Friday 29 July 2016

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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.

Thanks to Ashleigh (who is awesome, btw!) from Hachette Australia, this year I got the chance to read the Grisha Trilogy. I enjoyed the books so much that I couldn't wait to see what all the Six of Crows fuss was about.

And of course, I have to admit that the beautiful eye-catching cover caught my attention instantly. I might even go as far as to say: it all started with the pretty crow on the cover. :)

Kaz is known by many names on the streets of Ketterdam--Dirtyhands, demon, thief--and he encourages the myths and stories. After all, he worked hard to create his legendary status. In order to stay on top of the Dregs, he needs more than brain and brawn. Inej is known as the Wraith because she can climb any surface and sneak into every corner. She's a valuable informant to Kaz, but even their mutual respect isn't enough to tear down each other's emotional walls.

Jesper is good with his pistols, but not so good at the gambling that dominates his life. Still, he's another valuable ally for Kaz. Wylan is a merch's son trying to escape his father, but has his own peculiar talents.

Nina makes no secret of the fact she's a Grisha--a heartrender and sometimes tailor who uses her talent in a house where girls are expected to do other things. Matthias is her one regret. A Djerdan witchhunter who hunts and captures Grisha. Their connection is a complicated one. They have a mutual dislike for each other, bordering on undeniable attraction. And constantly play a game of who's saving who.

So when Kaz is hired by a merchant to break into the world's most formidable prison facility, of course these five are the people he chooses to take on this huge heist. Their mission is: break into the Djerdan Ice Court, find a prisoner able to produce a drug capable of morphing Grisha powers and turning them into junkies, then bust him out.

Yeah, sounds easy. Well, not so much.

Wow. What can I say about this book? I've been wanting to read it for ages and kept hearing great things... which I can confirm were well-deserved. Just like the first Grisha book, I found this story snuck up on me. One second I was getting to know the characters and their surroundings. The next, I was so familiar with each one that I couldn't stop reading.

I know a book's special when that happens. Or when I can spend hours reading and wonder where the time went because I got so caught up. When I'll sneak in just one more chapter before bedtime...

Six of Crow is another amazing, thrilling and very well written addition to the Grisha world. It's an incredible fantasy story full of tension, action and double crossing. The new locations are lush with detail and the new cast of misfits become vivid, unforgettable characters. The tale unfolds in a way that draws the reader in slowly, before totally taking over and introducing an unlikely bunch of criminals you can't help but like. The stakes are high. The situations are dangerous. The risks are huge. The surprises keep coming. The past gradually catches up with the present. And you will be totally captivated by this book!

I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

Six of Crows, October 2015, ISBN 9781780622279, Indigo

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