Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I am so behind yet again! I’m reading books and then I’m forgetting to review them… I have the app on my phone too!

Anyway here is me catching up. I am sorry.

Six-of-Crows

Blurb:

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.

Wow wow wow wow wow!

This book ruled. It was amazing and yeah I’ll get to all that later haha.

Six of Crows is about a band of outcasts who live their life in the streets.

Kaz is the leader of Dregs, a group of violent people who do unsavoury tasks in Ketterdam. When Kaz is given an opportunity to make a lot of money by breaking out a hostage from the Ice Court he soon says yes.

He then must assemble his team. A team that may not look notorious but really are. Kaz enlists the help of Inej and Jesper from the Dregs, Nina, who works in the pleasure house but is a Grisha, Matthias, the guy Nina put in jail and really wants to kill her and Wylan, the son of the Van Eck, who knows his way around a map and knows a lot about everything.

Doesn’t sound like a group of dangerous people but trust me. They are.

When they are all together its a hard task to stop them, mainly Matthias and Nina, from killing each other but they soon band together and join forces.

But can they break into the notorious Ice Court and can they survive it once they do get inside?

And why exactly is the hostage most sort after?

Omg this book!

Everything about it from start to finish was full of action and suspence and it kept you hanging on he end of the chapters that made you carry on reading (does that make sense? Made sense in my head haha)

This book was just as great as The Grisha trilogy and I loved those books and this one was just as amazing.

The Six of Crows is set in the world of Grisha. I don’t know how long its been since the last book or whether its set in the same time frame as the Grisha books but either way it rocks.

Kaz is brilliant. He walks with a cain as he has a messed up leg that didn’t heal properly when it broke a long time ago but he doesn’t let him get him down. He still fights on, still knows how to make a man wet himself with fear. His nickname is DirtyHands as a result of him never taking off his gloves, people have begun rumours of his hands being stained with blood. But throughout the book you get to see his past, why he doesn’t let anyone touch him and why he keeps himself to himself. Its pretty heartbreaking and I can see why he’s out for revenge and why he doesn’t like people touching his bare skin.

Kaz does have feelings for Inej. Even if he is at war with himself about it. I really want them together in the next book when he… well I can’t go on because of spoilers 😛

Inej is nicknamed the Wraith as you don’t see her coming. Trained as an acrobat by her parents before she was snatched by slave traders and sold to a house that like exatic women, Inej knows how to sneak up on someone and kill them before they even know she’s there. She is pretty kickass and she knows what she wants. She was the one who sneaked up on Kaz when he was at the party the exotic house was hosting and she told him she could be his spy. It was the one and only time Inej has ever sneaked up on him and from that moment she has been in love with Kaz. But she knows Kaz will never want anything from her and she wants him all. The man he really is, not the man he pretends he is.

Nina is a Grisha who has lived in Ketterdam in a pleasure house. I think Nina is mentioned in the Grisha Trilogy, her name sounds really familiar becasue they mention another Grisha from the army from the trilogy. So maybe it is her I’m thinking of…. Anyway I’m rambling. Nina is pretty cool herself and she knows how to flirt with a man. All except Matthias. The guy she put in jail, the guy she was trying to save and was madly in love with. She has her own agenda as to why she wants to go.

Matthias is a Fjerdian who once hunted Grisha. You get to see into Nina and Matthias’ past from both of their POV’s and you see how much they felt for each other before Nina did what she did. Matthias wants to kill Nina. That much is pretty obvious from the beginning. He’s a big man who can kill anything as is perfect for the mission. Even if he does have some doubt and guilt about breaking into the Ice Court.

Jesper is apart of the Dregs and is handy with a pair of guns. He can shoot and kill anything. He goes on this mission for the money but he’s hiding a secret from everyone accept Kaz. I do like Jesper and I have a feeling he’s a little in love with Inej too even though he flirts up a storm with Wylan. Maybe Jesper likes both teams 😉

Wylan is the son of Van Eck, the son that Van Eck doesn’t approve of. The son he got rid of and ridiculed. Wylan is quite quiet but he knows how things are made or how they can be destroyed. He’s not much of a fighter but he’s handy to have on the team. I have a feeling Wylan is gay, just by the way he reacts to Jepser’s flirting.

This book was just.. aahh… I loved it. It was action packed from start to finish. I love the world Keigh Bardugo creates and how she manages to sink you into the pages. Sometimes I’m not a fan of third person YA books but this one works. It has the POV’s of all the characters involved (all except Wylan. I’d have loved to see his POV on things… Maybe in the next book?). I love how this band of misfits come together and make a formidable force against the Fjerdians and the Ice Court and their enemies. They are insirational. The ‘cripple’ who doesn’t let his affliction get him down, the girl who was sold for pleasure but who is now feared, the Grisha who makes her own destiny, the boy who wants to make a name for himself, the boy who wants to prove something to his father and the boy who proves that past loyalties can be changed. Everyone of them has a past that gets told in the book.

The cliffhanger though at the end… Leigh I need the next book no because OH. MY. GOD!

5 out of 5 stars.

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