After months and months of waiting for this book to be a little more affordable in South Africa, I finally managed to get myself a copy for a good price at Raru.co.za last month. After lots of “oohing”, “aahing” and “my preciousss-ing” once I held the paperback in my own two hands, I eventually got around to actually reading it. I’ll admit it took me longer than usual to get through this one, but that in no way means I didn’t enjoy it, because I really, really did.
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.
As stated in the synopsis, Six of Crows follows the stories of 6 young criminals who are about to take on an impossible heist. Think Ocean’s Eleven or Armageddon but with a dark fantasy twist…
Each chapter is told by a different character, and I’ve never read a book with so many voices that were absolutely unique. It felt as if each perspective was written by a whole other person, which was incredible because normally with these kinds of books the characters tend to sound all the same in my head. To me, this was so flawlessly achieved through the long chapters that provides a ton of detail about each character, allowing the reader to form an idea of the individual personalities involved. The characters were so different and dynamic, almost complicated, each of them fighting their own personal battle that the other has no clue about. I also appreciated that Leigh Bardugo (love her name!!) gave more than enough back story for each of the six, so I had no difficulty connecting to them – which in itself is some darn good writing.
Since I haven’t read the original Grisha trilogy, I was a bit hesitant to read this one because I thought it would be difficult for me to understand the world of the Grisha. But honestly my qualms were not warranted because I had no problem reading Six of Crows. I won’t go as far as saying that it is an ‘easy’ read, because it wasn’t. And due to the author providing so much detail, the reader needs to be focused while reading this one because it can be easy to miss something if you’re not paying attention.
Apart from the sheer unpredictability of this book – which I absolutely loved – I really enjoyed the tone of the book too. The story is filled with suspense and I always had the feeling that I need to look over my shoulder, thanks to the murdery vibes rolling off each character all through the book. It was also filled with blood and gore, and it is not at all for the faint hearted. There were a few scenes that made me want to close my eyes and ears so that I can avoid what I knew was about to come. But this added to the darker side of things and it was necessary so that the reader could take the characters more seriously.
As with any fantasy novel, one comes to expect a bit of romance to be woven into the plot. I don’t want to give anything away but I really enjoyed how Leigh Bardugo (her name though!!) kept the romance(s?) in the background instead of making it the main story, although I suspect this will reach the inevitable tipping point in book two. But here’s the thing though: even without the romance and funny business we tend to crave these days, the book still managed to give off fire and passion that never seized to hold my interest – awesome writing techniques over here, folks!
Since this book is part of a series, I was expecting a cliffhanger. But I loved that it was more of a build up for the next book and not really something that was left unfinished. I also enjoy that it is a proper set up for the next book, and not something unnecessary that could be resolved in a few short chapters.
As you can tell by now, I loved this book, which is why it shouldn’t surprise you that I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. The writing was brilliant, the characters were awesome and the world we dwelled in for those 490 pages made it well worth the read – and the wait.
Have you read Six of Crows or the original Grisha trilogy? What did you think of it? And after reading this review would you give it a try? Hit me in the comments section, yo!