellgate where he was thrown when Nina accused him of being a slave trader. Being in the prison made him hateful, cold, and unforgiving, and the only reason he wanted to stay alive was to seek revenge on the person who betrayed him. Throughout the book, he transforms from a hardened man filled with hate to a powerful character who helps the Dregs (Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper and Waylan) complete their most important mission. I loved his transformation from a rude character to a kind one.
Jesper and Waylan are the other two male characters that are in Six of Crows. I would write them each a paragraph but I don’t want this to end up being longer than it already is because let’s be honest, it’s incredibly long. They are both great characters and are incredibly important to the plot of the story.
I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an incredible story about a group of misfits who embark on an incredibly terrifying and dangerous mission. The magical aspects of the book are done perfectly and anyone that wants to read a book based around magic should defiantly give this book a shot.