“Damaged, broken and morally lacking a lot of the time, but I loved them all!”

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

 

As a huge fan of the original Grisha trilogy and Leigh Bardugo’s writing style I was doubly excited when I found out she was not only writing her next novel, but it was a return to the elaborate ‘Grishaverse’.

The story follows the coming together of six very different characters to pull off an impossible heist.  Starting in the streets of Ketterdam, a grimy haven of gambling, vice, pleasure and danger we meet Kaz Brekker.

Kaz is top dog of the Dregs, one of the many gangs vying for power and control in city.  He, as with all the characters, is superbly written and the mystery and danger he has created around himself to build his reputation really comes off of the page,  he is the sort of character you want to like despite there being lots of reasons why you shouldn’t.

The story builds at a fast pace with each chapter being dedicated to one character and in turn travelling back to reveal their various back stories and how they have ended up in Ketterdam and part of the Dregs.  The action is high octane and non-stop, I couldn’t put it down as the end of every chapter was pulling me onto the next.

Leigh Bardugo has created an intricately woven story with a perfectly thought out landscapes and totally believable characters.  Despite knowing it was the first of another series and I would have to wait ages for the next instalment, I couldn’t help myself, and even now, tottering on the edge of the cliff I’m glad I didn’t.

It was pure escapism and I felt like I was right there, on a mad adventure with the Crows.  A decent amount of violence and a smattering of romance, they go in as six quite individual characters but by the end of the book they become something else, unable to walk away even if they want to.

Six Of Crows, apart from being set in the same fantasy world, is completely unrelated to the first trilogy and can be read independently of those books (although I highly recommend them).

 

Reviewed by:

Leah Nayar

Added 16th November 2015

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