Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt & Complany
Source: The library.
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Goodreads Summary: 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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
You don't have to read Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy to enjoy her wonderful spin-off novel, Six of Crows. Six of Crows is said to take place two years after Ruin and Rising in a whole different country, but is still set in the Grisha world. I want to emphasize that you don't have to read the other series to read this one. However, if you have read the other series you will enjoy all the little Easter eggs nestled into this book for the fans.
For everyone that claims Six of Crows is like a grittier Ocean's 11, they are absolutely correct in the most wonderful way. I honestly don't even know where to begin singing my praises of this wonderful novel. Let's just start with the characters.
We get not one, not two, but six wonderfully complex, slightly crazy, damaged, always interesting, and certainly unique main characters. Although the leader of the crew, Kaz, is definitely my favorite. He rose up to become the best of the best in the shady world of Ketterdam. I couldn't help but fall a little in love with this heart-breaking criminal. Even though he is my favorite, all six of these daring characters stole my heart. This was one of those times when I cheered on the criminals (although they are more complex than that label) and hoped they would get away.
Six of Crows was thrilling. I was never bored. I was always captivated. It was full of action, and wonderful, lovely, and sometimes horrendous surprises. I couldn't have asked for anything more. The writing was perfect with an even mix of dark, grit, laughter, smiles, and fun. I would love to join Kaz's team, and I will be for book two.