Started: December 25, 2016
Finished: January 18, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
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.
My first book of 2017 did not disappoint!
I’ve been looking forward to reading Six of Crows since it came out, but I never got around to actually buying it and reading it. When Crooked Kingdom came out and they released a box set, I asked for it for Christmas and my mom got it for me. So here we are!
I’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo novel before, so it took me a while to get acclimated with her world and world of the Grisha. It took me a few chapters to actually figure out what a Grisha is, but if I had read the Grisha trilogy, I would have known right off the bat, so that wasn’t really a weakness on Leigh Bardugo’s part.
The world-building of this novel was incredible. Never before had I been so completely sucked in by a fictional world. Ketterdam felt like a real place to me, and everywhere they talked about in the book felt real. I loved that there was a map at the front of the book for reference (and because I just love maps).
I feel like if I had read the Grisha trilogy before this, things would have made more sense, but this book can absolutely be read and understood if you’re like me and have no real desire to read the Grisha trilogy.
Another great thing that I loved about this book was the characters. Every character in this novel was great. I’ll get to my favorite in a minute because I’ll have to devote a paragraph to him. But other than my favorite, I found myself drawn to every character in this novel. I wanted to know more about everyone, especially Inej and Wylan. They were all so complex and well-written and dynamic that I can’t find fault with any of them.
Now let’s get to what you guys know is coming if you’ve read any of the reviews where I fell in love with a character: the favorite character paragraph.
I fell in love with Kaz Brekker.
From the very first time he spoke, I was irrevocably in love with him. His character was so mysterious, and complex that I was just constantly craving more. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I know so much about him, but I feel like nothing will ever be enough to satisfy the need to know more about Kaz Brekker. And the way that Leigh writes him, it’s as if the more you know about him, the less you feel like you know because of his mysterious nature. I loved his backstory, I loved this air of mystery, I loved the constant misdirection so that Leigh could slip little tidbits through with her storytelling. I just love Kaz Brekker a lot.
Overall, Six of Crows lived up to the hype. It proved itself to be everything I thought it was going to be, and I can’t wait to finish Crooked Kingdom.
NEXT READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo/Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie