I don’t know about you but I am digging Fantasy books these days…
They contain every single genre that I like and come packed with thrill, conspiracies, action, romance, friendship, betrayal, loyalty and a kick-ass magic system!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was recommended to me by Ridhi (a really good friend of mine) who always gives the best book recommendations and was part of my Exploring Bookshelves series as well.
Read her interview it if you haven’t already. It is wonderful!
I am already looking at different tabs on my browser to calculate the quickest delivery option to order the sequel of this book, because I honestly need to know what happens next!
But onto the review before I spill paragraphs upon paragraphs of how amazing this book is!
Set in the fictional city of Ketterdam in Kerch, Kaz Brekker is a ruthless gang leader who goes by other names including monster, Dirtyhands, Devil and more. But despite the rumors he isn’t as powerful as the Grisha who can manipulate matter and science, and are hunted ferociously by members of the Fjerdans.
“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
However, one day a Kerch Councilman approaches him to pull off an impossible heist to rescue a Grisha Scientist who has made a formula called Jurda Parem that can increase the power of any Grisha, tenfold!
“The easiest way to steal a man’s wallet is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch. You take his attention and direct it where you want it to go.”
But the only problem is, the scientist is held in the impenetrable walls of the Ice Court.
Since Kaz, only works for money and uses greed as a leverage he strikes a deal for 30 million kruges and sets on forming a crew to pull off this death wish disguised as a job.
“If it were a trick, I’d promise you safety. I’d offer you happiness. I don’t know if that exists in the Barrel, but you’ll find none of it with me.”
He has Inej; the Wraith, the spy, the trump card, who basically walks through the night and crawls walls like a spider, but was kidnapped and sold to a brothel.
Then comes, Nina a Grisha Corporalki/Heartrender who literally is beauty with brains but has been stuck all this time in Kerch due to a certain guilt she has.
“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
Followed by Jesper, who has stuck himself in a mountain of debt due to his addiction for gambling, but has a perfect aim and a secret attribute that the rest of the crew aren’t aware of.
“I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.”
The last two members of the crew are Matthias and Wylan. One is a Grisha hunter and is stuck in prison for being caught for slavery and the other is a boy born in privilege but runs away from his fortune and father for unknown reasons.
“Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.”
Also, might I add they are freaking TEENAGERS! Planning the biggest and most impossible heist for millions of Kruge and a personal revenge.
“You love trickery.”
“I love puzzles. Trickery is just my native tongue.”
Alright, I’ll be keeping it straight with you and comparing the book a lot to the Mistborn trilogy.
This is such a fast-paced fantasy novel where, power, deception, greed and ambush ooze out of each chapter. There are so many twists and turns and surprises, that you’re literally on the edge the entire time.
However, there is one thing that put me off a bit and that was the magic system.
It was a it hard for me to understand the Grishas and what they basically do. Since, the GrishaVerse (universe in which this duo logy exists) has other books where it may be better explained, I guess the author just assumed that the readers will know what she is talking about.
Not to say, that you’re totally kept in the dark but overall, it was a bit difficult for me to keep up as compared to the Mistborn trilogy where Brandon Sanderson literally reminded you of the magic system EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Coming back to Six of Crows, the characters are fascinating and diverse. They’re flawed, scared, courageous, risk takers, cynics, skeptics and more, and I am all for it.
Kaz literally reminds me of Tommy from Peaky Blinders and if the movie ever comes out, Cilian Murphy deserves the part!
Moreover, there was a clear inspiration with the language and the place setting with Dutch and Amsterdam, respectively.
Ketterdam is literally Amsterdam, just more dark and with tons of canals.
When I figured this out, it made my heart swell cause I spent 6 years in Holland and the fact that I understood all those things she mentioned, reminded me of my childhood I spent there.
Well, if I haven’t sold you already, what are you doing? Go on, hop on this bandwagon!
You can buy the same copy as mine here through book depository.
You’re not gonna regret it! Scout’s honor *raises hand*
Onto the basics:
- Rating: 4.5/5.0
- Favorite quote: “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
- Reader level: In between hard and easy.
- Should you read: Definitely!!
- Would I read it again: Oh, absolutely.
Till next time,