Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is the first part of a duology which takes place in Bardugo's Grisha universe. It is told in 6 points of view chapter by chapter. It is following their journey as they embark on an impossible quest. It is a fantasy book with criminal aspects, each character is very bad with few redeeming qualities. Basically they are all thugs and thieves. There will be a few minor spoilers in this review so read on with caution.
First off let me start by saying i really struggle with fantasy books! I just cant seem to get on with them with a few exceptions of books i read when i was younger its pretty safe to say that fantasy is my least read genre in more recent years.Having said that ive heard so many good things about this book and thought id check it out.
The main characters this book follows are Kaz, Nina, Inej, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. All the characters are introduced with a past and are all very complex with many many issues. Kaz is the leader and possibly the most flawed character, he was very smart and orchestrated the heist very well. Nina is very sassy and is a very loyal Grisha, she was an amazing character and possibly my favourite. Matthias is also very complex, he had the most development, he changed his view point from the beginning to the end. Jesper who i love is from a race that was never mentioned before, he is a gambler and a loose cannon, hes multi talented and has so much more to come in the next book. He is also a gay character and you dont see that an awful lot in fantasy books. Wylan is always in the back ground, you dont get much of his back story or his point of view. I cant wait to see what happens in the next book in terms of growth for his character.
Ketterdam as a city is actually pretty well described and i imagined it really well in my head. I love when an author can set the scene perfectly and credit where credits due it is one of Bardugo's strengths.
The ending is very very VERY open ended, the next book is highly anticipated. They left a few stories on a cliff hanger especially Inej. I wasnt overly fussed on the story until the last 60 pages, they really made me want to find out what will happen next.
I did like this but i thought The Grisha Trilogy was better (sorry). If anthing this just made me want to re-read Shadow and Bone. 3 out of 5 stars.