'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.'
Let’s be honest when a book has so much hype it can sometimes be overwhelming and actually lead you to not enjoy the book or be let down that it was so overhyped and not as good as you thought it would be. THIS WASN’T THE CASE WITH SIX OF CROWS. I hate to say it but it very nearly rivalled Harry Potter for my favourite book of all time.
Six of Crows is as much a sweeping epic, it has been described as a YA Game of Thrones / Oceans 11 and I can definitely see why. The plot is essentially about a fast-paced money heist. With a grand blend of humour, (lots of humour), action, romance, magic and a healthy does of grit and darkness. There wasn’t much romance at all really, which I appreciated. So if that’s your thing I’m not sure you’ll appreciate SofC. Oh and a brooding, certain dark-haired main character, called Kaz Brekker, who is kind of hard not to fall in love with.
The characters, oh the characters. So multi-faceted in a way that made them all so likeable, it was hard to choose a favourite. It feels more grown up than the Shadow and Bone trilogy, it’s definitely darker and feels more adult. The characters as mentioned before could verge on being unlikeable had Leigh Bardugo not been the one writing them. The characters are orphans, runaways and thieves and convicts, and I’ve never loved them more. Due to the third-person narrative we aren’t always sure of the character motives and that makes the plot all the more interesting. Due to personal agendas and the fact that the heist is located in the nefarious ice court, a place that has never been broken into before, it will gain them a LOT of money.
Six of Crows feels like Leigh Bardugo has really found her wiring style and her niche, I can’t wait to read what she writes next. I can’t talk about Six of Crows enough, even my current phone wallpaper is the ‘No Mourners, No Funerals’, a quote that is just so badass, a thing the whole book just exudes. I can imagine Kaz and Jesper casually strolling into a bar in Ketterdam, ready to commit a crime, with some blaring Arctic Monkeys track on in the background.
Below are some of my favourite quotes from the series, that should give you an accurate indication of the type of novel this is. Just so beautifully written and heart-breaking and funny, when you finish it you feel like you’ve been given a truly wonderful reading experience, and that just gives credit to Leigh Bardugo’s writing.
“Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?" "Knife to the throat?" asked Inej. "Gun to the back?" said Jesper. "Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina. "You're all horrible," said Matthias.”
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
“No mourners. No funerals"
“It's not natural for women to fight." "It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
“Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.” Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.” “My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”