Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
What is it about:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
What did I think of it:
I loved the stories in The Language of Thorns, so decided to give Six of Crows a try.
And what a cool story!
Yes, Kaz is a bit too clever and too well prepared for the things coming his way for a seventeen year old, especially when you know when he started on his life of crime. Yes, the people he works with are all surprisingly good at their chosen profession for their age as well. But as they're not rubbing it in or do stupid things that contradict their life story I could go with it. Especially as the story is really cool.
There are six main characters and the viewpoint switches between the characters. I liked some of them more than others, but none were so annoying I wanted to skip their viewpoint. My favorites were Inej - a former acrobat turned spy, and Jesper - a sharpshooter addicted to gambling. I really liked how most of them are not good guys, but people who by circumstance or by design ended up in a life of crime.
As they put their plans into action things get more and more suspenseful. Will they pull it off? I was totally rooting for them all to succeed and roll in money for the rest of their lives.
This being the first book in a duology the ending leaves you eager for the next book, so you bet I'll be getting my trotters on it soon.
Why should you read it:
It's a great YA Fantasy read
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