Holy crap! Where should I start with this review? I don’t know if I have the words to tell you how much I enjoyed the reading of Six of Crows. I fell in love with all the characters and the world building. The story is delivered in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Macmillan on September 29th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Hardcover provided by My Wallet (purchased)
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.
In this world we find regular humans and Grisha. The major problem in this story is that someone has devised a drug that makes the (magical) Grisha 100x more powerful. The trouble is that once a Grisha takes the drug, they are completely hooked and well on their way to dying. The drug could make a whole army of Grisha slaves, and the owner of that army the most powerful in the world. The object is to rescue the drug maker from prison. The stakes are high, but the reward will set the gang for life. Now they just need to get along and trust each other enough to pull it off.
Okay, so we all get that this book is about a heist. The heist has low odds for success, but the price is right. In this story we see six outcasts come together and do the impossible. I have to point out that I have not read any of the Grisha Series, so if there were references to that world, I didn’t get them at all. Despite my ignorance, I had no trouble getting into this story and this world.
Kaz Brekker– criminal master mind, the leader of the gang, the guy with the plan.
Inej– the “wraith”, an acrobat in her former life, excellent pick pocket, stealer of secrets
Jasper– gambler, sharp-shooter, has a few secrets himself
Nina– Grisha who can kill without touching, sassy, charming, former slave
Matthias– former Gruskelle warrior
Wylan– rich man’s son, bomb-maker, smarter than he looks
We get 5 (third person) POVs in this story (everyone but Wylan). As crazy as it sounds, I had no trouble following this story. Each character who gets a turn has a good reason for telling their part of the tale. We get so much from the characters in this book. I fell in love with all of them. We get so much of the characters backstories, it is hard not to understand how they ended up on the wrong side of the law. They are all wonderfully flawed and completely lovable. There was no boring info dumping in order for us to get their back story either. Everything was given to the reader at just the right time, and just the proper amount.
With the range of personalities in this story, there are bound to be conflicts. With the motivation being so much money, they get along enough to not kill each other. Inevitably I some shipping of certain couples in this story. Unfortunately, they have to overcome major issues for them to set sail. The only great thing I can say about the slight romance glimpses in this story is that there is a sequel, so I can still hold out hope.
The pacing is so perfect in this story. I felt so much angst in the reading of this book. After initially getting to know the cast, they join together and head off on their heist. The whole group spends a lot of time in peril. They are really putting their freedom on the line to break into a prison and free someone. We don’t get to know much of the plan. As Kaz is telling people what to do, we are in the dark as much as the are. When the plan does come together, it is magical.
The World Building:
I could clearly see this locations for this book. Ketterdam has basically become a place I want to visit if I get a Genie to grant me a wish. It is basically a slum with a bunch of gangs but it also has a great nightlife which includes brothels and gambling dens. I would love to walk those streets, even if it cost me my wallet. We don’t stay in Ketterdam for this whole story though. No we go by ship to a place called The Ice Court where this heist takes place. The journey is full of danger.
The author has dreamed up a whole world for the reader to discover. The clothes, customs, and languages are all pure imagination. I couldn’t be happier with the descriptive details given in this book. There are regular people with stealth and wit. There is also so much magic in this world. Unlike other fantasy stories, there are also regular people without magic. The magic has certain rules and is easy enough for me to wrap my head around.
I couldn’t have liked this story more. This book met and exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait for the sequel (this is the first of a duology). I highly recommend this story to YA Fantasy fans!