Friday, October 30, 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Six of Crows Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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 the slums of Ketterdam, Kaz is known as Dirtyhands, and he is well-known in the city.  This story starts off with him and his crew meeting another gang to discuss terms.  When this deal turns sour, we get a chance to see other members of his crew: Jesper the sharpshotter and Inej the Wraith.  Inej is the silent right-hand whose currency is information.  She knows everyone's dirty secrets because no one hears her coming.  And Jesper is always looking for a fight and action.  But when a job offer is brought to Kaz' attention, he finds it too good to refuse.

Kaz must pick his crew carefully to make sure no one backstabs him.  He turns to a Grisha who has connections to a convict that can help.  And the Grisha has a vested interest in this mission.  But these alliances are barely forged in trust and mainly rely on debts owed.  As the crew sets sail to break into an unbreakable city, we see how much this crew is willing to go through to finish the job and survive.

This was a good start to a new series set in the World of Grisha.  I enjoyed all of the characters and learning their backstories.  These little stories helped further the main story along.  And each chapter was from a different character's perspective and still fairly easy to follow.  We see a couple of love interests and coming-of-age things within the story.  And then it sets up for a cliffhanger to make you dying to read the next one.  Unfortunately, I have a while to wait.

For those who have never read Leigh Bardugo's books, I definitely recommend they start with Shadow and Bone.  I feel like this series is going to be a fun one, but I don't know if it'll live up to the other series.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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