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.
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*takes deep breath*
I didn’t love SHADOW & BONE. I know I’m the black sheep here (in a freaking HOARD of white sheep), and I’m currently working on falling in love with it, but even though I loved the world and the characters, I could never get into the plot, and have not finished it to this day. It was confusing and felt disorganized.
But SIX OF CROWS.
This book is amazing, and it deserves every last word of praise that it has gotten–and more. Everything I loved about SHADOW AND BONE came back in a way that was easy to understand, well-paced and interesting. From the very start, I was sucked into the story and the magic. And as many YA authors have proven, heist stories are hard to pull off. They’re interesting, but seldom well-executed and often times pretty straightforward even though they try to be complicated.
But SIX OF CROWS did it perfectly. It doesn’t go to the heist right away, but rather talks about the backstories behind every character so that we get to understand them a little bit, and then all the characters come together. They’ve all got their strengths and weaknesses, and none of them trust each other completely. Bardugo did an amazing job of portraying each character’s thoughts and feelings without mixing up the point of views and each character felt like his or her own person.
All I can add is that this is a must-read for any fantasy fan, and ESPECIALLY for YA fantasy fans. The twists and the turns of this book kept me occupied the entire time, and I can only hope to write like this someday. This is the last book before my best books of my 2015 post, and of all the fantasies of this past year, SIX OF CROWS stands alone.
PLEASE LET THE NEXT BOOK BE AT BEA.
pg count for the hardback: 465
Series: Six of Crows #1