Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has been haunting my Amazon account for a long time. Every time I went in to order another book, an occurrence that happens a lot, there it was being suggested as my very next read, as the one book I should not be missing out on. When I was awarded a $25 gift card I knew it was the universe aligning telling me to read this book.
The first night I picked it up, I didn’t get what the fuss was about. I found the different story lines confusing and all of the random new nouns. A lot of them had Dutch and Danish origins so my Danish brain kept wanting to translate them. But then the second night, it happened. I was totally sucked into the pages, having to read until 12:30 AM just to see how it would end and now anxiously waiting its sequel. I gave this book 5 stars.
Yes, this book is violent – the eye ball incident made me gasp, and yes, this book is confusing in the beginning. But it is so good. And for once it doesn’t remind me too terribly much of all of those other books I have read. So for some 7th graders and up for sure.
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.