Release Date: July 2016 (first pub Sept 2015) Publisher: Orion Childrens Books Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance Page Count: 495 Goodreads Page Rating: ★★★★★
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
All the stars!!! This book has totally stolen my heart.
Set after the events of Leigh’s first trilogy, we enter the seedy world of Ketterdam – a dark and twisted version of Amsterdam – with a new cast of a more criminal nature. Kaz Brekker is offered an impossible job; break into The Ice Court, an impenetrable fortress, and perform a heist the likes of which the world has never seen. To complete the job he assembles a crew of six people, summed up perfectly in a quote from the book:
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
I’m not going to lie, I would quote this entire book quite happily! There are so many perfect lines and the banter is definitely on point.
The story is told in third person from 5 different perspectives, six if you count the prologue. Its masterfully interwoven, and I completely adore how the heist scenes play out. Picking a favourite character is extremely difficult at this point, as even if we don’t see a whole heap of some of them, each and every one has so much depth and mystery to them – there’s not a weak one amongst them!
Over the course of the book we see glimpses of each characters past, and the choices and events that led them to the gangs of Ketterdam. None of the stories are happy ones if you haven’t guessed – what else would drive you into the waiting arms of the vicious criminal underworld? – but the complex natures they create in the characters is beautiful.
All the characters have grown from their experiences, and this unlikely band of misfits has its fair share of romance peppered throughout their journey. Saying this though, it’s more teases of romance and it never detracts from the story or feels forced or shoehorned in.
I want nothing more than to dive into Crooked Kingdom, although I’m sad that I only have one more book with this unlikely band of misfits, but I’ve made other commitments to other books which I’m running out of time to fulfil. However the ending of Six of Crows definitely demands more of you, and I am itching to complete the book standing in my way and submerse myself back into the world of Kaz and his crew.
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