Rating – 5/5
“Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist: break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached), retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world), survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it). Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.”
Oh my goodness, I am in awe at this masterpiece. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book as it really didn’t seem like the kind of story I would be interested in but I’d seen and heard so many positive reviews that I decided to give it a chance and I am so glad I did. This book was incredible from start to finish. It was filled with suspense that kept me on my toes and I was constantly surprised from beginning to end – I never knew what was coming!
The story is written in third person but each chapter is from the point of view of one of the six main characters; Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. I loved every single one of the characters – there was never a chapter where I though “oh I don’t want to read this because I hate this character.” Each character was complex and we learned so much about them. I think my favourite character is Jesper but this may change as Six of Crows is the first book in a duology and I am about to start the second book, Crooked Kingdom, and as I love of the characters equally, my favourite is likely to change. This book is wonderfully diverse which also makes it incredibly special.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I can’t wait to see what happens in Crooked Kingdom. I’m also really excited to read more of Leigh Bardugo’s work as I am really intrigued by the Grisha world she has created and I love her writing style. If you love fantasy, you will love this book!