Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

4.5 Matthias is my favorite stars!

Six

Six of Crows follows the Dregs (a gang) on a journey to rob the only place that has never been robbed.  You do not have to read the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo to read Six of Crows!  I really enjoyed this book, the only negative I have at all is that it started a little slow.  Which I now understand was how she set up the characters for the whole book. Thank goodness this is a duology because man that ending…

I’m not even sure which character to start with so sorry if I ramble because I loved them all.  Let’s start with Kaz… He is so damaged I don’t even know where to begin.  Kaz has had a rough time of it he lost someone dear to him young and has vowed to get revenge on who caused the death.  Kaz is so young yet so wise, he leads the Dregs.  Kaz is a mob boss at 17!! for the love of pete all of these characters are so young and sooo smart!! Kaz needs a team to break into the Ice Court to steal something, except that something turns into someone.

Kaz of course picks wraith first who’s real name is Inej.  She has learned so many secrets for Kaz. She is also nicknamed the wraith because she comes in silently and deadly.  Her background is also awful… she was stolen and made into a slave.  Then she was to pay of her indenture.  However Kaz comes in and offers to buy her indenture if she will work for him.  After this these two seem to have  a weird special bond.  Inej was an acrobat and can scaled buildings without rope, and do things that no one else would even try.  Unfortunately she tortures herself a lot, she does a lot of penance for the acts she commits. Inej may be my favorite female character in this book.  Her determination and grit to get what needs done, done.  Then how she repents for her many acts… she is an unbelievably well crafted character.

Matthias character reminds me so much of Beast from Beauty and the Beast.  He is a witch hunter, the witches are the Grisha.  Matthias was raised thinking the Grisha are all horrible killers.  However he slowly learns that there are two sides to every story.  I loved his and Nina’s backstory.  How they saved one another then she may or may not have condemned him in the worst prison.  Matthias seems like such a hard character but he has so many moments in this book where his real nurturing side comes out.  He’s so conflicted about backstabbing his own people that I actually wasn’t sure which direction his character was going to take.

Nina, Jesper, and Wylan are three characters that I really want to get to know more.  You get bits and pieces of them through here but I feel maybe the book was more focused on Kaz, Inej and Matthias.  Or maybe it seemed that way because I enjoyed those characters so much.

If you want perfectly flawed characters with amazing backstories I would highly recommend this book.  Once you get into it you definitely do not want to put it down.

Goodreads link here.

book blurb..

Hardcover, 465 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company (first published July 28th 2015)
Original Title Six of Crows
ISBN 1627792120 (ISBN13: 9781627792127)

 

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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