(Six Of Crows, #1)
Published: September 29 2015
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.
If there's anything I want you to gather after reading this review, it is that this book deserves every ounce of hype it's been getting, because it completely BLEW MY MIND!!!
We follow a group of teenagers, some with more criminal experience than others, who venture on this nearly impossible heist for a grand prize. If that doesn't intrigue you, I honestly don't know what will. The plot and events of this book were so intricate and detailed, woven together so meticulously that you can't help but wonder how much thought Leigh Bardugo had to put into everything and how much effort it must've taken to perfect all the factors and how they connect together. It was truly a puzzle, filled with just the right amount betrayal and suspense. Throughout this whole novel, the possibilities of there being traitors or pretenders to screw up the whole plan kept running through my mind, and it's safe to say you are kept on edge when you read this book. For once, I was actually not sure if the good guys would, in the end, prevail.
What really sets this book apart from others like it is the diversity and likability of the characters. Usually, in novels, I have a set of characters that I separate from the rest as my favorites, but with this one, I actually enjoyed each and every one of them, for the most part. I do have to say, though, Inej and Kaz amused me a little more significantly. I found them really hilarious and mysterious, since their pasts are so interesting and dark. Reading about the histories of people so equally different from one another was quite entertaining. The group, as a whole, communicated very well, and you could see how, although everyone was quite young, their minds put together created a lethal combination. It was fantastic to read about.
I greatly enjoyed the writing style in this novel, since it held a bit of a more formal tone while still managing to be playful at times and tense in others. I think the formality came with the world and the variety of cultures, but it made the flow of the novel much more put together, which I liked. The descriptions Leigh provided of the settings made it easy to place yourself into this detailed world, considering it had scenes you don't see very often, if at all. I also love the map in this book, which I know is nothing new, but it added to my level of enjoyment. Overall, a greatly written book.
I would recommend this to anyone who has read and enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, Percy Jackson, the Legend Trilogy, or Sarah J. Maas'v novels. While reading it, I felt it give off a similar vibe to these suggestions. I already know it's making my favorites of the year, and I highly recommend everyone to give it a go! :)