Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

I’m writing this in the aftermath of reading Crooked Kingdom, having devoured both books in only a few days. And while this review is only on SoC, I would just like to say that the sequel is just as good… maybe better (I haven’t made up my mind, I’m still in shock and in the wants to hug the book and protect the characters stage)

There are so many things I love about Six of Crows.

It’s fantasy, which is always a huge plus, its huge which is an even better plus, and though there are small (tiny) romances throughout, the romance is only a bare fraction of what the book is about- which is the best plus (don’t get me wrong, I love romance- but there are some fantasy books that don’t need it- or don’t need it at the forefront.

Leigh is an incredible writer. She weaves her stories around so well that the reader is always one step behind- we think we know what will happen, and the the opposite does. Enemies are written as friends and betrayals are written as saves, and she teaches you to expect nothing less that the impossible and the unexpected.

And the characters- Oh my god each and every one of the  main six characters are flawed and funny and broken and brilliant. I think that is what makes you care about them so much- even Kaz, who is fairly ruthless and most of the time, seemingly heartless. Each of the six has their back story explored (some of them moreso in Crooked Kingdom) which, while not justifying actions, makes you understand them.

Their friendships and relationships are amazing as well. The girls do not fight each other over anything (no, not even boys), and actually help and support each other (The fact this seems to be such a rare thing in fiction makes me sad). And the romantic relationships are built on a foundation of the friendships and trust that is already there- and each romance is something that builds over both books, and each romance is not even about the kissing and making out- its about who the characters are to each other. Their actions and words and minds.

And then the storyline- this group of six teens who set out to break into a prison that is famous for not having escapees. Things go wrong, some of them get injured, some of them (surprisingly) manage not to kill the others. It’s funny and adventurous, insane and brilliant,

It’s funny and adventurous, insane and brilliant, and having now finished both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I can say it is one of the best series I have ever read.

five stars

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