Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
This review is going to be a mess. Mostly because I only finished SIX OF CROWS last night so my brain is still in a state of
which are coincidentally the main feelings I had throughout the novel at various points. SIX OF CROWS has destroyed me because god damn amazing characters and plot and I just can’t. But I’m going to try and get my thoughts in some semblance of actual sentences because this book deserves a(nother) review.
Also before I start, to give you another measure of how awesome it is: I’m going to recommend SIX OF CROWS to my Dad. This is the highest praise a YA novel can get (because I only recommend the best stories to him. So I far have only been wrong once).
SIX OF CROWS takes the Grisha universe to a whole new level. Everything is a bigger scale, we get to see a lot more of the world and people from the different countries that weren’t explored that much in the original Grisha trilogy. There are also much higher stakes, more violence, and just more terrifying potential plot lines and consequences. It’s dark. Very dark.
The plot was phenomenal. Pretty fast paced, though it did slow down a little when they were travelling but even then my heart was being destroyed as I learnt about the pasts of all the main characters.
It was also filled with some freaking awesome plot twists. I shouted about them a lot (just ask Alise). The last half of the novel in particular had me scraping my jaw of the ground because in every chapter my mind was blown. The action that was happening, the consequences of the twists, the way the characters and their courage and abilities kept surprising me and the way they’d escape impossible situations were just djhafkdfad. I seriously did not see most of them coming.
My favourite thing about SIX OF CROWS is the characters hands down. All of them. They’re so well developed and interesting and morally ambiguous. I love every single one of them. I also find Kaz absolutely terrifying. Seriously there were sometimes I sat back in shock because I couldn’t believe what he’d done. Before starting I thought he might be a Robin Hood type character but I was so wrong. Kaz has his own reasons for everything he does, and they’re not necessarily good or lawful.
The one thing that destroyed me the most in SIX OF CROWS was the character relationships. They all broke my heart in various ways. So many shippable moments and also just as many moments that make you feel incredible pain. Nina and Matthias were the best at causing pain, curse those two beautiful people with their complicated history.
If I had to be picky and complain about one thing, it was that the ending was so abrupt! It did not end where I expected or wanted it too. My brain was so sure that there was another 50 pages but NOPE the acknowledgements filled me. But in hindsight that was a pretty good place to end the novel, with a final massive plot twist or two that leaves you screaming for CROOKED KINGDOM as you try to battle your shock at what just happened.
SIX OF CROWS was my final read of 2015 and I’m so glad I decided to end the year with this phenomenal book. With complex characters that will cause you a great deal of emotional trauma, a massive diverse world, and a suspenseful plot that will shock you over and over again, SIX OF CROWS is the perfect read for any fantasy fan. I cannot wait to reread it.