In Six of Crows we follow notorious gang leader Kaz Brekker and his crew as they pull off the heist of their lives. There’s an impenetrable stronghold to break into and a prisoner to break out of said stronghold. But it’s all worth it, because at the end of the ordeal waits a very sizable reward for them. That is, if they’re still alive to spend it.
Most of this novel is told from the perspectives of five of the six main characters, which I think works really well. It helps showing as much of the story as possible while still keeping readers in the dark about some things; the heist unfolds slowly before the readers’ eyes, which has always been my favourite thing about heist narratives.
I loved the way the characters meshed with each other, it felt natural, and there was just enough personal conflict going on that was still interesting. It was also great to find out more and more about each characters as they went along, and to watch them grow as the story went on. I was especially impressed by Inej and Matthias, who both have amazing character arcs in my opinion. The only character who felt a little underdeveloped in my opinion was Wylan. It’s probably due to him being the only one of the six who’s not a POV character, but I’m still not entirely sure who he is and what his narrative voice sounds like.
I also can’t help myself but in between the love stories between Kaz and Inej and Nina and Matthias, and Wylan’s aforementioned missing narrative voice, I felt a little like the budding feelings between Wylan and Jesper came a little out of the blue. And as much as I love the two of them and am happy to see them together, their beginning love story feels a little like “ship the spares”. Yes, they’re cute together, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that they were kind of thrown together so everyone in the group ends up with a special someone. It took away a little from my enjoyment of them as a potential couple, because it felt a bit like they were an afterthought and Bardugo couldn’t even be bothered to develop them emotionally. I think Wylan’s voice would really have helped with this.
Overall I loved this book, and it reall made me want to read the second book as soon as I could.
★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Publication Date: 2 June 2016
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Page Count: 495
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.