9 February 2016

Review 9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Published: September 29th 2015
465 pages

"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. "

This was the first time I plunged in the Grisha World. Yes, I haven't read The Grisha Trilogy yet, but after reading Six of Crows, I definitely will. I can say that I fell in love with the world created by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows is a beautifully written blend of magic and darkness.

Plot: The plot could have been something simple. "Six dangerous outcasts" have to accomplish a dangerous and impossible heist. However, the development of the plot is intricate and the story is full of twists and action-packed. Who doesn't enjoy a story without a slow moment? With all the twists and surprises, there was no way to guess what happens next. The novel has just a little bit of romance which flows naturally and doesn't overshadows the main plot.

Characters: The story has five voices (even though there are six outcasts): the thief Kaz, the spy Inej, the Heartrender Nina, the convict Matheus and the sharpshooter Jesper. Wylan, the runway, doesn't have a chapter with his voice, but we get to know him. It could have been confusing following five different point-of-views, but each character has its own voice; each characters has its background and stories. Every character has a little something that makes him/her special and has its purpose in the novel. However, two of them stood out for me: Kaz and Inej.

Kaz is the perfect anti-hero. He's vicious and is always plotting. Not all main characters have to be good. I loved his cunning ways and how he always had something under is sleeve. He always comes across heartless, but an inside look on his past shows how he became the Dirtyhands and you can't stop feeling sorry for him. Now, my favourite of all favourites is Inej. I don't know if it's because of her backstory or her strengths and flaws, but I simply loved her. I always felt super excited to read her chapters. She is such a strong characters after everything she went through (Inej needed a hug). And, yes, I ship Kaz and Inej... They are two hurt souls that have the opportunity to find love in each other arms.  

Six of Crows is one of my favourite readings. I am now impatiently waiting for Crooked Kingdom.   

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