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I had stayed away from YA fantasy for a long time because everything I read started sounding the same and nothing excited me. So I was completely out of the loop when Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo became a revolution. It was only after seeing so many people raving about the series on bookstagram that I finally became aware of the existence of this series ( Yes,I was living under a rock 😐)
So I finally yielded to peer pressure and picked it up last month.
I was apprehensive as I hadn’t read Shadow and Bone which is the first book in the Grishaverse trilogy and also because of the hype. The initial few chapters didn’t do anything to allay my fears. But I hate dnf-ing books and decided to stick with it. And boy- oh -boy, was I glad I did that.
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 is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Six of Crows is a spin off from Leigh Bardugo’s maiden fantasy trilogy Shadow and Bone. It’s set in the same world but follws different characters. You don’t really need to read Shadow and Bone to pick up SoC but you might find it easier to get used to the world building and magic system if you do.
Eventhough there was too much of the world and the characters to get used to, once you get oriented, the book is unputdownable. The fact that it is a heist rather than a revolution, which is the norm for fantasy, made it all the more interesting.
The care with which the characters are created is evident in each and every page of the book. Eventhough I loved Kaz, Mathias, Nina, Jesper and Wylan, Inej managed to borrow a tiny corner of my heart. There are either character driven novels or plot driven novels. It is extremely rare to find a book where both the plot and the characters are both so well developed and well etched that they sweep you off your feet. Hats off to Leigh Bardugo for managing to do that with such èlan.
Everything you need, SoC has it. Humor, romance, friendships, twists, turns and lots and lots of action. It as an epic tale of complex characters, amazing word building and a gripping plot.
The hype is real people. I repeat THE HYPE IS REAL!!! It would be a crime to miss this one. Stop procrastinating!!! Click on the link below and get your copy now!!!!
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About The Author
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.