by Leigh Bardugo
Version:Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published September 29th 2015
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
This book was plastered all over Bookstagram and Twitter with the second book in the series Crooked Kingdom being released this month. I read somewhere that Six of Crows was a paranormal ocean’s eleven. OMG and I’m so happy that I did.
Leigh Bardugo has beautifully crafted a world that I can’t wait to return to with Crooked Kingdom. Every single character is portrayed beautifully, its gripping and full of plot twists and I really DID NOT want it to end, so much so that I took extra long to read the book but it was a great experience to read along as part of #SoCReadAlong.
Kaz Brekker: [Thief] He’s my number 1 Book Boyfriend. Kaz is not perfect (far from it) but he has a certain appeal. I’m totally #TeamKaz! Life has not been kind to him but he has overcome many things and is out for revenge and to do that he must bring together a crew that will do the heist of all time or die trying…..
“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”
Inej Ghafa: [Spy] Inej had thought her life would turn out differently. She was your average daughter until she was captured and sold to slavery. One night she captures the attention of Kaz hoping for a way out of this nightmare. And there is…but nothing comes for free….she must become the Wraith. In order to truly be free she agrees to this deadly assignment.
Nina: “You may still die in the Dregs.”
Inej: “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”
— Nina and Inej on joining the gang.
Nina Zenik: [Heartrender] Hunted by Witch Hunters Nina a Grisha soldier for the Second Army is always hiding her true self. A troubled encounter with Matthias Helvar means she will do anything to get him out of the hell she has put him in. Even give up her life.
Jesper Fahey: [Sharpshooter] A country boy living the dream in the city, tempted by the gambling halls Jesper is now in desperate need to pay his debts. This heist will ensure they are paid before his father finds out.
“Kaz. This whole ‘shoot me’ thing is starting to concern me.”
-Jesper Fahey, Six of Crows
Matthias Helvar: [Convict] A witch hunter “Drüskelle”, his people believe that the Grisha should be hunted and brought to trial. Their unnaturalness scares the Fjerdan. And what scares them must be dealt with. A troubled encounter with Nina lands him in hell on earth and he dreams of getting his revenge. Kaz offers him a deal in exchange for his help with the heist.
Wylan Van Eck: [Runaway] Rejected and scorned by his father for his perceived defaults. Wylan joins the crew in parts unknowingly as a hostage and as a demo man. He’s out to prove a point to his father and himself. Even if this heist gets the better of him.