Title: Six of Crow
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
“We’re all someone’s monster.”
THIS BOOK. I cannot rave about this novel enough, honestly. It was everything I wanted from it and more. So. Much. More. I can hardly believe I waited this long past the hype to read this book!
I’ll admit, even though this book was getting incredible reviews I had my reservations about starting it. I’d read The Grisha Trilogy and there were things I liked about it, and things I didn’t like so much. In fact, I even did a review on it here. That, plus the fact that this book is written by multiple character’s perspectives made me wary.
But, let me tell you I had nothing to worry about.
I love stories about bad guys, criminals, and heists. Everything from Ocean’s Eleven to White Collar is my drug. And I love books that are just dark enough to be wicked cool, just smart enough to surprise me, and just funny enough to keep me engaged. Leigh Bardugo did all this perfectly.
The characters are flawless, each with their dark pasts and their motives for committing a near-impossible heist. I was never bothered by the fact that the book switched POVs because I loved everyone and everyone’s part of the story was interesting.
And the writing! I am a sucker for good writing, and man is this good writing. I was never bored, never cringing, never turning away from the page, and never not convinced of every word. She made the main character an amoral killer that you could feel sympathy for without taking away from the fact that he was cruel and deadly. Maybe she has a thing for writing bad guys because even in The Grisha Trilogy, I remember rooting for The Darkling more than a few times. And with how it ended the way it began, and the romance flowed so perfectly with the storyline, wow, just wow.
I will absolutely be picking up Crooked Kingdoms as soon as I have the chance, though I must admit I will be very, very sad for this story to end. Everyone who likes epic heists and brilliant badasses, go pick up this book. Now.