Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 5 stars
“… It became a declaration. There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken. The cane became a part of the myth he built. No one knew who he was. No one knew where he came from. He’d become Kaz Brekker, cripple and confidence man, bastard of the Barrel.”
I LOVED reading this book. The storytelling, world-building, characters, … Everything about it is so well done. It’s solid. Six of Crows contains everything to go all the way into the story.
Six of Crows is about six people who have one job to do: an impossible heist in a highly guarded prison. The assignment is given by a merger called Van Eck who wants to put an end to the production of jurda parem. A killer drug stronger than the soft drug parem that gives Grisha (people with abilities) more power than they originally have, but it’s also lethal to them. They get addicted and die eventually.
Kaz Brekker is the leader of these misfits. He’s the guy with a plan A, B and C if necessary. Inej, also called the Wraith, operates like a shadow and probably the only person Kaz trusts. If he would ever trust someone. Jesper never backs down for a gamble. Nina is Grisha and has an interesting history with Matthias, who is also a part of the heist. Finally, Wylan. A boy used as leverage.
“Better terrible truths than kind lies”
This story is more than just a heist. These characters have all a very interesting history, which is very well written. It brings depth to the characters and makes this heist a very important point in their life. To me it looked like this was a crossing point between their past and future. Bardugo explains in a great way about the past of these six misfits. When you get the little puzzle pieces of their past, you can see how important this heist is for their possible future.
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
I recommend this book to all YA readers, to those who love a little mystery, magic, action and just some really good storytelling.
“No mourners. No funerals.”