Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release: July 28th 2015
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My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.
Oh My Grisha I loved this book! Okay so I decided to listen to the Six of Crows audiobook instead of actually reading it and it was the best decision I’ve ever made because I ended up loving the whole experience. This was my first audiobook so I didn’t really have anything to compare it to but even with that fact I know this was a great audiobook, the voice actors were amazing, they managed to take this great story to even greater heights.
Anyway last year I read The Grisha Trilogy and loved everything about it (except the ending of the last book which was a little disappointing because my ship didn’t sail but thats a whole other story) so I was really excited to jump into the Grishaverse once more. If you haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy I really recommend reading it before picking up Six of Crows. I know the Six of Crows story is in no way related to the Shadow and Bone story except for being in the same world but there are a lot of references you might not understand if you haven’t read the first 3 books Leigh Bardugo wrote.
Anyway lets get to the actual book. Leigh Bardugo did such an amazing work as usual! She expanded this magical world in ways I never thought possible. We get new places that are somehow even deadlier that the ones in the previous books. In these strange, deadly new lands our beloved main characters require cunning and strength to survive. Unlike the first books in Leigh’s world where only the strong survive.
I love how this story was told in multiple perspectives because each character had such a unique/strong personality and unique set of skills that set them apart from each other. The voice actors for the SoC audiobook did such an amazing job bringing these characters and their personalities to life and using different voices for the different characters was genius!
The writing is great, it pulls you in and demands your attention because you simply don’t want to miss anything. As soon as I started listening to this I could not put it down. If you haven’t read SoC, I really recommend listening to the audiobook because the story is brought to life in a really great way.
Crooked Kingdoms (Book 2 of Six of Crows) is coming out this September and I cannot wait to pick it up.
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I’m I the only one who mourned Joost?! I don’t know why I expected so much more from that character but I guess the whole scene with him had to be done to kick-start the story.
Another thing I wanted to talk about was; I know everyone’s OTP in this story is Kaz and Inej but I totally shipped Nina and Mattias from the very beginning. Listening to the audiobook, I felt like Nina was a much more compelling character and so I immediately jumped at the possibility of her having a love interest. Getting to see Nina and Mattias’s relationship unfold was so entertaining especially seeing Mattias finally embrace being a part of the group and loving Nina. Then when everything was going great Nina had to take the jurda parem and ruin the perfect happily ever after I imagined for this couple. Leigh Bardugo whyyy??!
Omg that ending! I cannot wait to see what more Kaz Brekker has up his sleeve in the next book, I’m actually scared for Van Eck after seeing the way Kaz reacted when Oomen hurt Inej. Van Eck has no idea who he just crossed.
Overall this was such a good book (totally deserving of a the hype!) Thanks for reading once again guys!