Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1 (duology)
Published: September 29th 2015
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.
This book has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember. All I heard in the book community was great things about this book and how great the characters were, so my expectations going into this were very high. I wasn’t exactly let down by the book, as I did thoroughly enjoy it as I thought the plot was very interesting, I loved the characters but there were some things that bothered me slightly. If you need some context regarding the book, then please let me give you some. Kaz Brekker is this very well-known man (or should I say boy) who is famous for his talents in fighting, thieving and managing to control a very talented and dangerous group of people – The Dregs. He is given the impossible task of breaking into the most secure prison ever and retrieving a prisoner/hostage from within its walls. The build up to this task portrays many of Kaz’s talents and proves he has the ability to do so, but my biggest qualm with this book was that Kaz was sometimes portrayed to be a little too clever at times. For example, whenever something in the original plan went wrong, then Kaz had conveniently already prepared for this problem and arranged an alternative route in order to succeed. In other words – things just seemed a little too convenient for me and I didn’t like it as it got a bit boring as you’d begun to assume and guess that no matter what snag they’d hit they’d end up okay anyway, which for me takes away the intensity of the plot and takes away that air of excitement surrounding it.
Besides this problem, I did overall enjoy it as I loved the characters – especially Jesper and Nina – and the whole plot line, I thought it to be very exciting; fighting against people with heightened powers whilst trying to save the world from complete havoc, in addition to the underlying problem of those without powers trying to eradicate those with powers, it’s all very exciting if you ask me.
I am 100% going to read ‘Crooked Kingdom’ – the second book in the duology – as I’m looking forward to where the plot is going and I am very much invested in the characters now to just leave them behind. I don’t know when this will be, but I’ll be sure to let you know when! Or even check out my Twitter and Goodreads to know what I’m reading all the time and we can have good chats!
Until next time,