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Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 512 (paperback)
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Square Fish
Website: Leigh Bardugo official website
Six of Crows on Goodreads
Leigh Bardugo Amazon author page
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“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.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
Character: Inej – The Wraith
“She was somewhere near the right of him, moving without a sound. He’d heard other members of the gang say she moved like a cat, but he suspected cats would sit attentively at her feet to learn her methods.”
She is a badass knife-wielding ninja. The wraith is this small, fragile looking girl on the outside, but a tough warrior on the inside. She struggles with her past and must mentally overcome this every day – I mean the whole crew has their demons, but I can relate with Inej. Kaz unleashed a fierce warrior with this one.
I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed Six of Crows until it was over and I wanted to keep reading into the next story (Book 2 – Crooked Kingdom is scheduled to release 9/27/16). Admittedly, I wasn’t “sucked in” to the hype that everyone seemed to have about this book until the last few chapters. The first half (maybe a little more?) of the book I felt as if I was just learning background stories of the characters and not much real-time story was happening. Don’t get me wrong, it was neat to see why certain characters act the way they do and how they came to be, but I was craving more action, more progression. Finally, the last half of the book answered what I was asking for. Characters really started developing and Bardugo even throws in a few twists that caught me by surprise! In the end, this crew of 6 misfits stole my heart with their eclectic personalities somehow odd, but working, friendships. No mourners. No funerals. Uggggh Crooked Kingdom, can you come any faster??
On another note, I normally am not a fan of books that switch between different character’s perspectives every chapter as I feel it tends to take away from the story; however, Leigh Bardugo really does a fantastic job of incorporating this into Six of Crows. Each chapter is written by a different member of the crew, but is done in such a way that the story is still seamless. The flow is still present and even though each character has their own personality and voice, the author’s tone is still there, which makes for an easy transition from chapter to chapter. So, if you’re like me and normally shy away from books with changing perspectives, don’t let this one fool you – give it a shot.
Yes – stick through it to the end and you will not be disappointed.