Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
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.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very different than my usual reads lately, which was nice for a change! I feel like I’m getting more into the Fantasy YA genre right now, and I don’t hate it. I really enjoyed the characters Bardugo put together. I liked how they each had their own background, their own story to tell, something that made them all so uniquely different, all of them had something they have had to overcome, or are overcoming.
What I found odd was how young the characters were in the novel. The way the culture seemed to be and the way civilization seemed to be was started so young for people. I really liked the different people and the areas, the setting of the story really threw me, like a mix of old and new. I enjoyed how Bardugo was really building the characters and the worlds together to combine everything.
I really wanted to get into each character more. Obviously, we will see that moving on, and apparently the setting is from another series the author has, which makes me want to read her novels. At times, I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but that could just be me leaving and coming back to the story and not picking up on clues and things.
I also would’ve liked to get more into the backgrounds of certain magical elements of the novel, but I’m hoping this happens as the series progresses.
The squad is definitely different and so unlike what you would expect, but at the same time, is exactly what you expect in a way. It’s so hard not to go into detail about certain elements without giving it away. I’m really excited for what is to come next with the series, and will definitely be checking out the ‘sister series’ world of Bardugo’s novels.
Basically this novel: sly magic, friendships/loyalties tested, gangs, new worlds, and heists.
Overall, I give this novel a 4.5/5.
Please note, all opinions are my own.