Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Six of Crows #1
“Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court – a military stronghold that has never been breached – and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean 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. Together they might just be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.”Goodreads Synopsis
There’s too much cramped into this book. 5 POV’s, 2 love stories, every characters background and pretty much no room to breathe. Meaning that there’s too much action for the number of characters shoved in this book. Even though it’s pretty good stuff, the sheer amount is overwhelming. Let’s break this book down a bit.
Gang war, explanation of society and politics, a kidnapping, introduction of 6 characters + background story + groundwork for relationships, a journey over the sea and 3 big fights. I’m tired and I don’t care.
Fight – Flight – Sneaking – TRY NOT TO DIE!! + Romances heating up + groundwork for sequel + more backstory and much, much more.. It was more fun, but I’m exhausted and only care about some things.
This book definitely have some amazing moments, but they get drowned out by the vast volume of pointless and unsatisfactory ”look-how-kick ass-we-are” moments. Example; One character is shot and pinned against a barrel. By crossing her legs a knife appears from her kneepads(that she always wears) and she shoves it into the attackers groin. HOW DOES THAT WORK!! Seriously, explain this contraption to me and how it does not just go off all the damn time.
This is where the book shines. I love the Grisha world and the magic system, and it was nice to see new places of it and learn about new cultures there.
I found the characters uninspiring. In the first half of the book I could not even bother to care at all. And in the second I got a bit interested in them, but I can’t really say that their wellbeing became very important to me. This is partly because there’s too many of them. You do not make a best friend at a crowded party during introductions. You need time alone without distractions to get close and personal I will give them that some of them had some interesting traits and traumas, and it will be fun to get to know them more in the next book. But for this book; Meh.
Here’s the thing. There’s something that does not click with me when it comes to Leigh Bardugo’s books. She’s a great writer, there’s a reason that I still read the books. But I don’t get invested in them like with others, even if the plot and world is really interesting. I still can’t really put my finger on why, so I’m going to stay away from detailed criticism on this topic until I know the issue.
I will be completely honest and ignore the risk of me getting stabbed in a dark alley by Six of Crows fans at one point in my life; This book was exhausting! As with the other books in the Grisha universe, the experience was one of enjoyment paired with exasperation. It never hits home, but are ALMOST there for me at times. And it’s all just way too fast paced for me to have time to develop any stronger feelings. Like ripping of a bandaid, the pain is only there for a second but leaves no lasting impression. 3 stars because it’s a good book, I just wish it was not so darn draining.