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
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
An impossible heist. A team that are as likely to kill each other as complete the job. A story full of lovable yet morally grey characters.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
My Book Review Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows.
STORY ★★★☆☆ —
This is my first book my Leigh Bardugo and so I may re-read and update this review in the future once I have read her other books as I found this one quite underwhelming but I have been told by others that it may be because I don’t know much about the universe in which it is set.
So in this book we have a whole cast of characters set in a pretty dark and gritty world. The story at its core is all about a heist and the team that the main character (Kaz) puts together to get this seemingly impossible job done. Kaz is a thief and con-man and the leader of a gang called The Dregs. At the beginning of the book Kaz is kidnapped and offered this impossible job in exchange for an impossible about of money. Kaz is confident that with the right team, his gang has what it takes to pull it off. Kaz will do anything to get to where he wants to be regardless of consequence and that results in a lot of trouble and gruesome, graphic violence throughout the story.
CHARACTERS ★★★★☆ —
This book is extremely character driven and in my opinion they were the best part of the book.
There are so many characters in this story and each one with their own history and interesting story to tell. The chapters are each told from the perspective of a different character which helps to give you that insight into each of them as well as their thoughts, feelings and worries and fears.
Kaz– Kaz is the leader of The Dregs. He is a deep character with a tormented past. He is violent and known for doing any job if it benefits him which earns him the nickname “dirtyhands”. Though he can be ruthless and cold-hearted and really struggles to show his emotions. He dislikes human contact and always keeps his gloves on to avoid touching. There is another, softer side though which shines through nearer to the end of the book. He seeks revenge for something that happened in his past.
Inej — “The Wraith” is Kaz’s personal spy and assassin. Kaz rescued her from sex slavery and since then they have become extremely close and have fought side by side ever since. She is Kaz’s second in command and the person he trusts the most. Inej is strong, quiet and unafraid to speak her opinion when the time calls for it.
Nina and Matthias — Witch and witch hunter. These two were born to hate each other but circumstance brings them together. They are always loyal to their country and their people first but they are attracted to each other and their relationship is really interesting to read about as they are so different and they fight against their attraction.
Jesper — The one who is always getting the team into trouble. Jesper is a gambling man and a man who can’t keep his mouth shut about anything. He is a sharpshooter and always has his pistols which are described as being an extension of him. Jesper is friendly and witty and has the best of intentions all the time but he sometimes makes bad choices and has low self-esteem.
Wylan — Caring, innocent and just an overall nice guy. Wylan is the son of the rich merchant who gave Kaz the job. He is a demolition expert and also the “insurance policy” that Kaz keeps to negotiate his reward for completing the job.
WORLD ★★★☆☆ —
The world is dark, gritty and violent but it was missing that magical fantasy “spark” that I love so much about books in this genre. None of the magical abilities really impressed me or made me think, “wow”. There was a lot of time spent describing the world but they seems to have been at the expense of the real plot.
ENDING ★★★★☆ —
I actually did really like the way this book ended and it sort of redeemed the book for me a little bit. It feels like so much time was spent building the characters and building the world that not a lot really seemed to be happening until the very last chapters. In the end it all came together though and I liked how the heist went and what happened when meeting back up with Van Eck. It was quite twisty and turny and I wasn’t sure what to expect which was great. There’s nothing worse than a predictable book! I will definitely pick up book two off the back of this one.
OVERALL ★★★☆☆ —
The thing I liked the most about this book was probably Kaz as a character. I really enjoyed his portrayal as the anti-hero as well as learning about his history and what made him the way he is. I loved the understated romance and the whole idea of what Leigh was trying to do. As it is though I do think this book is very overrated. I went in with high expectations but it fell a bit flat for me.
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