Published by Indigo on September 29th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Amazon | Book Depository | Publisher | Angus & Robertson
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The Grisha Trilogy introduced readers to the irresistible fantasy world of the Grisha - and now Leigh Bardugo brings us a new sweeping epic.
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.
Leigh Bardugo's writing has captivated readers since SHADOW AND BONE was published in 2012. SIX OF CROWS will take Leigh's fans back into the world they know and love. As gripping, sweeping and memorable as The Grisha Trilogy, this is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore and Game of Thrones.
Set in the Grisha universe where magic and science mesh upon a rich fantasy world, Six of Crows is an impossible heist story that brings together a colourful cast of unlikely criminals. From nonstop action, to fantastic dialogue and characters, to a well constructed world, Six of Crows ticks all the boxes.
Not being entirely familiar with the Grisha universe, it took me a while to get into the story. With multiple point of views, a new language and a host of different terms, I was ready to settle in after brushing up on the Grisha Wikia. I quickly fell in love with the charming characters and their witty banter with each other – lead by the stoic criminal mastermind Kaz, who struggles to show emotion.
The knowledge that they might never see each other again, that some of them – maybe all of them – might not survive this night hung heavy in the air. A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.
Kaz’s motley crew is an unlikely set of allies, all brought together by a common goal – to break into the heavily guarded Ice Court and rescue a scientist who manufactures a powerful drug to manipulate Grisha. Each character has their own motivations for helping Kaz – whether it’s money, freedom, loyalty, notoriety or hidden intentions. Along the way, the crew will encounter double crosses, infighting, dangerous magical enemies and more – every page is fast paced and full of action.
There’s more than six point of views in Six of Crows, which I didn’t have trouble following based on how different the characters were. Inej is an ex-acrobat, loyal to Kaz and his crew of Dregs, who wants to make it on her own. She’s quick on her feet and skilled at knife fighting, and totally kick ass. Nina is a heartrender, the highest class of Grisha who can deal devastating damage to people. She also enjoys her food and wants Grisha to have equal rights. Her mortal enemy is Matthias, an imprisoned soldier who hunts Grisha. They have undeniable attraction to one another shown through their antagonistic banter. There’s also Jesper, a sharp shooter with a gambling addiction and Wylan, a young stowaway and an expert in demolitions.
“Because you’re horrible. You’re loud and lewd and…treacherous. Brum warned us that Grisha could be charming.” – Matthias
“Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I have beguiled you with my Grisha wiles!” – Nina
Well written, with snappy dialogue and smart lines, I loved every one of the characters and shipped their romances so much. The romance is applied with a light hand however, with so many potential couples, Six of Crows doesn’t let that get in the way of the heist.
The world of Ravka is richly constructed, with Russian influences and a magical class system for the Grisha, feared and powerful magicians who can command magic in different ways. Six of Crows expands the world from the Shadow & Bone series, showing us different cities, languages and cultures in this world. This is a fantasy that I crave, with a world that is well developed and that just makes sense.
Now I know why Six of Crows is everyone’s favourite book of 2015! The rich fantasy world, impossible heist story, magic system and the colourful cast of characters – it was a lot to pull off, but executed perfectly. It has everything you want in a good book and a great fantasy – an exciting plot, excellent character development, perfect world building and a fast paced story filled with action.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you Hachette Australia for sending me a review copy.