09 June, 2017

#BookReview :: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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.

Kaz Brekker, a.k.a., Dirtyhands, is abducted to be offered a job. He has to break out a man from the ice court and bring him back to Kerch. It is an impossible task because the Ice Court is the most secured and heavily guarded place known to man. But since the stakes are high, the payout is high too. Thirty Million! But will Kaz be able to build a small team that is daring and inconspicuous enough to even attempt it? Moreover, even if he assembles a team, will he manage to succeed in his attempt? Or will he succumb to death if caught?

Kaz brekker is an interesting protagonist. We get a glimpse of his daring and how close he likes to play it right at the beginning. His cunning, hard work and bold moves have helped him climb up the ladder quite fast and from being a nobody on the streets of Ketterdam, he has become the leader of the Dregs. He is easy to like in the sense that even though he is given the title of a criminal mastermind, he plays his role well. The book has another few assorted characters that require special mention. First there is Inej, a.k.a., the Wraith. I love her character too. Quiet and dangerous – as Kaz at a point describes her. Then there is Jesper the sharp shooter who has quite a tongue on him. Mattias and Nina bring in their special skill sets and along with it they bring such a relationship dynamics that makes you curious about them. Wylan surprised me. The character that I want to see more of in the next book is that of Pekka Rollins and find out what Kaz has in store for him.

The author has set up a world that is simple yet interesting. The narration and language used by the author is complementary to the world setting – dainty. It is really easy to get into the story and once you start, there are enough hooks to keep you going. Did I mention that there is prison break in this book? Not once, but twice. It was fun.

I have read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy long before and this book wants me to go back and re-read them in order to enjoy the world setting. Six of Crows is a completely different series from Shadow and Bone, and one need not read Shadow and Bone Trilogy to enjoy this as the world setting in this book is complete on its own.

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