Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published by: Henry Holt and Company
Publication date: 29th September 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction, Action, Magic
Synopsis: 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.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I couldn’t have written a better synopsis than this. There are truly no words for this incredible story. The world building was magnificent-each city/town has its own culture and dark, edgy feel to it. The writing itself is so smooth and immaculate. The diverse characters all have their own distinct personalities and flairs. And I mean, who doesn’t absolutely adore master thieves, tactical negotiators and troubled characters?
Inej and Nina are two of the strongest female characters I have ever had the pleasure to read about and I love that they were friends and didn’t see each other as competition (as so many female friendships are depicted to be). They’re both kickass females, vicious and unyielding to everything the world throws at them. So many books have a Katniss or a Tris, but how many have both?! These two ladies are definitely to be respected and admired.
Kaz’s crew live by the motto, ‘No mourners. No funerals”, which is meant to bring them good luck. Despite frequently reminding each other that they’re ‘just doing business’, you will feel their love and affection for one another on every single page. They support each other in everything they do and you as a reader will feel like you’re a part of their closely knit family from day one. This is definitely what had me falling in love with Six of Crows from the very beginning.
The day I stop loving this book will be the end of the world. I wish I could better express why this is one of my most cherished stories but I can’t. There are absolutely no faults that I can find within Six of Crows. This review isn’t really for readers. It’s for me to relive the joy I had while reading this book and maybe by seeing how speechless I am, it’ll encourage you to give it a shot.
“What doesn’t kill me better run.”
“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.”
“She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.”
“Do you have a different name for killing when you wear a uniform to do it?”
“You’ll get what’s coming to you some day, Brekker.”
“I will,” said Kaz, “if there’s any justice in the world. And we all know how likely that is.”
“Besides, she was the Wraith – the only law that applied to her was gravity, and some days she defied that, too.”