Author: Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 in The Dregs series
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary: 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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.
I went in to this book, as we all do with books of this magnitude, a little apprehensive. I didn’t want to hate it or find that it wasn’t nearly as good as most people were claiming, but dear god guys the hype for this book is so well deserved! It is AMAZING! This is my first Leigh book and my god did she deliver. I’m seriously going through so many withdrawals right now that I just need the second book right this instant. The beginning half of this book is a bit slower, but I liked that Leigh took so much time introducing characters. As well as adding in some flashback scenes so we got a better sense of who each character was and the motivations that drove them to agree to this crazy scheme. And man were these some amazing characters! I’m not going to go in to detail but I loved each and every one of them. Usually when reading a book with multiple POVs there’s always one or two characters you don’t connect with/don’t like/just outright hate, or there are some authors who just can’t do multiple POVs, but with these characters I found I loved each one. And I came to find, for me, while each character was written by the same author, they all had their own unique voice. It is amazing what some authors can do and I just have to applaud Leigh right now for writing such interesting, diverse characters. One’s that I miss now that I’ve finished the book and am seriously tempted to reread just so I can spend some time with them again. And let me just say this feeling has only happened to me one other time and that was with The Raven Boys.
And the world! It was fantastic. It was so beautifully developed and done that I couldn’t help but picture myself in there right alongside the characters. I didn’t want this book to end at all. For those of you that don’t know (like that’s possible) Six of Crows follows six criminals who have been tasked to retrieve something. A mission they might not come back from. There’s Kaz the leader, Inej the spy, Jesper the sharpshooter, Nina the heartrender, Matthias the convict, and Waylan the runaway. Can’t you just picture this in movie form? Because I definitely can! This is a group that can barely stand each other, but has to learn to trust each other if they hope to make it out alive. I could not have asked for a better cast of characters. Kaz is someone who seems horrible and like someone you could hate, but as we delve deeper and deeper in to his past you see just why he does what he does. Inej, well I’m just gonna say this I loved her right from the very start and same with Jesper. They are two of my favorite characters. Nina was amazing! She was funny and sarcastic and always had such great banter with the other characters, but mostly Matthias. Who by the way I love. He is a man of honor who only wants to get back to his home, and the only way to do that is to help Kaz in this scheme. And while he may do things that make you question him, he always comes through at the end of the day. Waylan, now I thought he was geeky and adorable and I loved that he and Jesper became friends. It’s such a great friendship and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book!
I AM ABOUT TO HAVE A MOMENTARY FREAK OUT.. PLEASE SKIP IF NEED BE…
Another thing I need to say this moment… I SHIP the hell out of Nina and Matthais, their interactions were some of my favorite parts to read, Inej and Kaz, I mean YASSSSS GIVE IT TO ME, and Waylan and Jesper, the adorableness.. I just can’t even deal. Are you guys with me on this one?
ALRIGHT FREAK OUT DONE…
I have never been more in love with a setting or a cast of characters then I am with these six. I am so glad that I have this one pre-ordered. Not only was this world amazing and so brilliantly done, but the set up and the way that Kaz always seemed to have a back-up plan for his back-up plan was awesome. This is definitely a world I see myself visiting time and time again. I did hear that this was going to be a duology, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not? Have you guys heard anything about that. Anyways, this one hasn’t come out yet but I suggest going and buying it if you haven’t already or putting in a request at your library. Any way you can get your hands on this book, as long as it’s not illegal, DO IT. The hype surrounding this book is very much deserved and one that I think will be a favorite on many many many peoples list. So do yourself a favor and buy it. You will not be sorry!
P.S. Right now it is 15 bucks on both Amazon and B&N. Also if you buy from Amazon and it goes down in price you will get that money back! Just thought I should let you know!
Until next time guys!