4 out of 5, I was super impressed!
- Found Family
- Dark Pasts
Wow oh wow! This was my first dive into Leigh Bardugo & I was totally blown away. I picked it up at the bookshop because #bookstagram was crazy obsessed with it & I needed to know what the fuss was all about. YA is not normally my genre – some of my most hated tropes are the ones most used in young adult fiction. BUT I was pleasantly surprised with Six of Crows.
Kaz Brekker is offered the opportunity of a lifetime when he is needed to pull off an almost impossible heist, but he needs a killer team to pull it off. Not only is Kaz a fantastically complicated & interesting main character but his crack team that soon become more of a found family (one of my favourite tropes) are all so versatile, wild & wonderful.
Kaz Brekker is a mysterious, cold & calculating gang leader – at least that’s his reputation. The novel is told through all of the team’s POVs which is a great way of getting to know the characters personality’s inside & out. We get to see them through their friend’s eyes as well as their own inner thoughts. They’re a really interesting bunch – Inej, Jesper, Nina, Wylan & Matthias really round out Kaz’s team of criminals, with witty banter, arguments, challenging backgrounds & incredible skills. Their mission takes them away from Ketterdam overseas to the wintery north to complete their death-defying heist. It’s full of dangerous tasks, risky interactions & just when you think it’s all done & safe, you’re thrown off kilter again.
Six of Crows is full of twists & turns, one crazy task after another, with a bunch of misfits that you can’t help but love. Jesper is a sharpshooter with a gambling addiction. Inej climbs walls like a cat, silent & agile. Wylan is a crazy smart bomb builder with a soft side. Nina is a powerful grisha who just wants to make things right, & Matthias is a warrior with an ethics war raging inside him.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Six of Crows it was a wonderful change of pace to the typical fantasy that I read. I cannot wait to dive into Crooked Kingdom before exploring more of Leigh Bardugo’s work. Did you enjoy Six of Crows? Is it on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments!